Our mission


At Avansa, we are driven to provide the most powerful tools for algorithmic trading to serious traders. No programming experience required.

You can focus on creating your algorithms, we provide the data and infrastructure to backtest and deploy them.

The evolution
of trading


Avansa offers robust data, paired with integrated resources for traders to create, test, deploy, and track algorithmic trading strategies. Our infrastructure allows for simultaneous backtesting of multiple strategies, automated trading on the cloud 24/7, and custom notifications.

Our platform has been carefully designed to be adaptive, intuitive, and easy to use, so that traders with zero coding experience can create their trading algorithms according to their specifications.

Data is at the heart of what we do. Our distributed and robust data acquisition system processes thousands of trades per second at minimum latency.

Our team

Avansa is built by a team of experts, highly experienced in data science, trading, and machine learning.

Proudly based in Chicago, IL

Professor Ilya Mikhelson
Co-founder &
Chief Technology Officer‍
Ilya is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northwestern University, where he received his masters and PhD

He has published several academic papers and his research includes machine learning and signal processing
Alan Waldman
Co-founder &
Chief Executive Officer
Alan started investing in crypto assets in 2016 and has previous experience in investment banking at J. P. Morgan and private equity at Patron Capital

He studied finance and economics at Washington University in St. Louis and London School of Economics and has a passion for asset pricing theory, econometrics, and behavioral economics
Michael Waldman
Co-founder &
Software Engineer
Michael previously served as a software engineering intern at Facebook and Instagram

He has served as a teaching assistant at Northwestern University and has a passion for building scalable systems
Professor Curtis Wang
Back-End Architect
& Dev Ops
Curtis is a professor of computer engineering at California State University and has received his PhD from Northwestern University

He has published various academic papers and his research is focused on using neural networks and various real-time learning models
Jeremy Kaish
Software Developer

Jeremy previously served as a software engineer for Robotic Systems Integration

He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Northwestern University
Terence Chan
Frontend Developer
& Dev Ops
Terence received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Northwestern University

He is passionate about building intuitive web platforms and machine learning models
Marcelo Galperin
Advisor
Marcelo is the co-founder & former CTO of MercadoLibre (NASDAQ: MELI)

He is also the co-founder of Virtual Seller and the Founder of Virtual Company Services

Marcelo has 20+ years experience founding several highly successful companies and accelerating growth
Rodrigo Benzaquen
Advisor
Rodrigo’s previous experience includes serving as Site Operations & Infrastructure Director and R&D Director at MercadoLibre (NASDAQ: MELI) as well as IT Specialist at KaszeK Ventures

He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at NubeliU

Rodrigo has 25+ years experience in network and systems engineering as well as cloud infrastructure
Diego Gradowczyk
Advisor
Diego has more than 25 years of capital markets experience

Previously, he served as senior managing director, advisor to the CEO, co-head of emerging markets, and member of the executive committee of Marathon Asset Management, a New York based Asset management firm with $14BN of AUM

He also spent 9 years as managing director at Barclays and was Head of Emerging Markets Trading, managing 300+ traders

He is currently a director and co-founder of Tayron Capital and Gray Cube Partners
Professor Mohanbir Sawhney
Advisor
Professor Sawhney is a globally recognized scholar, teacher, consultant and speaker in business innovation, modern marketing and enterprise analytics

Currently serves as the McCormick Foundation Chair of Technology, Clinical Professor of Marketing, and Director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation at Northwestern University

His latest book was on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list and his research has been published in leading journals like Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Management Science; he is also a contributor to Forbes and his published papers received over 10,000 citations
Max Goldvag
Growth
Max is a Principal at Sharpen Capital, an asset management firm focused on special situations in the US and Brazil

He previously served as Principal at GIAF Partners and as an Investment Banking Associate in the M&A group at Deutsche Bank
Nicolas Schwartz
LatAm Growth
Nicolas serves as a Senior Business Analyst at Hermes Management Consulting, one of Argentina’s best regarded consulting firms

He focuses on expanding Avansa’s reach in LatAm