We know exactly what life is like as an online business. That’s because, before we launched Ravelin, we ran an online business ourselves.
We wrestled with the delicate balance between blocking bad guys and admitting honest customers; fighting to protect our margins while preventing fraud. Ravelin was launched in 2015 and continues to encapsulate all the insight, experience and expertise that our growing team can bring.
But that experience as merchants continues to underpin our culture. It informs every decision we make and it’s the reason that Ravelin works better than other systems in the real world. Which should come as no surprise because, when it comes to the fight against fraud, we’ve been there.
Martin has overall responsibility for the strategic direction of Ravelin. In addition to the usual governance responsibilities of a CEO, Martin has been deeply involved in the product direction and development at Ravelin, a passion going back to his days in consumer apps (and rocket science).
Nick is responsible for the commercial delivery of the Ravelin organisation. He loves building teams and empowering them to succeed. Nick is passionate about the importance of creating a high-performing environment to deliver against target. Nick is a keen mentor and active in the UK start-up community.
Leonard is responsible for the technical choices that Ravelin takes and the team that builds the Ravelin platform. Leonard is passionate about the power of agile teams, iterative development, continuous integration, automated testing and empowered engineers. When he’s not working, Leonard is an regular keynote speaker and mentor.
Mairtin is responsible for the fraud detection and client services teams in Ravelin. His passion is to ensure the product is delivering to the expectations of our clients (and beyond). As a data analyst who has worked across the globe he is convinced of the power of data to rebalance the odds in favour of the merchant.
Gerry is responsible for Ravelin's marketing strategy and operations and has worked across the company's commercial functions since its inception. A tech industry veteran, Gerry is passionate about applying the magic of data-based prediction in new business areas.
Tim is passionate about technology, product, people, business and bringing them all together. He's been involved in technology in some shape or form for thirty years, starting off as a programmer but has worn many hats. Originally from South Africa, but has lived and worked all over the place, and comes to Ravelin after a two year stint in Malaysia. When he isn't at work making sure the engineering team has everything it needs and Ravelin tech is delivering, he can be found somewhere in the wilds of Wales hiking with his kids.
Roger’s business passion lies in growing deep lists of very happy customers that love using relevant solutions. That’s why he loves Ravelin – his words not ours. Prior to Ravelin, Roger has navigated the payments and fraud management industry for the past 15 years, enjoying leadership roles within organisations across the spectrum of start ups to large corporates. When not building funnels at Ravelin, Roger can be found being coached by his kids in the art of Lego building or Barbie role play.
A true Icelandic Viking at heart, Tinna heads out the legal and compliance side of Ravelin. With over a decade of experience in finance under her belt, she is passionate about the future of payments and how agile technology can be used to prevent fraud and solve regulatory requirements. When Tinna is not fighting online fraud with the rest of the Ravelin team, she can be found mastering her mean left hook or cooking up a storm.
Mark has been working in product management for over 15 years, starting out at the BBC and AltaVista before moving on to a number of startups. Most recently, he worked at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on its transactional digital services. He loves building products and seeing how they are used, and in his spare time enjoys long distance running, music and Spanish literature.
Eddie is an Aquarius with Capricorn Rising. He was formerly lead data scientist at Lyst where he applied deep learning to the world of fashion. He joined Ravelin primarily to be part of it’s folk band but he also grew to love the company. Outside of work he can be found baking cakes and wearing over priced clothes.
Stephen works in the Data Science team at the crossroads of machine learning and statistical analysis. He loves to apply the best of current techniques to solve the fascinating real-world situations that come up every day within the Ravelin customer base. Stephen is a regular speaker and educator on data science topics.
Sam recently completed his MSc in Data Science at City, University of London. Prior to his MSc, Sam worked for the London Stock Exchange Group and Thomson Reuters. Non-data related interests include music, cycling, learning esoteric slang, and attempting to speak French.
Antonios started his journey towards Computer Science in the beautiful city of Thessaloniki. Before moving to London to complete an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College, he took part in some underground Neuroscience experiments as a part of his internship at EPFL and spent a year in Switzerland. Apart from solving challenging problems using Machine Learning, he enjoys cinema, playing the guitar and theatre.
Milly discovered coding during her Immunology degree, after which she swiftly hung up her white lab coat and celebrated never having to use a pipette again by taking a “cultural” trip round Australasia’s food and beverage industry. She found herself and returned with a new mantra of eat, sleep, code, repeat.
Paul was the Technical Co-Founder at DueDil, another investment of both Passion and Playfair. He studied to be an actuary, but opted to follow his creative interests into software engineering. When not smashing away at vim, you can find him smashing away at his drums, climbing, or on his motorcycle.
Sam joins Ravelin after several years working as a Software Engineer at Disney. When he's not punching out code and building cool things, he is probably busy watching bad movies, going off for a run or cooking a batch of his specialty tteokbokki.
With many years experience as a software engineer, Dawn is now focusing her efforts on guiding clients through the Ravelin integration process. She is keen to understand client requirements, and to get them quickly up to speed and fighting fraud with Ravelin.
Bhavin has been helping customers turn their frowns upside down ever since graduation from his computer science degree. When he’s not deep in thought about support processes that scale, Bhavin tries to smash his 2017 record of listening to 100660 minutes of music in between running, eating junk food, and experimenting with photography.
Before joining Ravelin as an Investigations Analyst, Ruth was conducting criminological research and dismantling organised crime networks. When she's not exploring data or analysing fraud, she can be found exploring the world with a backpack or analysing Twin Peaks. She is also adept in the arts of cat servitude and receiving cryptic messages from logs.
Previously a Royal Marines Commando and Special Intelligence Officer, Sam used to chase international terrorists. Now he hates nothing more than fraudsters not paying for their pizza. Outside of work, Sam has an unhealthy obsession with puppies and is regularly found roaming the countryside with his dog making new K9 friends
Michel is a cloud infrastructure specialist with over 15 years of experience in the technology domain. Previously based in Florianopolis, Brazil, he has been a pioneer in the cloud computing startup IT scene since 2012. A GNU/Linux stalwart at heart, when he's not obsessing over the security of his server farm Michel enjoys stargazing and radio hamming.
Sara studied civil engineering in Portugal but never built any houses or bridges other than with Legos. Before Ravelin, she worked at Hailo and Net-A-Porter taking care of the quality of mobile apps in product and testing. When Sara isn't working, she can be found relaxing at the nearest swimming pool or planning her next beach holiday.
Eerik is passionate about three things: building simple solutions to real-world problems, automating pesky manual tasks, and sailing. After taking a year out of his studies to join the newly formed sales team at Ravelin, he is back with a degree and hard at work dreaming up the future of fraud detection.
Katrina is fascinated by all things criminal. She has degrees in criminology and security studies and watches way too many crime shows. Before joining Ravelin, Katrina spent several years working for start-ups focused on using data to mitigate risk in dangerous places. In her spare time, she loves hiking, climbing and cooking.
Raphael has been designing and developing websites, in equal parts, for the better part of 10 years. When he’s not waxing lyrical about build systems or how the flexbox model saved his life, he’s usually ploughing through the latest video game between feeding his four cats.
Sándor is passionate about building products that solve problems and people enjoy using. His ultimate dream is to hold a bunch of design patents which keeps him motivated to thrive for self-improvement. In addition to his love for design, Sándor enjoys good story telling which is the reason he holds a limitless Odeon card.
Phil has been doing difficult things with software in the telco and data communications sectors for well over 20 years, and most recently is a refugee from his own recommendations start-up. He's debugged software by listening to it. He's friendly. And often wears a hat.
Jono spent his time building Video Game Software, coding Satellite Ground Stations and erecting Cloud Platforms prior to joining Ravelin. Between arguing about various open source projects, Jono can be found asserting that Canada is, in fact, a real place. Jono is from Canada.
Rob has been developing software ever since the ZX Spectrum was a thing. He’s worked in a variety of industries ranging from alcohol distribution, property, online directories, taxi hailing to mobile wallets. Never tiring of the command line he still enjoys cutting the code. Sometimes he even draws cartoons.
Before joining Ravelin, Astrid tried to start her own company in luxury events planning. She realised she did not like either events planning or luxury, but found software development on the way and fell in love with it. When not speeding through tutorials, Astrid’s probably studying obscure languages or correcting someone’s grammar.
Rob has enjoyed building things for as long as he can remember, and more recently this has been software. After two computer science degrees, he traveled to Silicon Valley to work for a year at a startup, and has returned to England to work at Ravelin. When he's not writing code, you'll find Rob playing video games or quoting The Simpsons.
Jamie joined Ravelin after studying computer and electronic engineering at Surrey University and three years working as a software engineer at BT. Building great user experiences on the web is what gets Jamie out of bed in the morning, that and coffee. In his spare time Jamie plays bass in a busy function band, loves debating films and tinkering with Raspberry Pis.
Arash is in the process of getting his mechanical engineering degree. Unfortunately, he's realised that he likes developing software more than cars. When he is not stressing over how he picked the wrong major, or wondering why writing a 50 word bio is so difficult, he is playing sports.
After acquiring architectural degree Laurynas stumbled upon the world of software engineering and never looked back. He began his career making Augmented Reality applications merging digital and physical worlds. When he's not solving technical challenges at Ravelin, he could be found playing beach volley, enjoying classics of reading on how to be a better human being.
Amanda joins Ravelin from another Passion company, Digital Shadows. She is happiest when the people around her are happy and thrives on paperwork and streamlining procedures. Switching to tech startups after a career in Education, she enjoys building office culture in an adult-only environment. Moving from the San Francisco Bay Area, she is now enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of London.
Shantelle joins Ravelin after many years as a European Financial controller within Technology industry. She has a passion for numbers but a bigger passion for people. She is really happy to be part of the Ravelin family. When Shantelle isn’t sampling culinary delights of London, she is trying to walk them off going for long walks in Epping Forest.
After completing her Master’s Degree in International Marketing, Valma became passionate about both marketing and technology. She joins Ravelin from IT company Cisilion. When she’s not fighting fraud in the office, you can find Valma travelling the world, spending quality time with friends and eating excessive amounts of peanut butter.
After finishing her university degree in Business Management, Sanna joined the brave fraud fighters at Ravelin, hoping to create a safer online world. When she’s not obsessing over Google AdWords and Analytics, she’s probably training, brunching or rewatching the episodes of IT Crowd for the hundredth time.
Alara joins Ravelin after working as a fintech journalist, interviewing innovators and reporting on industry trends. She has previous experience working for digital and print publications, as well a news presenter focusing on global events. Alara studied at Syracuse University in New York before beginning her career as a journalist. When she’s not working, she’s probably trying new restaurants in London.
Charlie was part of the original team that launched the Subscription Economy and Zuora to the European market. Having now seen the team and their customers grow dramatically over the last 3 years, he's now dedicated to making fraud a thing the past. When not in the office, he's probably staring out the window wondering if it's snowing in the mountains.
Harry joins Ravelin heading out Partners and Alliances, after having spent 5 years working within the fraud and payments industry. Originally studying Theatre at university, he discovered that presenting at conferences was his new stage. When not working he can be found either reading or exploring London.
After years of studying Economics and managing marketing events for brands like Samsung, Jaguar and Microsoft Jamie decided to settle down to fight fraudsters and hasn't looked back since. Outside of helping businesses fight fraud, Jamie can be found taking photos with his dog Storm, in the gym or with a pair of boxing gloves on.
It was during an exam on 'the moral obligation to obey the law' in the final year of his philosophy degree at Leeds University that Oli realised it wasn't enough to just think about right and wrong, he had to live it. Enter Ravelin, and a career of fighting fraud and living chastely. This man doesn't just sell the virtues of Ravelin, he personifies them.
After a couple of years working as a process engineer in the water industry in Israel, Dafna moved to London and took a new career path. After 2 years of selling Microsoft Azure products, Dafna finally decided to join Ravelin and help fight Online fraudsters. When she is not in the office, you can find her running in the park, listening to music or just watching movies while eating lots of chocolates.