We know exactly what life is like as an online business. That’s because, before we launched Ravelin, we ran an online business ourselves.
Our founding members created Hailo, Europe’s first truly successful taxi app. We wrestled with the delicate balance between blocking bad guys and admitting honest customers; fighting to protect our margins while preventing fraud. Dissatisfied with all the solutions we tried, we left to build our own. Ravelin was launched in 2015.
Today, all that hard-won 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, unlike our rivals, we’ve been there.
Martin was Founding Engineer at Hailo the taxi app, building the systems and team there over four years into a global business. He is a Physicist by training, but left behind an academic calling for the glamour of fraud detection and software. Martin is a father, husband and sporadic fisherman.
Nick loves creating teams and processes in fast-growing organisations. Before Ravelin, he held Finance Director roles at Hailo and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, the OS that dominates cloud computing. An accountant at heart, he hates seeing any company lose money to pesky fraudsters.
Leonard has been designing, developing and deploying online technologies for over a decade. He is passionate about the power of agile teams, iterative development, continuous integration, automated testing and empowered engineers. He can often be found in the far corners of the earth.
Mairtin is as obsessive about catching fraudsters as he is about drinking tea. Before Ravelin, he had a storied career in international intelligence which gave him the perfect insight into the criminal mind. Previously Head of Fraud at Hailo, he’s now channeling all that experience into the perfect fraud product.
Gerry was the original marketing hire at Ubuntu and over five years there launched its cloud products, seeing it become the most used cloud OS in the world. Now juggles breaking phones with making people in the fraud prevention business aware of what Ravelin can do.
Stephen was previously a Senior Data Scientist at Hailo, where he worked on product analytics and built data products and simulations to understand how cities live and move. He feels life is best served with a healthy dose of sarcasm, and is uncomfortable referring to himself in the third person.
Natalie was previously a Product Manager at Zenefits, where she worked on building an HR platform for small businesses. Having seen the company scale dramatically over the last 3 years, she’s excited to join a close knit team and help customers fight the bad guys. When not planning the next sprint, you can find Natalie aimlessly wandering around London.
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.
Ereli has worked as a researcher and a consultant on cyber security and big data systems, focusing on data products for attack detection. When he's not chasing bad guys at work or stating the obivous, he enjoys traveling and cooking for other people, maintaining a 100% food poisoning-free record.
Tom has joined Ravelin in the process of finishing his PhD in Mathematics. On his path to world domination, he previously interned as a software engineer where he maintained legacy code using just Vim. With his passion for stats, Tom computed the mean and standard deviation of other bios' lengths in a hope to make his statistically significant.
Before joining Ravelin to build intelligent fraud detection machines, Fabian studied changes in energy consumption of real neurons at Oxford and UCL. When he's not working or writing up his PhD thesis he can be found reading, cycling around London, or trying to learn a decent tennis serve.
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.
Astrid joined the Ravelin team after having built out the fraud team at YPlan. Understanding the fraud patterns and how to deal with specific cases became her main priority.Having stood at the other side of the Ravelin integration, she is now ready to help clients integrate seamlessly and make the journey a smooth transition to achieving the client’s goal
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kelsey was previously at a consumer PR agency where she worked with an award winning team to win coverage across media outlets, including ITV. She is passionate about helping businesses grow through brand development and media exposure. When she isn’t telling people about Ravelin, Kelsey is busy trying to get her American accent back.
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.
Andrea got passionate about the world of tech during his business studies in Milan and Copenhagen. Before joining Ravelin, he helped HotelTonight and Hootsuite strengthen their presence in Europe. When not at the office he's probably looking for movies or music no-one has ever heard of.
Before settling down at Ravelin, Eerik had lived in five European capitals and can tell you all about the international dimensions of fraud. After previous stints at Vodafone and the Estonian PM’s office, he’s currently taking a break from his studies at Oxford to help you fight fraudsters.
Although Yasmin was trained as a mechatronic engineer, she decided to pursue a career in business development and hasn't looked back since. Before Ravelin, she was helping the team at IBM Brazil bring digital infrastructure to the private sector. She loves working with people and helping tech companies grow. When she's not at work, you can find her at the cinema, out dancing or photographing her travels.
Olivia joined Ravelin fresh out of University. While studying, she spent her spare time giving the nation their coffee fix. She loves connecting with people and is passionate about the fight against fraud. If she's not in the office, you can probably find her on a trampoline or in the New Forest.
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.
Michaela is an e-commerce fraud prevention expert and began her career fighting fraud at Nike Europe. She is currently operating a successful consultancy company, working with the likes of Levi Strauss & Co and Europol. When not tackling fraud she enjoys gardening and many other outdoor pursuits.