eWise was founded in 2000 with the goal of bringing together all of a person’s financial accounts on a single screen. Since then, we have been pioneering and partnering with global top 50 financial institutions on 3 continents to make them the ONE place for millions of their customers to access and manage their full financial lives.
Why work with eWise?
1) Our focus from Day 1 has been global customers.
Global is not an afterthought for us. We originated outside of the U.S. and built our products from the ground up with global customers in mind. We have a 12-year track record delivering to satisfied financial institutions globally.
2) Our client-side architecture guarantees that our financial institution customers are fully compliant with their legal, regulatory and data privacy obligations - no matter where they're based.
We invented and patented client-side aggregation, which means all interactions with online institutions are performed by the end-user's device - and not by a server farm in the cloud in the U.S.
3) Our technology is flexible to meet your needs.
We designed our technology to be easy to localize to any country's needs (languages, currencies, online authentication techniques). And you choose how you implement and deploy it - either on-premise or as a hosted service.
Alexandre Gonthier - CEO
Alex is from Switzerland, so it will come as no surprise that he isn’t a stranger to payments. Since 1997, he has been a founder and entrepreneur, building several successful payments companies. Alex was CEO and co-founder of iPIN (acquired by Aepona), a leading online and mobile payment platform for the likes of Visa, Wells Fargo and AT&T. iPIN was featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and other leading publications. He was also the CTO of mobile payments company Paymo, which merged with BOKU, the fastest-growing mobile payments company worldwide fueling customers like Facebook, EA, and Sony. As CEO of Trinity Mobile and Director of Ticketscript (a leading ticketing platform in Europe and post-merger successor to Trinity Mobile), he learned firsthand about payments from the merchant’s perspective. Alex was previously an Advisor to private equity firm 3i and a Venture Partner at venture capital firm Wellington Partners in London. He has a Masters in Communications Systems from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland.
David Hamilton - President
David has lived and worked in Australia, Asia, the United States and now resides in Switzerland, all in pursuit of the best financial services technologies. He began his career as a Retail Banker at Westpac in Australia and moved into the financial services technology market in 1997. Since then, David has held various positions with two of the world’s largest financial technology companies, Fiserv ($4.5 billion) for 12 years and SunGard ($4 billion) for 5 years. As President of SunGard’s Banking Division which served over 1,200 customers in more than 70 countries, David managed a broad portfolio of solutions from Enterprise Risk Management to Online & Mobile Banking, leading the company to the number one position in many product categories globally. When he’s not improving financial services technologies, David plays guitar and enjoys blues music from such favorites as Buddy Guy, Junior Kimbrough and the earliest British blues pioneers: Cream; Yardbirds; and Led Zeppelin.
Alexander Grinberg - Founder and Head of Sales
Alex is from Australia, where he lived near Bondi Beach and enjoyed the surf. He started his career in law and technology, as Senior Legal Counsel at IBM in Australia. After nearly 8 years there, he joined Oracle. Alex spent 7 years at Oracle, first as General Counsel for Australia & New Zealand and then, in an expanded role, as General Counsel for Nordics, Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa. In 2000, Alex was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and founded eWise. He was CEO until 2011 and led the company’s growth across the US, Europe and Asia Pacific. Today, Alex runs the eWise personal financial management and account aggregation business internationally. He is one of the inventors of client-side aggregation and holds a number of technology patents. Alex has a Diploma in Law from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Allan See - Head of Engineering
Allan is from the Philippines and started his career as a Software Engineer at Exist Global and Orange & Bronze. For the past five years, he has been leading and growing development teams in the online banking and internet advertisement space for SunGard (the leading global solutions provider for Retail Banking) and ValueCommerce (an internet ad marketing platform in Japan handling 4TB of data and 100K transactions a day). Allan is a founding member of Developers Connect, which is a nonproﬁt organization that promotes local technology talent in Pinoy, Philippines. In his free time, Allan plays with the latest technologies, loves to read technical and business books and helps with his wife’s wedding planning business. He attended De La Salle University in the Philippines on a full scholarship and majored in Computer Systems Engineering.
Nicolas Guillaud - Financial Controller
Nicolas is from France, but started his career in Luxembourg with Deloitte’s Mergers & Acquisitions team before moving to the Audit division. After a few years, he chose a more hands-on Financial Controller role with the $800 million Lawson Software in Switzerland, dealing with revenue recognition, forecasting and budgeting. After Infor acquired Lawson, Nicolas worked with SunGard as Chief Financial Officer for two business units focused on sales growth and profitability in Private Banking and Wealth Management. When he's not busy working on spreadsheets, Nicolas spends time with his wife, and enjoys randomly delicious foods and exploring the beautiful outdoors. He received a M.S. in Corporate Finance from Toulouse Business School in France.
Board of Directors
Phillip Riese - Former President of Consumer Card Group at American Express
Phillip Riese joined the board as non-executive Chairman in 2011. Phillip spent over 20 years in leadership roles in the payments industry, initially at Chase and ultimately at American Express. He retired from American Express in 1998 as President of the Consumer Card Group and Chairman of American Express’ Centurion Bank, leading the teams that turned around American Express’ core business. Since leaving American Express, he has focused on co-investing in start-up and midsize companies that are potential leaders in providing disruptive financial services, advanced data analytics and next-generation marketing capabilities, serving on the boards of some and acting as an advisor to management in others.
Eric Archambeau - General Partner at Wellington Partners
Eric Archambeau joined the board in 2011. Prior to joining Wellington Partners, Eric was at Benchmark Capital from 2000-2002, where he led and co-led a number of European venture deals, including Betfair (listed in London BET.L), Almonde (acquired by Misys), and Instranet (acquired by Salesforce.com). Eric joined Benchmark from Atlas Venture, where, in Silicon Valley, he initiated a number of successful investments including Tsqware (acquired by Globespan) and Obongo (acquired by AOL). Before 1999, Eric was a serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, first as co-founder and CEO of RightPoint (acquired by Epiphany), then as founding CEO of Trading Dynamics (acquired by Ariba). Eric was also a founding board member of eGroups, acquired by Yahoo! in 2000.
Bernard Liautaud - Partner at Balderton Capital
Bernard Liautaud joined the board in 2012. Bernard founded Business Objects in 1990, was CEO for 15 years then Chairman until 2008. With 6,700 employees, 45,000 customers and $1.5 billion of revenue in 2007, Business Objects was one of the 15 largest software companies in the world. Business Objects was the first European software IPO on Nasdaq in 1994. In January 2008, Business Objects was acquired by SAP for $6.8 billion, making it the third largest software acquisition at the time. Bernard is now a member of SAP’s supervisory board and Cap Gemini’s board. He has received a number of distinctions including Time Magazine Europe's Digital Top 25 and BusinessWeek Stars of Europe of 2002, and Top 10 CEOs in North America by Chief Executive Magazine in 2001.
Peter Rowley - Former Senior Executive at IBM
Peter Rowley joined the board in 2007. Peter joined IBM from high school as a trainee cadet in 1966 and retired in 2003. During that period he held a number of senior positions including CEO and General Manager IBM Korea; Vice President and General Manager, Operations, IBM Latin America; General Manager Corporate Customers, Europe and General Manager, Global Business Partners, IBM Corporation. In 1995, he was appointed as a Member of IBM World Management Council and remained as a member of the council until he retired in 2003.
Tom Smith - Co-founder & Managing Partner at TTV Capital
Tom Smith joined the board in 2008. Tom is a co-founder and managing partner of TTV Capital. He retired from IBM in 2000 after 30 years of service. From 1996 to his retirement, Tom served as vice president, Small and Medium Business, IBM Americas. Prior to that, he was the southern area general manager appointed in 1986, with responsibility for IBM’s sales, marketing and services business for thirteen states. Tom previously was on the board of directors of GreenDot, KnowledgeStorm and PayCycle. He currently serves on the board of directors of 3V, Silverpop, IP Commerce and Microbilt.