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Edward
Woodford
Co-Founder
CEO

Edward has previously worked at the Mayfair-based hedge fund Lansdowne Partners in the European Strategies Fund and also gained experience at Muddy Waters Research, the options trading and research group founded by Carson Block. His role included equity research, forensic accounting as well as the structuring and risk analysis of short positions. Edward graduated with First Class Honors from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, with a triple major in politics, economics and philosophy. Edward completed his Master of Finance at MIT in 2015, specializing in agricultural commodities. During his time, Woodward completed a research paper under the supervision of Professor Joseph Doyle (Erwin H. Schell Associate Professor of Management) and Captain Jillian Wisniewski (West Point lecturer) looking at the role of agriculture on insurgent attacks in Afghanistan.

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Brian
Liston
Co-Founder
President

Brian has a passion for capital markets and product development. At UCD, Mr. Liston worked under Dr. Don Bredin and Dr. Valerio Poti to investigate the market efficiency of Asian exchanges, and optimal portfolio construction techniques. Most recently, Brian worked under Rob Stavis at Bessemer Ventures and Scott Birnbaum of Red Sea Ventures to be among the first to apply vigorous quantitative research to practical issue as to how the economic cycle impacts VC investment returns. Brian graduated from University College Dublin in 2014 with a BSc in Economics & Finance, and then obtained a Master of Finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015, having focused on capital markets. He achieved a First Class Honors in both degrees. Before Seed, Brian worked at Accenture and Skype, and cofounded another venture in Dublin before leaving to complete attend MIT. Brian captained the national Philippine rugby team for 2 years in 2009 and 2010. He is now living in Chicago, where Seed CX is headquartered

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Lee
Patrick
Chief Technology Officer

Lee Patrick graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Engineering Physics before completing a Masters in the subject at Northwestern.  Lee began his professional career at Tradelink, where he wrote proprietary quote monitoring systems.  Lee then worked for a number of years as a software Engineer at Peak6’s Achievement Fund before moving to Cognitive Capital, where he specialized in data science development.

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Michael
Choi
Systems Architect

Michael previously worked as a research engineer in the Operator Performance Laboratory, a group focused on human-factors research in aviation.  There he worked on developing critical embedded systems instrumentation and analysis software for NASA and 3M.  He then co-founded and operated as CTO for Bellwether Creation Company, overseeing a team of 11 developers and working on a number projects including for the CME.  Michael graduated from the University of Iowa in Computer Engineering.

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Jason
Chiu
Systems Architect

Jason worked as a software engineer at Peak6 Investments where he automated end of day procedures and created new trading features.  He then worked at Achievement Asset Management as a systems engineer, heading the infrastructure and associated cyber security.  Jason graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering.

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Daniel
Michell
Agricultural Economist

As an agricultural economist, Dan has a passion for using quantitative tools and methods in order to analyze and understand intricate problems and issues both at home and abroad in the world of farming. Have spent time working on a poultry, lamb, and egg farm as a market manager in the heart of the country’s most productive and diverse agricultural regions, central California, Dan has first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced by farmers in developing new products and the tools they need to accomplish this. While working at the local farm, Dan also spent time at the local department of agriculture working on economic development for small farmers through demand analysis of nearby school districts and creating links between farmers and school lunch rooms. Following his time at the farm, Dan chose to pursue a master’s degree in agricultural and resource economics the University of California, Davis. 

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Sam
Vergara
Deputy Compliance Officer

Sam has a passion for creative and strategic thinking in the world of financial regulation. He has worked in the field of financial services regulation since graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a BA in History and Legal Studies, and obtaining a JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he was a member of the Dean’s List. He began his career at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), where he acquired experience in the Division of Enforcement and Division of Market Oversight. His work at the CFTC focused on supporting enforcement actions with research on market manipulation and fictitious trade practices, as well as facilitating the registration process for swap execution facilities (SEFs). Following his time with the CFTC, Sam embraced several legal and compliance roles within the industry before joining Seed in August 2016.

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Xiurui ‘Iris’
Cui
Agricultural Economist

After graduating from a vet school in China, Iris attended the Dubai International Thoroughbred Internship and started a career with racehorses in Lexington, Kentucky. A love of horses led her to continuing her study at University of Kentucky where she obtained a master degree in Agricultural Economics. Iris conducted statistical analysis to investigate thoroughbred buyers’ behavior and risk preferences, and helped with thoroughbred companies in marketing and pricing. She joined Seed as an intern in June 2016, and started a full career later in October.