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Will Freiberg is a technology executive and entrepreneurial leader with significant cross-functional expertise across sales, product, business development, customer success and strategic initiatives. Most recently, he was Co-CEO at D2iQ (formerly Mesosphere), a platform that simplifies and automates the difficult tasks needed for enterprise Kubernetes in production at scale. During his six-year tenure at D2iQ, he held various leadership positions and led the company through hypergrowth as the company helped define the cloud native container industry.
Previously, Will was Founder and CEO of eCommerce startup Tipping Basket, and worked in the Venture Capital and Technology Practice of Gunderson Dettmer, the M&A Group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and started his career as an analyst at Bank of New York Mellon. He is a CEO mentor and an early-stage investor in a variety of new technology spaces, including an advisor to Iterative.ai and a Board Member at Trilio. Will holds a BS from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD from Columbia Law School.
Philip Brittan is the founder and CEO of Crux Informatics, Inc., helping companies simplify their data delivery. He has over 30 years experience as a technology and business leader, primarily in FinTech. In addition to founding four start-ups, he served as CTO and Global Head of Platform for Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk division, headed up Google Finance, and ran Bloomberg’s foreign exchange business. Philip grew up on a ranch in Montana, holds a degree in Computer Science from Harvard, and loves making music and spending time outdoors.
Mark is the Chief Technology Officer of Crux Informatics, overseeing Platform Engineering, Data Engineering, Operations, and Information Technology initiatives. Mark started his career at Logica, a UK software house, and later worked at J.P. Morgan, where he built major systems across the firm as well as headed their distributed computing group globally. Joining Goldman Sachs in the mid 2000’s, Mark led their infrastructure group in EMEA prior to leading the Application Systems Infrastructure group that established virtualization within the firm and led to the development of the Goldman private cloud. Leaving the firm in 2015 to help bring a trading spin-off to market, Mark joined Thomson Reuters through acquisition in 2017. Prior to joining Crux, he was the Global Head of Trading Technology at Refinitiv. Mark lives in New York with his wife Louise, has three children, and loves travel and skiing. Fun fact: he played a US Senator in a zombie TV episode and is happy to report that he died well.
Michael Rude is the Head of Go To Market at Crux, accountable for all client-facing functions, articulating strategic vision and product roadmap, creating and executing go to market strategy, and achieving revenue targets. Michael was previously the Head of Buy-Side Trading Solutions at Refinitiv, where he was the proposition owner for the REDI trading platform, the Alphadesk portfolio and order management system, and Autex Trade Route. He held Chief Operating and Revenue Officer responsibilities at REDI Global Technologies from when REDI was spun out from Goldman Sachs in July 2013 and until it was acquired by Refinitiv (Thomson Reuters) in January 2017.
At Goldman Sachs, Michael held various senior leadership positions in electronic trading in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong prior to the REDI spinout. Michael attained an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota.
In mountaineering, the “crux” refers to the most challenging stage in the ascension to the peak. Overcoming the crux is essential to reaching the summit.
For years, companies have been frustrated by the challenges of working with data at scale, plagued by the amount of data engineering and wrangling required to get datasets ready for use. Crux was founded in 2017 with a mission to make data delightful by removing those obstacles and helping companies reach their summit.
Our team brings together technology experts, industry veterans, and entrepreneurial builders connected by our common goal to build technology solutions that simplify major data bottlenecks.
Data files under management
Data supplier partners
CEO, Crux Informatics
Founder, Crux Informatics
Partner, Goldman Sachs Principal
Former CEO, Barclays
Managing Partner, Woodbridge
Managing Director, Two Sigma
Managing Director, Two Sigma
Crux Advisor and Former COO, NYSE Euronext