“Innovation only matters if it drives results.”
Scott Juds, Chairman and CEO, Merlyn.AI
Merlyn.ai seeks to improve investment decision-making by leveraging the power of advanced signal processing, artificial intelligence and genetic algorithms to help us cut through the noise inherent in huge volumes of market data and identify trends in capital markets.
For many years our award-winning* technologies were accessible only by experienced advisors and investors via a Software-as-a-Service platform. After more than 10 years of research, development and real-world application, these technologies power our indexes and are easily accessed by any investor.
*Awarded the 2016 NAAIM Wagner Award for “Investment Performance Improvement Utilizing Automated Polymorphic Momentum”
Meet the team
Scott Juds, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO is also the Founder and CEO of Seattle-based SumGrowth Strategies (a decade-old company with two automated platforms – AlphaDroid for advisors and SectorSurfer for individual investors). He was formerly the Founder and President of piTech Engineering of Seattle, Co-Founder and VP of Engineering for IDX Inc. of AR, and VP of Advanced Engineering for EATON Corporation’s Opcon division. Mr. Juds has been granted over 40 U.S. and foreign patents, holds an MSEE from Stanford University, and a BSEE from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He won the prestigious NAAIM Wagner Award in 2016 with his paper “Investment Performance Improvement Utilizing Automated Polymorphic Momentum” and currently serves as a NAAIM panel judge for the annual contest. Mr. Juds is the creator of Temporal Portfolio Theory (Modern Portfolio Theory extended with advanced signal processing), and the author of both “Conquering the Seven Faces of Risk” (FinTech Press 2017) and “Photoelectric Sensors and Controls” (Marcel Dekker 1988).
Valéry Talma, CEO and Director, has a strong background in venture capital, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, investment banking, and international finance. Mr. Talma has been Deputy General Manager of Gulf Bank in Kuwait, Founder & Managing Director of Peninsula Insights in the United Arab Emirates, Managing Director – Head of Investment Banking Advisory of HSBC in Saudi Arabia, Managing Director – Middle East & Africa Investment Banking of Credit Agricole CIB in DIFC, Dubai, and UAE, and Vice President of UBS in Paris and London. Mr. Talma holds a BA in Economics and Business (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of California, Los Angeles, and holds a Master of Science in Business Administration and Management from HEC Paris. Recently he has taken multiple Continuing Studies courses in Computer Science – Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University.
Lisa Noble, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. With a BS and MS in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Rice University Lisa started her career designing signal processing software and hardware for spread spectrum communication systems at ESL/TRW, and later co-founded Spectral Innovations, a developer of digital signal processing technology. After continuing her education with a JD from Stanford Law School, she held positions as a patent attorney at Fenwick and West, Associate General Counsel and Intellectual Property Attorney at DIVA Systems, and Director of Intellectual Property at Liberate Technologies. More recently, she founded Lisa Noble Photography with publications including Cosmopolitan, Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, Showtime, Travel Channel and The Colbert Show.
Sue Guzman, Director. With an MS-Engineering Management degree from Stanford University and BSEE from UW-Madison, Ms. Guzman has three decades of successful corporate leadership experience in Blue Chip firms (Hewlett Packard and National Instruments), as well as new companies, such as fiber optics startup kSaria. These experiences led to her selection as CEO and General Manager (ret.) of Celerity Systems/Aeroflex Inc., a major supplier of broadband test and measurement products based in Cupertino, CA. Aside from her duties at MAI, she is President of Canine Companions for Independence (South Bay), a nonprofit that trains highly skilled assistance dogs for placement with children and adults with disabilities— for free.
Michael Patrick, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, has 30-years of experience as an attorney representing high tech companies. Mike was a partner in the corporate group of Fenwick & West, one of the Silicon Valley’s premier technology law firms, from 1995 through 2015, specializing in the representation of venture-backed tech startups and the venture capital firms that invested in them. Prior to joining the corporate group, Mike practiced as a commercial litigator at Fenwick. Mike was the co-author of Fenwick & West’s quarterly Survey of Venture Capital Financing terms for over 10 years. Mike has a BA from Wesleyan University and a JD from the UCLA School of Law. Mike served as the Co-President of the Board of Directors of La Comida, a Palo Alto-based non-profit, from 2018 to 2020 and is currently Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors of Environmental Volunteers, another Palo-Alto based non-profit
Warren Hyland, Hyland, Co-Founder and Director, is a strong business development and technology licensing professional, skilled in startups, turn-arounds, sensing technology, waste management, biofuels, mining, and renewable energy — and sailing the warm beautiful seas. Mr. Hyland is CEO of the Inventor Mentor Group, Manager of the Wizards Chest, LLC, Manager of the Legacy Fund, LLC, Co-Founder of Luminaerospace, and past Director of Novita Technologies. Mr. Hyland holds a BaSc Engineering from the University of Toronto.