Hypatia Technologies was founded by John Toohey and Cherie Duncan. Their initial intent was to leverage Blockchain technology for the benefit of Regulators globally. With a mission to improve RegTech in areas other than just financial, John & Cherie created Hypatia.

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The Founders

Ingredients for Success

Technical Abilities: Cofounders have 60 years of experience architecting and  managing complex product development and delivery. Combined they have 35 years in regulated gaming. Additionally, John has successfully cofounded and sold 2 prior technology startup companies. Their last project leveraged immutable ledger technology and positions them for smooth transition to the underlying Blockchain technology, a foundation of the Hypatia technology.

Complementary Skills: While Cherie excels at Product & Program Management and the day-to-day running of the company, John’s ability to architect clean and reusable solutions are key contributors to his previous successes. Additionally, both are passionate and share like minded values and ethics.

Shared Prehistory: John & Cherie have worked extremely well together for nearly 4 years driving complex problems to production-ready solutions for a large public company.

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John P Toohey – Hypatia Technologies Cofounder & CEO
John is is a performance focused technology executive, consistently delivering revenue growth and driving highly strategic business initiatives to support corporate goals. John is an innovator in launching strategies, programs and services to capture new revenue opportunities.

John has a proven ability for building and motivating global teams to improve and execute on new missions, meet or exceed operational metrics and deliverables, and provide world class value.

He brings extensive experience in designing, developing and delivering, commercial grade distributed, fault-tolerant and secure systems for Cloud and Data Center deployments.

John is experienced in the architecture and design of loosely coupled, modular, asynchronous and event driven platforms with a focus on micro-services and Self Contained Systems.

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Cherie Duncan – Hypatia Technologies Cofounder & COO
Cherie is a certified Project Management executive with a career highlighted by a record of achievement in successfully delivering on business critical objectives.

Cherie is an effective leader with demonstrated abilities to assess and quickly turn around struggling projects while executing optimal solutions for complicated business problems.

Cherie has managed & driven global teams for over a decade and lived abroad in Austria for 1 year as Managing Director for Global Draw, a UK based gaming company.


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Mike Lightman – Cerpien LLC – Chief Commercial Officer
Mike is an accomplished executive, leader, and strategist. He is driven to innovate products and develop successful business ventures around them. Most recently his focus has been interactive, loyalty, CRM, and ecommerce technologies. Mike is currently a Principal at Cerpien LLC, a boutique investment and advisory firm. Formerly, he has served as a senior executive for public corporations including Scientific Games and International Game Technology, and for venture-backed start-ups including GameLogic Inc. Mike holds an MBA in marketing and finance from Columbia Business School, and a BS in computer science from Union College.


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David R Pye – Hypatia Technologies – Retired VP Corporate Development
Dave is a senior executive with strategy, business development, product management, strategic alliance and mergers & acquisition expertise to build diverse technology and services businesses. Dave excels at identifying and leveraging profit and growth opportunities across value chains and eco-systems. He is a business architect with operational experience for growth and turnarounds.
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Bob is a Strategy and Corporate Development Consultant with Growth Insight, Inc.  He formerly served as Partner at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) and as Vice President, Corporate Strategy, for Scientific Games.  He has served on the Board of Directors of two publicly traded companies, Axsys Technologies and Bluefly, Inc.  Bob consults on strategy and corporate development with clients in the gaming, retail technology, music publishing and other industries.  In addition to serving as an Advisor to Hypatia, Bob serves as an advisor to Brickwork Software, Backbone PLM and Reachify, Inc.

Senior Staff

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Mollie Mills Cole – Director Communications
Mollie is a corporate communications executive with 15+ years’ experience in creating, refining and delivering strategic communications for B2B and B2C companies of all sizes, public and private. Most recently, Mollie held a senior level position for a leading innovator in casino, lottery and interactive technology, where she led internal and external communications including brand management, executive and change communications, and media and public relations. In addition, Mollie also served as Vice President/Managing Director of an integrated marketing agency specializing in traditional and digital communications for small and emerging businesses.
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Ricardo Cosme – Director of Development – Front End
Ricardo has almost twenty years of hands-on experience in complex and critical IT technology systems, being the most part of them in the strategic steering and implementation of public, wide range software projects and management of both local and geographically dispersed technical teams.
With a software and systems engineering background, he’s a seasoned technical leader in large scale media and information delivery systems, as well as distributed and scalable communication clusters, with a sound exposure to large systems integration, maintenance and availability.
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Mirko Bordjoski – Senior Developer – Front End
Mirko was Hypatia’s first developer and help create the foundation of our Back Office. He is a dedicated software developer with many years of experience working on cross platform RIA applications, data visualization, p2p systems and web related technologies.
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Poonam Phowakande – Senior Developer – Platform
Poonam is passionate, responsible and a committed developer, with a get-it-done, on-time spirit, A results-driven, analytical Senior Software developer who can think “out of the box”. Strong in problem-solving skills. Expert in Python, PHP , Golang with knowledge of multiple databases. Skilled in developing business plans, requirements specifications, user documentation, and architectural systems research.
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Tanuj Soni – Senior Developer – Platform
Tanuj is an experienced software developer with a technical background in BlockChain and Web-related technologies. Expertise in developing horizontally scalable, highly concurrent systems, Cloud computing, Mobile systems as well as systems integration.
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Rajat Harlalka
Rajat Harlalka – Senior Developer – Front End
Rajat has several years of experience in the computer software industry in leading engineering and technology teams. He has worked extensively on different software technologies. Rajat comes with a strong background in computer architecture, networking and algorithms, and is excited by latest technologies such as data science and deep learning..