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.

John P Toohey
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.

Cherie Duncan
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.


Robert Stevens Robert Stevens – Growth Insight, Inc.
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.

David R Pye
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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Mike Lightman
Mike Lightman – Cerpien LLC – Principal
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.