Meet our
Team Members

Our team members are highly skilled and passionate about what they do, bringing their unique perspectives and expertise to the table.

Driven by Excellence and Innovation

Casey Fenton
Co-Founder & CEO
  • Founder, Couchsurfing (20M+ users).
  • Five-time serial entrepreneur with successful exits.
  • $25M raised from top VCs such as Benchmark, General Catalyst, Menlo Ventures, midyear.
Arne Peder Blix
Co-Founder & Senior Advisor
  • Founder, Accurate Equity (later Equatex).
  • Spent more than a decade serving 30% of Fortune 100 equity market, never lost a customer.
  • Equatex was aquired by Computershare in 2018.
Paoulo Riveros
Chief Technical Officer
  • Chief technical lead.
  • Worked with CEO Casey Fenton for 8+ years on multiple companies.
  • Former developer for Couchsurfing.
Gabriel Fenton
Head of Product & COO
  • 10+ years of experience in the startup world
  • Expertise in technical product management
  • UX & UI expert in the field of startups
Scott McGregor, PhD
Chief Financial Officer
  • Experienced SaaS Finance Manager for 20 years
  • Forecasting and Modeling Wizard
  • Makes sure the Upstock UI is bookkeeper-friendly
Asmina Symonyan
International Attorney
  • Expert in contracts, especially in foreign jurisdictions
  • Deep experience across multiple legal domains
  • Ph.D in Law
John Anthony Almerino
In-House Attorney and
Head of Customer Success
  • Experienced in-house counsel for a VC-backed blockchain startup.
  • Deep experience in legal and compliance work for US firms.
  • Specialization in securities law and digital assets regulation within an international context.
Rowena Aquino
Operations Assistant
  • 10+ years executive support; skilled in operations and project management.
  • BA in Legal Management; gained legal research and business writing skills.
  • Interested in Process Streamlining, AI, Digital Marketing & Content Strategy.
Christopher Branzuela
Graphic Designer
  • Expert in graphics and marketing collateral for business success.
  • 5+ years of expertise in print design, layout, and brand identity.
  • Acquired skills in UI/UX design on Figma and Webflow.
Nica Jose
Content Writer
  • 10+ years experience in SEO content writing for various niches
  • Managed different projects, including bulk eBook and course production for different markets.

Expert guidance for success

Eric Ries
  • Senior Advisor
  • Author of the Lean Startup.
  • Founder of the Long Term Stock Exchange.
  • Faculty of Singularity University.
Richard Titus
  • General Partner at All Fund
  • former Senior VP, Samsung.
  • ICO expert with over 30 successful ICOs.
Arjun Dev Arora
  • Founder & Adviser, Valence Advisory.
  • Former Partner, 500 Startups. Former Founder & CEO, ReTargeter.
  • Venture Partner, Fin Venture Capital. Silicon Valley Entrepreneur.
Daniel Hoffer
  • VC (Autotech), Tandem Capital.
  • Founder & Former CEO of Couchsurfing.
  • Deep product expertise from roles at NortonLive (Symantech) and Triplit (Concur/SAP).
Janielle Denier
  • CEO, RainFactory, Inc.
  • Top growth hacker & crowdfunding expert.
  • Responsible for 8 of the top 20 Indiegogo campaigns.
Tery Williams
  • Chief equity document legal architect.
  • 22 years, international equity plan expert for 150+ countries.
  • Led equity plan design for Baker Mckenzie & Hewlett Packard.
Virginia Forsyth
  • International Attorney.
  • 10+ years experience in commercial law for a top London law firm.
  • Former solicitor for a multi-million dollar international organization.
Company Values

At Upstock, we stand by a set of core values that guide everything we do

unlocks greatness
We believe that the alignment of workers and companies unlocks greatness. This includes not only financial alignment but logical, technological, and for some even spiritual alignment.
Worker Equity
We believe in being leaders for the future of work, by making worker equity and alignment accessible to every kind of organization including distributed teams.
Trust and
We believe that more transparency allows stakeholders to trust each other and unlock greatness.
We believe in continual innovation toward more equitable divisions of ownership.
We believe that we should all be emotionally inspired to do the best work of our lives.
Lead and
We believe in leading the global charge toward a more cooperative form of capitalism.
We are revolutionizing
How equity should inspire
Upstock currently has over 75+ jurisdictions and is inspiring more than 100+ teams worldwide.
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With transparent equity tracking and real-time insights, Upstock inspires collaboration, accountability, and a deep sense of ownership, driving personal and professional growth like never before.
World-class equity plans for global teams
Upstock empowers companies to offer top-shelf and high-quality equity plans to workers and team members in 75+ countries around the world.
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