ABOUT US

The rise of large-scale data collection and machine learning has been accompanied by pressing questions related to privacy, security, and data access.

LeapYear builds technology to address these issues in a scalable, rigorous, and future-proof way.

With LeapYear, some of the largest enterprises in the world are able to break down data silos, form data partnerships, and accelerate the adoption of machine learning, all with mathematically proven privacy protection.

Our Values

01 Putting the Client First

02 Having High Standards

03 Insisting on integrity

04 TEACHING, LEARNING & GROWING

05 BEING KIND

Putting the Client First

Frame every decision in the context of creating value for our clients. Understand how investments of time and resources will improve our clients’ ability to leverage their data in a better, faster, cheaper, or more secure way.

Having High Standards

LeapYear makes trustworthy and high-performance technology – our work necessarily must reflect these qualities. Be reliable to your teammates, and expect the same from them. Challenge proposed solutions with rigor (not aggression) and prioritize ideas with impact.

Insisting on integrity

We do not cut corners when it comes to honesty, respect, and personal accountability, and we make strong and intentional efforts to promote these values in our relationships at work.

TEACHING, LEARNING & GROWING

When we don’t know something, we form questions instead of assumptions. When we make mistakes, we invest time in understanding where we went wrong, and how to prevent it from happening again.

BEING KIND

Emulate the warmth and positivity of the people you admire the most. Respond to inexperience with inclusiveness, not frustration. Look after your physical and mental health, and take care not to burn out yourself or others.

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01 Putting the Client First

Putting the Client First

Frame every decision in the context of creating value for our clients. Understand how investments of time and resources will improve our clients’ ability to leverage their data in a better, faster, cheaper, or more secure way.

02 Having High Standards

Having High Standards

LeapYear makes trustworthy and high-performance technology – our work necessarily must reflect these qualities. Be reliable to your teammates, and expect the same from them. Challenge proposed solutions with rigor (not aggression) and prioritize ideas with impact.

03 Insisting on integrity

Insisting on integrity

We do not cut corners when it comes to honesty, respect, and personal accountability, and we make strong and intentional efforts to promote these values in our relationships at work.

04 TEACHING, LEARNING & GROWING

TEACHING, LEARNING & GROWING

When we don’t know something, we form questions instead of assumptions. When we make mistakes, we invest time in understanding where we went wrong, and how to prevent it from happening again.

05 BEING KIND

BEING KIND

Emulate the warmth and positivity of the people you admire the most. Respond to inexperience with inclusiveness, not frustration. Look after your physical and mental health, and take care not to burn out yourself or others.

Leadership

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Ishaan Nerurkar
CEO

Ishaan Nerurkar is the CEO of LeapYear, a platform for privacy-preserving machine learning on sensitive data. LeapYear enables the world’s largest financial institutions, healthcare, and technology companies to safely leverage, share, and generate insights on previously restricted information.

Before founding LeapYear, Ishaan led a consulting firm which partnered with government agencies, large corporations, and non-profits to apply mathematics research to enhance their data strategy.

Prior to that, Ishaan worked on a Department of Defense initiative as a researcher at MIT.

Colton Jang
COO

Colton Jang is the COO and co-founder of LeapYear. Before founding LeapYear, Colton led a consulting firm which partnered with government agencies, large corporations, and non-profits to apply mathematics research to enhance their data strategy.

Colton began his career at the Elmseed Enterprise Fund, serving as a consultant and director of client services.

Kieran Harty
Vice President of Engineering

Kieran is the Vice President of Engineering at LeapYear. Before joining LeapYear he was the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Tintri. He was Executive Vice President of Research at Development at VMware for seven years, where he was responsible for all products. He led the delivery of the first and subsequent releases of ESX Server, Virtual Center and VMware’s desktop products.

Before VMware, he was Vice President of Research and Development at Visigenic, and Chief Scientist at TIBCO. Kieran has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin.

Jeremy McGee
Vice President of Solutions Architecture

Jeremy is LeapYear’s VP of Solutions Architecture.  His team partners with LeapYear’s customers from pilots to production deployments, ensuring successful implementations of the platform 

Prior to LeapYear, Jeremy held a variety of data- and customer-focused roles at Palantir Technologies, Bain Capital Ventures, Obama for America, and the Boston Consulting Group. Jeremy attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he majored in Aerospace Engineering.

Christopher Hockenbrocht
CTO

Christopher is a co-founder of LeapYear and CTO at the company. Prior to LeapYear, he studied lattice cryptosystems and differential privacy at the University of Pennsylvania. After joining LeapYear, Chris worked to establish and build capabilities to scale differential privacy into an enterprise ready-technology.  Chris has focused on core algorithm implementation, fundamental advances in composition, and privacy budget tracking.

Outside of work Christopher spends his free time exploring the intersection of art and technology as an audio engineer and musician.

Garrett Long
Vice President of Marketing

Garrett Long is the VP of Marketing at LeapYear, where he directs the company’s global marketing efforts.  LeapYear enables the world’s largest financial institutions, healthcare, and technology companies to safely leverage, share, and generate insights on previously restricted information.

Garrett’s decades of experience have spanned across Fortune 500 companies and startups. Prior to LeapYear, he served as the VP of Marketing at Open Data Group, the Senior Director of Marketing at Sandisk, and Director of Product Marketing at KLA-Tencor. Garrett also holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon.

Rich Pierpont
Vice President of Sales

Rich Pierpont is the VP of Sales at LeapYear, where he leads the global account executive team.  He has over 20 years of experience in scaling sales teams and revenue at security and technology start-ups. 

Before joining LeapYear, Rich was the VP of the East and one of the first sales hires at Skyhigh Networks (acquired by McAfee) and served as the Director of Sales at Vontu (acquired by Symantec). He has held additional sales and sales management roles at Tripwire and Network General.

INVESTORS & ADVISORS

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JOE GRUNDFEST

Professor, Stanford Law &
former SEC Commissioner

John W. Thompson

Chairman of Microsoft

Aaron Roth

Chief Scientific Advisor at LeapYear & Associate Professor at University of Pennsylvania

Enrique Salem

Partner Bain Capital &
Former CEO Symantec

Hans Morris

Managing Parter nyca &
Former President Visa

Our Team

The LeapYear team consists of senior executives from top enterprise companies, as well as PhD-level cryptographers and machine learning researchers from leading institutions and companies such as MIT, Stanford, Google, and Harvard.

 

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