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 work

What we do

LeapYear is a software company that enables responsible analysis and sharing of sensitive data.

Our work involves fundamental advances in machine learning and cryptography, as well as deep partnerships with the largest financial institutions and healthcare companies.

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What we value

Five behaviors that guide our decisions, big and small.

01 CLIENT FIRST

02 HIGH STANDARDS

03 INTEGRITY

04 LEARNING

05 KINDNESS

Putting the Client First

We frame every decision in the context of creating value for our clients. We 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, and 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

We emulate the warmth and positivity of the people we admire the most. We respond to inexperience with inclusiveness, not frustration. We look after our physical and mental health and take care not to burn outourselves or others.

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01 CLIENT FIRST

Putting the Client First

We frame every decision in the context of creating value for our clients. We 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 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 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 LEARNING

Teaching, Learning, and 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 KINDNESS

Being Kind

We emulate the warmth and positivity of the people we admire the most. We respond to inexperience with inclusiveness, not frustration. We look after our physical and mental health and take care not to burn outourselves 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 and 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.

Steve Bamberger
Chief Revenue Officer

Steve Bamberger is Chief Revenue Officer of LeapYear, supporting LeapYear’s customers from sales through success.

Most recently, Steve was President at Evolv Technologies, growing revenues  91% through the COVID crisis. Prior to Evolv, Steve was Chief Revenue Officer at analytics pioneer Visier, where he was responsible for five years of over 90% growth.

Steve is a thirty year enterprise software veteran. His career includes executive positions at Oracle and at Accenture. Steve holds a BA in computer science from Duke University.

Philippe Chambadal
President of Financial Services

Philippe Chambadal is President, FSI, at LeapYear. Philippe joins to drive adoption across all major aspects of financial services including capital markets, retail banking, insurance and more.

Philippe was Group Vice President at C3.ai and in charge of financial services globally. Prior to C3, he was EVP at Temenos and CEO of SmartStream. At SmartStream, he created a JV between Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan to manage global instrument reference data, an industry first. He was the Founder and CEO of Metamatrix, the first virtual database, acquired by Redhat.

Backed by the best

Investors and advisors

LeapYear is backed by top-tier venture firms, as well as a unique advisory board including regulatory experts, Wall Street execs, Fortune 500 board members, and Gödel Prize-winning computer scientists.

JOE GRUNDFEST

Professor, Stanford Law & former SEC Commissioner

John W. Thompson

Lead Independent Director Microsoft

Hans Morris

Managing partner NYCA & Former President VISA

Enrique Salem

Partner Bain Capital & Former CEO Symantec

Adam Smith

Chief Scientific Advisor &
Co-inventor of differential privacy

Israel Englander

Chairman and CEO of Millennium Management

Joe Geraci

Former Head of Spread Products Citibank

John Willian

Former Partner and Head of prime Brokerage, Goldman Sachs

Tony Berkman

MD at Two Sigma

LeapYear’s Mission

Embedding privacy and trust into the future of data

In the next decade, data analytics and data sharing will transform every industry.

Global challenges such as healthcare, economic prosperity, and international coordination will be shaped by these technological forces.

Institutions that want to stay competitive & innovative will be compelled to put all of their data into play, including extraordinarily sensitive information. We believe that this must be done with the highest standard of data protection, and we have built LeapYear for this purpose: embedding privacy and trust into the future of data.

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