“Property equity financing has not changed in over a century. So, we decided to connect property owners directly to investors. By doing this we eliminate lenders and liberate property equity for the property owner and investor to create a more prosperous future for all.”
The Vesta Equity Team
We created Vesta Equity to remove all the barriers in accessing property equity and create an open global marketplace for property owners and investors.
We connect investors to property owners that want to access the cash in their property to pursue their financial dreams without the encumbrances, hassles and costs of institutional loans. Our property investors are looking to add residential property investments to their portfolio without the risks, complications, and expenses of full property ownership.
Users undergo a rigorous KYC/AML process to protect the integrity of the solution and ensure 100% regulatory compliance.
All properties are vetted, professionally appraised, and ownership is verified. The property is then tokenized using Algorand’s Standard Assets (ASA) system. Full legal rights for the property owner and investor are embedded in smart contracts while investor rights are protected by Vesta Equity’s registered deed of trust instrument with the property owner and local registry office.
Users are provided with a blockchain wallet that operates using a stablecoin pegged 1:1 to the US dollar. This ensures transactional stability for listings, offers, and closings. Users can choose to offramp funds at any point in time to a preferred fiat currency by wire transfer or cryptocurrency in minutes.
The platform is built on blockchain which is a distributed ledger technology that ensures a common immutable and incorruptible record of all transactions.
“Generally, there are three rules when it comes to borrowing money: You need to have good credit, proof of income and cash for a down payment. Most people have the first two, but it's the third that trips them up. And nowhere does that come into play more than the mortgage market.”Jean Chatzky, Financial Editor
We believe real capitalism only truly exists when each party can transact free of middlemen without unnecessary costs.
Laura brings 10 years of experience in Public Accounting and private companies from a variety of industries. Laura is originally from France where she graduated business school with a Master’s in Business Management. Laura is also a Chartered Professional Accountant in Ontario. Earlier in her career she worked at Ernst & Young in the Luxembourg office where she led audit engagements for public companies gaining experience in accounting, consolidation, external reporting, and internal controls. She has worked in various finance functions in start-up size companies and in multinationals. She is an avid learner and is always looking for the next challenge.
Accounting and Finance
Michael is an entrepreneurial business leader with 25+ years of experience building innovative, digitally focused companies. He has worked with Canadian, US, & European enterprises, providing him with a global perspective. His skill sets include product development, high yield revenue management, digital marketing & acquisition, branding, sales management, customer success, fundraising, investor relations, P&L, team building, & partnerships. He is now focused on the intersection of business strategy & blockchain technology & is a CIO Certified Blockchain Professional. He is also an amateur competitive OCR & ultra-marathon racer.
CEO and Co-Founder
Chih Hao is a full-stack developer working on Vesta Equity main application. He has a PHD degree from McGill univesity and Masters degree in advanced computational methods. He is enthusiastic about kendo and workout, and also enriches his life with travel, reading, and delicious food.
Sylvain is an information technology journeyman. From mainframe operator to programmer-analyst to Chief Technology Officer of a NYC startup, he has done it all, while collecting a degree in marketing along the way. He was responsible for the digital transformation of a leading global classified advertising media company. Sylvain was also part of an international team of executives that brought forth the IPO of Trader.com. After years working as a digital business analyst and integrator for creative agencies in NYC, Montreal and Toronto and the Montreal Airports, Sylvain joined Vesta Equity as its newest Chief Technology Officer.
For fun, he practices and teaches Kendo, the Japanese martial art of sword fighting. His favourite saying is "Nana korobi ya oki", or "Fall down seven times, get up eight"
Eugene is a serial entrepreneur with 20 years of experience building digital products in advertising, retail, finance & military spaces. He's a full stack developer with expertise in taking a project from initial idea to full scale production. He has worked with large scale database systems, real time data processing, big data analytics & more. He's seen his startups through hypergrowth to multiple exits including an acquisition by a Fortune 500 company. He's an investor with interests in traditional finance and blockchain. He loves biking in rough terrain and chasing a new push ups record.
Taylor is an innovative, entrepreneurial VP/Director with 7+ years of experience leading the execution of high-volume business processes for institutional real estate platforms including Goldman Sachs and PGIM Real Estate (Prudential). He is passionate about real estate fractionalization, empowering real estate owners to unlock liquidity, and reducing friction in real estate transactions. He has a strong background in open-ended real estate fund operations, building strategic relationships, and creating efficiencies. Taylor is a business unit leader recognized for leveraging strengths in planning and strategy to identify new opportunities.
Director of Business Development
Imran is a business leader with 15 years in advertising technology, digital marketing, & logistics experience. Recently, he oversaw marketplace quality for over $800 million of annual transactions on Index Exchange, the world’s largest independent advertising exchange. He has worked on business processes, compliance, project management, product management, business intelligence, business development, client services, administration, & more. He is an executive team’s resident integrator & problem solver. He enjoys delving into to raw & rugged ecosystems when travelling & volunteering at nature-focused organizations to support their operations.
COO and Co-Founder
An accomplished marketing executive offering an in-depth perspective in marketing leadership, marketing management and digital marketing strategy. Over 12+ years of hands on marketing expertise with a history of implementing ground up marketing strategy and a strong marketing agency background. An automation specialist, marketing technologist, and product marketing manager. Responsible for managing millions in creative ad spend and media buying across a multitude of marketing channels with a distinguished record of success resulting in numerous pre and post seeded company acquisitions.
Edward M. Rippen
Lead Generation Manager
Aaron is a purpose driven individual who strives to build a better future for everyone. He has excelled in the Real Estate industry as an REO & Investment Property Rental Manager, Marketing Associate, Private Equity Fundraiser for Multi-Million dollar projects and also as an Agent Representative for multinational clientele. His unique perspective and kind hearted nature plays a crucial role in working towards the continued success of Vesta Equity’s customers and business partners alike. He spends a majority of his off-time outdoors hiking, camping, ski-biking, golfing and surfing.
Customer Success Manager
Jon is an award winning design leader with over 20+ years experience crafting creative solutions for brands in a multitude of industries, including healthcare, pharmaceutical, financial, legal, retail as well as travel and hospitality. His clients have included JCPenny, Shiner Beer, Lincoln Financial, H&R Block, Zales, Sprint, Neiman Marcus, Sanofi, Epiq Global and the Mutual Fund Store. When he’s not working, Jon has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys mountain biking and fishing in his spare time.
Sr. Designer/Art Director
Orlando is a technology leader with 25+ years of software engineering and management experience. He has been an instrumental team member in the design and development of products that have generated millions of dollars of revenue. Over his career, he has made significant contributions in the commercial, aeronautical, and government sectors. He is an out-of-the-box thinker with a proven ability to translate ideas into successful products. His innovative thinking has translated into successful, multimillion dollar products and process improvements. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking with his friends.
Director of Product Management
You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe you can achieve.
Michael’s strength is in identifying opportunities, building teams, & strategies to achieve profitable results. With 40+ years of successful experience as an entrepreneur, executive, CEO, & board member, he has excelled using well-honed management skills, innovative product development, M&A, organizational planning, & business development. He founded Merit Travel Group in 1991 with 2 employees & led it to a national online & full-service travel enterprise with 550 professional staff & achieving an annual turnover exceeding $400 million. He divested & created Farpointe Investments in 2016. He maintains an active lifestyle but has a passion for aviation & is an active automotive enthusiast.
Taylan is an entrepreneur with 20 years of experience building & scaling digital-focused start-ups in finance, education, healthcare, smart home, online communities, & marketplaces in Canada, the US, & Europe. He is a full-stack developer & technology leader capable of architecting & building systems across cloud, web & mobile platforms & he has 12 years of experience managing & scaling remotely distributed teams. He has helped launch impactful start-ups with a cumulative worth of over $15B today: Robinhood, Algorand, Keen Home, Muse, & Aventri. He loves industrial design & hardware prototyping. In his spare time, he's also a dedicated CrossFit enthusiast.
Advisor and Co-Founder
Afshin is a serial entrepreneur, a scientist and a musician. He has built multiple companies and divisions from scratch like Kili Technologies (as the Co-founder/CEO), SecureKey (as the VP of Engineering), Snowbush (as a Senior Scientist) and Espadina (as the Co-founder and VP of Engineering). Afshin has vast experience in blockchain, fintech, cyber security, artificial intelligence and different areas of electronics. Afshin holds a PhD degree in electronics and a master degree in signal processing. He has published over one hundred patents and technical papers. In 2018, Afshin received the Canada 150 Heritage Din award from the federal government of Canada.
Greg is the founder of SecureKey and brings more than 30 years of experience in fintech, security and mobile solutions to his role as Chief Executive Officer. Greg is a serial entrepreneurial whose earlier ventures include Footprint Software Inc., a financial software company he sold to IBM, and 724 Solutions Inc., a wireless infrastructure software provider he took public. He sits on several boards and has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Entrepreneur of the Year and one of the 100 Top Leaders in Identity. Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Life Sciences from the University of Toronto.
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