Editorial Team

Our mission is to empower, educate, and engage our diverse audience by delivering clear, concise, and compelling content about the private market and the innovation economy.


Rebecca Baldridge

Financial Writer

Rebecca Baldridge is an investment professional and financial writer with more than twenty years of experience in the financial services industry. She holds an MBA from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Read more from Rebecca.

Andrew Bloomenthal

Financial Journalist

Andrew Bloomenthal is an experienced financial journalist covering all areas of finance and investment. He previously held positions at Institutional Investor Magazine, Investopedia and CNN. Read more from Andrew.

Dan Chaparian

VP, Product Marketing

Dan Chaparian is VP of Product Marketing at Forge Global. Prior to joining Forge, Dan was VP, Global Product Marketing for BlackRock's iShares ETF business. He previously held positions at Apple and Uber and is a former startup founder. Read more from Dan.

Jeannine DeFoe

Financial Writer

Jeannine DeFoe is a former Bloomberg News reporter and an experienced financial writer who focuses on a variety of topics such investing, wealth management and fintech. Read more from Jeannine.

Craig Derbenwick

Senior Director, Content Strategy

Craig Derbenwick is Senior Director of Content Strategy at Forge. In his role, he leads the development and execution of cross-channel marketing and thought leadership content. Prior to Forge, he spent 15 years in financial marketing roles and as a consultant for asset management and fintech companies. Read more from Craig.

Vidya Eashwer

Chief Technology Officer

Vidya Eashwer is Chief Technology Officer at Forge Global. Prior to joining Forge, she was Head of Technology, Edge Systems, at Intercontinental Exchange, and Managing Director of IT at the New York Stock Exchange. Read more from Vidya.

John Kimelman

Financial Journalist

John Kimelman is a veteran journalist who has worked at Barron’s and CNBC covering such topics as investing and commercial banking. Mr. Kimelman has received compensation from Forge Global, Inc. for authoring this article. Read more from John.

Howe Ng

Head of Analytics and Investment Solutions

Howe Ng is Head of Analytics and Investment Solutions at Forge Global. Prior to joining Forge, Howe spent 16 years with BlackRock where he led Production Innovation for the firm’s iShares ETF business and held key roles in the Systematic Active Equity Portfolio Management team. Read more from Howe.

Jesse Oberoi

Financial Writer

Jesse Oberoi is a freelance writer with over 15 years of experience in the finance industry, including a tenure as a Client Portfolio Trader for high-net-worth clients and Product Manager responsible for a flagship suite of multi-billion-dollar funds. Jesse has held the CFA charter since 2017. Read more from Jesse.

Jake Safane

Financial Reporter / Thought Leadership Editor

Jake Safane specializes in financial reporting and is a former thought leadership editor for The Economist with articles appearing in Business Insider and The Washington Post among other media outlets. Mr. Safane has received compensation from Forge Global, Inc. for authoring this article. Read more from Jake.

Bobbie Turner

Financial Writer

Bobbie Turner is a Wall Street veteran and financial writer with articles appearing in ThinkAdvisor’s Daily Wire and Investment Advisor magazine. Her freelance writing clients have included J.P. Morgan Chase, Janus Henderson, Citigroup and AIG, among others. Ms. Turner has received compensation from Forge Global, Inc. for authoring this article. Read more from Bobbie.

Data and Quantitative Analysts

Andrew Alden, CFA

Senior Director of Quantitative Research, Forge

Andrew Alden, CFA, previously worked as the CIO of Semantiqa and as the Head of Quantitative Research at WeatherStorm Capital. With skills in asset and portfolio management, he brings a wealth of knowledge to his director role at Forge. Andrew has a Master of Financial Engineering from Haas School of Business, CA.

Riley Martin

Senior Data Analyst, Forge

Riley Martin is an experienced Business Technology Analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Before joining Forge, Riley was a Consultant for Strategy and Analytics at Deloitte assisting large tech clients with in-depth analysis of global data. He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from California Polytechnic State University, CA.

Yasick Nemenov

Quantitative Researcher, Forge

Yasick Nemenov began his career at Wellington Management, where he was an analyst with the quantitative investment group working across equities and fixed income research. Yasick graduated from Williams College with a degree in Mathematics and Economics. He is a former startup founder and holds a CFA.


Chris Cannon

Director of Lifecycle Marketing, Forge

Chris Cannon develops lifecycle programs that engage Forge’s existing client base. Prior to joining Forge, Chris led audience engagement programs and newsletter operations at Investopedia, the global financial and investing media company. His background in marketing also includes experience at companies such as Weebly, LegalZoom, and Spafinder among others. Chris received his MBA from East Carolina University and a BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Céline Gerakin

Director of Growth Marketing, Forge

Céline Gerakin, a seasoned Director of Growth Marketing, previously worked at Rakuten and a Digital Marketing agency where she handled high-profile clients including LinkedIn, Airtable, and Everlane. Céline has delivered strategic and data-driven approaches for numerous brands and is a driving force in steering Forge's marketing endeavors to new horizons. Céline has a Master in Business and Marketing from IDRAC Paris University.

Sara Pedlar

Paid Media Manager, Forge

Sara Pedlar, a Paid Media Manager, brings her expertise to Forge after tenures at ShopStyle and Rakuten. With a proven track record in driving impactful digital campaigns, Sara's strategic and analytical skills and her dedication to optimizing online presence make her an asset in the world of digital marketing. Sara received her BA in Communication and Psychology from UC Davis.

Andrew Reynolds

Product Marketing Manager, Forge

Andrew Reynolds brings a solid foundation to his role, backed by five years at Goldman Sachs as an Associate and Analyst. Bringing valuable financial expertise, he enhances Forge's product marketing team by connecting product development with customer engagement. Andrew received his BA with Honors in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Guest Speakers

Blythe Masters

Founding Partner, Motive Partners

Blythe Masters is a Founding Partner at Motive Partners. Ms. Masters previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Motive Capital Corp from 2020 until its business combination with Forge in March 2022. Prior to joining Motive Partners, Ms. Masters served from 2015 to 2018 as the CEO of Digital Asset Holdings.

Kelly Rodriques

CEO, Forge

Kelly Rodriques has been Forge’s Chief Executive Officer since July 2018. Prior to Forge, Mr. Rodriques served as Chief Executive Officer of PENSCO Trust Company from March 2010 to September 2016. Since September 2016, he has been the Managing General Partner of Operative Capital, an early-stage investor in FinTech companies.

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