Founder of The Munden Project
Lou Munden has been an entrepreneur in technology and finance for more than 15 years. Like many Americans of his generation, he dropped out of college in 1995 because he simply could not afford the rising cost of tuition. By sheer luck, Lou was able convince a Web 1.0 start-up with just 15 employees (the former Go2Net, now part of InfoSpace) to bring him in as an entry-level hire on a three-month contract. He proved himself quickly and definitively, rising to take charge of the company’s sales strategy. The venture followed the same trajectory: in just two short years, it went public and eventually attained a market capitalization in excess of $2.4 billion before being acquired.
Lou left the Internet industry in 1999, having learned about business operations and technology from the ground up and developed a passion for complex analytical problems. He spent the subsequent decade as a partner in various private finance ventures, primarily using his time to design and develop algorithmic trading systems and create structured interest-rate products. In 2009, Lou became convinced that big government and large corporations had abandoned an important niche: the analysis and solution of systemic problems. Acting on this opportunity, he and Gordon Kummel founded The Munden Project.
Lou lives between London, Paris and Manila.