Startups

The world of startups is always intriguing as it is the place where the real innovation is created. Since the first startup RiskMap, back in the year 2000 in Milan together with Dario Cintioli and the other QuantLib founders, I have been  involved in the startup galaxy as a founder, angel investor, adviser,  and consultant.


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HotTab

Recently HotTab has been under my radar as very-fast growing company in the business of  POS software.


The aim of the Lux project is to deliver exchange-rate forward curves to small-medium enterprises that need them for budgeting and forecasting purposes. The pre-pre alpha version can be found on the LuxApi website.


The Lux Project

In the last year or so I have been working on a secret pet project that I call “Lux” project. Here “Lux” recalls the Latin word lux that means light. In this project currently we use daily futures data to compute the forward curves for currency exchange rates and commodities. There are many open roads for the future, for example

  • Compute the present value of cash flows
  • Simulate future curves according to some historical simulation or Monte Carlo method
  • Compute reserves for future cash flows

A screenshot of the current project can be found in the attachments below.

If you are interested in the project or would like to know more write to me using the contact form.


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