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Interview: James Gellert, RapidRatings

James Gellert of RapidRatings [1]

James H. Gellert is Chairman & CEO of RapidRatings, the leading provider of quantitative financial health ratings and risk management solutions. Mr. Gellert is a career-long entrepreneur and financial markets professional, having held senior advisory and operational roles at global commercial and investment banks. He has led RapidRatings’ direction, growth, and major partnerships since bringing the firm to the U.S. in 2007. He was previously the Managing Partner of Howland Partners, LLC and Howland Securities LLC (member FINRA/SIPC) firms, has run private companies across myriad industries, and served in permanent and interim CEO positions at wireless software and research companies.

He’s a recognized international authority on independent research, corporate counterparty risk management, and rating agency regulatory evolution, having testified to both the Senate and House of Representatives on multiple occasions. He is a recurrent speaker at the Securities & Exchange Commission and has presented to the International Organization of Securities Commissioners (“IOSCO”) Standing Committee Six. He actively serves on many trade and philanthropic boards, including as a National Board member of Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Inc., the nation’s leading source of arts-in-education services. He attended Connecticut College where he was an Asian Studies major with a minor in Japanese. Additionally, he attended Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Mr. Gellert has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s, Financial Times, Der Spiegel, among others. He is a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Fox Business and Business News Network in Canada.


  • What is unique about running a security startup?
  • How about moving from a services/consulting company to a product company?
  • What are some unique things investors are interested in when talking to security startups?
  • Where are the best opportunities in the market for security startups?
  • What advice do you have for those who may have an idea and want to create a security startup?
  • What are some of the most exciting security startups in the industry right now and why?
  • What advice do you have for enterprises looking at solution and considering (or not) a solution for a security startup?

Startup Articles Discussion

Startup News

Cloudera Files for IPO

Wal-Mart to launch investment arm in e-commerce push

  • http://www.reuters.com/article/us-walmart-ecommerce-idUSKBN16R2Q9
  • ‘’The venture, called Store No. 8, will work with startups that specialize in areas that include robotics, virtual and augmented reality, machine learning and artificial intelligence’’
  • Looks like they’ll keep the startups separate from the broader company

Okta, has priced at the top of its range and will be worth $1.5 billion


The Startup Journey: Updates

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  • Developed a "Value Prop Audit"
  • Validated the blend of leadership, value prop, and how Straight Talk pulls it together
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