Our team is comprised of creative professionals dedicated to your success. Bringing together decades of experience, each member of our team is uniquely qualified to help small business owners and investors alike. Meet the members of our team below to learn more.

Douglas Muir
CEO and Founder

Douglas Muir is an authority in business strategy, specializing in Customer Development and the Business Model Canvas. He has successfully built several multimillion-dollar enterprises from the ground up. He is considered the start-up guru and speaks internationally on topics of
entrepreneurship, innovation, and business growth.

Muir taught Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia, both in the School of Engineering and in the Darden School of Business’s MBA program. In addition to being a professor, he was the Director of the Business Minor Program in the School of Engineering. He is an expert in the Customer Development and Business Model Canvas theory of building businesses and taught this methodology to undergraduate students eager to start their own companies.

Muir has been interviewed by Gerri Willis of CNN and by Bloomberg Radio, and has been published and quoted in numerous publications including Business Week and The Scotsman Guide, a prestigious magazine for the banking, mortgage, and investor industry. Douglas was the host of The Doug and Eric Show on ABC, “Exposing the Hidden Truths about the Three Credit Bureaus and the Banking and Finance System”. He was featured in Kaihan Krippendorff’s business tactics book, Hide a Dagger Behind a Smile, which described how Muir infiltrated the insurance industry and locked out his competition.

David Sade
CFO

David Sade, CFO, is an financial data expert with hard-earned experience in the finance and IT sectors. After rising up to be the portfolio manager for $750 million in quantitative stock investments, he taught himself to program as an IT consultant at Freddie Mac, where he built, launched and managed the application that priced all of Freddie’s multi family deals (over $25 billion per year). He then took on a technical manager role at S&P Global, building financial reporting and management solutions for banking clients totaling over $20 billion in assets. David then cofounded and ran CAV Angels—an angel investment network bringing UVA related start-ups to a network of UVA alumni for funding—which raised millions of dollars in its first few years. Currently, David manages analytics and credit decisions for the ~$60 million Identity Services business unit at Capital One.

David is a CFA-charter holder and earned an undergraduate degree in Finance from Wake Forest as well as an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Valeria Bisenti
Managing Director of Technology

Valeria Bisenti hails from Rome, Italy and has brought with her a wealth of knowledge and
experience in IT, underwriting, and credit risk analysis. Ms. Bisenti has been involved in the IT industry since 1999, when she started working for PeopleSpace, Inc., in Charlottesville, VA. There she was involved with the implementation and successful launch of a number of time-critical web-based promotional projects for companies such as AskJeeves, Lifetime Television, and Corvette, providing resilient database designs to survive the onslaught of thousands of eager customers.

In 2001 she relocated to Florida, where she has worked for Douglas Knight & Associates as a programmer, database designer, and systems administrator. She has extensive experience administering Linux-based systems and in programming database-driven systems using such well-known tools as Postgres and MySQL, PHP, and ColdFusion.

In 2004 she started her company Bisenti Technology and started building a machine learning software for Credit Justice Services, which kept track of deletion ratio to maximize results for the clients. In 2015 she worked for Carlyle group to integrate the back-end database of companies that they bought. Two years later, she started working for a Wall Street financial company to help remodeling the data from different data sources involving credit risk analysis in order for it to report in one central place.

Having also worked at JP Morgan Chase in the capacities of Credit Risk Analyst, Software Engineer, and Project Manager, Valeria is highly adept at using her layered skill sets to ensure the smooth operation of large-scale business transactions from beginning to end. She also continuously strives to maintain an up-to-date and in- depth knowledge of her field and has most recently studied Applied Data Science at Columbia University.

In 2018, Ms. Bisenti started the Family Business Fund, an SEC Reg. D 506C high-yield, fixed-income fund. Her portfolio of assets are merchant cash advances that she personally underwrites with incredible success. Having owned a number of her own businesses, Valeria is able to apply her uniquely dynamic skills with a thorough understanding of and experience in the world of business.

Stephen Sergi
Investor Relations

As a native of Queens, NY, Stephen Sergi brings together decades of business management experience and passion. From 1980-1997, Stephen was the Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Inflight Newspapers, a $50 million per year airline services industry supplying two million published magazines per month worldwide. This experience ignited his entrepreneurial streak as he then owned and operated Magazines In-Flight until 1999.

At that time, Sergi started his career in the retail power sports industry at Precision BMW in NY and was hired as General Manager at BMW of Manhattan Motorcycles. During his seven years at BMW, Sergi streamlined operations, ironed out financials, and increased sales to the extent that the dealership rose to first place in retail sales within two years.

After creating, developing, and growing multimillion-dollar companies, Stephen turned to alternative investing. Starting off with one of the largest California-based Real-Estate Investment Trusts (REIT), he decided to move onto other types of alternative investments in the finance industry. This increased his portfolios wealth while at the same time decreasing the portfolio’s risk with diversification.

With an Associate of Science in Electrical Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Business, and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources, Stephen’s formal education combines dynamic fields that have helped form his advanced skills in profit maximization, cost reduction, effective marketing, communication, and conflict resolution.

Sergi also has years of experience as a college professor, teaching everything he’s learned throughout the years to eager young business students. He’s taught Lehman College, Baruch College, and Loyola Marymount University. Most recently, he taught at Felician University, where he saw great success when charged with securing donations for the university. While teaching, Sergi started Coast to Coast Management Consulting Inc., a consulting firm that helps bring new businesses to life and improve the operations of others in need.