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Areas of Expertise

  • MĂ©xico D.F., Mexico
  • English, Spanish


Veteran of many technologies, business models, and fund raising environments. Perpetually curious.


Lawrence was a pioneer in software-driven quantitative mortgage trading at Portland-based WCC as well as quantitative equity trading for San Francisco-based Ascend Capital. He has advised dozens of startups as well as banks, hedge funds and real estate investment funds from around the world including Morgan Stanley, Fortress Investment Group, IBM Seterus, and others. He was an early employee at three startups that were later acquired by Goldman Sachs, IBM and Deutsche Bank respectively, and has participated in a successful NASDAQ IPO.

His areas of focus include forecasting systems, analytics, machine learning, big data problems, database technology, web and mobile development, and infrastructure design using Amazon Web Services (AWS). He also has 20+ years experience designing high performance, always-up transactional database systems using MySQL, MSSQL Server, Aurora and MongoDB. He is fully English/Spanish bilingual and available to travel throughout all of North America.

He knows a lot about FUND RAISING also. He is an angel investor, entrepreneur and company mentor with nearly 25 years of international experience with an emphasis on technology and US-Mexico trade. He has extensive startup, fund raising, business development and M&A experience with alternative investment and disruptive FinTech, edTech and IoT ventures.

Lawrence earned a BS in computer science and mathematics with minors in physics and English from University of North Texas.


September 2005 - Present

(14 years 7 months)

Freelance Technology Consultant

Self EmployedMexico City

Entrepreneur and contractor focusing on early-stage ventures in mobile, web services, fintech, edTech, health tech, nearshoring. Extensive business network across the Mexico IT services, entrepreneurial, venture and alternative investments ecosystems.

Technical areas of focus:
- machine learning
- cloud architecture design, build, devops
- data modeling, data science
- database programming
- data transformation
- mobile app design & programming

Ongoing Projects & Business Interests:

January 2004 - September 2005

(1 year 8 months)

Software Engineer

Ascend CapitalSan Francisco, CA

Co-developed and operated the Sequoia Fund, a purely quantitative long/short US equity investment product. Directly oversaw growth of the fund from $3 million to $130 million USD. Was Responsible for R&D of data warehousing, backtesting and factor-testing tools, as well as the design, coding, testing and daily operation of all custom-developed software for portfolio construction, daily trading for portfolio optimization & rebalance, stock selection, trade execution strategy optimization, and daily reporting & investor reporting.

Technology Focuses: Compustat, Factset, Capital IQ, Real Time Prices using RSS, Visual Basic .Net, Microsoft Excel, Excel VBA, MS Outlook VBA, MS SQL database design, Transact-SQL, Data center & infrastructure design.

January 2003 - January 2004

(1 year )

Principal Architect

Fortress Investment GroupRome, Italy

Principal architect and lead software engineer for the development and implementation of a custom mortgage loan management system and reporting system for Italfondiario, the largest mortgage bank in Italy. Managed a team of 30 programmers, analysts, project managers, and accountants. Reported to the board of directors.

Technology Focus:
- MS SQL Server
- Transact-SQL
- Visual Basic
- MS Access Visual Basic

September 2000 - December 2002

(2 years 3 months)

Contractor: Software Architect

Mexico Federal GovernmentMexico City

Principal software engineer and system architect for a custom asset valuation and management systems used by aprox 1,500 users to manage $5 billion dollars in real estate assets owned by the Mexican Government. Managed a team of 12 programmers, analysts and project managers.

Technology Focus:
- MS SQL Server
- Data Transformations & Migrations
- COM+ design

February 1999 - June 2000

(1 year 4 months)

Contractor: Database Programmer

Morgan Stanley Real Estate FundsTokyo, Japan

Developed custom database technology used by asset managers, portfolio managers, and asset-backed securities underwriters to construct financial models of pro forma cash flows of several thousand distressed, income-producing assets acquired from failed banking institutions across SE Asia.

Technology Focuses:
- Microsoft Excel,
- VBA,
- MS SQL database design
- Transact-SQL

October 1996 - February 1999

(2 years 4 months)

Software Engineer

IBM SeterusPortland, OR

Principal software architect for a proprietary mortgage trading operation. Developed real-time pricing systems and business intelligence executive reporting systems used by nearly 2,000 users.

Technology Focuses: Microsoft Excel, VBA, MS SQL database design, Transact-SQL, Data center & infrastructure design.

August 1994 - October 1996

(2 years 2 months)

Business Analyst

Goldman SachsDallas, TX

Lead business analyst for a global asset management database information system deployed worldwide and used daily by more than 12,000 employees.

Technology Focuses: Microsoft Excel, VBA, Oracle pl SQL


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2016 - 2016

Certificate of Completion,Machine Learning

Stanford University by Coursera

Grade: 98%

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1990 - 1992

Bachelor of Science,Computer Science, Mathematics

University of North Texas

Past Conversations


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