Meet Our Leadership Team

The Ripsaw® team has vast experience in Finance, Economics, Data, Software, and Technology and a shared vision on making Wealth Management more accessible.

Stanley J. Kon, PhD

Co-Founder, Chairman

Stanley J. Kon is Chairman of Ripsaw LLC where he oversees research, education, and product development. He also is the editor of the Journal of Fixed Income.

Dr. Kon has written extensively in the areas of investment management, performance measurement, asset pricing, statistical models of stock returns and mortgage-backed securities. He has published articles in the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Finance, Journal of Business, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Fixed Income and Financial Analysts Journal.

He served as the J. B. Fuqua Visiting Professor of Finance at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where he taught courses in fixed income securities and risk management. He was also a Visiting Professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business where he received the Executive MBA outstanding teacher award.

Prior to that, Stanley was a principal, executive vice-president, director of research and co-director of the investment management group at Smith Breeden Associates, Inc., an institutional investment management company.

Prior to that, he was a Professor of Finance at the University of Michigan from 1982-1997. Prior to 1982, Professor Kon served on the faculties of New York University, the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Dr. Kon also founded Modern Portfolio Strategies Inc. in 1985. The premiere product the MPS OPTIMIZER™ brought the most sophisticated portfolio selection techniques to computer software at the time. The MPS OPTIMIZER™ was used by investment management professionals and in business school classrooms across the country.

Dr. Kon has also served on several bank and holding company boards and as a consultant to government, business and financial institutions.

Dr. Kon received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the Lowell Technological Institute, his MBA in Finance and Economics from St. John’s University and his PhD in Finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Joshua P. Kon

Co-Founder, Director of Engineering

Joshua oversees software design and engineering as well as technology infrastructure at Ripsaw LLC. He has extensive full stack software engineering experience in and out of financial services.

Prior to Co-Founding Ripsaw® Joshua served in software development roles at Flatirons Solutions where he pioneered work on microservice architectures; Credit Suisse where he was responsible for a system that recorded billion dollar transactions; and PRI Investments where he led the development of their accounting reporting tooling.

He earned a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where studies included algorithms, artificial intelligence, economics, enterprise architecture, and advanced computer programming.


David J. Kon

Co-Founder, Investor

David J. Kon has a wide range of experience in data, finance, and technology including serving as the Chief Data Officer at an Institutional Investment Advisor. Prior to that David worked in Collaboration Technologies at Vail Resorts, Inc. Before that, he worked in Data and Technology at Smith Breeden Associates as a Vice President. He also worked in various independent and firm consulting roles and projects including technology risk at Protiviti, Inc.

He earned a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Systems from the University of Colorado – Boulder, Leeds School of Business.

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