Steve Ellis is a co-founder of ACI, where he serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer with responsibilities for finance and legal.
Steve was formerly Chairman and CEO of Comtex News Network, one the original aggregators of real-time news and information, where he successfully restructured their products, management and financial structure.
Previously, Steve was CFO at GFI Group, a leading credit derivatives broker, having launched its largest private equity financing, and a Director and CFO at HotJobs.com, where he managed their successful IPO and M&A activities. He also directed the IPO of Metromedia Fiber Network, a large telecom start-up.
For much of the 90′s, Steve oversaw the rapid financial growth of Data Broadcasting Corporation, a pioneer in the news and real-time market data industry which spawned many of today’s great online products, including MarketWatch (spun out, renamed CBS MarketWatch), Signal (became eSignal, now owned by IDC), Quotrek (early hand-held, wireless quotes and news), and Shark Information System (merged with ADP’s data products group).
Steve graduated from M.I.T. with a BSEE in computer science and a BS in humanities, received his MBA from Stanford Business School, and is a certified public accountant. In his younger and fitter days, Steve pursued Isshynru karate with a vengeance as a third-degree brown belt. These days, he enjoys skiing, SCUBA, backpacking, and traveling with his family.
Larry Schwartz is a co-founder and President of the company, with responsibility for sales, marketing and product development.
Larry has guided numerous entertainment and new media ventures, from start-up through growth, development and maturity, including Tickets.com (Acquired by MLB Advanced Media), Bolenka Games Online (Trivial Pursuit(R) Online), GFI Group (Nasdaq:GFIG – Financial), Wizard World (Publishing), Patron Technology, and Comtex News Network.
He was also president and CEO of Auctions.com, which he co-created with the Times Mirror Co. and co-owners Gannett, Knight-Ridder, The New York Times Company, Tribune Company, and The Washington Post Company. Larry was featured in the official history of eBay, “The Perfect Store”, by Adam Cohen, which detailing his exploits of attempting to purchasing eBay for Times Mirror and then competing against eBay on behalf of the newspapers.
Larry attended Bates College and the Yale University Graduate School of Drama. He served on the Content Board of Directors for the Software Information Industry Association for 11 years, and is a frequent speaker on content, product development, start-ups and turnarounds.
Larry, a confirmed gadget geek, also spends time on Broadway with his theatrical agent wife and two daughters.
Vice President of Technology
Chris Moyer is Vice President of Technology for ACI and the author of Building Applications in the Cloud, a book dedicated not only to moving applications to cloud computing but also offering details of how to actually integrate applications into a cloud environment that can be truly successful.
Chris is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and holds a degree in software engineering. He studied under the creator of boto, Mitch Garnaat, and spends much of his time working on the boto client library for communicating with Amazon Web Services. Chris created two web frameworks based off of this client library, known as Marajo and botoweb. He has deep experience assisting developers with migrating applications to the cloud and helping new startups create brand new applications that were never before possible.
Based in Vienna, Michael Ellis manages content licensing for ACI Information Group. He optimizes content placement within ACI’s full suite of customers and content syndication partners around the world. He also oversees the development of new license agreements: both with content providers and with organizations seeking original sources of high-quality news and commentary.
Prior to his current role at ACI, he worked in international film and television licensing for Warner Brothers and has broad experience in content licensing.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Yale University, a Master’s Degree in English Renaissance Drama from the University of York and earned his Business (M.B.A.) from HEC Paris.
In his spare time, you can catch him either at the Pilates studio or reading at the Café Schopenhauer in downtown Vienna.