High achievers make great entrepreneurs. Take Marco Bitran, for instance. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a 5.0 GPA, he earned induction into three honor societies and served as Vice President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Marco Bitran also captained the school’s NCAA Division I rowing team to the national finals. At Harvard Business School, he completed a Master of Business Administration, earning first-year honors and later serving as a tutor in finance for first-year students.
Three years after receiving his advanced degree, Marco Bitran founded Clearstream Investments, LLC, also known as GMB Capital Management, LLC, where he acted as Portfolio Manager. Starting a quantitative exchange-traded fund (ETF), he grew the company’s assets to $550 million in five years. He kept the entrepreneurial juices flowing for his current venture. Founded in 2011 with two partners, AI Exchange, Inc., based in Boston, is a hedge fund. Mr. Bitran developed the technology and raised $1.5 million from top-tier venture funds in a venture capital round for the separately managed account platform. The patent-pending technology has brought the industry both transparency and liquidity.
Marco Bitran founded his first company shortly after earning his undergraduate degree. Digital Entertainment Media, Inc., in San Francisco, where he served as Chief Operating Officer, provided early premium streaming services to midsize websites. The intrepid entrepreneur created the business plan and start-up strategy for the company, led the sales force in signing top clients, and assisted in developing the software architecture. In other positions that greased his current entrepreneurial path, he served as a Financial Analyst and Equity Research Associate at Morgan Stanley in Menlo Park, California; and as a Sector-Fund Manager and Global Industry Analyst at Wellington Management Company, LLP, in Boston.