Briq is led by two long-time friends, both with prolific success stories. Ron Goldshmidt comes in as an experienced leader in finance and operations and was head of several trading businesses on Wall Street, while Bassem Hamdy forged the path for much of today’s construction software landscape.
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CEO + COFOUNDER
Bassem Hamdy is a construction industry veteran with 20 years of experience. He’s a well-known pioneer in construction tech, and played an integral role in establishing an industry for project management software. Bassem first joined CMiC in the 1990s and was successful in helping construction companies migrate their systems from paper to software. In 2015, Bassem was appointed EVP Marketing and Enterprise Strategy at Procore, a unicorn-valued, cloud-based platform for construction. Now, armed with new technology and ideas, Bassem wants to help the industry break those silos down to forge through yet another frontier.
CFO + COFOUNDER
Ron Goldshmidt is a Wall Street veteran and early pioneer of blockchain in finance. He was the driving force behind a number of financial engineering and derivatives products in the industry, and built various Emerging Markets businesses for TD Securities, UBS, and RBC, often from scratch, and ultimately turned these businesses into profit centre powerhouses. Ron was first awakened to blockchain through its financial applications, particularly on the frontlines of emerging market crises in Argentina, Venezuela, and Iceland. Ron is an advisor to think tanks, including the Economic Space Agency, and brings an applied business perspective to blockchain, big data, and AI.
DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY
Cody Coe has seen all stages of the startup lifecycle. He got his first start in Santa Barbara with TrackR, a consumer-facing IoT company. There, he took the lead on marketing engineering and helped to grow the company to $50 million in annual revenue. Cody left TrackR to join an even faster growing project: Procore. There, he met Bassem and held roles in both marketing and engineering, either taking the lead on new projects or with a small distributed team. He later founded his own digital agency, using his startup expertise to advise and work with founders out of Silicon Riviera.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Ellis Talton is a former journalist and writer covering projects, people, and ideas behind energy, infrastructure, and the built environment. He served as a Director at The Oil & Gas Year, a media platform that provides business intelligence and strategic communication to the global energy industry. His coverage across the Middle East and Africa has given him a valuable perspective on the built environment and on the importance and scale that our physical systems have in society. He joins Briq to help communicate the strategic importance of technology in construction and the built environment.