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Our story

Riverlane was founded in 2016 by Steve Brierley, a senior research fellow in computational mathematics at the University of Cambridge. At that time, the majority view in the global quantum computing community was that 'useful' quantum computing was more than 20 years away - or might never happen.

Steve's own research identified a quantum 'Moore's law' whereby small-scale quantum computers were doubling in power every two years, meaning useful quantum computing at scale could be achievable within a decade. Armed with this evidence, the support of Cambridge University and intensive guidance from ARM co-founder Jamie Urquhart amongst many others, he founded Riverlane from his kitchen table and has never looked back.

About us
About us

About us

Today, Riverlane is nearly 100 strong with offices in Cambridge, Boston and San Francisco. The company's mission - to make quantum computing useful far sooner than previously imaginable - remains unchanged from day one.

Deltaflow.OS, our operating system for error corrected quantum computing, is how we achieve this. We partner with many of the world's leading quantum computing hardware companies, labs and governments. We're backed by the University of Cambridge and leading technology VC firms.

Our management team

Leadership
Steve Brierley

Steve Brierley

CEO and Founder

Steve Brierley is founder and CEO of Riverlane, which is building the Operating System for error corrected quantum computers. He founded the company in 2016, because of his passionate belief that fault tolerant quantum computers will be capable of accelerating a significant era of human progress and could be built far sooner than previously imaginable. Today, Riverlane is well on its way to achieving that mission.

Steve has worked in quantum for 20 years and is an expert advisor to the UK government. He holds a PhD in quantum information and has spent almost a decade in the intelligence community as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, leading major research projects in quantum computing.

Leonie Mueck

Leonie Mueck

Chief Product Officer

As Chief Product Officer, Leonie is responsible for building, commercialising and marketing Riverlane's product lines. Leonie is passionate about helping Riverlane's customers move quickly and easily to quantum advantage.

Leonie brings eight years' experience in quantum technologies and business development, with a PhD in quantum chemistry from the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz in Germany. After her PhD, she held senior editorial roles at Nature and Nature Communications where she was responsible for covering quantum computing and other topics in physics. An ardent supporter of Open Science, Leonie then joined PLOS ONE, building and leading a physical sciences and engineering division in a fast-paced management environment.

Leonie is a huge supporter of diversity in STEM and has previously served on NumFOCUS's diversity and inclusion committee. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the violin and spending time with her family.

Marco Ghibaudi

Marco Ghibaudi

VP Engineering

Marco is an expert in delivering deep-tech prototypes and products. He holds a joint CERN/SSSUP Phd in Innovative Technologies with emphasis on highly constrained systems. Marco has produced novel solutions in high energy physics, intelligent cars, smart cities, internet of things, virtual reality and optical communications.

From small scale software solutions to multi-million units per year hardware chips, Marco has always focused on quality, reliability and time to market. Marco deeply believes that real innovation comes from the joint efforts of research and development.

Cory  Vander Jagt

Cory Vander Jagt

VP Business Development & Strategic Alliances

Cory has over 15 years experience bringing new technologies to market through strategic partnerships. As VP of Business Development and Strategic Alliances at Riverlane, Cory is passionate about establishing partnerships that accelerate the adoption of Riverlane products and unleash the power of quantum computers.

Cory has an engineering degree from the University of Michigan, and was previously a founding member of the partner organisations at Salesforce.com, GoodData, and GitHub. Cory lives with his family in Truckee, California where they enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, and skiing.

Bek  Simmons

Bek Simmons

Chief Operating Officer

Bek is responsible for building world-class teams and scaling company operations to enable Riverlane to reach its strategic goals. Bek enjoys supporting and empowering high-performing teams and has a supreme talent for driving work to completion.

Bek has 15 years' experience within leading health, research and higher education organisations. She co-founded THIS Institute, a £42m healthcare research institute at the University of Cambridge, building a team of 35 people in one year. Bek also has experience in fundraising and stakeholder management across a range of sectors and countries as Chief of Staff at the University of Cambridge.

Bek holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the Open University. Outside of work, she runs, reads and plays a mean game of squash.

Jake  Taylor

Jake Taylor

Chief Science Officer

Jake's research career in quantum information science spans two decades, and includes pioneering work in semiconductor-based qubits, superconductor-based qubits, quantum transducers, topological photonics, and diamond-based quantum sensors. From 2017-2020, Jake led the U.S. effort in creating and implementing the National Quantum Initiative while at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. A fellow of the American Physical Society and of Optica (formerly OSA), Jake has also been awarded the silver and gold medals by the U.S. Department of Commerce for his research and his work in advancing quantum information science.

Jake enjoys cooking, skiing in the icy mountains of Vermont, and playing a wide variety of games with his kids.

Glenn  Manoff

Glenn Manoff

Chief Marketing Officer

Glenn brings over 20 years experience in C-level Communications, Marketing and Sustainability roles at leading technology companies, including Trustpilot, O2, Telefonica, Ebone and EE.

As a key member of the management team that scaled Trustpilot from startup to global market leader and unicorn IPO, Glenn developed the brand into a universal symbol of trust with billions of online brand impressions every month.

At O2, he co-led the European launch of the iPhone, helped transform the Millennium Dome into The O2, built one of Europe's most successful social impact and sustainability programmes (Think Big) and was part of the management team that transformed the company from last to first place in a hyper-competitive market.

Outside of work, Glenn coaches baseball, is vice chair of youth music charity Future Talent and loves listening to old jazz records.

Board
Amelia Armour

Amelia Armour

Partner - Amadeus Capital Partners

Amelia is a Principal in the Early Stage Fund at Amadeus Capital Partners with an investment focus of autonomous systems, AI and machine learning, cloud computing, digital health and medical technology.

As well as sitting on the board of Riverlane she is Director at other technology companies including Paragraf, delivering the capabilities of graphene to the real world; Immense Simulations, an intelligent mobility enabling software company and SLAMcore, a spin-out from Imperial College, developing spatial intelligence for autonomous robotics and drones.

Amelia holds a BSc in Chemistry and Biology from Durham University and is a mentor on the Judge Business School's Accelerate Programme.

Stuart Chapman

Stuart Chapman

Managing Partner and Founder - Molten Ventures

Stuart was a Director of 3i Ventures in London before he co-founded Molten Ventures. He has over 25 years of venture capital experience in Europe and the US - including founding 3i US in Menlo Park, CA. Stuart was responsible for Molten's investments in Lagan Technology (sold to Verint), Redkite (sold to Nice) and Kiadis (sold to Sanofi). Stuart serves as a director with Netronome, Aircall, Resolver, Realeyes, Riverlane and Conversocial; and as observer with Graphcore and Crate.

Before 3i, Stuart was involved in software and systems implementations for Midland Bank. He is a graduate of Loughborough University and currently serves on the Strategic Advisory Board for the Loughborough School of Business.

Hermann  Hauser

Hermann Hauser

Venture Partner - Amadeus Capital Partners

In 2015 Hermann was awarded an KBE for services to Engineering and Industry.

Serial Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, Dr Hermann Hauser KBE has wide experience in developing and financing companies in the information technology sector. He co-founded a number of high-tech companies including Acorn Computers which spun out ARM, E-trade UK, Virata and Cambridge Network. Subsequently Hermann became vice president of research at Olivetti. During his tenure at Olivetti, he established a global network of research laboratories. Since leaving Olivetti, Hermann has founded over 20 technology companies. In 1997, he co-founded Amadeus Capital Partners. At Amadeus he invested in CSR, Solexa, Icera, Xmos and Cambridge Broadband.

Hermann is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, as well as an Honorary Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. In 2001 he was awarded an Honorary CBE for 'innovative service to the UK enterprise sector'. In 2004 he was made a member of the Government's Council for Science and Technology and in 2013 he was made a Distinguished Fellow of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

Hermann has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Loughborough, Bath, Anglia Ruskin, Strathclyde, Glasgow and York.

Elaine  Loukes

Elaine Loukes

Investment Director - Cambridge Enterprise

Elaine is an Investment Director in the Seed Funds team, focusing on spin-out opportunities emerging from the physical sciences. Since joining Cambridge Enterprise, she has spun-out nine new companies and worked on several follow-on funding rounds. She has held many director positions and currently sits on the boards of PervasID, Intellegens, Sorex, Xampla and CB2Tech as well as being an observer of AudioTelligence and Riverlane.

She has extensive experience in all stages of the investment process including due diligence, financial modelling, deal negotiation and investment management.

Elaine has worked in early-stage tech investing since 2001. At Dresdner Kleinwort Capital, she sourced new investment opportunities and managed the direct-investment portfolio for early-stage tech deals as well as leading on a £2bn fund of funds secondary sale. At PUK Ventures she focused on early-stage tech opportunities emerging from the public sector and UK universities.

Elaine has a BSc in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics (University of Strathclyde), a PhD in Physics (Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) in 2000.

Elaine Joined Cambridge Enterprise in December 2015.

Andrew  Williamson

Andrew Williamson

Managing Partner - Cambridge Innovation Capital

Andrew Williamson is the Managing Partner and specialises in technology investments. He has hands on experience of building technology businesses, coupled with a venture investing background and an understanding of Cambridge and its academic institutes.

Prior to joining CIC, he was at True North Venture Partners in Chicago where he was a partner in its $300 million venture fund. Before this Andrew spent ten years leading materials science and semiconductor research in US government research laboratories, followed by managing director positions at venture capital funds Physic Ventures in San Francisco and MalibuIQ in Los Angeles.

Andrew studied at the University of Cambridge as both an undergraduate and a graduate, receiving an MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Physics. He also holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Andrew manages CIC's investments in Audio Analytic, AudioTelligence, Imagen, Origami Energy, PervasID, PragmatIC, Prowler.io, Riverlane, Swim.ai and Undo.

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Our team

Seyed Amir Alavi
Embedded Software Engineer
Ben Barber
Senior Quantum Scientist
Kenton Barnes
Senior Quantum Engineer
Gordon Bateman
Office Manager and IT Coordinator
Tomasz Bialas
Digital Design Engineer
Nick Blunt
Quantum Engineer
Abbas Bracken Ziad
Software Engineer
Emma Bradshaw
Senior Executive Assistant
Ksenija Brankovic
Delivery Team Lead
Richard Brierton
Product Marketing Manager
Anton Buyskikh
Senior Quantum Engineer
David Byfield
Software Engineer
Earl Campbell
Head of Architecture
Joan Camps
Senior Quantum Scientist
Stefan Cap
Head of US Government Partnerships
Laura Caune
Quantum Scientist
Nick Chen
Principal Product Manager
Ophelia Crawford
Senior Quantum Scientist
Aniket Datta
Senior FPGA Design Engineer
Aneeta Devi
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Richard Durham
Senior Delivery Manager
Fiona Ecott
Head of Finance
Amy Flower
Marketing Manager
Diana Ford
Head of People & Culture
Gabriel Gallardo
Quantum Engineer
Gyorgy Geher
Senior Quantum Scientist
Neil Gillespie
Senior Manager, Quantum Science
Gianmarco Girau
Senior Embedded Systems Manager
Alexander Gramolin
Research Scientist
Vincent Graves
PhD Intern
Tom Hartley
Product Designer
Nicole Holzmann
Manager, Quantum Science
Andrea Husseiniova
Associate Product Manager
Samin Ishtiaq
Head of Software
Aleksei Ivanov
Quantum Scientist
Róbert Izsák
Senior Quantum Scientist (Chemistry)
Alex Jeckells
Executive Assistant
Kauser Johar
Head of Silicon
Nick Johnson
Quantum Control Engineer
Isil Kalafat Kizilkaya
Senior FPGA Design Engineer
Hari Krovi
Tech Lead - superconducting qubits
Michelle Lampa
Head of US Operations
Joonas Majaniemi
Research Software Developer
Maria Maragkou
Head of Business Development
Luigi Martiradonna
Business Development Manager
Adam Melvin
Embedded Software Engineer
Rojalin Mishra
Senior Hardware Verification Engineer
Alex Moylett
Senior Quantum Scientist
Zalan Nemeth
Graduate Engineer
Rossy Nguyen
Senior Product Manager (Quantum Error Correction)
Georgia Nixon
PhD Intern
Mahmut Okan Bugdayci
Quantum Engineer
Dwaraka Oruganti Nagalakshmi
Hardware Verification Engineer
Caroline Parsons
Sales Operations Manager
Andrew Patterson
Quantum Scientist
Mitch Peaks
Quantum Control Engineer
Asher Pearl
Software Engineer
Ram Rajan
Senior Manager - Physical Design Engineer
Brendan Reid
Senior Quantum Scientist
Adam Richardson
Software Developer
Lisa Roberts
People Advisor
Marley Roberts
Support Dog
Matthew Ruszala
Delivery Manager
Amirreza Safehian
Frontend Developer
Andrew Sanyal
Head of Delivery
Setiawan Setiawan
Research Scientist
Anna Shepherd
Marketing Assistant
Elisha Siddiqui Matekole
Research Scientist
Luka Skoric
Quantum Engineer
Jan Snoeijs
Senior FPGA and Embedded System Designer
Cameron Spence
Quantum Control Engineer
Matthew Stafford
QEC Researcher
Robin Sterling
Senior Product Manager
Christoph Sunderhauf
Quantum Scientist
Lauren Swanser
People Admin Assistant
Anthony Tabor
General Counsel
Jack Turner
Graduate Engineer
Mark Turner
Software Engineer
Sumaya Uddin
Finance Administrator
Alise Virbule
Product Manager
Carlo Volpi
Senior Program Manager
Wing Wong
Frontend Developer
Catriona Wright
Delivery Manager