Beam Solutions was founded by industry veterans with deep experience in compliance, regulatory affairs, machine learning, and data.  The company is supported by an experienced group of directors, advisors and investors.  We’re venture-backed, located on the sunny San Francisco Peninsula, and growing. Check out our careers page if you’re interested in joining us as we tackle some really interesting high-impact problems.

 

Leadership Team

Co-Founder, CEO

Ben Duranske

Ben served as Chief Compliance Officer of Facebook Payments Inc. from the subsidiary's 2010 formation through mid-2015. While at Facebook, Ben built a global compliance team, managed worldwide licenses and regulator relationships, and directed internal compliance software builds and external compliance software requisition.
 Prior to that he worked at PayPal, and before that, he represented payments and platform companies in private practice as an attorney. He earned his J.D. at the University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall.

Member, Board of Directors

Benjamin Lawsky

Benjamin has over 20 years experience spanning every branch of government, at both the federal and state levels. He is currently CEO of The Lawsky Group, and also a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Cyber Initiative. He previously served as New York State’s Superintendent of Financial Services from 2011-2015. Prior to that he was Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Chief of Staff, Prior to that, he served in a top position in the New York State Attorney General’s office and spent more than five years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. Mr. Lawsky is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Columbia College.

Member, Board of Directors

Michael Gilroy

Michael is a venture investor with Canaan Partners in San Francisco. Canaan is a $5 billion AUM venture firm investing out of its eleventh fund of $800 million. Michael invests in companies across fintech and enterprise software and is a Board Director with Beam Solutions and Hugo. He is also a Board Observer with Rocketrip, Bellhops, Emissary and Arbor. He was previously an M&A and Private Capital advisor to growth stage technology companies with well over $2 billion in transaction value. Michael received his B.A. in Economics from University of California, Berkeley.

Member, Advisory Board

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been involved in the national security, law enforcement, and compliance fields for more than two decades. John is currently Head of Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) Operations and Deputy Bank Secrecy Act Officer at Bank of the West-BNP Paribas. He was formerly Chief Compliance Officer at Airbnb. Prior to joining Airbnb, he was executive Vice President at Citigroup and managed Global AML Operations Standards and Training. John also managed Latin American AML Operations at Citigroup and was Senior Vice President and Director of Financial Intelligence at Union Bank, in San Francisco, California. John holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University. John is actively involved in Veterans causes and is a proud graduate of the United States Army's Infantry School and John F. Kennedy Special Warefare Center and School.

Member, Advisory Board

Todd Beauchamp

Todd is a partner at Paul Hastings, LLP and serves as Co-chair of the firm's Payment Systems practice. His practice is focused on the representation of financial institutions, non-bank financial services companies and technology companies in a wide variety of domestic and international regulatory and transactional matters. He has extensive experience in the development of new financial services and FinTech offerings, including those involving deposit accounts, stored value accounts, electronic payments, virtual currencies, money transmission and credit, regularly advises clients on a wide range of state, federal and foreign regulatory issues and legislative developments, and represents clients before numerous state and federal financial services regulatory agencies.