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novastone is a sophisticated messaging platform to enhance and deepen your most valuable client relationships.

Our vision

Mobile instant messaging has revolutionised the way we communicate. It is fast replacing traditional email correspondence with real-time conversations. People now expect to be able to chat instantly, anytime and anywhere, via easy-to-use unobtrusive technology.

For businesses, whose value proposition is built upon a high-touch and highly-personalised client experience, instant messaging has opened up a new intimate engagement channel that implies and reinforces a closer relationship with clients in a more efficient way.

Faced with increasing levels of fraud, there is also a growing recognition that email no longer meets the needs of organisations that rely on secure and verified communication with their clients. When instructions and the transfer of certain confidential information can no longer be made by email, the process becomes more inefficient. The resulting phone calls and use of other communication channels take up more time and compromise the client experience.

However, for instant messaging to be a viable alternative to email, it needs to be secure and easy-to-use, as well as enabling efficient, confidential and compliant conversations.

novastone’s white label messaging solution is built for high value customer interactions and moves these relationships from the inbox into a conversation.

 

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Our products


built by
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increasing
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Meet The Team

Douglas Orr

Douglas Orr

Douglas Orr

Founder

With 20 years of entrepreneurial background including successful exits, Douglas Orr has founded world-renowned businesses and created revolutionary new technology in both the retail and financial industries. Douglas is also an Angel Investor and has acted as a judge on behalf of ABC Startup at Google Campus for technology start-ups.

Curt Hopkins

Curt Hopkins

Curt Hopkins

Chief Operating Officer

As an executive who helps tech companies scale and achieve their potential, Curt has occupied a series of senior executive and non-executive leadership roles. These include CEO of Telenomics, CEO of Redeem, as well as UK managing director of Vodafone Business Services, and the founding CFO of emerging market telecommunications start-up Nursat.

Ravi Nar

Ravi Nar

Ravi Nar

Chief Technology Officer

With over 15 years of experience working with technology and business teams, Ravi is a senior technology leader who has a proven background building software development and support teams with start-ups to FTSE 100 companies including easyJet, Bookatable, AECOM and Egg.

Andrew Hodson

Andrew Hodson

Andrew Hodson

Director

A former managing director at Barclays Wealth Management with over 20 years experience in financial services, Andrew has a deep understanding of managing teams advising private clients. Having worked closely with technology entrepreneurs throughout his career and an active investor himself, Andrew is a welcomed addition to the Novastone leadership team. 


Andy Felce

Andy Felce

Andy Felce

Director

As a founding partner and member of the Global Management Committee of BTG Pactual, Andy brings a wealth of knowledge to Novastone as one of our appointed directors. Having worked with banking giants like Goldman Sachs and UBS, Andy has a primary understanding of the needs and requirements of the financial services industry.

Doug Farrand

Doug Farrand

Doug Farrand

North American operations

Doug leads our North American operations and is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience leading sales and operations teams in enterprise software and collaboration technology. Doug has also worked in wealth management at one of the top 10 North American banks and has a unique appreciation for business requirements and underlying technology capabilities.

Stephen R. Katz

Stephen R. Katz

Stephen R. Katz

Adviser

Steve Katz has testified before Congress on information security and was appointed as the first Financial Services Sector Coordinator for Critical Infrastructure Protection by the Secretary of the Treasury. He was also the first chairman of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS/ISAC) and has been an advisor to the FS/ISAC Board of Directors and the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC). He is the founder and President of Security Risk Solutions, LLC an executive advisor to Deloitte and on the board of directors of Glasswall Solutions Ltd and Avior Computing.

Andy Brown

Andy Brown

Andy Brown

Adviser

As CEO and co-founder of Sandhill East Andy advises fintech CEOs and founders through the challenges of early stage development.  He is a former group CTO of UBS and head of strategy, architecture and optimisation at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Andy is a board director for Guidewire (GWRE), MoogSoft LTD and Zscaler, CTO Fintech Innovation Lab, and advises CS Technology LLC, Wickr, EXOU, Revolution Credit, Illumio, Lastline, LMRKTS, DA Holdings, PernixData.

Dave Bauer

Dave Bauer

Dave Bauer

Adviser

As managing partner of Sandhill East, Dave’s focus includes building out SHE’s CSO-as-a-service program and advising early stage security, Fintech, infrastructure, and other companies. His most recent position was with Asurion Insurance Services, a provider of mobile device protection and insurance services. David held a variety of executive positions with Asurion for nine years. Before Asurion, David was first vice president and chief information security and privacy officer for Merrill Lynch, for which he was named a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader in 2004.

Ian Cook

Ian Cook

Ian Cook

Adviser

One of the few truly internationally recognised and respected leaders in cyber-security and intelligence, Ian has 26 years of experience in advising businesses in their strategic decisions including Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, Barclays and numerous technology start-ups.

Paul Rivers-Latham

Paul Rivers-Latham

Paul Rivers-Latham

Adviser

An experienced venture capitalist specialising in the technology industry, Paul Rivers-Latham is now an active angel investor supporting innovative early stage technology companies. Successes include Bookham, BCO, CadCentre and many successful flotations in Europe and the USA.

Get in touch

For more information or a demonstration, please contact us below:

Email: enquiries@novastonemedia.com