About our Founder
Jean-Marc Patenaude is a data scientist and industry expert in machine learning and artificial intelligence. Trained as an electrical engineer, he lived in Silicon Valley for 20 years where he founded three technology startups and entrepreneurial projects, and developed some of the most advanced technologies found at the core of today’s Internet. Jean-Marc learned the wisdom of low risk investing early in his investing career. He purchased his first stock three weeks prior to the 1987 stock market crash when he lost most of his investment. In the late 1990’s, he was working in technology in Silicon Valley and experienced the heady gains of the 1999 dotcom bubble, followed by the dramatic wipe-out when that bubble burst. These life experiences, combined with his passion for investing and his affinity for mastering the most advanced technologies culminated in the birth of the Columbus project in late 2013. Today, Columbus is the result of years of technical and experimental research in financial time series data analysis, applied machine learning and predictive modeling.
Jean-Marc holds a dozen U.S. and European patents, a BASc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo and a masters degree in electronics from Carleton University. He also attended two executive programs in business strategy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He currently lives with his wife and family in Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada.