About Laplace Insights

Laplace Insights was founded by Jean-Marc Patenaude out of his lifelong passion to find a better and safer way to invest. A machine learning data scientist and electrical engineer, Jean-Marc has a clear vision to deliver data and technology driven investment strategies to investors. Laplace Insights partners with investment firms and financial advisors to effectively introduce investors to these strategies and to enable the benefits made possible by these advanced technologies.
Columbus™ ETF is Laplace Insights’ flagship investment strategy, based on an advanced optimization algorithm and predictive modeling techniques. It allocates funds within a universe of low cost, highly liquid ETFs, each representing one of the world’s major asset classes. It trades once a month while providing insights into what’s happening behind the scenes in all the major global markets and asset classes.
Jean-Marc Patenaude

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.

Why Laplace Insights?

Pierre-Simon, Marquis de Laplace (1749 – 1827) was a mathematician and astronomer. His work was pivotal for the advancement of modern probabilities and statistics, which continue to be highly relevant in numerous fields today including some of the most complex computer algorithms and artificial intelligence applications in investing.
Laplace made significant foundational contributions to the world of mathematics, many of which are highly relevant today in data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. By naming ourselves after Laplace, we strive to honor his contributions to modern mathematics in a way that is practical and relevant to individual investors and their advisors.
Pierre-Simon de Laplace
Pierre-Simon de Laplace