Locus Analytics, a think-tank based in New York City, develops proprietary classification tools to study and characterize economic systems. Locus has developed a systems-based functional model that revolutionizes the ways in which we explain, compare and analyze the complex entities and interactions that comprise the global economy. We employ this model in a broad base of applications, ranging from economic development to investment analysis. Our goal is to transform the ways that businesses, governments, entrepreneurs, and workers interact with one another to build businesses, communities, and cities.
Rory Riggs is the founder of Locus Analytics, LLC. Locus Analytics’ focus is on the creation of a new information technology platform for economic information. Its mission is to develop a new taxonomic-based cloud software platform to change how we organize, manage and analyze business and economic information.
Mr. Riggs is the chairman and co-founder of Royalty Pharma, the largest investor in revenue producing intellectual property – principally, royalty interests in marketed and late stage development biopharmaceutical products. During his career, Mr. Riggs has been involved in the creation and management of many successful technology related companies including: Royalty Pharma (RoyaltyPharma.com); Fibrogen, Inc (Fibrogen.com); Cibus, LLC (Cibus.com); Sugen, Inc; Genenews Ltd (Genenews.com); Selectide Inc; eReceivables, LLC (eReceivables.co); Pacific Media and New Ventures, L.P. He served as the president (and director) of Biomatrix Corporation (NYSE Ticker: BXM) from 1995 until it was sold to Genzyme Corporation in December 2000. Mr. Riggs oversaw the global launch of Biomatrix’s lead product, Synvisc.
Mr. Riggs received a BA from Middlebury College and MBA from Columbia University.
One of the ways that we utilize the model of economic systems is to develop tools to support economic communities. Using our system, we apply a functional lens to uncover themes and trends in economic systems of any scale. When we compare and analyze different systems we always do this through our functional lens. Our proprietary coding system helps us translate the work we do into a framework that is approachable for a wider audience. Our teams build analytical tools that are tailored to the specific needs of communities, businesses, and governments. Using an interdisciplinary approach, our teams are building models that highlight the complex interplay between community and economy structures. Our researchers and data analysts work with our creative teams to put together beautiful, interactive maps and profiles of cities and communities.
By engaging with these tools, users can query and perform comparative analysis on economic systems at a local, regional, or global scale. Our work will empower communities with the data and analytics they need to grow and meet their goals. Our tools will enable community managers to approach their job of community development like a business manager. By building a vocabulary for economic information, Locus Analytics hopes to reshape the debate surrounding economic systems in the 21st century.
Phil joined Locus after having led the International Business Development team at Newscom, where he helped build and manage a partnership network of the world's leading digital-media content providers. He currently heads the data acquisition and licensing, professional development, and office management efforts at Locus.
Phil holds a BA in political science, with a minor in journalism, from the University of Rochester and a CAPM from the Project Management Institute. Upon graduation, Phil was an AmeriCorps VISTA member, serving the underprivileged communities of Western New York and is an avid beer-league hockey player.
Julia leads our project to map the economic systems of Indonesia’s renewable energy sector, and is building products to serve investors seeking social returns from investments in emerging economies.
Julia joined Locus in October 2013 after graduating from Middlebury College with a degree in International Politics and Economics. She has worked for the U.S. Department of State and the Carnegie Endowment in Beijing. She speaks Mandarin and is learning to program in R.
After interning with Locus in Summer 2011, Diana rejoined the team full-time in early 2013. She works on the Economic Communities and Patent teams.
Diana graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Literature, and minors in Government and Latin American Studies. Her coursework focused on comparative analysis, translation theory, and political economy. Post-graduation, Diana spent four months on a Harvard fellowship in Latin America researching microfinance institutional design and teaching the Locus system in Spanish. She finds the development of a constructed language for economics to be endlessly interesting.
Locus Analytics is an economic research think tank pioneering a new field we call Systems Economics. At its core, our work is the development of a systems approach to studying and relating all economic data. Our efforts are focused on developing new tools to organize and analyze economic data: capitalizing on the new capabilities of big data analytics, Locus is building a global database of companies, industries, jobs, and other economic data, structured using our systems approach to studying economic activity. These newly developed analytic tools and models will further our efforts in building the Locus database and, in turn, power new economic data analytics.
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Gabriella is on the Patent team, helping to codify concepts underpinning the Locus model by sourcing, exploring, and connecting the ideas that are percolating amongst her colleagues.
She received a B.A. with Honors in Political Science, Public Policy and Latin American Studies from Swarthmore College. Her thesis used spatial analyses and interviews with urban planners in Philadelphia and Colombia to test the impact that a bus-rapid transit line would have in Northeast Philadelphia. She is a fan of word games, snowboarding, and food-related shenanigans.
Jonathan joined Locus in the summer of 2012 after interning during the summer of 2010. Since joining, he has focused on developing the theory that underpins the Locus classification system. Additionally, he is working to apply this theory to develop financial applications.
Jonathan graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in mathematics and economics in 2012. His academic focus was on pure mathematics, particularly topology, but he is also interested in economic and social policy development. He has prior experience working in both biochemistry and private equity.
Boyoon joined Locus in fall 2013 as an analyst. Boyoon is currently thinking about the best ways to communicate our approach to studying the world's economy. She is interested in expanding the locus theory to consider the cross-cultural differences in businesses' internal structure and psychology of decision making.
Boyoon graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Psychology and Business Management. Her most memorable studies and lab work involved the application of social psychological methods to induce procedural justice in the legal system and moral decision making in the business context.
Winston leads a Seattle-based project to apply the Locus system in support of the Washington aerospace cluster. Last summer he co-led our first data analytics internship.
Winston interned in 2011, and joined Locus full-time the next year after completing a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University. His academic work included a thesis on small arms proliferation and security in the Republic of Georgia.
James joined Locus Analytics in the Autumn of 2011 after graduating from Christ Church, Oxford University. Having led the development of Locus’ classification tools, James is now focused on applying Locus’ technology to financial applications. He is based in London, England.
With a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, James specialized in Financial and Mathematical Economics, interested by the use of Econometrics and Quantitative Economics in estimating underlying population parameters from sample data. In Politics, he studied the modeling of behavior in International Relations during the periods 1918-1945 and 1990-2010, as well as comparative analysis of state and sub-state political institutions.
Adelaide joined Locus in June of 2011. At Locus, Addie works both on launching and managing financial applicattions and on the design and development of new products.
Addie studied biology with a minor in architecture at MIT, where she researched the mechanisms of telomere maintenance, production of oxytocin in mice with genetic and behavioral traits linked to autism and creative approaches for relationship development with autistic children. She then taught middle school science for two years as part of Teach for America. She has created a systems economic curriculum curriculum and led the Locus internship program for NYC high school students.
Daniel worked for Locus from 2008-10 as part of the founding team and rejoined in March 2014 to focus on patent law and fund formation. He has prior experience in finance, renewable energy, social enterprise, and economic development.
Daniel holds a B.A. from Columbia, a J.D. from Georgetown, and an M.B.A. from Yale. He is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.
Vin Harng joined Locus in June 2014, after interning in the summer of 2013. Vin Harng is one of the founding members of the data analysis team at Locus, and will be one of the coordinators of the data internship this summer. Since joining, Vin Harng has focused on formulating analyses using our proprietary database, he is excited to combine the Locus economic model and various data mining techniques to answer some challenging questions.
Vin Harng graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in Economics and Commerce, with a concentration in Information Technology and Business Analytics.
Lauren joined Locus in October of 2013 after interning during the summer of 2012. While at Locus, she has worked with theory development, company classification, and financial theory.
In 2013, Lauren graduated from Columbia University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering, with an emphasis on Cell and Tissue Engineering. While at Columbia, she researched and worked on designing an implantable, biodegradable drug delivery device at the Sia Laboratory. She also collaborated with a team of fellow biomedical engineering seniors to design and build a device for the prevention of chronic pressure ulcers in bedridden patients.
Richard Kahn joined Locus in the summer of 2013 after interning in 2012. He works on Locus theory, which he affectionately dubs "economic metaphysics." Before joining Locus, Richard attended Yale University, graduating magna cum laude with a BA in Math & Philosophy. His senior thesis explored the connection between the demonstrated undecidability of the Continuum Hypothesis and whether numbers exist. (He thinks they do.)
Prior to Yale, Richard spent a year in Israel studying Jewish texts, and he continues to study Talmud regularly. Richard is a pianist and music lover, with a keen interest in klezmer, classical music, bluegrass, and Phish.
Ellison joined Locus in the fall of 2013 as an analyst. Currently, he is utilizing Locus's theory of economic systems to explore financial applications as well as working towards building an automated classification system.
Ellison graduated from Brown University with a dual major in Chemical Engineering and Economics. Following his passion for the study of energy, he has worked in coal combustion and NMR laboratories, as an equity analyst intern at Wells Fargo Financial Advisors, and continues to pursue his passion at Locus by studying economic systems within the energy industry.
Gil joined Locus in October 2013. He is currently focused on financial applications development and launch strategy.
Before Locus, Gil worked on the Foreign Desk at the Sunday Times, interned at Goldman Sachs and helped with the early stage marketing and sales of Kano, a Raspberry-pi based coding kit which can be assembled by a 7-year-old. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post, complaining in equal measure about kids these days and Middle Eastern politics. Gil received his BA (Honours) History from the University of Warwick and his MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.
Ariah joined Locus in 2013 as an analyst. He is interested in integrating mathematics into the Locus system and is leading a project on creating large-scale economic models using novel data structures
Ariah’s studies are rooted in science. Before college, he conducted hydrogen storage research, which he presented internationally. He started by studying physics at Amherst College, but, after studying math abroad at Oxford and researching neuronal networks and number theory, returned to graduate magna cum laude in mathematics with a thesis on elliptic curves. Before Locus, Ariah explored legal work, analyzed numismatic assets, and helped his brother open a brewery.
Joe Lacey joined Locus in November 2014. As a member of the classification team, he applies Locus theory to study and map the global economy.
Joe graduated summa cum laude from American University with a BA in International Economics. He is passionate about speechwriting and storytelling. In his spare time, Joe enjoys playing soccer and cycling. Joe speaks German and feels most at home when surrounded by mountains—especially the Alps.
Joe joined Locus in October 2013, after interning in the summer 2012 internship program. He was a member of the analyst team that used Locus's proprietary system to assign companies roles in the economy. Currently, he is utilizing Locus's theory of economic systems to explore and manage financial applications.
Joe graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland with degrees in Finance and Accounting. He has prior intern experience in accounting. Joe is a loyal Yankee, Giants and Terps fan.
Jennifer Ortiz Quezada joined Locus as an analyst in November 2014.
Jen graduated cum laude from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service with a B.S.F.S in International Political Economy and a Certificate in Latin American Studies. She is fully fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian and has an intermediate knowledge of French and German. She's currently trying to learn Portuguese! In addition to economics and finance, Jen is interested in classic literature, travel, and running--she's currently training for a half marathon.
Christopher Silkworth (a.k.a Dr. Silk) joined Locus in October of 2014 to help develop and lead our data analysis efforts. Together with the rest of the data team, he sifts through the data to tackle questions that can only be answered with the aid of Locus classification system.
Chris received his BS in Physics and Mathematics from The College of William and Mary before getting his PhD in Physics from UIC while working on the CMS experiment at CERN.
James joined Locus in November 2014 as a research analyst. He has a background in accounting and has prior experience in the translations and IP fields.
James graduated with a B.A. in Humanities from Yale. At Yale, he was passionate about environmental issues and was actively involved in the Yale Student Environmental Coalition. One day, he would like to marry his environmentalist roots with his interests in business and finance. In his spare time, he likes to read biographies, poetry, and the newspaper.
Alice Yu joined Locus as an analyst in November 2014. She enjoys applying the Locus method to determining the core economic roles.
Prior to joining Locus, Alice studied Economics at NYU. She also interned as a researcher at China Energy Fund Committee and Greater China Region Consultants.
Alice’s essay on her personal philosophy was aired on NPR’s
This I Believe Program in the summer of 2006.
Pronounced Dairy-ya, Derya graduated from Cornell University May '13 with a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations, and minors in Cognitive Science and Economics. While at Cornell she was editor of a publication that resembled a hybrid of "Texts from Last Night" and "Post Secret". She also volunteered at a local prison where she taught young girls to draw....mostly Rihanna and Beyonce.
At Locus, Derya is often wrestling various team members to be more visual thinkers, drinking far too much coffee, and coordinating recruitment activities.
Hazim is an analyst focusing on applying the Locus system to developing countries and using the Locus platform to run economic analyses on local economies. He is looking forward to the day when he can analyze the economy of his home country, Yemen, using the Locus model.
Hazim graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a degree in International Relations and received a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School with a concentration in Development Economics and Middle Eastern Studies. Prior to Locus, he worked with the International Crisis Group, Amnesty International, and the Atlantic Council.
Elizabeth joined Locus as a full-time member in June of 2013 after interning in the summer of 2012. Elizabeth works on labor theory development and looks forward to the creation of a standardized vocabulary to enable workforce analytics.
Prior to joining the Locus team, Elizabeth attended Duke University, graduating cum laude with degrees in Philosophy and German. While at Duke, she wrote a thesis titled, "Justice and Partiality: Bridging the Gap between Conventional and Natural Justice" which explored the dichotomy of justice that is presented in Plato's Gorgias.
Divyanka joined Locus in September 2013 after graduating from Dartmouth College with an Honors degree in English Literature. She is currently working on Lucknow.Locus, an international application arm of Locus, and is interested in molding our system to fit communities within emerging markets.
Prior to joining Locus, Divyanka worked with the Reserve Bank of India, PROACT- India, and Davis Polk and Wardwell. Her senior thesis was a novel titled "Fighting for Resurrection” that explores themes of nationalism and feminism in a changing world. Divyanka is interested in the confluence of economic development and women’s empowerment and hopes to explore these ideas from Locus’s platform on a global scale.
Carly Arison joined Locus in September 2012 after taking part in the summer 2011 internship program. She is involved in the management of Locus's financial applications.
Carly graduated with honors from Brown University. She concentrated in Commerce, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship, which involves the study of economics, organizational behavior, and technology development. She wrote her honors thesis on the differences in benefits and work environments between publicly traded and privately held companies, with an emphasis on resource dependency theory and its impact on decision making. At Brown, Carly was a four-year varsity golfer and four-time NGCA Academic All-American.
Augie joined Locus full-time in March 2013 after participating in the summer internship program. He is known in the office as the "thesaurus man," less so for his sophisticated vocabulary but more for his love of all things taxonomy related.
Augie graduated from Columbia University with a major in Economics and a minor in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. At Columbia, he researched the role of financial incentives in primary education and the relationship between divorce rates and GDP. Augie also enjoyed participating in teaching opportunities both as a teaching assistant in the economics department and as an elementary school teacher.
Adam joined Locus in October 2014 after interning in the summer of 2011, and again in January 2014 during his winter term, when he put together an event-risk analysis on the housing crash.
Adam graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College with honors from the English and American Literatures department. His senior thesis was a work of fiction set in Las Vegas. He minored in Political Science.