Who We Are

Alex Bores

Cofounder

Alex leads the business side of Merlon Intelligence, a start-up that uses AI to detect and prevent financial crimes. Previously, Alex was one of the overall leads of Palantir's Government business, helping the U.S. contain the spread of diseases, serve our veterans, calculate accurate economic statistics, close opioid pill mills, recover billions of dollars for taxpayers, and set innocent people free, among other projects. Alex received a Bachelor's Degree with honors from Cornell University. He is finishing a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.

Alex was named 40 Under 40 by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (2019); a Truman Scholar (2012); and was the youngest ever recipient of the Sol Stetin Award for Social Justice, given by the American Labor Museum (2010).

Amy Larsen

Cofounder

Amy works on national security as an attorney within the Global Risk + Crisis Management practice at a major law firm. She was previously selected as an Aspen Security Forum Scholar and is a member of the Truman National Security Project. Amy holds a B.A. from Yale, a J.D. from NYU Law, and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Amy has served as a White House intern on Vice President Biden’s team devoted to ending violence against women, worked on the U.S. foreign affairs budget while on a human rights fellowship in Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s office, was hired as an Obama campaign field organizer in western Colorado, served at the State Department’s U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels where she focused on international trade, sanctions, and speechwriting, and was awarded a Fulbright to South Korea.

Daniel Bardenstein

Daniel has nearly a decade of experience leading product teams and building cybersecurity products. Currently, he is a Product Manager for the Defense Digital Service, solving cybersecurity & other digital problems within the Department of Defense. At Exabeam, Daniel built & led a product management team and led efforts on their flagship ML-based anomaly detection product, as well as a security automation & orchestration tool. Prior to Exabeam, Daniel led a number of products at Palantir for Government clients, building tools focused around cybersecurity, national security, anti-human-trafficking, and other high-impact domains. Daniel has a degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Daniel is certified as a CISSP and GCFA (Windows Forensics), and also holds a U.S. patent for a cybersecurity prototype. In his spare time, Daniel consults & volunteers as a cybersecurity resource for political campaigns, non-profits, and individuals.

George Hornedo

George is a political strategist and former Deputy Political Director and National Delegate Director on Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign. Previously, George worked as Senior Policy Advisor at Let America Vote, on the delegates team at Hillary for America, and as a press aide at the U.S. Department of Justice, among other experiences.

George received a B.A. in Government from Cornell University, his M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and his JD from The George Washington University Law School.