Meet the idaciti Management Team & Advisors

idaciti was founded by a team passionate about financial analysis and reporting who wanted to provide financial professionals with a modern software solution to solve their biggest challenges. The company founders, Emily Huang and Christine Tan realized that financial professionals needed a tool to make accessing, analyzing and visualizing financial and non-financial data easier and more intuitive. By using XBRL to parse public records, idaciti is able to provide this data and then makes it possible for users to visualize the data they discover on the platform to build clear and compelling reports.


The idaciti team and our advisors are on a mission to revolutionize the way financial professionals work. We are committed to creating the world’s easiest and most innovative financial research software, making it possible for you to focus on analysis and storytelling.


Emily Huang

CEO & Co-Founder

Recognizing that businesses weren’t making sufficient use of a large amount of business data that are publicly available, Emily Huang launched Denver-based idaciti in 2014. Driven by her entrepreneurial passion, Emily wanted to help other businesses thrive by providing an in-depth view of the data that would help them navigate their business landscape more successfully.

Prior to starting idaciti, Emily co-founded Rivet Software, which automated public companies’ financial filings using what was then a new data format called XBRL (extensible business reporting language). She nurtured Rivet through explosive growth as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission mandated that public companies use XBRL filings to increase data transparency. Rivet was chosen as one of the fastest growing companies (INC 500) for both 2011 & 2012.

Emily invented five issued U.S. Software patents for XBRL creation and consumption. Emily has been recognized nationally in the tech industry and in 2011, Denver Business Journal awarded her its “Annual Outstanding Women in Business” accolade.

Emily holds Master’s degrees in Computer and Information Science, and Computer Assisted Instruction from the Cleveland State University and State University of New York at Buffalo.

Christine Tan, Ph.D.

Christine Tan, Ph.D.

Chief Research Officer & Co-Founder

Also an expert in XBRL, Christine Tan offers her talents and deep financial industry knowledge as idaciti’s Chief Research Officer. As Co-Founder of the company, she is passionate about creating an engaging community for investors, analysts, corporations and academics to connect and collaborate around global financial data.

Christine and Emily first crossed paths when Christine served on the core SEC team that designed and built the first XBRL US GAAP Taxonomy. Prior to forming idaciti, Christine also served as XBRL Project Manager at the Financial Accounting Standards Board where she led the team that was responsible for updating the US GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy for new accounting pronouncements, common reporting practices and for ongoing taxonomy architectural developments.

Christine’s academic research in financial reporting has been published in a number of leading accounting journals and she is a member of the FASB’s Taxonomy Advisory Group and Dimensions Working Group. In 2010 she was a contributor to XBRL for Dummies.

Christine received her Ph.D. in accounting and finance from the University of Melbourne in Australia and has served as an accounting professor at several universities in New York. She has consulted with a number of Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, investment banks and private equity firms.

Srikanth Srinivasan, Software Architect

Srikanth Srinivasan

Software Architect

Srikanth is a software architect and technology leader, with over 20 years of experience in building enterprise-class software. As Software Architect, he is responsible for piloting the R&D efforts at idaciti.

Before working at idaciti, Srikanth worked at Rivet Software for 11 years, where he held a variety of leading-edge product development roles, culminating in Senior Technical Architect. His experience in helping Rivet transition from a startup to one of the leading technology firms in Colorado laid the groundwork for building the idaciti platform.

Prior to joining Rivet, Srikanth worked for 7 years as a Senior Software Developer at Jones Cyber Solutions, where he built CRM and Order Management Software for the telecom industry.

Srikanth holds a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.


Leslie F. Seidman

Advisor, Past Chairman of FASB

Leslie F. Seidman has over 30 years of experience in the accounting profession. She is the immediate past Chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), where she also served as a member of the Board from 2003-2013. Leslie is currently a Director of Moody’s Corporation and a Public Governor of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

As FASB Chairman, Leslie collaborated with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the PCAOB, and other regulators to improve financial reporting in the U.S. capital markets. She guided the FASB’s joint agenda with the International Accounting Standards Board to converge U.S. and international financial reporting standards. Leslie first met Christine when the FASB assumed responsibility for maintaining the XBRL US GAAP taxonomy, which is now fully integrated with the standard-setting process.

Previously, Leslie was an auditor with Arthur Young & Co., a Vice President of Accounting Policy with J.P. Morgan & Co., and a financial reporting consultant. Leslie is the original author of Financial Instruments: A Comprehensive Guide to Accounting and Reporting (currently in its 15th edition from Wolters Kluwer).

A recognized expert in accounting, Leslie was the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Institute of Management Accountants, for launching the innovative Women’s Accounting Leadership program. She was named CPA of the Year by the American Woman’s Society of CPAs, ranked among the Top 10 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today, and was named to the NACD Directorship 100 for Governance.

Leslie earned an M.S. in accounting from New York University Stern School of Business and a B.A. in English from Colgate University.

Hudson Hollister

Hudson Hollister

Advisor, Founder of Data Coalition

Hudson Hollister is the founder and Executive Director of the Data Coalition, a trade association representing technology and consulting firms supporting open data in government. The Data Coalition is the main advocacy group for the implementation of the DATA Act of 2014, transforming the U.S. federal government's spending information into standardized, open data. The Data Coalition also supports data standards to transform regulatory compliance, legislative mandates, and the whole landscape of government invitation. Hudson has helped to craft landmark reforms, including the DATA Act, the OPEN Government Data Act, the Financial Transparency Act, and the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Assistance Transparency (GREAT) Act.

Hudson is also the founder of the Data Foundation, a nonprofit think tank seeking to define an open future for both government and private-sector data. The Data Foundation is responsible for the leading research on open data in federal spending and in regulatory compliance. The Data Foundation hosts the largest annual open data conference in the United States.

Prior to founding the Data Coalition and the Data Foundation, Hudson served as counsel to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives and as an attorney fellow in the Office of Interactive Disclosure at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Before his government service, he was a securities litigator in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins LLP.

Hudson earned a law degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in political science and communications from the University of St. Francis.


Alban Atkinson

Advisor, Managing Director of Ince

Ince celebrated its 90 years in business in 2013 and for 77 years the Atkinson family have owned the business and Alban is from the 3rd generation of the family and is today the Managing Director of Ince. The business has traditionally been in printing, but over its 90-year history has evolved with changing times and technology. Alban has led the Teams that have designed and implemented these changes.

For the last 40 years, Ince has assisted Johannesburg Stock Exchange (“JSE”) listed companies with their regulatory shareholder communication requirements.

In 2006 Ince introduced Virtual Data Rooms to the South African mergers and acquisition market and today Ince have a product called InceLink servicing that market. In 2013, Ince launched iProducts a complete electronic platform for shareholder communications.

In January 2017, the Mauritian Regulator mandated that Issuers file their results in XBRL and Ince has established itself as the major filer of XBRL in this market.

Together with partners, Ince is building a range of additional services to retail investors such as a daily digital financial newspaper called BizNews Today and advice on how to vote your proxy called ProxyView. Ince represents idaciti in Africa and has been accredited by CIPC, the South African Regulator to provide iXBRL filing services to the South African market.

Karl Sum

Karl Sun

Advisor, CEO & Co-Founder of Lucid Software

Even before he co-founded Lucid Software, Karl Sun had already filled his résumé with incredible accomplishments. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, as well as an M.S. in Technology and Policy. From there, he attended Harvard Law School, earning his J.D. while the editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Following his graduation from Harvard, Karl worked as an attorney at both Venture Law Group and Perkins Coie LLP. He also served as law clerk to Judge R.C. Clevenger III. In 2002, Karl jumped headfirst into the world of tech and joined Google. He started as Head of Patents, opening the company’s patent department and setting the patent strategy. Three years later, he started the Google China office and led business development there.

Under Karl’s leadership, Lucid Software’s SaaS product has a firm grip on the market, with 15 million users spanning 180 countries and 700,000 new users per month. Ninety-six percent of the world’s Fortune 500 companies use Lucidchart. Clients include NASA, Tesla, Coca-Cola, Spotify, and many more.

In 2017, Karl was the recipient of the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Utah Region for Business Services category. Karl was also honored as one of the 2017 Utah Business CEO of the Year.

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