Insights & Analyses

The KNOW Identity Awards 2018 Winners

April 2, 2018

The KNOW Identity Awards recognize the most compelling startups, individuals and identity innovations of the year. This year the awards were presented on Tuesday, March 27th in Washington, D.C. at the KNOW Identity Conference 2018 happy hour. The winners are:







Individual Finalists


/CEO of the Year

Reed Taussig is Chief Executive Officer of ThreatMetrix. With expertise in building high-growth companies at the forefront of technological change, Taussig has led ThreatMetrix since 2008. Under his leadership the company has become the driving force in an emerging digital identity space by leveraging pioneering global shared intelligence technology, culminating in its 2018 acquisition by LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Taussig has extensive executive leadership experience, and prior to ThreatMetrix served as CEO of Callidus Software. Here, he was responsible for a successful IPO, having led the company from its inception, to establishing it as a profitable business with $70+ million in revenue. He has also served as CEO for Vormetric, Inc. and



/Government Leader of the Year

Born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada, Beverly Dicks attended and graduated with a degree in Social Work from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Beverly currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia and is the Assistant Deputy Minister for ServiceBC, with the Ministry of Citizens’ Services. Beverly has worked in the public sector for over 30 years, starting her career as a child protection social worker. Throughout her career in the Public Service, Beverly has shown her commitment and dedication to children, families and all citizens of British Columbia. In Beverly’s current position; her focus is to leverage technology and a commitment to service excellence to enable the delivery of cost-effective, accessible and responsive services, making it easier for citizens and businesses to interact with government. ServiceBC consists of four diverse branches with over 400 staff: Provincial Identity Management, Service Delivery, Strategic Services and BC Registries and Online Services.


/Industry Leader of the Year

Stephen Ufford has founded and successfully sold several data-focused startups during his career. In 2011, he launched his fourth startup, Trulioo, to help build a layer of trust and safety online, and with the mission to provide access to financial services to the billions of unbanked individuals around the globe. As a serial tech entrepreneur in the identity space, Stephen is well-versed on the challenges and opportunities affiliated with identity verification, data privacy, risk and fraud prevention, and the ever-changing regulatory changes that impact emerging startups and global enterprises that have customers worldwide.




/Trust Leader of the Year

Rimma Perelmuter is CEO & Global Board Director at Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF), the global trade body that works with its members to accelerate the growth of a sustainable mobile ecosystem.

Since first executing its launch in 2001, Rimma has led MEF’s rapid global expansion across the diverse markets of Africa, Asia, EMEA and the Americas; establishing MEF as the premier mobile association that acts as an impartial and authoritative champion for the broadening mobile ecosystem.

Her focus at MEF been both mission-driven and commercial; building strategic partnership and working with diverse ecosystem players on leading initiatives to solve industry problems, drive market impact and achieve commercial gains.

Today, MEF acts as an influential global & cross-sector platform for building trusted and innovative value-added, data-driven and mobile messaging services. It also provides an unparalleled global network and thought-leadership platform for its diverse membership.


/Investor of the Year

David Fields is the founder and managing partner of PTB Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in early-stage companies in the digital identity ecosystem. David is a former private equity investment professional and brings over a decade of private investment and advisory experience both to his investors and his portfolio companies at PTB. He began his career as a credit analyst at Citigroup Global Markets and later served on the investment team at Cooper Investment Partners. David graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Economics and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.




/Rising Innovator

Thomas Nicholas is the CEO and co-founder of Alloy, an API to ease the pain of customer identification (KYC/AML, etc) for financial services companies. After graduating from the University of Virginia, Tommy began his career as a software developer. He worked on everything from AR experiences for large museums to consumer facing websites, one of which was named to Time Magazine’s top 50 websites of 2013. In 2014 he entered the world of high-risk transaction processing for financial services companies, where the problems caused by the lack of APIs to solve business problems in financial services became the inspiration for starting Alloy.




Organizational Finalists

/Best New Startup


/Greatest Social Impact Through Identity


/Greatest Social Impact Through Identity: Non-Profit






/Greatest Impact on Trust








Congratulations to all the winners!!