J. Stephen Castellano founded the investment research and strategy consulting firm Ascendere Associates in 2009, building upon a diversified 20-year career in sell side and buy side equity research. His roles included coverage of the steel industry at PaineWebber and telecom services at Warburg Dillon Read (the predecessors to UBS), where he worked closely with institutional sales people, traders and investment bankers. In addition, he provided analytical support for numerous independent valuation, consulting and investment banking studies, including for mergers, secondary offerings and IPOs. At Ascendere Associates, in addition to developing equity research for family offices and other clients, he has consulted for a number of financial technology startups and international consulting firms. These include Scout Finance, Maptycs, Eppione, GovBrain, and BCG Platinion, the risk management division of Boston Consulting Group, among others. Stephen holds a B.A. in English from Oberlin College, an MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College, and has passed the first two levels of the CFA exam. Stephen offers real-time access to his long/short model portfolio strategies, quantitative stock snapshots, and detailed fundamental equity research reports via the Seeking Alpha Research Marketplace.