James B. Glattfelder

I am a physicist turned quant, turned complexity scientist, with a pinch of data science and a philosophical bent, interested in fundamental theories and real-world complexity.

I am into connecting the dots and understanding the big picture.

I am at home in academia and business.

I am interested in philosophy and the history of science, the borders of knowledge, the foundations of reality, the limits of perception and cognition, emergence of self-organization and information processing, collective intelligence, sustainability, environmental issues, defects of the financial system, and technology.

I like snowboarding, electronic music, surfing, travelling, climbing, interacting with people, writing, skateboarding, Linux, and the blockchain.

I love Ladina <3


Short Bio

  • Senior researcher at flov technologies (2018-present)
  • Finished open-access book: Information-Consciousness-Reality (2013-2018)
  • Quant at Lykke, a FinTech company building a global marketplace for the exchange of digital assets based on the blockchain (2017/2018)
  • Involved with the vision and setup of Oyoba, a digital, mobile-first wallet bank with blockchain integration, operated from Switzerland (2017)
  • Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich, (2014-2018)
  • Co-founder of ECUREX, a Swiss-based digital finance marketplace (2014-2017)
  • 12 years quantitative research at Olsen Ltd, an investment boutique in Zurich (2001-2013)
  • Ph.D. (Dr. sc. nat) complex systems at Chair of Systems Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH (2010)
  • M.Sc. theoretical high energy particle physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH (1999)
  • Swiss matura, economics, Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz (1992)


Selected Articles






  • Snow: III
  • Rock: I
  • Air: I
  • Urban: I