Our Story

In a world rife with complex relationships and hidden risk, we stand as torchbearers of corporate transparency, aiming to illuminate the intricate connections that exist between businesses, people, supply chains and the inner workings of a globalized economy.

Our journey at WireScreen took root as our co-founder, David Barboza, was uncovering deep-seated corruption within China’s ‘princeling’ networks during his tenure as a Shanghai correspondent at The New York Times.

In his pursuit of truth, David spent five years sourcing, collating, and interpreting thousands of corporate records by hand. Armed with this meticulously gathered information, he uncovered an intricate web of connections exploited by China’s ruling elite to accumulate massive amounts of wealth.

This relentless investigation earned him the coveted Pulitzer Prize.

Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University, presents the 2013 Pulitzer Prize to David.
Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University, presents the 2013 International Reporting Pulitzer Prize to David.

But his work also sparked an idea: What if we could build a new type of data analytics platform that employs software to shine deeper insights on how companies do business globally? Never again would anyone need to manually collect and combine corporate data.

Our mission: To equip businesses, regulators, and consumers with unparalleled insights. Greater corporate transparency is on the horizon!

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Leadership Team

WireScreen was founded in 2019. It is a division of The Wire Digital Inc., a news and data startup based in New York City. Its affiliated company is The Wire China, a weekly digital magazine.

David Barboza
David Barboza, Cofounder and Chief Executive

A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist who previously worked at The New York Times, David has more than 15 years of experience covering China and using corporate records.

Lynn Zhang
Lynn Zhang, Cofounder and Chief Operating Officer

A former financier who worked in private equity, Lynn has spent more than a decade analyzing corporate data. She studied chemistry and finance in China and Japan.

Erik Williamson
Erik Williamson, Interim Head of Engineering

Erik has worked as a contract engineer at WireScreen during the past four years. He joins us from ZLP Company and XLP Capital. Erik is a graduate of Princeton University and performed graduate research at M.I.T.

Bradley Martinez
Bradley Martinez, Head of Sales

An experienced revenue leader, Brad has built teams serving sophisticated clients at FactSet and Factor Law. He studied Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics at UPenn.

Leonid Taycher
Leonid Taycher, Senior Advisor

A senior engineer who has worked at Google, Twitter, and Kensho, the AI company acquired by S&P. Leonid earned his PhD in computer science from M.I.T.


We are fortunate to work with some of the leading venture capital firms.

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Shaun Maguire
Shaun Maguire
Partner, Sequoia Capital
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Larsen Jensen
Larsen Jensen
Co-founder, Harpoon Ventures