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Sweet 16 Honorable Mention – Technology Interview,Tech / HFT,Video

The John Lothian News Sweet 16 Series featured the 16 best ideas and thoughts about exchanges, regulation, economics and technology. But there are still more great ideas for 2016 that made our honorable mention. Here are comments from more industry professionals on technology. The Sweet 16 Series drew from 38 interviews conducted at the FIA Expo Conference in November 2015. Here are comments from David Snowdon, CTO of Metamako, Rob D’Arco, CEO of Rival Systems, Stephen Kuhn, CEO and Founder of Airex, and Jim Northey, principal consultant of CameronTec Group.

Sweet 16 Honorable Mention – Exchanges Interview,Video

The John Lothian News Sweet 16 Series featured the 16 best ideas and thoughts about exchanges, regulation, economics and technology. But there are still more great ideas for 2016 that made our honorable mention. Here are comments from more industry professionals on exchanges. The Sweet 16 Series drew from 38 interviews conducted at the FIA Expo Conference in November 2015. Here are comments from Michael Grecoff, head of sales at Cinnober, Matt Chamberlain, head of business development at London Metal Exchange, Magnus Haglind, CEO of Nasdaq Futures, Scott Caudell, Chief Technology Officer at IDC.

Alun Green, SunGard – The Technology Roadmap, 2015 Edition Blog

“We as human beings have not evolved to be very good at reading and writing.” Alun Green asks, “is the written word dying?” Perhaps dying is too strong a word, but Green makes an excellent point in that humans have walked the planet for millions of years, and only began using the written word within the past few hundred years – much too short a time span to have “evolved” to cope with the written word. Meanwhile, as technology continues to disrupt any and all human processes, our species may well revert back to the forms of oral and visual…

Patrick Thornton-Smith: Innovation – Cars and Fintech Blog,Commentary,Tech / HFT

The recent ‘Thompson Reuters 100 Global Innovators Study’ made some interesting reading. It made me think about how innovation principles from some seemingly unrelated businesses are interrelated, such as cars and fintech. Of the 100 firms in the Survey, 10 were from the automotive industry and I considered three background themes that supported the innovation claim. The first was around patents. No real surprise there as patents can turn great ideas into commercial successes. Look at the technological advances in hybrid and full electric power cars like Tesla that, initially, dominated the patent space in the sector. The floor to…

Nils-Robert Persson, Cinnober Financial Technology – How to Manage a Challenge Video

“You should be prepared to walk on thin ice. It’s not dangerous if you know what you are doing.” Thirty years ago, Nils-Robert Persson left a job at communications software giant Ericsson to join the financial technology space, where he has been ever since. Back then, when one made a trade, it was a cumbersome process that involved many hands over several hours, and bank settlement took three to five days. Now, that same trade can be placed on a fifth-generation Ericsson smartphone and be matched in 100 microseconds… and bank settlement still takes three to five days. Persson says…

Sandra Ro, CME Group – Financial Services Disruption: the Rise of Bitcoin and Blockchain Tech / HFT,Video

“There is this big debate as to whether bitcoin is a currency or a commodity. I would argue that it is its own category.” Sandra Ro is a veteran in the world of bitcoin and blockchain, which simply means that she has been following the cryptocurrency and its underlying technology for over two years. In this MarketsWiki Education talk, Ro takes us through the nascent world of digital currencies, from the volatility of bitcoin, to the rise of blockchain technology and massive investments being made by venture capitalists, banks and other strategic investors. According to Ro, the next few decades…

Ed Haravon, Spot Trading – Ask Why? Opportunities in Financial Markets Video

“As you’ve all realized in your short time through your internships, for the most part this industry — and when I’m talking about this industry I’m talking about proprietary trading firms, exchanges, some the other service providers that support the business, so the industry at large — we really function more as applied science or applied technology companies, right?” Remember when you could see the action matinee double feature for a buck? Or when a cream soda cost a dime? At some point in time those favorite, stale references were simply the present. Ed Haravon, COO of Spot Trading, says…

Rick Tomsic, Tradovate – Building with Vision Video

“You don’t need 20 years in an industry to have vision.  Some of the best ideas come from a unique vantage point.  Your vantage point… it’s not jaded.  You don’t know how futures technology may be used.  You may look at it from a fresh alternative.” The first step down an unknown path takes guts.  But if you’ve calculated your risks, you have a chance for outsized rewards.  For Rick Tomsic, CEO of Tradovate, that step meant leaving an established position in a managerial program for an eat what you can kill broker gig.  A step further down the road…

John Avery, SunGard – Financial Technology: An Innovative Career Choice Regulation,Video

“The cost to comply with all of that [post-2008] regulation has actually forced firms to reduce what they spend on revenue generating opportunities… That’s created a situation where revenue growth hasn’t been as dramatic or as aggressive as it has been in the past.” From incubators to hackathons, from the buy-side to the sell-side, fintech is consistently finding new places and avenues to develop. For John Avery of SunGard, that represents an opportunity to find technological solutions to industry-wide problems — the sort of redundant occurrences that drain a company’s coffers and employees’ time that could have been spent on…