The 2017 Tech 40: Shawn Edwards & Vlad Kliatchko

6. Shawn Edwards & Vlad Kliatchko, Chief Technology Officer & Global Head of Engineering, Bloomberg

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6. Shawn Edwards &
Vlad Kliatchko
Chief Technology Officer & Global Head of Engineering
Bloomberg
Last year: 5

If there is a shortage of computer scientists and engineers, it isn’t preventing Bloomberg from bringing them in by the hundreds. The number overseen by Vlad Kliatchko, global head of engineering, is approaching 5,000 in 11 countries, and growing by double-digit percentages each year. And those scientists and engineers work regularly with chief technology officer Shawn Edwards’ group of fewer than 100, researching emerging technologies for an organization that for years has explored machine learning and natural-language-processing systems. “This is a culture with an endless ability to generate creative new business ideas, resulting in an infinite number of projects to work on,” says Kliatchko, 48, who’s been with Bloomberg for 14 years. The company, led by founder and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, attracts talent in part because “our engineers can come in and have a direct impact,” Kliatchko says. “They are very connected to the business and to customers,” taking on the network’s challenges of global reach, speed, and scale: There are 325,000 Bloomberg Professional terminals and daily volumes of some 100 billion market-data messages, 400 million email messages, and 17 million chats.

Since Edwards became chief technology officer in 2008, Bloomberg has become an active participant in the open-source community, with a noticeable acceleration in the past few years. In a paper presented at the 2016 Very Large Data Bases Conference in New Delhi, India, Bloomberg signaled that it would be open-sourcing and inviting “more open collaboration” on Comdb2, its primary database system, which has been under continuous development since 2004. Edwards, also 48, who has been at Bloomberg for 14 years after stints with Bear, Stearns & Co. and IBM, has forged academic relationships and is executive sponsor of a data science grant program. “We are big believers in an approach that combines human curation and machine intelligence,” he explains. “A lot of human knowledge goes into filtering out noise.” Edwards also sponsors and advocates for the Data for Good Exchange conference, which explores ways to apply data science in the public and nonprofit sectors and is now in its fourth year.

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The 2017 Tech 40

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1. Adena Friedman
NASDAQ

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2. Catherine Bessant
Bank of
America Corp.

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3. Robert Goldstein
BlackRock

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4. Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange

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5. Lance Uggla
IHS Markit

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6. Shawn Edwards & Vlad Kliatchko
Bloomberg

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7. David Craig
Thomson Reuters

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8. Michael Spencer
NEX Group

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9. Don Callahan
Citigroup

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10. Elisha Wiesel
Goldman Sachs Group

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11. Michael Bodson
Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.

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12. Terrence Duffy
CME Group

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13. Charles Li
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

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14. Sean Belka
Fidelity Investments

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15. Chris Concannon
CBOE Holdings

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16. Guy Chiarello
First Data Corp.

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17. Steven Lieblich
Citadel

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18. David Rutter
R3CEV

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19. Blythe Masters
Digital Asset Holdings

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20. Alfred Spector
Two Sigma Investments

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21. Neil Katz
D.E. Shaw Group

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22. Lee Olesky
Tradeweb Markets

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23. Richard McVey
MarketAxess Holdings

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24. David Gledhill
DBS Bank

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25. Seth Merrin
Liquidnet Holdings

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26. Antoine Shagoury
State Street Corp.

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27. Peter Brown &
Robert Mercer

Renaissance Technologies

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28. Lou Eccleston
TMX Group

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29. Peter Cherecwich
Northern Trust Corp.

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30. Mike Chinn
S&P Global Market Intelligence

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31. Chris Corrado
London Stock Exchange Group

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32. Neal Pawar
AQR Capital Management

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33. Gary Norcross
Fidelity National Information Services

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34. Steven O’Hanlon
Numerix

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35. Sebastián Ceria
Axioma

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36. Brian Conlon
First Derivatives and Kx Systems

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37. Tyler Kim
MaplesFS

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38. Michael Cooper
BT Radianz

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39. Robert Schifellite
Broadridge Financial Solutions

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40. Jim Minnick
eVestment


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