The 2016 Tech 50: Brian Sentance

The Xenomorph Software CEO drops to No. 49 on this year’s Tech 50 ranking.

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Brian Sentance
Chief Executive Officer
Xenomorph Software
Last year: 47

Data management is fundamental for financial institutions, and the challenges of corralling, maintaining and analyzing ever-growing volumes of business and transactional information are persistent if not endless. At the same time, firms are showing interest in new database technologies that can help them cope with big-data scale and complexity, according to Xenomorph Software chief executive officer Brian Sentance. Xenomorph recently ventured into that edgy, open-source territory by integrating one such tool, MongoDB, with its TimeScape enterprise data management system. One of an increasingly popular class of NoSQL approaches — alternatives to the standard SQL relational database model — MongoDB was “already being used by a client,” notes Sentance, 50. That was an opportunity for Xenomorph — whose customers are investment banks, brokerages, hedge funds and asset managers around the world — “to scale the database technology beyond what we have.” A former derivative-pricing modeler who has been with the 40-employee, London-based shop since its 1995 start, Sentance says that with MongoDB “there is no change on the front end” — Excel interfaces are common — and the systems are “more scalable on the back end.” He says the combination of TimeScape, which is designed to support trading, risk management and other financial market functions, with MongoDB’s document storage and retrieval capabilities will be useful to firms that are grappling with day-to-day business requirements while having to archive and report more and more data for regulatory compliance. “We will carry on with business applications of publishing, republishing and monetizing data,” Sentance says. “Data management for complex products and deals is what we are strong at, and there are ongoing challenges in these areas.”

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The 2016 Tech 50

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1. Catherine
Bessant
Bank of America Corp.

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2. Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange

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3. Lance Uggla
Markit

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4. Phupinder Gill
CME Group

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5. Shawn Edwards and Vlad Kliatchko
Bloomberg

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6. R. Martin Chavez
Goldman Sachs Group

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7. Robert Goldstein
BlackRock

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8. Adena Friedman
Nasdaq

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9. Deborah Hopkins
Citi Ventures

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10. Daniel Coleman
KCG Holdings

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11. Stephen Neff
Fidelity Investments

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12. David Craig
Thomson Reuters

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13. Michael Spencer
ICAP

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14. Michael Bodson
Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.

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15. Charles Li
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

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16. Chris Concannon
BATS Global Markets

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17. Blythe Masters
Digital Asset Holdings

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18. David Rutter
R3CEV

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19. Neil Katz
D.E. Shaw & Co.

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20. Lee Olesky
Tradeweb Markets

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21. Richard McVey
MarketAxess Holdings

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22. Seth Merrin
Liquidnet Holdings

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23. Robert Alexander
Capital One Financial Corp.

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24. Brad Katsuyama
IEX Group

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25. Antoine Shagoury
State Street Corp.

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26. David Gledhill
DBS Bank

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27. Lou Eccleston
TMX Group

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28. Andreas Preuss
Deutsche BÖrse

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29. Dan Schulman
PayPal Holdings

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30. Scott Dillon
Wells Fargo & Co.

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31. Mike Chinn
S&P Global Market Intelligence

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32. Craig Donohue
Options Clearing Corp.

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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. Michael Cooper
BT Radianz

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37. Tyler Kim
MaplesFS

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38. Neal Pawar
AQR Capital Management

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39. David Harding
Winton Capital Management

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40. Chris Corrado
London Stock Exchange Group

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41. Brian Conlon
First Derivatives

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42. Jim Minnick
eVestment

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43. Stephane Dubois
Xignite

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44. Mazy Dar
OpenFin

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45. Yasuki Okai
NRI Holdings America

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46. Kim Fournais
Saxo Bank

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47. Jock Percy
Perseus

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48. Robert Schifellite
Broadridge Financial Solutions

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49. Brian Sentance
Xenomorph Software

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50. Pieter van der Does
Adyen

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