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The 2016 Tech 50: Jim Minnick

The eVestment CEO drops to No. 42 on this year’s Tech 50 ranking.

  • By Peter Vasiliev

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Jim Minnick
Chief Executive Officer
eVestment

Given the breadth of eVestment’s investment data and analytical offerings across asset classes, and a client base of funds and consultants numbering in the thousands, it is no surprise that the company has been hard at work improving its institutional asset management database — the largest in the world. CEO Jim Minnick, 46, spent much of the past year interacting with clients in an effort to evolve the platform. “We’re thinking a lot about how we’re engaging with clients, not just with our technology but also from a process standpoint,” he says. Atlanta-based eVestment has brought in top tech talent to work on its cloud-based software. In June it released a major update to the Analytics product suite, described in the announcement as “a complete reimagining of how a big-data solution should work and perform.” Minnick, who co-founded eVestment in 2000 with his wife, Karen, and two former colleagues from Watson Wyatt & Co., says the upgrade is part of a process of unifying all products and platforms, including those from acquisitions. “Private equity is just one piece of this,” as well as exchange-traded funds, he says. As eVestment’s offerings have broadened, Minnick has been focused on flexibility and ease of use. “We need to lower the learning curve,” he says. To deal with the complexities of big data and a diverse investment ecosystem, eVestment has emphasized collaboration with its clients. The firm, with nearly 400 employees and offices in six U.S. and five overseas cities, held its first user conference last November in Atlanta. “We’ve brought more clients into the development process than we ever have historically,” Minnick says. That process has included the formation of beta-testing groups for the platform update and formal feedback mechanisms.

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The 2016 Tech 50
1. Catherine
Bessant
Bank of America Corp.
2. Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange
3. Lance Uggla
Markit
4. Phupinder Gill
CME Group
5. Shawn Edwards and Vlad Kliatchko
Bloomberg
6. R. Martin Chavez
Goldman Sachs Group
7. Robert Goldstein
BlackRock
8. Adena Friedman
Nasdaq
9. Deborah Hopkins
Citi Ventures
10. Daniel Coleman
KCG Holdings
11. Stephen Neff
Fidelity Investments
12. David Craig
Thomson Reuters
13. Michael Spencer
ICAP
14. Michael Bodson
Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.
15. Charles Li
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
16. Chris Concannon
BATS Global Markets
17. Blythe Masters
Digital Asset Holdings
18. David Rutter
R3CEV
19. Neil Katz
D.E. Shaw & Co.
20. Lee Olesky
Tradeweb Markets
21. Richard McVey
MarketAxess Holdings
22. Seth Merrin
Liquidnet Holdings
23. Robert Alexander
Capital One Financial Corp.
24. Brad Katsuyama
IEX Group
25. Antoine Shagoury
State Street Corp.
26. David Gledhill
DBS Bank
27. Lou Eccleston
TMX Group
28. Andreas Preuss
Deutsche BÖrse
29. Dan Schulman
PayPal Holdings
30. Scott Dillon
Wells Fargo & Co.
31. Mike Chinn
S&P Global Market Intelligence
32. Craig Donohue
Options Clearing Corp.
33. Gary Norcross
Fidelity National Information Services
34. Steven O'Hanlon
Numerix
35. Sebastián Ceria
Axioma
36. Michael Cooper
BT Radianz
37. Tyler Kim
MaplesFS
38. Neal Pawar
AQR Capital Management
39. David Harding
Winton Capital Management
40. Chris Corrado
London Stock Exchange Group
41. Brian Conlon
First Derivatives
42. Jim Minnick
eVestment
43. Stephane Dubois
Xignite
44. Mazy Dar
OpenFin
45. Yasuki Okai
NRI Holdings America
46. Kim Fournais
Saxo Bank
47. Jock Percy
Perseus
48. Robert Schifellite
Broadridge Financial Solutions
49. Brian Sentance
Xenomorph Software
50. Pieter van der Does
Adyen

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