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The 2016 Tech 50: Stephane Dubois

Xignite CEO Dubois moves up to No. 43 from No. 45 on the Tech 50 ranking.

Stephane Dubois
Chief Executive Officer

The gap between the legacy systems of financial industry incumbents and the sleek apps that appeal to younger, more mobile demographic groups is closing. One reason, says Stephane Dubois, is that older institutions simply can no longer afford to run on their outdated software, so they are now open to alternative fintech solutions like Xignite’s market-data cloud. “The technology that financial companies built in the 1990s and 2000s is getting thrown away,” says the Xignite CEO. “They can build on top of legacy technology, but eventually infrastructure will cost the large banks millions, if not billions, of dollars.” Old and new find common ground — to be more exact, a common cloud — in Xignite. More than 1,000 customers, ranging from Nasdaq and Wells Fargo & Co. to Betterment, Robinhood and Wealthfront, rely on Xignite’s cloud network for data distribution and application programming interfaces (APIs) to push new-product and mobile strategies. Cloud, though maturing, is still a “big thing, and particularly critical to the market data industry,” says Dubois, 52, a native of Rennes, France, who started San Mateo, California–based Xignite in 2000. He says demand for the platform is doubling every six months as it allows users to accelerate innovation and reduce operating costs by freeing them from the need to own and maintain hardware. The company has raised $37 million in venture funding, capped by a $20.5 million Series C round in February led by financial data company QUICK Corp., part of Tokyo-based Nikkei. QUICK will be partnering with Xignite to expand in Asia. Dubois says an alliance with FactSet Research Systems, announced in 2014, has proved “very critical for us,” resulting in rollouts of APIs that are among Xignite’s most successful products to date.

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The 2016 Tech 50
1. Catherine
Bank of America Corp.
2. Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange
3. Lance Uggla
4. Phupinder Gill
CME Group
5. Shawn Edwards and Vlad Kliatchko
6. R. Martin Chavez
Goldman Sachs Group
7. Robert Goldstein
8. Adena Friedman
9. Deborah Hopkins
Citi Ventures
10. Daniel Coleman
KCG Holdings
11. Stephen Neff
Fidelity Investments
12. David Craig
Thomson Reuters
13. Michael Spencer
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
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
35. Sebastián Ceria
36. Michael Cooper
BT Radianz
37. Tyler Kim
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
43. Stephane Dubois
44. Mazy Dar
45. Yasuki Okai
NRI Holdings America
46. Kim Fournais
Saxo Bank
47. Jock Percy
48. Robert Schifellite
Broadridge Financial Solutions
49. Brian Sentance
Xenomorph Software
50. Pieter van der Does

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