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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.

< The 2016 Tech 5043Stephane DuboisChief Executive OfficerXigniteLast year: 45

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 One reason, says Stephane Dubois, is that older institutions simply can no longer afford to run on their outdated software, so they are now open to alternative fintech solutions like Xignite’s market-data cloud.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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1. Catherine
Bank of America Corp.2. Jeffrey SprecherIntercontinental Exchange3. Lance UgglaMarkit4. Phupinder GillCME Group5. Shawn Edwards and Vlad KliatchkoBloomberg6. R. Martin ChavezGoldman Sachs Group
7. Robert GoldsteinBlackRock8. Adena FriedmanNasdaq9. Deborah HopkinsCiti Ventures10. Daniel ColemanKCG Holdings11. Stephen NeffFidelity Investments12. David CraigThomson Reuters
13. Michael SpencerICAP14. Michael BodsonDepository Trust & Clearing Corp. 15. Charles LiHong Kong Exchanges and Clearing16. Chris ConcannonBATS Global Markets17. Blythe MastersDigital Asset Holdings18. David RutterR3CEV
19. Neil KatzD.E. Shaw & Co.20. Lee OleskyTradeweb Markets21. Richard McVeyMarketAxess Holdings22. Seth MerrinLiquidnet Holdings23. Robert AlexanderCapital One Financial Corp.24. Brad KatsuyamaIEX Group
25. Antoine ShagouryState Street Corp.26. David GledhillDBS Bank27. Lou EcclestonTMX Group28. Andreas PreussDeutsche BÖrse29. Dan SchulmanPayPal Holdings30. Scott DillonWells Fargo & Co.
31. Mike ChinnS&P Global Market Intelligence32. Craig DonohueOptions Clearing Corp.33. Gary NorcrossFidelity National Information Services34. Steven O'HanlonNumerix35. Sebastián CeriaAxioma36. Michael CooperBT Radianz
37. Tyler KimMaplesFS38. Neal PawarAQR Capital Management39. David HardingWinton Capital Management40. Chris CorradoLondon Stock Exchange Group41. Brian ConlonFirst Derivatives42. Jim MinnickeVestment
43. Stephane DuboisXignite44. Mazy DarOpenFin45. Yasuki OkaiNRI Holdings America46. Kim FournaisSaxo Bank47. Jock PercyPerseus48. Robert SchifelliteBroadridge Financial Solutions
49. Brian SentanceXenomorph Software50. Pieter van der DoesAdyen