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The 2016 Tech 50: Michael Cooper

BT Radianz’s CTO moves from No. 33 to No. 36 on this year’s ranking.

Michael Cooper
Chief Technology Officer
BT Radianz

In 2005, BT Group paid Reuters Group $175 million to acquire Radianz, which today operates a leading cloud-computing network for the financial services industry. Radianz was providing such utility services back then as well, but it took a few years for “cloud” to catch on as a metaphor and, ultimately, the widely adopted on-demand, pay-as-you-go model that it has become. Although some still debate whether it is safe to store certain corporate “crown jewels” in a shared infrastructure, “by now everyone has at least mentally come over the line,” says Michael Cooper, who became an early Radianz employee in 2001 and since 2010 has been CTO of BT Radianz, which operates within London-based BT’s global banking and financial markets group. The cloud is a clear alternative to “costs of distribution that are never-ending,” Cooper says. Software and other “as-a-service” facilities in the cloud “make more sense.” The 53-year-old points out that Radianz was ahead of its time in another way: as a collaborative community and ecosystem. Connecting thousands of financial market customer endpoints worldwide, the Radianz cloud added 169 customers in the past year and more than 150 new applications from more than 30 providers. “The number of new providers reflects changes in market structure and how they are being operationalized,” Cooper explains. BT’s global reach — and activity in its cloud — yields insight into how financial technologies are evolving. The CTO observes that “in the past 18 months, Singapore has emerged” as a force in fintech innovation, potentially rivaling the U.K. and the U.S. He sees other Asia-Pacific financial capitals — Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo — also developing ecosystems capable of “exploiting local advantages.” While exploring some “early use cases” of blockchain, Cooper says, he has become particularly intrigued by virtual identification-security methods known as tokenization. “Identity is an area of considerable interest,” he says. “This technology can facilitate new ways of doing business.”

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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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