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The 2015 Tech 50: Jim Minnick

The eVestment CEO climbs to No. 38 on this year’s Tech 50 ranking.

Jim Minnick
Chief Executive Officer

Jim Minnick is betting big on alternatives. The CEO of eVestment has created the world’s largest institutional asset management database, with performance, asset flows and other information on more than 62,000 investment vehicles, including 26,000 hedge fund and other alternative strategies. Later this year the former Watson Wyatt & Co. consultant plans to add private equity to the mix, following the May acquisition of TopQ, a two-year-old Edinburgh, Scotland, firm that has a suite of cloud-based tools for investors to analyze and monitor private equity funds in a standardized and transparent way. “Because the company is relatively new, the product they’ve built has the latest technology, so there’s a really nice user experience,” says Minnick, 45, who co-founded Atlanta-based eVestment in 2000 with his wife, Karen, and two Watson Wyatt colleagues. “We should be able to utilize some of that technology across the eVestment platform.” With nearly 1,000 institutional investors and consultants as clients and more than 400 asset managers using its Omni product to minimize the time and effort required to report their performance figures to some 60 consultant and third-party databases, eVestment grew its revenue by “north of 20 percent” in 2014, says Minnick. The company added 100 people over the past 12 months and now employs 350 in offices in Atlanta, Dubai, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, New York, London and Sydney. In February it launched Scorecard, which enables asset managers to evaluate their investment strategies across several areas, including asset flows, distribution impact, marketability and performance. “Scorecard brings together the output and analytics from multiple eVestment products,” Minnick explains. “It helps asset managers to evaluate opportunities to grow assets.”

See the full story, “The 2015 Tech 50: Racers to the Edge.”

The 2015 Tech 50

1. Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange
2. Catherine Bessant
Bank of America Corp.
3. Phupinder Gill
CME Group
4. Lance Uggla
5. Robert Goldstein
6. Shawn Edwards &
Vlad Kliatchko
7. R. Martin Chavez
Goldman Sachs Group
8. Deborah Hopkins
Citi Ventures
9. Stephen Neff
Fidelity Investments
10. Adena Friedman
Nasdaq OMX Group
11. David Craig
Thomson Reuters
12. Daniel Coleman
KCG Holdings
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. Christopher Perretta
State Street Corp.
18. Antoine Shagoury
London Stock Exchange Group
19. Kevin Rhein
Wells Fargo & Co.
20. Neil Katz
D.E. Shaw & Co.
21. Lee Olesky
Tradeweb Markets
22. Richard McVey
MarketAxess Holdings
23. Seth Merrin
Liquidnet Holdings
24. Robert Alexander
Capital One Financial Corp.
25. Frank Bisignano
First Data Corp.
26. John Marcante
Vanguard Group
27. Joseph Squeri
28. Lou Eccleston
TMX Group
29. Claude Honegger
Credit Suisse
30. Chris Corrado
31. David Gledhill
DBS Bank
32. John Bates
Software AG
33. Michael Cooper
BT Radianz
34. Gary Scholten
Principal Financial Group
35. Sunil Hirani
trueEX Group
36. Hauke Stars
Deutsche BÖrse
37. Brian Conlon
First Derivatives
38. Jim Minnick
39. Lars Seier Christensen & Kim Fournais
40. Tyler Kim
41. Jim McGuire
Charles Schwab Corp.
42. Steven O'Hanlon
43. Sebastián Ceria
44. Yasuki Okai
NRI Holdings America
45. Stephane Dubois
46. Mazy Dar
47. Brian Sentance
Xenomorph Software
48. Mas Nakachi
49. John Lehner
BNY Mellon Technology Solutions Group
50. Jock Percy

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