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The 2015 Fintech Finance 35: Kenneth Marlin, Marlin & Associates

No. 22

Kenneth Marlin
Managing Partner
Marlin & Associates

Software and data are the technology themes, and financial services a heavy concentration, for New York–based investment banking boutique Marlin & Associates. The firm has completed more than 200 transactions worldwide, in health care and business services as well as finance, since managing partner Kenneth Marlin founded it in 2002. With ten deals completed through September of this year — among them the sale of posttrade systems company Information Mosaic, advised by Marlin, to London-based Markit — Marlin continues to build on a record that began when he worked on the corporate side, in the 1980s and ’90s. In ten years with Dun & Bradstreet, Marlin led 60 acquisitions and divestitures. Later he was CEO of Swiss-owned market data company Telekurs (North America) and a spin-off, Telesphere Corp., before joining private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson from 1999 to 2001. He views as a megatrend “the confluence of multiple technologies — like the Internet, mobile, security, broadband networks and greater storage capacity — which is allowing people’s creativity to come up with a lot of cool products.” A common goal of entrepreneurs is to make it easier for consumers and professionals to do business, Marlin says, be it through automated payments, wireless connectivity or customer data management technology like that of Trunomi, which his firm advised in a $3 million capital round in September. He has long contended that the financial industry is effective in pushing innovation, and now some of that energy is directed at vendor management: “They [vendors] require the customer to act like a general contractor,” Marlin says. “Every time there is a problem, there is finger-pointing. Buyers now want vendors to take responsibility for a bigger piece.”

The 2015 Fintech Finance 35

1. James Robinson III
& James Robinson IV
RRE Ventures
2. Jane Gladstone
Evercore Partners
3. Matthew Harris
Bain Capital Ventures
4. Steven McLaughlin
Financial Technology Partners
5. Jonathan Korngold
General Atlantic
6. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital
7. Amy Nauiokas & Sean Park
Anthemis Group
8. Thomas Jessop
Goldman Sachs Group
9. Meyer (Micky) Malka
Ribbit Capital
10. Hans Morris
Nyca Partners
11. Maria Gotsch
Partnership Fund for New York City
12. Marc Andreessen
Andreessen Horowitz
13. Barry Silbert
Digital Currency Group
14. Jay Reinemann
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
15. Mariano Belinky
Santander InnoVentures
16. François Robinet
AXA Strategic Ventures
17. Vanessa Colella
Citi Ventures
18. Alan Freudenstein & Gregory Grimaldi
Credit Suisse
19. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSena
SenaHill Partners
20. Rodger Voorhies
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
21. Michael Schlein
Accion International
22. Kenneth Marlin
Marlin & Associates
23. Rumi Morales
CME Ventures
24. Mark Beeston
Illuminate Financial Management
25. Vladislav Solodkiy
26. Fabian Vandenreydt
Innotribe SWIFT
27. Derek White
28. Alex Batlin
29. Jeffrey Greenberg
& Vincenzo
La Ruffa
Aquiline Capital Partners
30. P. Howard Edelstein
REDI Holdings
31. Nektarios Liolios
Startupbootcamp FinTech
32. Roy Bahat
Bloomberg Beta
33. Andrew McCormack
Valar Ventures
34. Lawrence Wintermeyer
Innovate Finance
35. Janos Barberis
FinTech Hong Kong

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