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The 2014 Tech 50: Robert Goldstein

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Robert Goldstein
Chief Operating Officer
BlackRock

Challenging times for investors — whether because of regulatory complications or asset prices moving in unexpected ways — present growth opportunities for asset management giant BlackRock and particularly BlackRock Solutions (BRS), the systems and advisory unit Robert Goldstein has headed since 2009. BlackRock “helps people understand and gain transparency into their portfolios and associated processing activities,” he explains. “Everything happening in the world, from continued liquidity challenges to the increased correlations between asset classes, comes back to transparency.” Demand from other firms for trading, analytics and risk management solutions helped push BRS’s revenue up 11 percent last year, to $577 million. Now the unit is considering extending its capabilities to a broader audience, such as financial advisers, says the 40-year-old Goldstein, who joined New York–based BlackRock as an analyst in 1994 with a BS in economics from New York State’s Binghamton University. He climbed the ranks to become global head of institutional client business in 2012 and, effective July 2014, to COO — all the while running BRS. Goldstein helped launch the unit in 2000 under the leadership of Charles Hallac, the architect of BRS’s flagship Aladdin investment platform and now co-president of BlackRock. Pursuing technology-assisted solutions to the fixed-income-liquidity puzzle, BlackRock has formed partnerships linking its Aladdin Trading Network with both MarketAxess Holdings (extended in May to include an iShares exchange-traded-funds program) and Tradeweb Markets.

The 2014 Tech 50

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Thomas Secunda
Bloomberg
Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange
Catherine Bessant
Bank of America Corp.
Stephen Neff
Fidelity Investments
Lance Uggla
Markit
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Robert Goldstein
BlackRock
David Craig
Thomson Reuters
Phupinder Gill
CME Group
Anna Ewing
NASDAQ
OMX Group
R. Martin Chavez
Goldman Sachs Group
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15
Deborah Hopkins
Citi Ventures
Dan Mathisson
Credit Suisse
Daniel Coleman
KCG Holdings
Michael Spencer
ICAP
Michael Bodson
Depository Trust &
Clearing Corp.
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Joe Ratterman
BATS Global Markets
Dominique Cerutti
Euronext
Ron Levi
GFI Group
Gaurav Suri
D.E. Shaw Group
Charles Li
Hong Kong
Exchanges and
Clearing
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Lou Eccleston
S&P Capital IQ
Lee Olesky
Tradeweb Markets
Richard McVey
MarketAxess Holdings
Seth Merrin
Liquidnet Holdings
Antoine
Shagoury

London Stock
Exchange Group
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Christopher
Perretta

State Street Corp.
Kevin Rhein
Wells Fargo & Co.
Peter Carr
Morgan Stanley
Hauke Stars
Deutsche Börse
Robert Alexander
Capital One
Financial Corp.
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David Gershon
SuperDerivatives
Chris Corrado
MSCI
Joseph Squeri
Citadel
Tanuja Randery
BT Global Services
John Bates
Software AG
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Gary Scholten
Principal Financial Group
David Gledhill
DBS Bank
Simon Garland
Kx Systems
Cristóbal Conde
FinTech Innovation Lab
Jeff Parker
EidoSearch
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Kim Fournais &
Lars Seier Christensen

Saxo Bank
Kenneth Marlin
Marlin & Associates
Tyler Kim
MaplesFS
Jim McGuire
Charles Schwab Corp.
Jim Minnick
eVestment
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Steven O’Hanlon
Numerix
Sebastián Ceria
Axioma
Yasuki Okai
Nomura Research Institute
Niki Beattie
Market Structure Partners
Mas Nakachi
OpenGamma

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