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The 2017 Trading Tech 40: Robert Sloan

< Wall Street's Nerds: The World's Most Powerful Trading Executives26. Robert SloanManaging PartnerS3 PartnersLast year: 28

Compiling and aggregating data has value, but the bigger payoff comes from "pointing people to better outcomes," says Robert Sloan, managing partner of S3 Partners. Three years ago the New York–based financial technology, analytics, and advisory firm that Sloan founded in 2003 introduced Blacklight, consolidating on a single software-as-a-service platform counterparty intelligence for all products and markets.

The continuing hunt for predictive tools — pointing to better investment outcomes — led to the release last summer of Black App. The all-time best seller from Bloomberg's App Portal, Black App draws from data on trillions of dollars of asset inventory to deliver short-interest analytics. These are "data points that portfolio managers want to have to start the day, and they were dealing with old information," Sloan, 53, says. "Now they get it in real time and can make decisions with confidence." Other innovative analytic tools are being prototyped, he adds.

 The 2017 Trading Tech 40Click below to view profiles
1. Richard PragerBlackRock2. Chris IsaacsonBats Global Markets3. Bradley PetersonNasdaq4. Brad LevyMarkitSERV5. Dan KeeganCiti
6. Glenn LeskoBloomberg Tradebook7. Bryan DurkinCME Group8. Mayur KapaniIntercontinental Exchange9. Mike BlumKCG Holdings10. Raj MahajanGoldman Sachs Group
11. Ronald DePoaloFidelity Institutional12. Nick ThemelisMarketAxess Holdings13. Jenny KnottNEX Optimisation14. Billy HultTradeweb Markets15. Rob ParkIEX Group
16. Bill Chow & Richard LeungHong Kong Exchanges and Clearing17. John Mackay (Mack) GillMillenniumIT18. Paul HamillCitadel Securities19. Eric NollConvergex20. Veronica AugustssonCinnober Financial Technology
21. Tyler Moeller & Joshua WalskyBroadway Technology22. Alasdair HaynesAquis Exchange23. Gaurav SuriArcesium24. Manoj NarangMana Partners25. Michael Chin & Neill PenneyThomson Reuters
26. Robert SloanS3 Partners27. Anton Katz & Stephen MockAQR Capital Management28. Donal ByrneCorvil29. Stu TaylorAlgomi30. Alfred EskandarPortware
31. Steven RandichFinancial Industry Regulatory Authority32. R. Cromwell CoulsonOTC Markets Group33. Peter MaragosDash Financial34. John FawcettQuantopian35. Donald
Ross III
PDQ Enterprises
36. Jennifer NayarVela Trading Technologies37. Dan RajuTradier38. Susan EstesOpenDoor Trading39. David MercerLMAX Exchange40. Oki MatsumotoMonex Group