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The 2017 Tech 40: Blythe Masters

< The 2017 Tech 4019. Blythe MastersChief Executive OfficerDigital Asset HoldingsLast year: 17

There has been no shortage of milestones for Digital Asset Holdings, the distributed-ledger technology company co-founded in 2014 by Sunil Hirani, CEO of trueEX Group, and Donald Wilson Jr., CEO of DRW Trading Group. The most headline-grabbing was the March 2015 appointment of Blythe Masters as CEO. The former JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive — she had served as head of global commodities and CFO of the investment bank, among other senior roles — brought star power and a penchant for evangelizing just as blockchain hype was on the upswing. Yet Masters all along has counseled patience, telling audiences that it could take several years for blockchain to become commonplace. The New York–based company's nuts-and-bolts work has included support for open sourcing: offering up the Digital Asset Modeling Language and donating the Hyperledger trademark and code to the Linux Foundation. In February 2016, Digital Asset announced that it had raised more than $60 million from investors including Accenture, Australian Securities Exchange parent ASX Group, Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., IBM, and JPMorgan. Digital Asset has partnered with DTCC on a proof of concept for processing U.S. Treasury and Agency repurchase agreements transactions. It is also working on a posttrade cash equities platform for ASX.


 The 2017 Tech 40Click below to view profiles
1. Adena FriedmanNASDAQ2. Catherine BessantBank of
America Corp.3. Robert GoldsteinBlackRock4. Jeffrey SprecherIntercontinental Exchange5. Lance UgglaIHS Markit
6. Shawn Edwards & Vlad KliatchkoBloomberg7. David CraigThomson Reuters8. Michael SpencerNEX Group9. Don CallahanCitigroup10. Elisha WieselGoldman Sachs Group
11. Michael BodsonDepository Trust & Clearing Corp.12. Terrence DuffyCME Group13. Charles LiHong Kong Exchanges and Clearing14. Sean BelkaFidelity Investments15. Chris ConcannonCBOE Holdings
16. Guy ChiarelloFirst Data Corp.17. Steven LieblichCitadel18. David RutterR3CEV19. Blythe MastersDigital Asset Holdings20. Alfred SpectorTwo Sigma Investments
21. Neil KatzD.E. Shaw Group22. Lee OleskyTradeweb Markets23. Richard McVeyMarketAxess Holdings24. David GledhillDBS Bank25. Seth MerrinLiquidnet Holdings
26. Antoine ShagouryState Street Corp.27. Peter Brown &
Robert Mercer
Renaissance Technologies28. Lou EcclestonTMX Group29. Peter CherecwichNorthern Trust Corp.30. Mike ChinnS&P Global Market Intelligence
31. Chris CorradoLondon Stock Exchange Group32. Neal PawarAQR Capital Management33. Gary NorcrossFidelity National Information Services34. Steven O'HanlonNumerix35. Sebastián CeriaAxioma
36. Brian ConlonFirst Derivatives and Kx Systems37. Tyler KimMaplesFS38. Michael CooperBT Radianz39. Robert SchifelliteBroadridge Financial Solutions40. Jim MinnickeVestment