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The 2017 Tech 40: Blythe Masters

19. Blythe Masters
Chief Executive Officer
Digital Asset Holdings
Last 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 40
1. Adena Friedman
2. Catherine Bessant
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America Corp.
3. Robert Goldstein
4. Jeffrey Sprecher
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5. Lance Uggla
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6. Shawn Edwards & Vlad Kliatchko
7. David Craig
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8. Michael Spencer
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9. Don Callahan
10. Elisha Wiesel
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11. Michael Bodson
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12. Terrence Duffy
CME Group
13. Charles Li
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14. Sean Belka
Fidelity Investments
15. Chris Concannon
CBOE Holdings
16. Guy Chiarello
First Data Corp.
17. Steven Lieblich
18. David Rutter
19. Blythe Masters
Digital Asset Holdings
20. Alfred Spector
Two Sigma Investments
21. Neil Katz
D.E. Shaw Group
22. Lee Olesky
Tradeweb Markets
23. Richard McVey
MarketAxess Holdings
24. David Gledhill
DBS Bank
25. Seth Merrin
Liquidnet Holdings
26. Antoine Shagoury
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27. Peter Brown &
Robert Mercer
Renaissance Technologies
28. Lou Eccleston
TMX Group
29. Peter Cherecwich
Northern Trust Corp.
30. Mike Chinn
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31. Chris Corrado
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32. Neal Pawar
AQR Capital Management
33. Gary Norcross
Fidelity National Information Services
34. Steven O'Hanlon
35. Sebastián Ceria
36. Brian Conlon
First Derivatives and Kx Systems
37. Tyler Kim
38. Michael Cooper
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39. Robert Schifellite
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