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The 2017 Trading Tech 40: John Fawcett

  • By Peter Vasiliev

34. John Fawcett
Chief Executive Officer
Quantopian
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Quantitative investment firm Quantopian is built on crowdsourcing. The platform connects more than 100,000 members from 180 countries who have created more than 400,000 algorithms. "Anyone with interest in coding and a passion for finance can get paid if their algorithm is chosen to be included in our investment management business," its website says. Founded in Boston in 2011 by John Fawcett and Jean Bredeche, Quantopian has raised about $50 million in venture capital from the likes of Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, and Spark Capital. Joining that group last summer was Point72 Ventures, an arm of Point72 Asset Management, the family office led by SAC Capital Advisors founder Steven Cohen. Concurrently, Point72 Asset Management committed to allocate up to $250 million to Quantopian's algos.

CEO Fawcett, 39, was a founder and chief technology officer of Tamale Software, developer of an investment research management system, which was acquired in 2008 by Advent Software, now part of SS&C Technologies. Quantopian CTO Bredeche also worked at Tamale and Advent. Jonathan Larkin, formerly of Hudson Bay Capital Management and BlueCrest Capital Management, joined Quantopian last June as chief investment officer.


The 2017 Trading Tech 40
1. Richard Prager
BlackRock
2. Chris Isaacson
Bats Global Markets
3. Bradley Peterson
Nasdaq
4. Brad Levy
MarkitSERV
5. Dan Keegan
Citi
6. Glenn Lesko
Bloomberg Tradebook
7. Bryan Durkin
CME Group
8. Mayur Kapani
Intercontinental Exchange
9. Mike Blum
KCG Holdings
10. Raj Mahajan
Goldman Sachs Group
11. Ronald DePoalo
Fidelity Institutional
12. Nick Themelis
MarketAxess Holdings
13. Jenny Knott
NEX Optimisation
14. Billy Hult
Tradeweb Markets
15. Rob Park
IEX Group
16. Bill Chow & Richard Leung
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
17. John Mackay (Mack) Gill
MillenniumIT
18. Paul Hamill
Citadel Securities
19. Eric Noll
Convergex
20. Veronica Augustsson
Cinnober Financial Technology
21. Tyler Moeller & Joshua Walsky
Broadway Technology
22. Alasdair Haynes
Aquis Exchange
23. Gaurav Suri
Arcesium
24. Manoj Narang
Mana Partners
25. Michael Chin & Neill Penney
Thomson Reuters
26. Robert Sloan
S3 Partners
27. Anton Katz & Stephen Mock
AQR Capital Management
28. Donal Byrne
Corvil
29. Stu Taylor
Algomi
30. Alfred Eskandar
Portware
31. Steven Randich
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
32. R. Cromwell Coulson
OTC Markets Group
33. Peter Maragos
Dash Financial
34. John Fawcett
Quantopian
35. Donald
Ross III
PDQ Enterprises
36. Jennifer Nayar
Vela Trading Technologies
37. Dan Raju
Tradier
38. Susan Estes
OpenDoor Trading
39. David Mercer
LMAX Exchange
40. Oki Matsumoto
Monex Group

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