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The 2017 Trading Tech 40: John Fawcett

< Wall Street's Nerds: The World's Most Powerful Trading Executives34. John FawcettChief Executive OfficerQuantopianPNR

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 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