Building a Better Information Beast: What Will it Take

Randall Winn (Capital IQ), Robert Passarella (Dow Jones ), Kevin Pomplun (SkyGrid), Renny Monaghan (Salesforce.com)
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The news and information business is changing rapidly. There is simply far more of it, with thousands of stories moving on major newswire on any given day, but there are also hundreds of market-moving niche sites and blogs. The result is risk and opportunity. On the one hand, what if you miss something important? It could hurt your portfolio, or damage your business. On other hand, how do you process so much information in anything approaching realtime? Myriad new approaches are emerging, ranging from better APIs and integration, to live sentiment tracking. We will talk about the future of news.

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Randall Winn

Capital IQ

Randall Winn is co-head of Capital IQ, where he was co-Managing Principal and director prior to its sale to McGraw Hill. Randall, together with Steve Turner, jointly oversees all of the sales, technology, product development, data collection, strategic development, and corporate activities of Capital IQ, with a total staff of approximately 3,000 worldwide.

Prior to Capital IQ, Randy was a principal at Saunders Karp & Megrue LLC., a middle-market private equity investment firm which managed over $1.7 billion. While at Saunders Karp, Randall was on the board of and actively involved in investments in Targus Group International, Inc., Accessory Network Group and Hartford Computer Group, Inc.

Before joining Saunders Karp, Randall was at Goldman Sachs & Co. working first in Corporate Finance and then in the Principal Investment Area. While in the Principal Investment Area Randall was actively involved in investments in Westin Hotels, Paz Oil and Claridge Israel.

Randall received an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University with a certificate in East Asian Studies.

Robert Passarella

Dow Jones

Robert Passarella has spent over 18-years on Wall Street in the gray zone between business and technology. Rob has always focused on leveraging technology and innovative information sources to empower Equity Research and serve clients. A veteran of Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, and Bear Stearns; he has seen the transformational challenges first hand, up close, and personal.

Always intrigued by the consumption and use of information for investment analysis, Rob is passionate about leveraging alternative data and news provided by the Internet for investment analysis. Robert holds a BBA in Finance from Baruch College and an MBA from the Columbia Business School.

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Kevin Pomplun

SkyGrid

Kevin Pomplun is the founder and CEO of SkyGrid. Established in 2005, SkyGrid is an innovative financial platform for hedge fund managers, portfolio fund managers, and research analysts. SkyGrid delivers real-time access to thousands of sources of relevant corporate news – and millions of Internet sources – to surface accurate, rich, and immediate market Sentiment. Kevin is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company. He also leads the design of the SkyGrid platform and the development of its core technology and operating infrastructure.

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Renny Monaghan

Salesforce.com

Renny Monaghan is responsible for the delivery of salesforce.com’s award-winning Software-as-a-Service solutions for the Financial Services industry. In this role, Monaghan works closely with the over 1,600 financial services organizations around the world that have standardized on Salesforce, and evangelizes the transformation that Software-as-a-Service is having on client relationships. Monaghan led the recent launch of Salesforce Wealth Management Edition, the next generation financial services desktop, to wide industry acclaim. As salesforce.com’s resident financial services industry expert, Monaghan has an in-depth understanding of the issues financial services firms face and how Web 2.0 technology is revolutionizing the industry.

Monaghan’s background includes leadership roles in managing financial services solutions at Oracle Corp, Siebel Systems Inc, and Janna Systems Inc.

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