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Fundseeder hires new Chief Strategy Officer

Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Opalesque Industry Update - FundSeeder Technologies, a data and performance analytics platform for the trading industry announced the appointment of Bill Stephenson as Chief Strategy Officer. In his role, Stephenson will join the management team and provide strategic direction to the firm's goal of disrupting the asset management industry by sourcing, seeding, and distributing undiscovered trading and investment talent. Stephenson will report to Emanuel Balarie, CEO and co-founder of FundSeeder Technologies.

"Bill brings more than two decades of trading, strategy, and management experience with wide-ranging expertise across technology, analytics and trade execution that will prove invaluable in leading our efforts to grow our platform of emerging investment managers," said Balarie. "We are excited to tap his fresh perspective as we continuously strive to enhance our suite of analytics and provide an innovative product to both traders and asset allocators."

Previously, Stephenson was the Global Head of Trading at Franklin Templeton Investments in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where he held various trading and leadership positions over a twenty-year span. At Franklin Templeton, he led the equity, foreign exchange, and derivatives trading teams located in 13 locations across 5 continents. Stephenson is also the founder and lead organizer of the AIR Summit which is a highly acclaimed annual industry-wide event focused on emerging and innovative technologies that help investment managers generate or preserve alpha in their portfolios. In 2014, Mr. Stephenson was included in the Trade 100 by The Trade magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in buy-side trading.

As the Chief Strategy Officer, Stephenson will also work closely with co-founders, James Bibbings and Jack Schwager, the famed author of the Market Wizards book series.

"When I first met Emanuel and heard the FundSeeder vision, it become clear to me that FundSeeder can actually disintermediate the traditional fund management business by providing a unique platform for emerging or even more established talent. The future investment products created from this crowdsourced talent pool could dramatically change and expand the investment options for asset allocators," said Stephenson.

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