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Two Hot Spots on Chicago’s FinTech Scene

Sunday, November 13, 2016 18:48
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Chicago QWAFAFEW will hold a meeting focusing on fintech innovation in Chicago and featuring the founders of two cutting-edge Chicago financial technology startups.

Dave Jaberg of GX2 Systems and Euan Sinclair of FactorWave. 

FactorWave brings sophisticated factor-based investing in equities and options to the broader investing public with an exceptional web-based platform. 

GX2 Systems offers traders simultaneous multi-leg trades free from execution or “legging” risk at a streaming quoted price on its innovative platform. 
KPMG reports global fintech VC funding will be up 36% over last year’s record at the current funding pace. Chicago’s global prominence in derivative exchanges and its vibrant community of fintech professionals may magnify its role in this wave compared to others.

The meeting offers you a close-up view of two local fintech startups and the opportunity to compare notes and update your expectations about the magnitude of Chicago’s participation in the global fintech innovation wave.  
Both speakers will touch on these key themes:

  • Conception of the startup idea
  • Getting the ball rolling
  • Demonstration of key platform functionalities
  • Reception of the idea and the product  

There will be generous time for questions and discussion.
Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Venue: The Chicago Board of Options Exchange, 400 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL
Time: Doors open at 5pm for conversation, light food and drinks. Event begins at 5:30pm and officially ends at 7pm.

Admission is $15 in advance (or $20 at the door) with light food and drinks provided. IIT students will be admitted at no charge. Other students and unemployed $10. 

​Purchase tickets or reserve a seat (space available) via 
TicketLeap (at
QWAFAFEW is an informal organization for discussions of quantitative investment topics. QWAFAFEW has active chapters in Chicago, Boston, Hartford, New York, Denver, Princeton, and San Francisco.
Current Chicago QWAFAFEW Steering Committee members:

  • Adam Cohen, Zacks Investment Research, Inc.
  • Barry Feldman, IMCI, LLC
  • Ben Johnson, Morningstar, Inc.
  • Mark Shore, Shore Capital Research and DePaul University
  • Matthew Moran, Chicago Board Options Exchange
  • Ram Ben-David, Eckhardt Trading Company

Recent emeritus members:

  • Cindy Tsai, Environment Envisioned, Inc.
  • Peter Carl, William Blair and Company
  • Steve Greiner, Charles Schwab



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