David Leinweber

David Leinweber

David Leinweber, author of “Nerds on Wall Street: Math, Machines and Wired Markets“, was recently named one of the Top Ten Innovators of the Decade by Advanced Trading magazine. As founder of two financial technology firms, and as manager of multi-billon dollar quantitative equity portfolios, he brings a practical approach to innovation. He is now principal of Leinweber & Co., and in a public service role, co-founder of the Center for Innovative Financial Technology at Lawrence Berkeley Lab.

Recognized by billionaire investors and traders as one the greatest financial innovators of our time while also known to his Wall Street colleagues as the class clown of the quantitative investing industry, David Leinweber helps audience learn─and laugh─at the worlds of finance, technology and the economy.

David Leinweber’s professional interests focus on how modern information technologies are best applied in trading and investing. As the founder of two financial technology companies, and a quantitative investment manager he is an active participant in today’s transformation of markets. He is an advisor to investment firms, stock exchanges, brokerages, and technology firms in areas related to financial markets , and a frequent speaker and author on these subjects.

TOPICS

Seeing Your Business as Investors See It
Investors collectively look at all firms in search of investment opportunity. They bring a great deal of expertise and technology to this effort. Individual firms can use the same methods for business intelligence to see their own firms as others see it, and to see competitors in the full light of the web.

Tech and the Wreck of ’08
The financial crisis of 2008 is one of the great technological disasters in history. None of this would have been possible without computers. Who is to blame for the interconnected structure for disaster that came so close to taking the global economy with it when it crashed? What should we be doing to avoid a dreadful encore performance?

Investing in the Web Era
Technology transforms the playing field of investment information. The middlemen are gone in trading, trading floors are vanishing. Reporters’ roles as information middlemen is redefined in the web era. If you had everything computationally, where would you put it, financially?

Made-to-Order Speeches
No two of David Leinweber’s presentations are the same. Each speech is tailored to developments in your industry and for the audience and setting. He relates his topics to the state of the markets and the debate on the future of finance. He delivers insight, with clarity and wit, to people trying to navigate through unprecedented times.



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Full Biography

David Leinweber, author of “Nerds on Wall Street: Math, Machines and Wired Markets”, was recently named one of the Top Ten Innovators of the Decade by Advanced Trading magazine. As founder of two financial technology firms, and as manager of multi-billon dollar quantitative equity portfolios, he brings a practical approach to innovation. He is now principal of Leinweber & Co., and in a public service role, co-founder of the Center for Innovative Financial Technology at Lawrence Berkeley Lab.

Leinweber combines the expertise of a computer scientist from MIT, Harvard and the RAND Corporation with the financial experience of a pioneering practitioner in electronic markets and computer driven investing.

His professional interests focus on modern information technologies in trading and investing. As the founder of two financial technology companies, in trading and “quantextual” investing . At the RAND Corporation his research on real-time applications of artificial intelligence led to the founding of Integrated Analytics Corporation. IAC was acquired by the Investment Technology Group, its product became QuantEx, an electronic execution system used for millions of institutional equity transactions daily for over a decade.

He is known for a practical approach to financial technology innovation honed by eight years successfully managing $6 billion of institutional quantitative global equity portfolios at First Quadrant.

Scientific investing is driven by both quantitative and textual electronic information, and the Internet dramatically transforms the financial information landscape. This led to the founding of Codexa Corporation, a Net based information collection, aggregation and filtering service for institutional investors and traders. The company’s clients included many of the world’s largest brokerage and investment firms.

As a visiting faculty member at Caltech, and at UC Berkeley, he worked on practical applications of ideas at the juncture of technology and finance. He is an advisor to investment firms, stock exchanges, brokerages, and technology firms in areas related to financial markets, and a frequent speaker, expert witness and author on these subjects, including a recent Google Tech Talk.

Leinweber graduated from MIT, in physics and computer science where he was one of the first 5000 people on the Internet. That was when it was called the ARPAnet and wasn’t cool. He also has a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard.

In 2011, Leinweber was invited to cofound of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Computational Research Division’s Center for Innovative Financial Technology, a public service role to help build a bridge between the computational science and financial markets communities. LBL is one of the premier scientific laboratories in the world. Sixteen lab scientists have won the Nobel Prize.

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