Growth Opportunities in Financial Technology: A TiE Midwest Event on Sept 10

September 8, 2008

3:23 pm

Just a quick note about a TiE event happening on Wednesday night.  If you are interested in financial technology, which is a big sector of the Chicago technology market, defintiely check this event out.  I would be there but I will be on a train to Chicago from Champaign during the event. Official details below:


Join TiE for a networking reception and exciting panel discussion.  Food and drinks will be served.

Growth Opportunities in Financial Technology

Panel Participants: Ned Bennett , Executive Vice Chairman, optionXpress Holdings, Inc.
Gerald O’Connell , EVP, Chicago Board Options Exchange
Jim Dugan , CEO, Co-Founder/Managing Partner, OCA Ventures
Vincenzo La Ruffa , Vice President, Susquehanna Growth Equity
Host: Biju Kulathakal , Chairman, TradingBlock Holdings, Inc.
When: September 10, 2008
5:30 – 6:30PM Reception
6:30 – 8:00PM Panel and Q & A
Where: Chicago Board Options Exchange
400 S. LaSalle Street
Fee: Free for TiE members; $25 for non-members
To Register: Register Now or visit

Event Hosts

The financial services industry is experiencing considerable volatility as the persistent credit crunch, globalization, and changing operational dynamics continue to shake up the markets and market particpants. For entrepreneurs and investors, unstable times like these often present opportunities.

So what technology opportunities are there that will help make the industry more efficient, stronger and more secure going forward?

This event is hosted by Chicago Board Options Exchange , TradingBlock and UBS .

About the Panel

Ned W. Bennett, Executive Vice Chairman, optionsXpress Holdings, Inc.
Ned is Vice Chairman of optionsXpress, an online investing company that has been praised by the industry and the press as a model for online investing.

Gerald O’Connell, Executive Vice-President, Chicago Board Options Exchange
As Executive Vice-President of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Gerald has overseen the development and implementation of all the advanced systems used for options trading at the CBOE during the past twenty three years. CBOE has been the leader in options volume every year since it was founded in 1973.

Jim Dugan, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, OCA Ventures
Jim is CEO, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of OCA, a venture capital firm focused on investments in companies with dramatic growth potential, primarily in technology, financial services, for-profit education and technology-enabled services businesses. He has over 17 years of corporate finance, capital markets, and venture capital investment experience.

Vincenzo La Ruffa, Vice President, Susquehanna Growth Equity
Vincenzo is Vice President of Susquehanna Growth Equity, LLC (SGE), a private equity group investing in growth capital and late stage venture opportunities in the financial technology, software, business services, and specialty finance sectors. He was involved in more than $100 million of private equity investments in early and late stage growth companies in the U.S. and the U.K.

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