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The Three Dimensions of Optimark

Traders Magazine, January 1998

John A. Byrne

On Jan. 13, Durango, Colo.-based OptiMark Technologies and Nasdaq inked an agreement in principle to integrate OptiMark's supercomputer-driven matching system with the Nasdaq Stock Market. But first the plan must be approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission. OptiMark, of course, is not short of ambition, aiming to allow institutions and retail customers to trade anonymously and without disclosure, based on price, size and satisfaction levels.

OptiMark's chairman and chief executive is Bill Lupien, former head of Instinet and previously a specialist for 17 years on the Pacific Exchange (PCX). He co-invented OptiMark with John "Terry" Rickard, who is the company president.

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