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The 40th annual FIA International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton has come and gone. And it being my first FIA Boca, I thought I’d share some of the highlights from my experience.

The week was filled with interesting speakers and discussions on the relevant futures industry issues. Regulation, risk, globalization and the evolving FCM business models were hot topics across the panels and on the minds of the industry leadership.

I personally enjoyed the Global Exchange Leader panel. This was hosted by Bloomberg TV’s Betty Liu. What a great opportunity to see all the CEOs of the major global exchange operators together on stage. @Trading_Tech even got a retweet from Betty on one of our posts!

Blu Putnam, the CME’s Chief Economist, gave his outlook for 2015 by providing reflections and trends across the range of markets. It was like going back to college and attending econ class–very thought-provoking…but with very few answers.

And finally, Sir Kenneth Robinson’s keynote luncheon on innovation and creativity was fantastic. Sir Ken is not only a knight, but also really darn funny, insightful and has the most-watched TED Talk video ever. Check out his talk on “Do schools kill creativity?”

But the highlight for me was the buzz and swirl of activity around TT. Over the last couple months we’ve been teasing the new TT platform #PreviewTT, and the last couple weeks we’ve been conducting numerous interviews with the industry press in preparation of revealing that the new TT platform is now available! We also announced key partnerships with NASDAQ Futures (NFX) and OTC Global Holdings. In both customer and press meetings, the response to TT activity has been extremely positive. Here is some of the best coverage by the media so far:

TT Deploys SaaS-based Trading Platform, EEX First to Go Live
By Anthony Malakian; Waters Technology

TT Launches New Global Trading Platform
By Alice Attwood; FOW

New Frontier: TT’s new platform debuts with European Energy Exchange
By JLN Staff; John Lothian News

And the hits keep on coming. Amazon Web Services posted a blog about TT and that is now being picked up by the Silicon Valley tech media. We will continue to share the enthusiastic media coverage of the new TT platform and our innovation over the next several weeks.

My last thought on FIA Boca was that the futures industry is packed with passionate, dedicated and genuine people. The connections, relationships and insights shared during the busy week in Florida was fulfilling on many levels. And it was a very successful week for TT at Boca because of the meaningful customer meetings, media interviews and relationship building. But that was only possible because of the many years of hard work from the passionate, dedicated and genuine people of TT.