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From a spare bedroom startup to helping make Formula One cars faster - Seamus Keating CEO, First Derivatives

The head of the Newry-based data analytics firm talks to Ellie Donnelly about expanding its scope beyond financial world and succeeding founder Brian Conlon after his untimely death from cancer last year

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Seamus Keating

Seamus Keating

Seamus Keating

The rapid shift to a digital economy has created a world that is totally connected, moves at lightning speed and which is both fuelled by and generates vast volumes of complex information.

"I think of data today almost being the equivalent of what steel was in the industrial revolution, it was the core that underpinned everything that happened and changed, and that developed how the world was built," says Seamus Keating, the recently appointed CEO of Newry-headquartered First Derivatives.

As the name suggests, First Derivatives started out providing services to financial markets firms - in particular big investment banks.