Omar S. Amanat

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Omar S. Amanat "is a U.S. businessman and entrepreneur. Named one of Wall Street's "Top Ten Most Influential Technologists," Mr. Amanat was a pioneer in the electronic brokerage industry. He began his entrepreneurial career at Datek Online, which was sold to Ameritrade for $1.3 billion. He then co-founded CyberBlock, the predecessor of CyberTrader Inc., which was acquired by Charles Schwab in 2000 for $488 million. Most recently he was the founder, CEO and majority shareholder of Tradescape Corporation, a brokerage and technology firm that processed over 10% of NASDAQ's daily trading volume and was one of the largest U.S. electronic brokerage firms in 2002 when he sold it to E*Trade for $280 million, becoming one of E*Trade's largest shareholders.

"Mr. Amanat attended the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business and was the recipient of the Albert P. Einstein Technology award for outstanding corporate citizenship. He sits on the boards of Harlem Youth Development Foundation, Human Rights Watch, is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was the Vice Chairman of the Acumen Fund." [1]

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  1. Directors, Malaria no More, accessed November 28, 2007.