Cormac Kinney

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Cormac Kinney
Cormac Kinney

EducationCarnegie Mellon University

Cormac Kinney is an entrepreneur and software designer.


Kinney grew up in University City, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering, with Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Industrial Management, and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration and Finance.[1][2]


As a student at Carnegie Mellon, Kinney founded two small software companies in succession, sold to Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., and H.J. Heinz. Both were related to optimization.[3][4]


In 1993, with Carnegie Mellon Senior Research Scientist, Marc H. Graham, Kinney founded NeoVision Hypersystems, Inc.[5] to develop and market software for creating heat maps.[6] The software was licensed to Bloomberg L.P., Dow Jones Telerate, Thomson, and Reuters for over 300,000 desktops.[4][7][8][9]

In 2002, he designed a trade cost analysis system for Fidelity Investments.[10] The system was later installed at Bank of America Investment Management, Invesco, Janus, Merrill Lynch Investment Management and Putnam Investments.

NeoVision was acquired in 2003 by financial software conglomerate SS&C Technologies.[11]

Quantitative Hedge Fund[edit]

After the sale of NeoVision, in 2005 Kinney developed a computational linguistics based trading system[12], which he used to manage hedge fund strategies.[13]


In 2016, Kinney launched Flont, a platform which provides jewelry as a service.[14][4][15]


  • Carnegie Mellon Entrepreneur of the Year 1994[1]
  • Pennsylvania Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year 1994[1]


  1. ^ a b c Tascarella, Patty (1994-11-14). "Software Charting Allows Real Time Risk Management". Pittsburgh Business Times.
  2. ^ Scarborough, Norman (2003). Effective Small Business Management. Prentice Hall. p. 409. ISBN 9780130081162.
  3. ^ O’Reilly, Brian (1994-05-02). "The New Face of Small Business". Fortune Magazine.
  4. ^ a b c Sansoni, Silvia (1999-05-17). "Hot Stuff". Forbes Magazine.
  5. ^ "Heatmaps on Wall Street". 1996-09-05.
  6. ^ Morrison, Dianne (1995-11-27). "A Picture is Worth A Thousand Numbers". Waters Magazine.
  7. ^ "Brokermaps at PaineWebber". Inside Market Data. July 8, 2002. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  8. ^ "NeoVision Announces Licensing Agreement with Bridge Information Systems". Nov 16, 2003.
  9. ^ "Bloomberg Licenses Heatmaps for 95000 Users".
  10. ^ John Hechinger, Kate Kelly (October 12, 2004). "How Fidelity's Trading Chief Pinches Pennies on Wall Street". The Wall Street Journal.
  11. ^ "SS&C Acquires trade visualization firm NeoVision".
  12. ^ Vandelanotte, Lieven (2014). Recent Advances in Corpus Linguistics. p. 202. ISBN 9789401211130.
  13. ^ Neill, Scott (2018-12-14). "New digital asset business seeks 16 staff". The Royal Gazette.
  14. ^ "High-End Shopping In The Sharing Economy: Now We Can All Have Couture". Fast Company. Sep 15, 2016.
  15. ^ "Flont.Club Dresses San Francisco Society in Style". Vogue.Com. Retrieved 2017-04-13.