Connamara Quarterly

Thoughts from our CEO

This past June, we posted a blog about getting startups to the first trade. In early November, we practiced what we preach. Our client, MaterialsXchange, using our exchange platform (EP3), completed the first transaction on its newly-launched platform only four-and-a-half months after engaging Connamara.

Connamara leveraged the off-the-shelf functionality, ease of deployment, and flexibility of EP3 to create a marketplace customized to the complex business rules of the cash market for dimensional lumber and wood products. MaterialsXchange, using EP3, is providing improved price transparency and discovery to the lumber market.

According to MaterialsXchange CEO Mike Wisnefski, demonstrating to potential customers the ability to transact on the platform in such a short amount of time has moved the discussions from “what if you could…” to “you can now…”. This is allowing Mike and his team to start onboarding new customers immediately.

While MaterialsXchange was built as an MVP, the platform is ready built to scale to the size of the market because of the built-in scalability and throughput of EP3.

If you are contemplating building a platform to bring price transparency and discovery to a market, contact us and we will get you to the first trade, and beyond.


   – Jim Downs, Founder and CEO

In The News

Articles to reflect upon

Exchanges Powered By the Cloud: Connamara Systems’ Jim Downs at FIA Expo 2019

BY:  JLN News
Jim stopped by the John Lothian News booth at Expo, talking about EP3 and how cloud computing has proven to be a gamechanger for scaling exchanges.

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MaterialsXchange Launches with First Raw Materials Transaction

BY:Business Wire
Over the summer, MaterialsXchange became our first EP3-specific client. Just four months later, they completed their first transaction. Congrats, guys!

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People Moves: Refinitiv, Apex, Connamara Systems, Ascertia; WatersTechnology

BY: Waters Tech
We recently announced our advisory board, and our three new board members are second to none. WatersTech covered the news here.

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Inside look: Daniel Curry, Head of Business Development


Developing and implementing strategy for generating new business. This includes building out our sales and marketing efforts, generating new relationships, and cultivating opportunities among existing clients.


As 2019 comes to a close, we have been planning our continuing expansion into 2020.  With such a strong year in 2019, including the launch of EP3 and many major custom development projects underway, we plan to rapidly expand our sales and account management staff along with more project managers, engineers, and business analysts. It’s a very exciting time right now at Connamara.

Social Spotlight

Check out 'Connamara Systems' on FIX Trading Community website

#ICYMI, we built a #tech solution for @MorganStanley Investment Management scalable enough to handle spikes in message volume and flexible enough to work within the rules of a highly regulated industry. See the video of our #successstory below:

#ICYMI: EP3’s added RFQ functionality was featured by @FOWgroup. See what our CEO & Founder, Jim Downs, had to say on the growing popularity of this matching system in the wake of #COVID19 and how Connamara can help you implement it. #EP3iskey

We’ve added request-for-quote (RFQ) functionality to EP3, our exchange platform solution. Read our blog to see how we continue to provide the most customizable & flexible exchange platform: #EP3iskey

Our #tech expertise was brought to bear for @MorganStanley Investment Management, as we built out & integrated their EMS. See how we navigated this highly regulated industry & utilized our FIX protocol expertise to deliver a solution in our #successstory.

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