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

It’s Friday & #NationalComplimentDay! Today, we encourage you to compliment a co-worker and spread positivity in the workplace.


In our blog, Project Manager Kevin O’Connell explains the parallels between parenting & project management: managing time, prioritizing situations, setting expectations, establishing expertise, compiling research, knowing your audiences, and being patient.

Our Head of Business Development, Dan Curry, had a great time representing Connamara at @stachicago’s 94th Annual Mid-Winter Meeting 2020. Thank you to STAC and @HiltonChicago for hosting this successful event!


#ICYMI: On The Leadershift Show, presented by Shani Magosky and @leadershiftproj, our CEO @jcdowns explains how he shifted his mindset from working IN his business to working ON his business.

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