Keynote: David Gurle, CEO, Symphony
David Gurle’s career and reputation are built on the sanctity of private communications. With two decades of experience in building and managing consumer and enterprise communication and messaging systems at Skype, Thomson Reuters and Microsoft, David is now going after Wall Street, long dominated by Bloomberg’s terminal business.
The 2015 launch of Symphony, a secure cloud-based communications platform based in part on Gurle’s predecessor company, Perzo Inc., has generated big interest and even bigger money. Fourteen Wall Street investment banks—including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Bank of New York Mellon—initially invested $66 million in the company. Another round—this time for $100 million, with participation by Google, Lakestar, Natixis, Societe Generale and UBS—soon followed, much of it earmarked for sales and marketing efforts.
David sits down with Reuters Breakingviews’s Jeffrey Goldfarb to talk about secure, cloud-based communications, his intended global expansion of Symphony, including beyond Wall Street and into the health care and legal markets, and what it’s like to be David taking on Goliath while contending with regulators.