“Today, exchanges are, at their core, technology companies as well as marketplaces.”

Adena Friedman loves working with interns. After all, she began her career as an intern at Nasdaq a number of years ago. Now, she serves as the exchange group’s president and chief operating officer. So when she was asked to deliver a welcome address and opening talk at the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity intern event in July 2016, she jumped at the chance.

Friedman inspired the group of young folks by offering a contemporary look at today’s exchanges, which are much more than a place where buyers and sellers come to exchange shares, but rather technology companies that drive not only capital formation but social responsibility and disruptive innovation as well.

Or, as Friedman puts it, “we are where money meets ideas.”


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