Paul Williams - Bio

Paul is a programmer, technical manager and part of the engineering leadership team at Bloomberg in London.

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Paul co-founded the London Engineering Department at Bloomberg, and is part of the leadership team that has seen the local engineering group grow to 900 developers over the last 20 years. He, his team, and peers designed and built core components of the Bloomberg Professional Service, aka the Bloomberg Terminal, including Launchpad, the multi-screen real-time financial data display, and Instant Bloomberg ("IB"), the finance industry's ubiquitous secure instant messaging system. His focus continues to be real-time performance of data-processing and display, involving development and deep analysis of native C++ systems and interactions with managed JavaScript environments and the inherent non-deterministic behaviour of those.

He also works closely with the engineering and business teams in Bloomberg's New York office, and co-founded Bloomberg's Tech Hub in San Francisco, collaborating with West Coast architect IwamotoScott to design a workspace for software developers. Read an interview about Paul's first 20 years at Bloomberg here.

Paul also is passionate about STEM initiatives in the UK and abroad, working with non-profits and educational establishments to help ensure that the next generation is excited about a future in technology. He is also a Diversity Ambassador at Bloomberg, championing women in the tech workplace. He has been part of the judging panel for a number of Hackathons, including HackTrain, and TELhack at the Science Museum in London, where Paul and his wife are patrons. He has recently become involved with Galactic Unite, helping facilitate "Space Chats" between schoolchildren, future astronauts and rocket engineers.

He started programming in the 1980s on the first personal computers, teaching himself Computer Studies and rapidly discovering that publishing programs in computer magazines (such as this Basic Compiler - see C-Zap on page 16 of the PDF download) was far more lucrative than a teenage paper round. After studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bath University and writing music sequencers for student union bar gigs, Paul flirted with the fledgling games industry in the 80s (Commodore 64 example) then worked for Caplin Cybernetics, a startup designing parallel processing accelerators for solving complex maths problems at high-speed in the fields of image processing, computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis. A focus on building fast, reliable, innovative systems then led to opportunities to work with Bloomberg, where Paul has spent the rest of his career.

Specialties: Windows/UNIX development, C++, real-time graphics, high-performance software, desktop system design, technical/team leadership, tech recruitment, public speaking.

Bloomberg's Tech Hub in San Francisco

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