Press Release

MDO Names Charles Fann as Chief Technology Officer

My Data Outlet (MDO) announced that Charles Fann has joined the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Charles will be responsible for overseeing the development and deployment of the MDO Software Development Kit.

Charles brings over 17 years of experience working at the intersection of investments and technology. He spent the bulk of his career at Los Angeles Capital, a quantitative equity investment management firm where he led the development of the firm’s core investment technology and data architecture that supported the entire quant research process. Charles’ keen interest and experience in technology combined with his deep understanding of quantitative investing will play a key role in furthering MDO’s offerings.

“We are very excited to have Charles join My Data Outlet. He’s someone that can immediately make thoughtful improvements to our company and software” commented Patrick Howerter, Founder and CEO of MDO. “He understands the tech, our clients, and the importance of our SDK in investment research workflows. With him joining our leadership team we are in a good place to keep our SDK connected to cutting-edge investment data and database technologies.”

“I am excited for this opportunity to join MDO”, said Charles Fann. “As a former quant researcher who has experienced firsthand the difficulties of working with these large and complex equity datasets, I truly see the value of what MDO brings to the table. There is a massive opportunity to simplify the traditional quant workflow by providing simple-to-use APIs so that researchers can focus on building models and developing research. MDO takes on the undifferentiated heavy lifting of managing and preparing data, which allows investment professionals to focus on delivering alpha. I feel fortunate to be able to join a team where my experience and interests align, and I hope to help MDO provide significant value to the industry.”

About MDO

My Data Outlet develops an Investment Research Software Development Kit using open-source software to efficiently retrieve data from underlying databases such as QA Direct from Refinitiv. The company was founded by Patrick Howerter and Eddie Sylvester, who combined have over 30 years of experience designing, developing, testing, and supporting quantitative software and databases. For more information, please visit