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Find a need and fill it. That's the motto John Jacobs, Executive Vice President of Nasdaq OMX Group (NASDAQ:NDAQ), has not only for his career, but also for his life. Jacobs has spent decades working in the financial industry, and more than 30 of those years working at one of the nation's largest stock exchanges. But a career in the world of finance wasn't necessarily his first choice. "Early on, I was going to follow my father into the military," he said. "And he sat me down when I was in college and said, what your best contribution could be is to find somewhere where you can help create jobs." And that's exactly what he did. In the early days of the world's first electronic stock market, Jacobs said the young company's mission was to help other companies grow. "I keep that, every day, first and foremost in my mind," Jacobs said. "Are we helping people create companies that create jobs? And are we helping investors invest? It's become a lifelong passion for me." Blazing a New Path to...

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