The design will be used in the header bar of our software we are developing. We'll be using WPF and preferably we'd like the image in vector format.
Our thoughts are that the design should be simple, clean, and have a mathematical / quantitative look to it. We're thinking an abstract design with our software's name (Quantalytix) to the right of it in very simple text. It should look good against a black, white, or gray background. We are open to having color in the logo, we'd prefer that the text be one color and look good in either black or white. The design should also not be too far spaced.
Some background on us: We are a startup that specializes in building software solutions of financial institutions and large banks. Our software is used by professionals to manage risk in their trading books. Our software is based on a distributed processing platform that makes use of multiple CPUs and GPUs to perform calculations. It's as cutting edge as it gets. Please use this detail about us as design inspiration.
Some logos and designs we like are:
Wordpress (just not as wide spaced with the words, but the general layout, clean)
Pully (we like the abstract image and text layout, not a fan of font)
Bloomberg (our software will be mostly against a black or very dark gray background, visibility is important)
Honestly, have fun with this and surprise us. We'll try and provide as much feedback as we can.