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Dead Ringer

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"Once in awhile you get shown the light
In the strangest of places if you look at it right."
-Scarlet Begonias

As the manager of TT CampusConnect™, Trading Technologies’ university outreach program, I spend a lot of time on college campuses and have the opportunity to reap the benefits of those visits.

On a recent visit to one of our partner schools, the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), I noticed a poster advertising the Grateful Dead Archive, a collection available for public viewing in UCSC’s McHenry Library. What? This is right up my alley. As a big fan of all things “jam” (the Dead, Dave Matthews, Phish, et al.), I had to check this out.

In 2008, the band members donated over 30 years of business records, posters, backstage passes and laminates as well as audio and video recordings to the university. They even donated the skeletons used in the music video for their song Touch of Grey. Guitarist Bob Weir said, “It seemed to all of us that the stuff really belongs to the community that supported us for all those years. And Santa Cruz seemed the coziest possible home for it.” Ah, California!

While in the university bookstore, I came upon a book by Professor Barry Barnes, the chair of leadership at the Huizenga School of Business at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale The title was Everything I Know About Business I Learned from the Grateful Dead. Really? This I had to check out.


Five Questions with Brannigan Barrett of Axia Futures: Let’s Talk Brexit

Brannigan Barrett has been a senior trader and mentor at Axia Futures for over five years. Alongside his trading, Brannigan mentors upcoming traders and authors a weekly financial post for The Market Mogul.

His trading career started with bond futures, but over time, he very quickly adapted his style to trade across multiple asset classes, including equity indices, foreign exchange and commodities.

Given his experience, we thought it would be interesting to get his perspective on what might happen in the markets now that Great Britain has voted to leave the European Union. Read on for his opinion.

Brian Mehta, CMO

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Brannigan: It was a month ago that the United Kingdom made headlines and for all the wrong reasons. The majority, albeit small, had voted out of the European Union. The reasons why are irrelevant. What matters now is understanding the landscape going forward.


Stay Hungry: A Fintech CTO’s Advice to Interns

On July 14, I gave an address to interns at the 2016 MarketsWiki World of Opportunity Summer Intern Education Series. What follows is an extended version of my remarks.

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Trading Technologies has spent the last few years working on the next-generation TT® platform. Through the process, we've learned a lot about what makes a good team and how a product needs to challenge the status quo if to make a long-term impact.

It’s fair to say that any great accomplishment has as its first ingredient the people themselves. This is absolutely the case at TT, and growing our team over the last two years has been one of our major focuses. When I think about the type of people we’re looking to add, the most important question I have about any individual is: are they hungry?


Five Questions with Geoff Sharp at Eris Exchange

Innovation, capital efficiency and broad market access are the hallmarks of Eris Exchange, which lists standardized LIBOR interest rate swap futures offered through TT®. In this edition of “Five Questions with…,” we talk with Geoff Sharp, who recently joined Eris as head of sales. We will explore how Eris continues to innovate and attract a broad range of clients to its market.

Brian Mehta, CMO

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What brought you to Eris?

Geoff: After college, I spent my entire career in OTC markets; first structuring FX and interest rate derivative strategies for Credit Suisse in London, then trading both at Lehman in Tokyo and New York. This landed me on Lehman’s OTC interest rates derivatives sales desk in 2005, and I then moved on to Nomura as it expanded its global markets franchise following Lehman’s bankruptcy.