Tom Higgins, CEO, Gold-i has been listed in the first ever FT Founder’s 50 List – a list created by the Financial Technologist magazine which identifies the most influential and inspirational founders of FinTech businesses.
The list was compiled by a panel of expert judges from some of the most respected companies in the financial services industry including EY and Baringa.
Tom Higgins, a former Chief Technology Officer for a retail FX broker in The City, set up Gold-i in 2008, having spotted a gap in the market for technology to help retail FX and CFD brokers worldwide to operate more professionally, make more money and reduce their risk. The company is now a global market leader in trading technology software, having helped hundreds of multi-asset brokers across 33 countries to transform their trading operations.
From the outset, Tom’s focus has been on industry innovation and, under his leadership, Gold-i has created a range of products and features to enable brokers to thrive. Products include multi-asset liquidity management tools, advanced risk management tools, and business intelligence software.
Tom has grown Gold-i from Surrey start-up to a micro multi-national, with offices in the UK, China, and Australia. He offered consultancy work to fund the development of the company’s first product and Gold-i has been profitable since its first year of trading.
Toby Babb, CEO, Harrington Starr Group, who spearheaded the initiative and took part in the judging process said, “Gold-i is a company we have come to know well following their success at our Ultimate Fintech Workplace Awards last year so, when Tom was nominated it was an easy pick to include him in the final 50. Gold-i’s people-first approach is a staple for any aspiring business and Tom’s ability to overcome an array of challenges should prove motivation enough for any ambitious leaders.”
Tom Higgins, CEO, Gold-i added, “I am thrilled to have been selected for the FT Founder’s 50 List. From the outset, I’ve been motivated by driving the market forward and also by creating a company with strong values and integrity.
“One of the things I’m known for, is ‘wearing the loud shirt.’ This has become the inspiration for one of Gold-i’s key values, helping us to stand out. We’re not afraid to be different - it helps us to maintain our focus on innovation. I feel very proud of what Gold-i has achieved over the last decade.”
Gold-i’s values are embedded in the company and give the firm a strong sense of identity. In addition to ‘Innovate - Wear The Loud Shirt’, they are ‘Get It Done – Determined To Make It Work’ and ‘Have Fun – We Are the Gold-i Team.’ Tom Higgins is a firm believer that a fun, positive atmosphere in the office results in employees being far more motivated to succeed. Gold-i is a world-leading FinTech company which develops software in-house to help brokers to make more money, cut costs, reduce risk and differentiate from competitors. Its innovative products focus on multi-asset liquidity management, business intelligence and risk management, as well as plug-ins for MetaTrader, the world’s most popular retail FX trading platforms.