Tradewind was formed in 2016 and is managed by a team of professionals with extensive experience in electronic trading, gold investment management, market operations and blockchain technology.
Tradewind has built a technology platform for digitizing the trading, settlement, and ownership of precious metals.
The Tradewind solution combines world-class exchange technology with a blockchain application tailored for vaulted precious metals.
Tradewind is backed by industry leaders in the precious metals and electronic trading sectors, including: IEX Group, an innovative stock exchange; Sprott Inc., a global alternative asset manager; and, Goldcorp Inc., one of the world’s largest gold producers.
Co-founder and President
Matt has 20 years’ experience designing, launching, and operating electronic trading products and markets, Tradewind is his 10th market launch. Matt was Head of Product and Strategic Ventures at IEX. Prior to joining IEX, Matt was the Global Head of Product at Chi-X Global and COO of Chi-X Canada where he was instrumental in building and launching new electronic markets and products in Canada, Brazil, Japan, Australia and Singapore. Prior to Chi-X Matt held product, strategy, and operations positions at Instinet and Charles Schwab.
Co-founder and Director
Mike has a background in capital markets and investment management. Mike worked in the capital markets division at RBC for 7 years, after which he joined Steve Eisman in starting Emrys Partners, a long/short hedge fund in New York, to focus on research into the workings of the global banking system. Mike was most recently in Strategic Ventures at IEX.
Fraser has a background in precious metals production, investing, and sales having previously worked in the Canadian capital markets. Fraser has been involved in founding several precious metals companies, including NewCastle Gold, a publicly traded development company. Fraser previously worked with GMP Securities, an independent Canadian investment bank and broker dealer in both Toronto and London in Institutional Equity Sales.
Sreeram has a background in developing and launching high performance electronic trading platforms. Sreeram joined Tradewind from Ogg Trading, a financial technology company servicing institutional clients in foreign exchange. Prior to Ogg, Sreeram was the director of active trading technology at FXAll. Sreeram has a BE Instrumentation Engineering from Bangalore University and an MS in Computer Science from Pace University.
Lead Blockchain Engineer
Abi is a cryptographer and engineer with a mission to change asset ownership through cryptography. Abi has software engineering experience from Google, where he worked on the identity and authentication systems, leveraging public key cryptography. Previously, Abi worked on the Bill Gates' technical assistants team at Microsoft, after completing his undergrad at the Indian Institute of Technology, at which he won several programming olympiads. Abi has a PhD in Cryptography from UCLA.
Head of North American Sales
Kevin has significant experience in the brokerage and investment management industry, with a strong background in commodity & hedge fund based investing. Before joining Tradewind, Kevin was Founder and Managing Principal of Hadrian Partners, Ltd. – a New York based Commodity Trading Advisor specializing in Macro, Managed Futures and resource-based investing. Prior to Hadrian, Kevin was Managing Director and Head of Sales of R.J.O’Brien & Associates New York Institutional Sales Division. Formerly, Kevin held senior sales management positions at M.F. Global and Refco, Inc. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Dayton.
Board of directors
Blake was the founder and CEO of DLJdirect, one of the first and largest online brokerage firms. He took the company public in 1999 and sold it to BMO in 2002. He led the expansion of the firm with ventures in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Dubai and Chennai. Mr. Darcy also formed a technology firm, iNautix, that provided web-based technology solutions to brokerage firms and created the largest brokerage workstation platform in the US. Blake was also the founder and CEO of a multi-billion dollar asset management firm. He now serves on the boards of startup firms.
CEO, IEX Group
Brad was one of the co-founders of IEX in 2012 after their team uncovered ways that the existing stock exchanges were selling high speed technology and data to the detriment of long-term investors. Brad and his team’s pursuit of a fairer market has been chronicled in Michael Lewis’ book Flash Boys, as well as in outlets ranging from 60 Minutes to the New York Times Magazine and Bloomberg Markets. Brad is the former head risk trader and head of electronic trading for RBC Capital Markets.
CEO, Sprott Inc.
Peter Grosskopf has more than 29 years of experience in the financial services industry. At Sprott, he is responsible for strategy, and managing the firm's investment capital and lending business. His career includes a long tenure in investment banking, where he managed many strategic and underwriting transactions for companies in a variety of sectors. Prior to joining Sprott, Mr. Grosskopf was President of Cormark Securities Inc.
Managing Dir. Bain Capital
Matt started his investing career at Bain Capital private equity in 1995, having worked previously at Bain & Company. In 2000, Matt founded Village Ventures, which he ran for 12 years and where he focused on early-stage fintech investing. In 2012 he rejoined Bain Capital Ventures to run their financial technology and services investment portfolio.
CTO, IEX Group
Before co-founding IEX, Rob was the Head of Global Algorithmic Trading for RBC Capital Markets, where his team was instrumental in the creation of client-facing algorithms and smart order routing strategies. Prior to working at RBC, Rob co-founded Quantera Financial Corp., a proprietary high frequency trading firm that specialized in statistical and machine learning algorithms.