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eFinancial Careers: Engineer Who Left Twitter for E-Trading Firm Offers Fintech Career Advice


Mark Dowd

Mark Dowd

Andy Carroll recently left Twitter, where he was a staff software engineer in the social-media company’s live video group, to become the chief architect at LiquidityBook, a financial technology firm specializing in trading software. He’s gone from being the tech lead on Twitter’s live-streams of the NFL’s Thursday Night Football games to being in charge of the IT architecture of LiquidityBook’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform.

Going into fintech is a return to form of sorts. Carroll got his start as a financial software engineer when a close high school friend got a job working at Australian Bank, and given how few developers there were back then, he was able to pretty easily get Carroll in as well via referral. The bank became an incubator for tech talent. From there, he took on a project building a speech-recognition system to capture bid/ask quotes for the Sydney Futures Exchange comparable in performance to the existing human process on the open-outcry trading floor.

Carroll believes there are golden rules to follow if you want to make it into fintech – or any kind of tech role.

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