Waters Wavelength Podcast: Navigating the buy vs. build debate

Adaptive Financial Consulting’s Matt Barrett joins the podcast to discuss how firms decide to build or buy.

Wei-Shen Wong, Asia Editor, and Anthony Malakian, Editor-in-Chief of WatersTechnology, record a weekly podcast touching on the biggest stories in financial technology.


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This week, Adaptive Financial Consulting’s co-founder and CEO, Matt Barrett, joins Theo on the podcast to discuss the buy versus build debate. Then, they look at what characteristics firms are after in a trading system.

2:30 – Matt joins the podcast and details his journey to Adaptive. 

5:00 – What do we mean by “buy vs. build”?

7:30 – Is there a pattern of buying, building, and then integrating? What are the pitfalls in that process?

13:30 – How the rise of cloud facilitates innovation.

14:30 – Matt discusses what firms look for in a new trading system. 

19:30 – There is always a degree of “buy” involved.

21:00 – Matt says the future of trading technology is increasingly cloud-provisioned.

23:00 – Is there more consolidation on the way?

Contact Info: 

As is the case with everything we do, we'd love to get some feedback from our listeners.

Wei-Shen Wong: + 852 3411 4758;  wei-shen.wong@infopro-digital.com

Anthony Malakian: + 1 646 490 3973; anthony.malakian@infopro-digital.com

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