Wavelength Podcast Ep. 222: Grasshopper’s John Lin on Using Tech for Good

Lin, the founder of a Singaporean HFT firm, joins to talk about why banks struggle with innovation, and how he wants to use tech for altruistic purposes.

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, John Lin, founder and now chairman of Grasshopper, a Singaporean prop-trading firm, joins Wei-Shen on the podcast. They talk about his experience as a trader, why he left, and the projects he’s working on now.

4:00 John joins the podcast and talks about travel challenges during the pandemic.

8:00 John talks about his experiences in the open outcry trading pits, building a company from the ground up, and what led him to step back from his day-to-day responsibilities.

15:30 When it comes to technology, John says change is a constant, and it’s a reason why banks have struggled to keep pace with new innovations.

24:00 John next explains why he’s a believer in blockchain’s long-term adoption.

33:30 Since stepping back as CEO of Grasshopper, John’s joined something called Mastermind, which is a collection of innovative thinkers from an assortment of different fields. He discusses some of the more interesting projects that he’s been involved with through Masterminds.

44:30 To wrap things up, he talks about some of his passions, from wellness initiatives to digital collectibles.

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

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

Past 10 episodes:

Episode 212: A Discussion About AI

Episode 213: Data Management in a Post-Covid World

Episode 214: BNY Mellon's Hans Brown on Innovation

Episode 215: Bill Murphy on Innovation & Technical Debt

Episode 216: M&A and Other Banter

Episode 217: Citi Ventures’ Victor Alexiev on Problem Solving

Episode 218: David Hardoon on AI's Unforeseen Challenges

Episode 219: People & Datacenters on the Move?

Episode 220: ESG in the News

Episode 221: Tech Execs Discuss Innovation in 2020

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