The idea of joining a company when it’s young and reaping all of the benefits when it makes it big is certainly an attractive one, but it’s always a gamble to chase. After all, it’s pretty hard to tell if a company is going to be successful when it’s just getting started.
Well, we’ve found one company that’s already made great strides while it’s small, but has a future that’s looking pretty dang bright: OptionsCity.
Started in 2006, OptionsCity was created to fill a gap in electronic trading software for the financial services industry, offering products that make professional trading easy to manage. The industry was quick to take note, and the company is now a recognized global software provider known for its pioneer technologies. (It’s already won the Chicago Innovation Award and was named Best Options Trading Platform in 2013 for the second year in a row.) It has also grown impressively in the past eight years—with hundreds of customers and offices in Chicago, New York, and London—and plans to continue expanding in the financial technology space.
But even with all of this rapid expansion, OptionsCity still has only 60 team members and is dedicated to maintaining somewhat of a small feel by keeping things collaborative, giving people the chance to wear many hats, and making sure the founders are incredibly accessible. Team members are empowered to learn the inner workings of the business and become a driving force in the company’s success. What does this mean? It means you get to enter on the ground floor and immediately start making a serious impact.
Sounds like the best of both worlds to us.
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