Introducing Ed Bass, Systems Engineer at Born TechnologyJessica Darmoni
Born Technology is a team of experts at the center of markets and technology. We are committed to finding better ways to tackle the toughest technology challenges facing institutional trading firms today. We are dedicated, innovative and experienced in capital markets as well as financial technology.
This summer we would like to introduce you to the people at Born Technology. They are building and supporting the reliable, flexible and unprecedented solutions that connect you to the marketplace. We invite you to learn more about Ed Bass, Systems Engineer at Born Technology.
1. What is your name, title and responsibilities at Born Technology?
Ed Bass, Systems Engineer, I manage technical aspects of Born’s proprietary, customer-facing applications and am the primary administrator for several facets of Born’s internal IT infrastructure such as backups, infrastructure monitoring, virtualization, etc.
2. How does your work impact the company’s offering?
My efforts contribute to the stability and performance of Born’s customer-facing applications.
3. What is the best part of your job?
Successfully addressing customer issues and problems. From a technical standpoint, I most enjoy working with Born’s virtualized infrastructure.
4. What is the most challenging part of your job?
Handling the many interruptions that occur throughout the day such as unexpected systems issues, phone calls, keeping up with emails, etc. Retaining focus and making progress on projects and longer-term tasks can be difficult on days with lots of interruptions.
5. What was your first job?
My first job was cutting weeds in soybean fields (I went to high school in a rural area). That lasted two weeks, and then I found a much more palatable job selling appliance maintenance agreements for Sears.
6. How did you get into the derivatives industry?
I returned to Chicago after living in Houston for ten years, and had several job offers on the table (two in the industry, two not). I chose to work at Patsystems as a customer support team lead.
7. What are some of the most pressing challenges facing the trading industry today?
Dealing with rapid and sizable increases in regulation.
8. What was the best piece of advice you ever received?
Start saving for retirement early and don’t abuse your body and brain too much.
10. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
At a secluded location on the rim of the Grand Canyon, because of the serenity, quiet and beauty.
11. What is your favorite sports team?
During football season, the Chicago Bears. Otherwise, unfortunately, it’s the Chicago White Sox.
13. If you could go to coffee with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
Alive, Mark Hamill. I’m a big Star Wars fan. He seems to be a thoughtful and hilarious guy, and he’s my favorite actor of the series. Dead (well, that depends on your beliefs, I suppose), Jesus Christ – gotta see what he’d be like.