Our financial computing advances within a major digital bank grabs the attention of a cybersecurity manager who demands our founders' help, ad-hoc. SciTheWorld is born.
We explore networks of thousands of servers from a defender ("Blue Team") and attacker perspective ("Red Team").
Sergio's Thesis' algorithmic trading platform gets the prize to the Best of the Industry.
He joins SciTheWorld full-time until he finds a way for the platform to become a "Digital Brain".
He also starts supervising a PhD student at UCL on state-of-the-art portfolio management.
Sergio joins SciTheWorld full-time and starts the platform that would beat the one already prized by the industry.
Sales are strategically postponed to grant a full focus on Financial Computing R&D - there is a natural bottleneck in its innovation (judgement) that can't be tackled by simply adding people.
Marta joins SciTheWorld full-time and underpins the platform. Its core structure is finally finished.
Even though sales are still postponed the business is seeded - major players from sell-side, buy-side and regtech, propose different projects. The industry validates this way SciTheWorld's expected competitive advantage.
The partnership with Oliver Wyman becomes official. Commercial reach is exponentially boosted.
Still zero external funding.
Again, R&D towards will be given a major relevance - the edge with respect to the industry is one of SciTheWorld's major assets.
The forthcoming challenge though is the delivery of innovative projects across the seeded industries. Often, completely new roles such is the external audit of algorithms through Red Teams.
External funding will for the first time be considered.
Looking fwd to seeing how it all starts settling.