What Makes Us Different?

With combined experience of over 50 years, our founders have worked for major exchanges, brokers and software vendors in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. We've written specs. We've read specs. We've coded to specs. We've felt the inefficiency firsthand and are uniquely positioned to build the innovative solutions needed to make a difference.

We have nurtured a deliberately different culture. By assembling a close-knit team of talented individuals and stripping away the distractions and formality that slow larger companies down, we are able to maintain high levels of productivity and agility.

All this adds up to a very different type of software company.

We don't sell expensive consultants, and we loathe hidden fees. You won't catch us handing out pens from expensive conference stands. We want to help solve your problems, which is why we treat every client - no matter how big or small - as a trusted, long-term business partner rather than a number on a spreadsheet.

After a successful career in product management for investment banks, brokers, multiple exchanges and a software vendor, Chris arrived at the conclusion that the way the firms connect with each other is in need of a radical change.

So, he quit his job and founded FixSpec from a spare bedroom. Five years on, you can still find him designing and coding new ways to improve the way API integration happens, making it faster, easier and less painful for everybody.

Chris Lees

Founder
If something is broken, invent a better way.

Mahendra has spent 14 years working on all aspects of financial software development and deployment, from the front end to low-latency, high-throughput market drivers. He believes that financial firms have been too slow in adopting new technologies, hence missing out on the opportunity to deliver delightful user experiences and attain a much-needed competitive edge.

At FixSpec, he combines his enterprise experience with his knowledge of state-of-the-art technologies to build innovative solutions that are consumer grade user friendly and economical, yet enterprise grade reliable and secure.

Mahendra Patil

Partner, Development
When new technology rolls over, be part of the steamroller not the road.

Gwen has worked in the trading industry for over 16 years, implementing and supporting clients and exchange connectivity in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. She believes that in today’s environment, companies that stay ahead of the game invest in productivity tools to gain efficiency, make their resources achieve their full potential, and keep their customer satisfaction high.

Gwen is excited to be part of FixSpec, and have the opportunity to make a real difference by providing users with solutions they have been longing for.

Gwen Renaud

Partner, Customers
Always seek to understand what customers need, not merely what they want.

As a passionate programmer for more than 11 years, Shivaji has solved challenging problems in finance, telecom and storage domain. Shivaji recognises the criticality of financial systems requiring them to be very reliable.

Being part of the FixSpec team puts him in the right place to work on innovative solutions towards quicker financial systems integration.

Shivaji Sathe

Principal Engineer
Don’t repeat yourself, automate.

Russ has been engaged with derivatives traders and software for 17 years within the capital markets industry, most of that time at a major software vendor. Not surprisingly, he frequently experienced frustration when simply trying to access reliable specs in order to connect to trading destinations for his clients.

He believes a company's greatest priority should be understanding the needs of the marketplace through the eyes of each individual customer. When this understanding is complete and acted upon, valuable solutions can be created to solve real problems.

Russ Chrusciel

Customer Success Manager, US
Ongoing and effective expectation management creates successful relationships