Eric Goldberg, CEO of algorithmic trading software provider Portware, talks with Finextra about trading, technology, and helping models to get dressed.
Name: Eric Goldberg
Date and place of birth: Brooklyn, New York, Sept. 1, 1961
Residence: Gramercy Park, Manhattan
Marital status: Married
Musician; 15 years in brokerage firms starting from the ground floor on up, including tenures as an equity derivatives/portfolio trader at Lehman Bros. and an autonomous branch at O'Connor and Associates. After that, I headed to the technology side, co-founding Portware in 2000.
Current posts: CEO / co-founder of Portware
What was your first job?
My first "real" job entailed helping models try on spandex at a store called Natasha's in downtown Manhattan.
Which business leaders do you most admire?
Peter Lynch; Coby Brooks
If you weren't in your current job, which company would you most like to lead?
The Carlyle Group - unbelievably interesting.
Do you read books on management theory? If, so which has influenced you the most?
E-Myth - a great book on organisational structure and internal communications
Which competitors do you benchmark your company's performance against?
One thing I learned as a trader was to benchmark versus my own goals - and have several goals so it's always possible to hit at least one.
What has been your best experience in business?
Defying the odds and achieving things that everyone says are impossible.
What keeps you awake at night?
I'm in the process of quitting smoking, so at the moment Chantix anti-smoking pills are keeping me up at night. One month to go!
How do you relax?
I love playing guitar.
What was the last gadget you bought?
Accucare home acupuncture system and the Digitech GNX4 Guitar Workstation
Favorite Web site:
Pandora.com and SeekingAlpha.com
Desert island disc/book: For my disc I would bring the Scorpions Greatest Hits (but who needs discs when you have Pandora?), and for my book I'd go with The Giant Book of Mensa Puzzles.