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Who we are

Since our 1986 founding, Optiver has remained steadfast in our commitment to improving global financial markets. From thought leadership and policy advocacy, to partnering with exchanges and investment firms, we have a dedicated history of using our expertise to make markets healthier and more transparent for all parties involved.

As a natural evolution of this mission to improve capital markets, Optiver is incubating and empowering the most impactful projects in the industry. More than ever before, Optiver is actively partnering with entrepreneurs and founders shaping financial markets of the future.

How we partner

As a proprietary trading firm solely trading and investing our own capital, we have the flexibility to partner with the most promising and relevant entrepreneurs – without specific size or return mandates.

As an investor, we offer experience honed over 35+ years of trading and deploying tech at scale in the world’s most competitive markets. With 1300+ employees spanning nine locations in the US, APAC and Europe, we offer vast global purview and international partnership capabilities. Furthermore, our knowledge base extends far beyond our world-class teams. We also draw from the expertise of our invaluable network, which encompasses the leaders of today’s financial markets and infrastructure providers.

Our focus areas

Financial Technology

We’re interested in software and other modern technologies that provide automated and improved financial services. This can apply to capital markets, exchanges, B2B and B2C brokers, trading platforms and post-trade amongst other niches.

IT Infrastructure

We’re passionate about cutting-edge IT infrastructure. This can encompass cybersecurity, cloud ecosystem, data processing and storage, analytics tools, development tools and more.

Digital Assets

We’re seeking companies building products and services in the nascent blockchain ecosystem. This may range from early stage token projects to digital asset exchanges and platforms, digital asset market structure and digital asset market data technologies.

Investment criteria

Because we look to partner on the basis of strategic relevance and long-term innovation potential for our business, we do not have strict investment application criteria. We do, however, have the following ideal we’d like to highlight:

  • Seed – Series C capital round
  • Highly motivated management team acutely committed to the project’s success

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Our portfolio

Since branching into strategic investments, Optiver has partnered with a commission-free investment app, pan-European exchange, European mobile brokerage, Brazillian broker-dealer amongst others. Our unique portfolio continues to grow across the full spectrum of financial technology, IT infrastructure and diverse digital assets.

BUX is Europe’s fastest growing neobroker and has been making it easy and affordable for Europeans to do more with their money since 2014.

Ideal is an independent and highly automated brokerage firm. It was conceived as a platform to connect investors, the financial industry, and the marketplace.

Gatsby is a reimagined stocks and options trading app that cuts through the jargon and makes retail investing accessible for everyone.

Equiduct is a pan-European exchange focused on delivering best-in-class services for the retail and institutional trading community

Options AI. One powerfully simple brokerage platform. The freedom to choose between stock, options and spreads, all from one chart. Turn great ideas into smarter trades.

Paradigm. Institutional-Grade Liquidity, Unified Across CeFi. Get the best price on large size and complex, multi-leg structures, settled at the venue of your choice.

Osaka Dojima Exchange (ODEX) aims to establish itself as a comprehensive exchange in Japan’s Kansai region offering instruments starting with precious metals, agricultural and index derivatives.

Expect more from your stocks, bonds and ETFs. With Sharegain, your securities don’t have to sit idle.  Now you can unlock new revenue with full control, complete transparency and no new overheads.

Pyth connects high-fidelity market data from the world’s largest professional traders and exchanges to any smart contract, anywhere.

About our team

“Drawing on our deep market structure experience, we will be investing our capital as well as our most precious resource – our people – into the creators and shapers of tomorrow’s financial markets.”

Partnering with Optiver means gaining long-term guidance, mentorship and resources from industry veterans at a leading global trading firm. Our team is a diverse mix of ex-traders, developers, strategy and business development professionals among other disciplines with expertise across the full ecosystem of financial markets.  The team thrives on innovation and is continuously looking to develop their own skillsets, alongside those of the entrepreneurs and businesses they partner with.

In the news

Read through some of the latest media coverage on Optiver and our associated ventures:

Optiver launches Principal Strategic Investments (Oct. 2021)
FT Tech Champions: Innovate to Thrive (Nov. 2021)
How one startup is shaking up the consumer trading boom (Nov. 2021)
Options AI Closes $4.1 Million Seed Funding Round to Bring Smarter Options to Retail Investors (Nov. 2021)