At Goldex, our ambitious vision is to reinvent gold ownership and create the first physical gold marketplace powered by smart trading technology, with values of transparency, fairness, and choice at its core.
Some years ago, we saw first-hand how the gold market operated. While the precious metal has maintained its integrity throughout the ages, it’s still an unregulated asset class, meaning that market conditions have not always been fair for gold investors in terms of transparency and pricing. Finding the best deal was often cumbersome, frustrating, and hard.
And we saw an opportunity to change that.
Goldex is the smartest way to buy gold. We’ve created the first gold marketplace to find the best prices for our customers. There’s no need to shop around, spend time comparing dealers or try to make sense of an array of quotes, quantities and even different gold quality bars. Our smart order router takes care of it all: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even when the markets are closed.
While we might look like a gold dealer, we are not one. We are a pure tech company, an agent acting for our clients, always unbiased and neutral. We don’t make money from trading our own stock, because we simply don’t own any.
Changing the gold market means creating a level playing field, with real competition. It means improving transparency to grow the market. It means implementing a solid best execution policy, for the first time. But most importantly and above all, it means bringing fairness to the gold market with an innovative business model and cutting edge technology.
We are a team of pioneers in financial technology and we are proud to have played a fundamental role in bringing innovation to some of London’s leading financial institutions. We have done it before with other asset classes and we are doing it again. We are passionate about changing the world of gold investing for the better and for all.
Welcome to Goldex. Join the rush.
Sylvia CarrascoFounder & CEO
As a woman in FinTech, which is a rarity, Sylvia is keen on challenging the status quo. She’s the founder and CEO of Goldex. With over 18 years of experience in investment banking and brokerage, Sylvia was part of the original team at Credit Suisse that developed the first electronic trading and algorithmic systems in the equity markets. Always thinking out of the box and due to the changes brought by MiFID I, in 2009 she successfully founded the first FCA regulated firm in the UK to advise the largest institutional investment houses in both electronic trading services and Best Execution policies across multi-asset classes. In her spare time, Sylvia is likely to be seen either fishing or playing with her two dogs.
Fernando RipollesFounder & COO
Finding product and operational solutions are Fernando’s main responsibilities as the COO of Goldex. This is by no means an easy task as pioneers don’t have templates to imitate, but Fernando doesn’t need one. During his 15 years of professional career at Bloomberg, UBS and Nomura, Fernando was involved in the explosion and expansion of electronic trading, from its humble reporting origins to its current day algorithmic complexities. Always keen in exploring new opportunities, Fernando co-founded a social media network company before coming back to his trading roots. He is the proud father of three children that have been taught that Real Madrid is the only team to carry in your heart.
Julian TurnbullFounder & CLCO
Julian is an entrepreneur at heart, sitting at various start-up boards. At Goldex he applies his legal thoroughness, just the same as the rest of his over-22-years-legal advisor career. He’s an economist and a lawyer, so that’s why he enjoys diving into businesses: he has co-founded Macrae & Co, a leading boutique law firm based in London where he has managed and represented high profile corporate and personal accounts, both national and international. He’s currently a senior partner at Shakespeare Martineau, a top 50 legal firm in the UK where he specialises in Private Equity deals, Corporate Governance, KYC and AML diligences. Beyond the law, he loves hanging out with his children and playing football.
With over 20 years of marketing, digital, and e-commerce leadership experience and a tech-focused background, Tom’s experience includes being MD of one of Europe’s leading digital finance providers and CMO for major online lending brands scaling customer acquisition. Tom has led international marketing teams over both B2B and B2C with a proven track record of success in delivering sales growth, particularly in investor/private equity owned businesses expanding internationally. Tom has been a digital marketing expert speaker for a number of years specialising in marketing attribution and maximising ROI including serving as Chair at the Winning Digital Marketing Conference, and also leads the Fintech Marketing Association. He also loves running, gardening, and spending time with his three children.
Gaël de BoissardMember of the Board
Gaël loves growing new ventures that want to reinvent the world of finance. With a career spanning 26 years at JP Morgan and Credit Suisse as a prominent investment banker, he now focusses on investments in market disruptive Fintech companies. He has recently retired from Credit Suisse AG, where he was Global Head of Fixed Income, Head of Investment Banking and Member of the Executive Board. Gael’s thrill seeking hobbies include skiing and mountaineering. As a holder of a commercial pilot license, you might also see him cruising the skies.
Craig JamesMember of the Board
Bringing regulation practices down to earth has been Craig’s main professional goal. For this reason he founded Neopay, a notorious London based compliance and Anti Money Laundering consultancy firm in the prepaid, e-money and financial services sector. His 15 years of experience come handy when helping with payment and regulatory risk solutions. Craig has been named one of the “Top 10 Most Influential People in the Payments Industry” by PayExpo for three years in a row and is the current Chairman of the Prepaid International Forum. He is a piston-head at heart, restoring racing cars in his spare time.
Henry RitchotteBoard Advisor
With over 20 years’ experience at Deutsche Bank, Henry created the blueprint for the German giant’s greenfield digital challenger bank, aiming to create extraordinary customer experience through intelligent use of technology, data and mobile devices. Henry was responsible over various periods for Group Strategy, Technology, Operations, Corporate Services, Corporate Security, Business Continuity, Information Security and the Bank’s global digital transformation agenda. He served as the Chief Operating Officer from 2012 to 2015, and has also worked for Credit Suisse and Merrill Lynch. He uses that depth of knowledge to seed financial services start ups, with a strong focus on disruptive regulatory and technology-driven business models. When he’s not creating – or tearing up – blueprints, Henry offsets his love of food and a good craft beer with long-distance running.
Richard BalarkasBoard Advisor
Richard is an award winning industry veteran who has been in the vanguard of developments in market structure and electronic trading for over 30 years. He has held senior sales and business management roles at the London Stock Exchange, BZW, Instinet and Credit Suisse where he built and ran its global #1 ranked electronic trading business. He is a board member of CBOE Europe, Saxo Capital Markets Ltd, Chairman of SquareBook, advisor to the board of Compliance Solutions Strategies, and a Director of FIX Protocol. When not fixing financial services he can usually be found fixing his house, or otherwise fixing his boat and trying not to add to his wife’s collection of near-disaster sailing stories.
Nina AminBoard Advisor
Nina Amin, MBE is the Chair of the Investment Committee of the Unicorn Ascension Fund, which invests in UK-based startups looking to enter the Indian market. She’s an ex Partner of KPMG UK, one of the Big Four global professional services firms, and was head of their Asian Markets until Jan 2018. With over over 25 years of experience in providing commercial tax and financial advice across a broad range of areas including Corporate Governance, M&A transactions, due diligence, transfer pricing, reorganisations and financing, Nina has won a number of awards throughout her career, including an MBE in 2013 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Nina is also the first female President of TiE London, a global non-profit organisation supporting entrepreneurs across multiple geographies. In her spare time, Nina likes to potter in the garden and is an avid reader.
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are as excited as we are and want to join our growing team in London.