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Spotlight on Innovation: A Trader’s Journey to Python and Beyond with David Bednarczyk

One man’s path from trader to coder to fintech startup

David Bednarczyk

What if you had never written a line of code in your life, yet your professional survival depended on it? Welcome to the reality facing today's financial services industry, a market transitioning away from client relationships toward automated trading. Leading firms like JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, and Citigroup are looking to innovate by embracing tech and teaching traders to code.

Join us for this edition of Spotlight on Innovation to find out how David Bednarczyk, a fixed-income trader with no prior software experience, taught himself how to use technologies like Python, Django, D3, AWS, Plaid, Elastic Beanstalk, and PostgreSQL to build a microinvesting application from scratch—and create a new fintech startup in the process.

O’Reilly Spotlight explores emerging business and technology topics and ideas through a series of one-hour interactive events. You’ll engage in a live conversation with experts, sharing your questions and ideas while hearing their unique perspectives, insights, fears, and predictions for the future.

In every edition of Spotlight on Innovation, you’ll learn about, discuss, and debate the future. Best of all, you’ll discover what successful companies have in common and how you can follow their lead with small practical steps to transform your organization and prepare for the Next Economy.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live show, you’ll better understand:

  • How to read the writing on the wall that tells you that you’re going in the wrong direction and you’d better figure out some other way to succeed
  • How a fixed-income trader with no software experience adapted to change—and the skills he learned to help him along the way
  • Pitfalls to avoid when learning to deploy a fintech product into a cloud environment

This training course is for you because...

  • You're a finance professional who knows that your survival is linked to technology and innovation, but you aren't really sure how to start.
  • You're a technology professional who wants to be a trading hero and needs to learn the quickest path to success.
  • You want to identify the fundamental shifts that are transforming the business landscape and address them early.
  • You want to learn how others who have successfully navigated change found their solution.


  • Come with your questions for David Bednarczyk
  • Have a pen and paper handy to capture notes, insights, and inspiration

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About your instructor

  • David Bednarczyk is a FINRA-certified (series 7, 57, and 63) emerging market/sovereign debt fixed-income trader who has transitioned into a technology professional and Scrum Master on his way to building a fintech startup that focuses on microinvesting trading applications. As a trader, David has worked at HSBC, Bank Leumi, and various broker-dealers in the financial hubs of New York City and Hong Kong. In these roles, he oversaw all aspects of trading and trading operations, and his responsibilities focused on marketing business through aggressive pricing, research, and trade ideas to gain market share while capturing alpha. His expertise lies in emerging markets debt trading with a focus on high-grade and high-yield hard-to-serve bonds in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico marketed to institutional and private wealth clients. David is co-owner of the fintech startup StockUp and has built a unique microinvestment trading application that takes the guesswork out of investing by streamlining equity purchases based on the brands each client knows and trusts.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

  • Introduction and presentation (15 minutes)
  • Interactive discussion and Q&A (45 minutes)