Having coffee with a true FX visionary
Larry Levy meets up with Dr. Richard OlsenCEO of Olsen Ltd. and Chairman of OANDA Corporation.
Its Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 on the shores of Lake Zurich and a
crisp winters morning. Im on my way for a 9:15am slot with Richard
Olsen, co-founder of OANDA Corporation. As I rush out of the train
at Zurichs Hauptbahnhof, I call to say I am running a little late.
Take your time, Richard reassures me like an old friend. I am sure
to be busy in the meantime. I immediately feel much less guilty and
somewhat at ease, even more eager to meet Richard Olsen now.
Just a short tram ride from Zurichs Paradeplatz and Bahnhofstrasse
I arrive at Olsen Ltd, sublimely nestled on the shores of Lake
Zurich. Olsen Ltd is located half in a black steel and glass
building and half in an attractive old red and yellow bricked mill
connected by a glass footbridge.
Waiting for me and beaming is the Chairman of one of the worlds
most successful retail forex brokers, OANDA. I feel immediately at
ease. A palpable sense of understatement pervades this place, as if
proceeding humbly. The Chairman appears and ushers me across the
glass bridge into the old mill building into a meeting room that is
more old art school than forex broker and fund establishment.
Richard scurries out to fetch me a coffee and I am immediately
impressed with a sense of an intellectual, cerebral world here, far
away from places like Paradeplatz, Wall Street and the Square Mile
yet quietly rather powerful. Ive lived in within a few blocks of
here all my life, states Richard.
We begin our interview and I have much to learn about the many and
varied activities taking place within Olsen Ltd.
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