An office supply store. School stationery. A trader browses listlessly through the items, holding them up to his colleague who's panicking on the phone with his broker. A notepad? No. A pen? Annoyed now. No. He's trying to unwind a position that's losing him money while setting up a new complex options strategy. His broker isn't getting it. His colleague holds up a school agenda with pop culture images. Not amused.
He paces frantically. On the phone, glancing at a folded Financial Times in his hand, standing among bikes at a multimedia college.
A teacher approaches, motions at her watch. Lessons are starting. The two men follow the teacher, still on the phone, complex options jargon, his colleague amused.
They're in a computer lab surrounded by young kids who are programming, going through assignments. He has no idea why he's there. His boss wanted him to. Something to do with some project about bank employees embracing digital or something. Whatever. His positions are bleeding money and he has to act now. His colleague calls him, "Hey, check this out!"
He takes a peek. The kids show a program they wrote which uses web api calls with a pleasant user interface. Instantly realizing the potential, they join forces and hack together a mobile phone app that lets him execute complex options strategies easily through a mobile app written on the spot, talking to a retail options trading web platforn api.
He manages to execute the transactions he needed to without the human broker: cheaper, faster, stress free, his day saved.
Excited, they discuss other fast customized financial trading strategies mobile apps they could develop together.
The bankers and young programmers decide to work together. The bankers give some money for helping and they hire them on the spot to create a whole suite of custom-designed trading apps that should turn the bankers into trading powerhouses with just their mobiles, always ready for action on any market around the world, at any moment.