dough, Inc. Executive Team and dough Platform Honored with Two Best in Biz Awards

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The leading visual trading platform was selected from more than 500 applicants as a Bronze Winner in the Most Innovative Consumer Product category

CHICAGO, Dec. 3, 2014— dough, Inc., which includes tastytrade, the fastest growing online financial network and dough, a highly visual platform that makes investing interactive, educational and mobile, has been honored with two Best in Biz awards. This year, the dough, Inc. executive team, which includes co-CEOs Kristi Ross and Tom Sosnoff, was named a Silver Winner in the Executive Team of the Year category.

“As we aim to increase financial literacy and offer new ways to approach investing, it’s an honor to see both dough and our executive team selected by Best in Biz,” said Kristi Ross, co-CEO and president of dough, Inc. “Throughout 2014, we’ve seen incredible growth and delivered industry-leading technology to our users. Our entire team is dedicated to creating the best financial products and content in the market, and the recognition from Best in Biz is a great way to close out the year.”

In addition to the Silver Award, the dough platform was named a Bronze Winner in the Most Innovative Consumer Product of the Year category. dough is the only trading tool that allows do-it-yourself investors to learn strategies, watch traders of all experience levels, and make trades, all from one platform. The leading technology team behind dough specializes in transforming financial content into visual and easily digestible content.

“Each day, we deliver new financial content, offer excellent visual resources for making trades, and share unique and informative insights with our viewers,” said Tom Sosnoff, co-CEO and founder of dough, Inc. “It’s great to see Best in Biz recognize our hard work and achievements as we change the way people think about investing and financial media.”

The Best in Biz awards are the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts. Winners of Best in Biz Awards 2014 were determined based on scoring from an independent panel of 53 judges from highly recognized newspapers, business, consumer and technology publications, radio outlets, and analyst firms.

In 2013, tastytrade was honored by Best in Biz as the most innovative small company in North America.
To learn more about tastytrade and dough, visit www.dough.com.

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Dough, Inc. Honored by Chicago Innovation Awards for its dough.com trading platform is Named Winner of 13th annual Chicago Innovation Awards

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The visual, mobile investing platform was honored for its innovative approach to trading and education

CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2014— dough, Inc., a newly formed company that includes tastytrade, the fastest growing online financial network and dough, a financial trading technology firm, has been named a winner of the 13th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards. dough, Inc. was honored for dough, which is the first visual trading platform with fully integrated educational and investable content for real people. Last year, dough, Inc. was awarded the “People’s Choice” Award for tastytrade.

“It is such an honor to be chosen as the winner of the Chicago Innovation Awards. dough is the realization of our revolutionary vision to transform the way people invest. Since we launched the dough.com platform in January 2014, the reception has far exceeded our expectations,” said Kristi Ross, co-CEO and President of dough, Inc. “Our expansion in development resources and content creation have been validated by tens of thousands of investors. The 2013 People’s Choice Award and now winning in 2014 is a great recognition for all our hard work.”

The Chicago Innovation Awards was presented to dough at the annual winner event on Thursday, Oct. 30. The Chicago Innovation Awards, in their 13th year, are Chicago’s foremost recognition of the most innovative new products or service brought to market or public service each year.

Since the launch of tastytrade in 2011, dough, Inc. has been disrupting the financial media and trading space. Its latest innovation, dough.com, mixes entertainment with education to make investing engaging, fun and mobile. Using dough, new do-it-yourself investors can learn as they trade, while more experienced traders can hone their skills by following real traders in real-time. dough is the only trading tool that allows investors to learn, watch and do, all from one visual and mobile platform.

“dough is the most natural extension of our work at tastytrade. Each day, we distill complex models down into easy to understand methods and offer a logical, mechanical approach to investing,” said Tom Sosnoff, co-CEO and founder of dough, Inc. “dough takes our teachings and analysis from tastytrade and allows new and experienced traders to apply our methods on a highly visual trading platform.”

As part of its Chicago Innovation Award, dough will receive a variety of honors including the opportunity to ring the NASDAQ Bell in New York City, a profile in Crain’s Chicago Business, meetings with the Mayor, Governor and Cook County President, and a three-day business and innovation training seminar at the Disney Institute in Orlando, with tuition and accommodations included.

“Chicago is an innovation hub with talented business leaders who have the vision to see things differently and set themselves apart from the competition,” said Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder with Chicago journalist Dan Miller of the awards. “Every winner of the Chicago Innovation Awards embodies this mindset, and each one has found a unique way to solve a previously unmet need in the market.”

To learn more about dough, Inc.’s latest innovation, visit www.dough.com.

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dough, Inc. co-CEO and President Kristi Ross Added to Crain’s Tech 50 List

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Crain’s Business recognizes Chicago’s top 50 tech stars

Chicago – September 26, 2014 – Kristi Ross, co-CEO and President of dough, Inc., a newly formed company that includes tastytrade, the fastest growing online financial network and dough, a financial technology content aggregator, has been named to the Tech 50 list by Crain’s Chicago.

The list recognizes the achievements of the “movers and shakers” in Chicago’s flourishing tech startup community. Crain’s praised Ross as a “culture-changing CEO,” citing her efforts to entice millennials and women to the world of investing through the introduction of intuitive tools and engaging lessons in a do-it-yourself environment.

“What a fantastic honor to be included in Crain’s Tech 50 among some of the most prominent technology leaders in Chicago,” Ross said. “Crain’s has an amazing pulse on the rapidly expanding tech scene and Chicago business overall. I appreciate the recognition on behalf of the whole team at tastytrade and dough as we pave the way to empower more do-it-yourself investors through tastytrade’s content and dough’s technology.”

Ross leads day-to-day operations at tastytrade and dough.com, which merged to form dough, Inc. earlier this year. Ross won a Moxie Award for Women in Tech on June 19 of this year. Ross has was also named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and is a member of the Techweek Tech 100 list. This announcement comes one week after Ross was honored with the Prominent Woman in Tech Award at the 2014 Illinois Technology Association’s CityLIGHTS Awards.

To learn more about tastytrade and dough, visit www.tastytrade.com.

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dough, Inc. co-CEO and President Kristi Ross Wins ITA CityLIGHTS Award for Prominent Woman in Tech

Ross was honored for her leadership at tastytrade and dough.com, and her contributions to the Chicago tech community

Chicago – September 19, 2014 – Kristi Ross, co-CEO and President of dough, Inc., a newly formed company that includes tastytrade, the fastest growing online financial network and dough, a financial technology content aggregator, received the Prominent Woman in Tech at the ITA’s 15th Annual CityLIGHTS Awards on September 18.

The CityLIGHTS Awards are hosted by the Illinois Technology Association to recognize the achievements of Chicago’s tech luminaries. Ross was selected for the award by a panel of prominent judges from the Chicago tech community, and community voters.

“I’m honored to be recognized as a ‘Prominent Woman in Tech’ by such a forward-looking technology organization like ITA,” said Ross. “They’ve built an impressive ecosystem of cutting-edge companies, and do an amazing job elevating local tech start-ups and supporting entrepreneurs to build their businesses right here in Chicago.”

Ross leads day-to-day operations at tastytrade and dough.com, which merged to form dough, Inc. earlier this year. In addition to the CityLIGHTS Award, Ross won a Moxie Award for Women in Tech on June 19 of this year. Ross has also been honored as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and is a member of the Techweek Tech 100 list.

To learn more about tastytrade and dough, visit www.tastytrade.com and www.dough.com.

 

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dough, Inc. Raises $25 Million in New Funding

The Chicago-based company will use funding from Technology Crossover Ventures to fuel a global network and boost technology offerings

Chicago, IL – July 18, 2014 – dough, Inc., the combined entity of tastytrade and dough.com, announced today $25 million in new funding from Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV).  The funding will be used to add on-air talent for the tastytrade network, increase technology and development resources for the dough.com platform, and introduce content to international markets.

“We’re excited to be at this stage of our growth in just a few short years.  This funding will help accelerate the expansion of our award-winning content and technology,” said Kristi Ross, co-CEO of dough, Inc.  “Our roadmap takes us to Singapore and Canada as a start, working towards expanding programming, and building a new suite of financial tools to reach a broad demographic that is eager to increase its financial literacy and embrace our style of investing.”

dough, Inc. encompasses tastytrade, the online financial network, and dough.com, the financial engagement platform. Since tastytrade launched in 2011, the company has become the fastest growing digital financial content provider, with a unique mix of investable market information and beginner to advanced investment strategies, all delivered by entertaining personalities with an exceptional depth of knowledge about the markets. The company currently produces eight hours of original, live programming each weekday, has an extensive library of archived material, and provides an easy-to-use visual trading platform on dough.com.

“This funding is further validation of our vision, which is to transform the way people invest their money with our content and technology,” added Tom Sosnoff, co-CEO of dough, Inc. “Our network delivers matchless financial content, our development team creates cool technology with a fast delivery cycle, and we support our viewers like no one else.  We’re poised for incredible growth, and it’s great to put the band back together.”

TCV is a leading Silicon Valley-based provider of growth capital to technology companies. As part of this transaction, John Rosenberg, TCV general partner, will join the company’s board of directors.

“TCV’s mission is to invest in world-class management teams who are reshaping industries with cutting-edge technology and a disruptive business model,” said Rosenberg.  “The investment in dough represents our second opportunity to work with Tom and Kristi, two of the foremost innovators in financial technology. We are delighted to partner with them once again and support the dough team as they transform the way consumers interact with financial media and investment platforms.

To learn more about tastytrade and dough’s financial and investment strategies, visit www.tastytrade.com and www.dough.com.

About dough, Inc.

dough, Inc. includes tastytrade, the fastest growing online financial network, and dough.com, a highly visual investing and financial education platform. tastytrade was founded in August 2011 and currently produces eight hours of original, live programming every weekday, with 7 main shows and over 40 segments. All tastytrade content is free and accessible through video on
demand 24/7. dough.com launched in January 2014 and is the first platform to make trading and investing mobile. tastytrade and dough.com were designed to appeal to various investment levels, from beginner to active, all with a mission to increase financial literacy around investing. tastytrade distributes all its shows through www.tastytrade.com, www.dough.com, iTunes, Apple TV, Apple Radio, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, trading platforms, YouTube, and through the #1 financial grossing app in iTunes, Bob the Trader.

About TCV

Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), founded in 1995, is a leading provider of capital to growth-stage private and public companies in the technology industry. With nearly $10 billion in capital raised, TCV has invested in more than 200 technology companies over the last 18 years. Selected investments include Altiris, C|NET, ExactTarget, Expedia, Facebook, Fandango, FX Alliance, GoDaddy, Genesys Software, Groupon, HomeAway, Netflix, RealNetworks, Redback Networks, RiskMetrics Group, Sitecore, Splunk, Spotify, Thinkorswim, and Zillow. TCV is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with offices in New York and London. For more information about TCV, including a complete list of TCV investments, visit www.tcv.com.

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dough, Inc. co-CEO and President Kristi Ross Wins Moxie Award for Women in Tech

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Ross was honored for her leadership at tastytrade and dough.com, and her contributions to the Chicago tech community

Chicago – June 20, 2014 – Kristi Ross, co-CEO and President of dough, Inc., a newly formed company that includes tastytrade, the fastest growing online financial network and dough, a financial technology content aggregator, received the Women in Tech at the Moxie Awards on June 19.

The Moxie Awards are hosted by tech publication Built In Chicago to honor the most innovative digital entrepreneurs in the city. Ross was selected for the award by a panel of prominent judges from the Chicago tech community, and community voters.

“I’m very proud of the collaborative culture we’ve created at tastytrade and dough, and it’s an honor to be recognized for my work as co-CEO,” said Ross. “The women in this space have paved the way for a more even playing field, and showed that big ideas can come from anyone. It’s an honor to be in this category and receive a Moxie Award.”

Ross leads day-to-day operations at tastytrade and dough.com, which merged to form dough, Inc. earlier this year. In addition to the Moxie Award, Ross has been honored as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and is a member of the Techweek Tech 100 list.

To learn more about tastytrade and dough, visit www.tastytrade.com.

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dough, Inc. co-CEOs Kristi Ross and Tom Sosnoff Named Entrepreneurs of the Year by Ernst & Young

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Ross and Sosnoff were honored for their entrepreneurial achievements and leading two companies, tastytrade and dough.com, to success 

Chicago – June 19, 2014 – dough, Inc., a newly formed company that includes tastytrade, the fastest growing online financial network and dough, a financial technology content aggregator, announced today its co-CEOs Kristi Ross and Tom Sosnoff were honored by Ernst & Young for their entrepreneurial contributions. The co-CEOs were named Entrepreneurs of the Year at the EY Midwest region black tie gala on June 18.

Ross and Sosnoff received the Emerging Entrepreneur award, which honors companies that are less than five years old. An independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders, selected Ross and Sosnoff for the award.

“Throughout the years, Tom and I have made an excellent team as we’ve grown tastyrade’s viewership and launched dough, our new mobile trading platform,” said Ross. “It’s an amazing honor to be selected by Ernst & Young for the Entrepreneur of the Year award and recognized for our efforts to educate and inform more people on finance and investing, while keeping them entertained.”

Ross and Sosnoff have led tastytrade, which is the fastest growing online financial network, since 2011. Earlier this year, they launched dough.com, the first trading platform to make trading and investing visual, intuitive and mobile.

“Sometimes our wildest visions evolve into our greatest missions. tastytrade has quickly grown into an amazing company that distributes an incredible amount of know-how to ‘I want to learn consumers'” said Sosnoff. “It’s great to have our hard work and growth recognized by EY as we continue to deliver an engaging message.”

In addition to launching dough.com this year, Ross and Sosnoff merged tastytrade and dough.com into a new entity, called dough, Inc.

To learn more about tastytrade and dough, visit www.tastytrade.com.

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A Chicago startup scene that’s no longer for sale

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Excerpt from the Crain’s Chicago Business article:

It’s the end of an era for the Chicago options industry. The last major Chicago-based retail stock options brokers have been sold.

Chicago traders began launching the retail shops in 1999 with the help of the Internet and attracted the attention of big brokerages such as TD Ameritrade Holding Corp., which were eager to buy up the customer accounts. The out-of-town owners helped the industry expand, but they also squeezed the smaller remaining Chicago shops and ultimately bought out most of the local businesses.

“We commoditized a space that needed disrupting,” says Tom Sosnoff, a co-founder of Thinkorswim Group Inc., which was sold five years ago. “It was easier for the big brokers to let the small Chicago boutiques blaze the trail and come in and buy us out.”

Read the full article here and learn more about tastytrade and dough.

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10 Questions: Kristi Ross, CEO, Dough

 

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Excerpt from the CNNMoney interview:

On introducing investing to Millennials, paying attention to details when negotiating, and using mobile to have a balanced life.

FORTUNE — Before Kristi Ross moved to Chicago — where she has worked for more than 20 years in finance — she trained to become a certified public accountant St. Norbert College, a small liberal arts school in Wisconsin. An accounting degree is somewhat atypical for entrepreneurs, but for Ross it added up, propelling her to become chief financial officer of a Chicago trading company when she was just 25 years old. She has since started several companies, including a financial network called Tastytrade (where she is president) and her most recent project, Dough (where she is CEO).

Read the full article here, and learn more about tastytrade and dough.

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Tastytrade Combines with Dough to Create Unique Partnership

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The Chicago-based companies will maximize growth and streamline the user experience under the new entity

April 16, 2014, Chicago, IL – tastytrade.com, the country’s fastest-growing online financial network, and dough.com, the investing and financial engagement platform, announced today the two companies will combine under the name dough, Inc.

“The long-term goals of both tastytrade and dough align so closely that growth can be maximized by bringing the two teams together,” said Kristi Ross, CEO of dough.com and co-CEO of the new entity, dough, Inc. “Future product and content development, acquisitions, and support for our viewers/users will be more streamlined and comprehensive under the combined company.”

Tom Sosnoff, CEO of tastytrade.com and co-CEO of the new entity, describes the benefits, “dough is the perfect technology to deliver the type of financial content tastytrade creates, and has the functionality that makes our unique trading logic easier to implement.  Combining the two companies will make the “see” part of tastytrade and the “do” part on dough seamless from the viewer’s perspective.”

The new dough draws talent from the team that built the groundbreaking thinkorswim platform, including Sosnoff and Ross, Chief Investment Strategist Tom Preston and CTO Linwood Ma, who have all worked together to build innovative financial technology for over a decade.

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