Tom Desmond


Fintech Entrepreneur, Executive, Investment Banker and Venture Capital Partner focused on identifying and supporting the next generation of technology companies in the global fintech ecosystem.


Tom has spent his career building and investing in successful fintech companies. Most recently, he was Co-Founder and CFO of TradeKing, an online broker and digital wealth manager based in the U.S. Tom oversaw the growth and eventual sale of TradeKing in 2016 to Ally Financial (NYSE: ALLY), a Fortune 200 company and leading digital bank. He remained with Ally for 3 years to lead the integration of TradeKing into Ally Bank as an independent operating subsidiary and re-brand the company as Ally Invest.

Prior to TradeKing, Tom was a Co-Founder and Partner of Baird Venture Partners (BVP), a venture capital firm based in Chicago focused on early-stage technology and healthcare companies. Prior to BVP, Tom was a Vice President with Robert W. Baird & Company’s investment banking group where he executed IPOs and M&A transactions for Technology and Business Service clients. Tom began his career at Morningstar, Inc., a long-time leader in the fintech space, where he ran Morningstar’s flagship product, Morningstar Mutual Funds.

Tom earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, an M.A. from Michigan State University and B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.