Member Profile: Colin Berthoud, Founding Partner, TIM – An Acuris Company

Colin is working to ensure TIM and Acuris are clearly established as the most valuable source of alternative data for systematic investors.

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Colin has devoted 25 years to establishing financial technology companies. In 2002, he co-founded TIM Group, which developed the world’s largest institutional trade ideas network connecting 300 brokers with 250 clients. As part of Acuris, TIM now provides multiple alternative data sources to systematic investors. Prior to TIM Group, Colin co-founded Tamesis, a provider of real-time cross-asset risk management software. Tamesis also distributed the Summit derivatives software from 1994. Colin served in several sales and consulting positions at Logica, the UK’s leading systems integrator after graduating in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.



What defines a successful leader?
A successful leader helps others to succeed by imbuing optimism in the face of failure, humility in success, and dynamism in teams, within a clear strategic context.

Culture and talent are important to any company’s success. How do you engage and inspire your workforce?
TIM has defined clear operating principles (based on Roger Schwarz’s Eight Behaviours)  that we practice in regular workshops that I sometimes lead.  In addition, other members of the team lead more specialist workshops and industry forums for effective working practices.

Innovation and disruption are reshaping industries every day. What do you see as the number one game-changer facing businesses today?
Smart software with cheap processing and general Internet access have provided the major disruptions to date.  These factors combined with other science-led innovations such as appropriate chemical mixes (eg for 3-D printing), improved genetic understanding, and cheaper energy will disrupt industries in the future.

Challenges abound in today’s fast-changing business environment. What keeps you up at night?
Not business!  Challenges are opportunities, to learn from if nothing else.

Why did you join Bloomberg Breakaway?
Bloomberg Breakaway gives members a great opportunity to mix with smart people with very diverse backgrounds and interests that I would not otherwise come across.

Even CEOs need downtime. How do you recharge?
Cricket in the summer, squash and skiing in the winter.

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Colin Berthoud

TIM, An Acuris Company

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