“When people are sitting there talking about you and criticizing you or doing something against you, that means they’re taking notice.”

Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of Nasdaq NLX, talks about her introduction into the financial industry and how she found herself in her current role. Beginning with a temporary position at Goldman Sachs, Crosswell assisted a salesperson who needed someone who understood French. She later moved on to the London Stock Exchange and has been in the exchange world ever since. Because of her own experiences, Crosswell emphasizes the importance of work experience versus just having a degree. Crosswell also discusses startup companies and how despite having the Nasdaq name, Nasdaq NLX is still considered a startup in which she still works persistently to keep relationships with investors. Finally, Crosswell discusses how being tough and having “the skin of a rhino” is necessary, especially in startups, to keep yourself protected from critics and opposition.

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