Robert Greifeld – Market Mover


Former CEO and Chairman of Nasdaq Robert Greifeld shares stories, insights, and lessons learned from one of the world’s largest stock exchanges, detailing his transformation of Nasdaq from a fledgling US equities market to a global financial technology company.

During 2003, the US economy was described by one economist as “nervous, anxious, and waiting.” In December, the Dow had topped 10,000 for the first time in a year and a half, and at year’s end, the markets were up for the first time since 1999. But in the same year, American troops had moved into Iraq, and corporate boards were cutting CEOs at the slightest signs of trouble.

Amidst this turmoil, Robert Greifeld, a former tech entrepreneur from outside the Wall Street bubble, became CEO of Nasdaq, a position he would hold for the next 13 years. He saw the company through one of the most mercurial economic periods in history: the Bernie Madoff mega-scandal; Facebook’s tumultuous and disastrous IPO; Hurricane Sandy’s disruption of the world’s financial hub; the implosion of America’s housing market; and the global economic crash that followed, from which we have yet to fully recover. In Market Mover, Bob will write a first-hand account of the most critical moments of his career, with each chapter focusing on a headline-making event and ending with a prescriptive takeaway to impart to his listeners.

Now, Bob, who stepped aside as Nasdaq’s CEO at the end of 2016, is eager to look back at more than a decade of transformational change that occurred on his watch in order to share his insights and lessons with business readers.

Author: Robert Greifeld
Narrator: Jeff Bottoms
Duration: 9 hrs
Released: 19 Aug 2010
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Language: English

User Review:

adversity sedentary

This is 3 books: a memoir of this author’s direct experiences in finance (and he was pretty well-placed), a broader USA financial history book of the matching times (with many familiar stories to those who follow all this closely, but still well told), and some even more overview thoughts about it all. The author did a solid job all around, and in a very listenable package. I like his nuanced and multi-sided views on it all. I grate when someone is cheerleading too monotonously in one over-simplified direction. He is a guy who has been deep in finance, but is capable of caring about street-level human values. It is a thoughtful mix. The guy at least postures as a bit of a marshmallow, which makes me wonder what he was doing in investment banking. But apparently his weepy side didn’t wreck his deals, or cause him to give his bonuses back.