My new gig

by Shannon Paul on April 10, 2009


There have been a lot of exciting things going on for me behind the scenes, but I’m glad to say I can finally share what’s been going on for me with you.

This week I started a new job as a Social Media Specialist for PEAK6 Online. For those of you who don’t know, PEAK6 is headquartered in Chicago’s financial district directly inside the Chicago Board of Trade building.

This is exciting for two reasons:

1. The building itself oozes with historical significance from the action on the trading room floor to the beautiful art deco architecture.

2. Batman was here… Seriously. Many scenes from The Dark Knight were shot directly outside the window from the PEAK6 offices. How cool is that?

In my new role, I’ll be helping with social media strategy for each of the PEAK6 Online business units including WeSeed, and OptionsHouse.

Social media engagement poses brand-new challenges for businesses in the financial industry and I’m excited to learn how to navigate the space and share what I learn along the way.

Here’s a little bit of background information for each of the above mentioned PEAK6 business units:

WeSeed – WeSeed is an online community that lets people learn about the stock market in a risk-free environment by building virtual stock portfolios of pretend stocks called WeShares. WeSeed members select their WeShares based on things they’re already passionate about, like technology, fashion or food. Follow WeSeed on Twitter: @WeSeed –, aka the Options News Network, is an online video channel that provides daily options news and entertainment, options education, options trading ideas, and expert commentary on the options market. There are even videos that help explain the basics of options trading on the site. Follow on Twitter: @OptionsNews FYI, you can also follow host Jud Pyle on his newly-launched Twitter profile: @judpyle

OptionsHouse** – OptionsHouse is a retail online brokerage firm that lets investors make options and stock trades on a custom trading platform. The site also provides data feeds, execution capability and trading tools. Options House also offers seminars and webinars designed to help people better understand options investing. Follow OptionsHouse on Twitter: @OptionsHouse

Here are some fun pictures of me in and around PEAK6 in Chicago:

Me and @cheapsuits at PEAK6 HQ
Me and @cheapsuits at PEAK6 offices inside the Chicago Board of Trade Building

Everyone who works for a securities company gets fingerprinted I swear!

Everyone who works for a securities company gets fingerprinted I swear!

I'm Batman ;)

I'm Batman ;)


The view from our offices at the Chicago Board of Trade building. Batman was here!

The view from our offices at the Chicago Board of Trade building. Batman was here!

mmmmm candy!

mmmmm candy!

Sorry, Chicago, I won’t live here permanently. However, I’ll be doing a lot of traveling back and forth from Detroit for awhile until new PEAK6 Online offices are ready to open in Seattle.

Yes, Seattle
A new PEAK6 Online office will soon be open in Seattle and I’ll be working out there with a great new team to help expand the company’s online presence. I’ll know more soon enough.

P.S. Here are some more of the fun people who work for the PEAK6 family of businesses you can follow on Twitter:

@cheapsuits (especially him)

FYI, since I mentioned options trading in the summary of the activities at OptionsHouse, in good faith I need to include the following:

Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. In addition, electronic trading poses unique risk to investors. System response and access times may vary due to market conditions, system performance and other factors. OptionsHouse provides neither investment nor tax advice. Please read Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options<> | Risk Statements and Disclosures<> | Privacy Policy<>, copies of which can also be obtained by contacting OptionsHouse’s Customer Service Department at <mailto:>.

Please forgive the delay in posting the details of my new position. The first week on the job was action-packed and I’m glad to say I’ve already hit the ground running.

Wish me luck?

A big thank you to Caitlin Rosberg (@crosberg) for her great work on the photos.

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April 23, 2009 Madonna University Alumni Office 1


Congratulations on your new endeavor! We wish you the best of luck with this wonderful opportunity!

I hope you will stay in touch!


May 9, 2009 atul chatterjee 2

Wonderful buildings. A little late but best for this assignment, sure you will make more than a mark.


June 11, 2009 Kirsten 3


Congratulations on your new opportunity. I am super excited for you. I wish you the best of luck…I know you’re well underway at this point. I continue to follow you online and please keep in touch.



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