Robb Ross runs White Indian Trading Co., and developed its Stairs trading program (see "Ross: White Indian and rubber chickens," August 2010). He is an experienced programmer and system developer, having worked at both Microsoft and NASA.
Sometimes life hands us unexpected opportunities, like getting selected to shoot a basketball from half court for a $10,000 prize. You only need two qualifications: get selected and make the basket. Everyone likes to get a bonus; traders are no exception.