Investing effectively is largely a game of information access and analysis. This can involve a substantial amount of research and time spent on finding, validating, and acquiring different information sources. In order to reduce the barrier to entry and provide a powerful framework for amateur and professional investors alike Didier Rodrigues Lopes created the OpenBB Terminal. In this episode he explains how a pandemic project that started as an experiment has led to him founding a new company and dedicating his time to growing and improving the project and its community.
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- Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Didier Rodrigues Lopes about the OpenBB Terminal, a modern Python-based integrated environment for investment research
- How did you get introduced to Python?
- Can you describe what OpenBB is and the story behind it?
- What is the problem that you are trying to address by creating the OpenBB project and providing it as open source?
- What are some of the use cases where someone might need to use this project?
- The elephant in the room for financial data research is the Bloomberg Terminal. What are the other tools or services available for that purpose?
- What are the differentiating features of the OpenBB Terminal?
- Can you describe how the OpenBB Terminal is implemented?
- How have the design and goals/scope of the project changed since you started working on it?
- Can you describe a typical workflow for someone who is using the OpenBB Terminal?
- How have you approached the user experience design, and what are you optimizing for?
- What kinds of utilities do you offer beyond raw data access?
- What are some examples of data sources that you rely on?
- What is involved in integrating a new data source?
- What are the extension points and integration capabilities for expanding the functionality of the tool?
- What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen OpenBB Terminal used?
- What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on OpenBB Terminal?
- When is OpenBB Terminal the wrong choice?
- What do you have planned for the future of OpenBB Terminal?
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