After 1 year of working full time, I started having my own savings, so it made sense to start learning about investments. One thing I found is that the finance world is really messy; there’s so much data that’s really sparse, it gets hard to keep track of everything. I would open 10 different tabs to look at a particular stock of interest, then open a new browser with the same 10 tabs to re-use it for another stock.
There are several extremely good websites out there, but they’re always particularly good at only one thing. So, you end up having a slick website for researching about a company and its competitors, another for the financials, another with SEC filings and insider activity, another with next earning dates and analyst estimates, another that tries to predict market’s sentiment through Reddit, Twitter, Stocktwits, … the list goes on and on. Then, it’s either a full-time job to do proper due diligence, or you have 24k for a Bloomberg terminal.
So, over the Christmas break, I started to work on a terminal to keep track of all my investment research. I worked late at night pretty much every day for about 2 months, which is when I made the terminal public, and the rest is history. I genuinely didn’t think there would be such a big reaction from the terminal, and I knew there was a gap in the market for such a FOSS tool but didn’t expect the project to be in a state that was ready to be used by so many different people. I barely slept the next few days after making the terminal live.