About Us


Snapdragon Systems was founded by Adam Hartley in 1994 and incorporated in 1996. We offers a variety of programming, research and trader support services to clients. Past clients have ranged from indiviudal retail traders all the way up to some of the largest funds in the world. Past institutional clients have included Barclays Capital, the Tudor Group, Headstart Fund & the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. We spent 10 years developing large scale long-term trend following strategies for the Tudor fund with at peak $800 million invested in our strategies. We have done extensive work with API’s for a variety of platforms, developing real-time trading applications for traders and linking platforms such as TradeStation to trading platforms. Past work has included a lot of work with real-time financial data feeds including developing and supporting a sophisticated charting package for many years.

Our chief programmer, Adam, has a Doctorate from Oxford University in Theoretical Atomic Physics and so is able to take on highly theoretical work if required. He is also a practising therapist. He uses these skills to help traders to achieve the right state of mind for profitable trading.


Adam Hartley

M.A., D. Phil (Oxon) D.Hyp., M.H.A., U.K.H.R., M.S.T.A., CFTe

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Chief programmer and researcher who comes from an academic background having done a D. Phil at Oxford University in Theoretical Atomic Physics before getting interested in finance and trading. He has been doing programming work for traders since 1994. Adam is a registered Trade Station Easy Language Expert and a proficient C++, Metatrader, EasyLanguage, Python & Perl programmer. He is also a practising therapist and uses a variety of his techniques for his trader coaching services. As well as programming he also trades stock indices and forex for his own account.

Lucy Ryan

B.A., M.Sc., D.I.C., P.G.C.E.

Company secretary & administrator. She handles the company administration, investments, accounts, and runs the trading back-office.

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