Brittany Burns is the CEO of Simpler Trading, the premier online financial education platform connecting retail traders to seasoned pros for best-in-class education. With a focus on core values, mission and product offerings, Burns has ushered the company into a new era as the world increasingly recognizes the power of retail traders.
Under her leadership, Simpler Trading’s revenue has more than doubled, with gross revenue reaching $24.6 million in 2020 and expected growth of 40% in gross revenue in 2021.
Simpler Trading grew from 44 employees in March 2020 to 86 employees by March 2021, and was named one of Built In Austin's 50 Best Small Places to Work in Q1 of 2021, as well as the ABJ's Austin's Best Places to Work in 2021.
Coming off this achievement, Burns continues to set strategic initiatives for Simpler Trading’s education and market expansion, platform build and culture initiatives. As retail trading continues to make headlines, Simpler Trading is a positive influence in the nascent industry, providing legitimate financial training and tools to help traders navigate the market with confidence. There’s no get-rich-quick schemes—only quality content and products for those willing to learn and put in the work. Simpler Trading’s active community provides a space where like-minded traders can engage with best-in-class experts and each other, build connections and find support.
In 2020, Burns launched the Simpler Trading philanthropic arm, Simpler Serves, with the goal of sharing the company’s successes to support Austin community members in need. Since its launch, Simpler Serves has given back to the local community on a monthly basis, including providing hot meals during the Texas winter storm of 2021, collecting over $8000 in donations for the organization Autism Speaks, and collecting nearly $7000 in new clothes, shoes, cribs, diapers and necessities for Foster Village, which supports and serves local foster families.
A former attorney, Burns stays up to date with best practices in law and maintains her Virginia legal license. She began her career in compliance and regulation before pivoting to strategic communication, working with a range of clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
Burns is an active member of Impact100 and Women’s Presidents Organization. She commits time to mentoring women within the male-dominated financial services industry, empowering women to feel confident in their financial literacy and claim their seat at the table. Burns also provides mentoring sessions for law students who are on a non-traditional path.
Burns received a law degree at the University of Richmond. She currently lives in Austin, Texas, with her partner and their two dogs. In her free time, you can find her on a hiking trail or at a local brewery. For more information visit: simplertrading.com
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announcement to ramp up investigations into the gamification of online stock trade brokerages is something we've been wanting to see for a while, and we are happy to see they are taking the next steps. Retail traders should have a baseline knowledge of trading education before being able to open a brokerage account, and should have to prove even further knowledge to be allowed to trade on margin. There is an emotional aspect to retail trading that many inexperienced traders do not know how to deal with, because the gamification happening in the brokerage apps doesn’t teach them how. Learning to regulate greed, obsession, failure -- that’s all a part of trading just as much as giving recommendations or analysis. The next generation of retail traders stand to inherit more wealth than any generation in American history, they need the right education. We’re hoping to see rules in place soon that not only spell out the rewards of trading -- but also warn users of the inherent risk.14 September 2021