Profile: Jeffrey Sprecher, Founder, CEO, and Chair of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE)

Jeff Sprecher is Founder, Chair and CEO of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE) and a pioneer of digital networks and the electronification of trading and marketplaces.

Reflecting Sprecher’s vision and leadership, ICE, co-headquartered in Atlanta and New York, has grown from a startup in in 2000, purely focused on making energy trading transparent, to a diversified, subscription-driven Fortune 500 company with nearly 10,000 employees. ICE operates exchanges and clearinghouses around the world, provides market-leading solutions in fixed income and data services, and is transforming the mortgage industry by digitizing the end-to-end process of buying a home. Now in its third decade, the company that Sprecher and his team have built, through organic growth and acquisitions, delivers over $6 billion in annual revenue with market capitalization of over $75 billion.

Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, educated as a chemical engineer at the University of Wisconsin and an MBA at Pepperdine, Sprecher learned early on in his parents’ garage how to break down systems to their component parts and rebuild them better, faster, and more resilient. It started with a toaster oven at age six, advanced to a Toyota and, decades later, expanded to global asset exchanges.

Sprecher is often credited with “seeing around corners” in the intersecting world of finance and technology. In reality, seeing around corners is a theme woven throughout Sprecher’s more than 20 years of creating, leading, and growing ICE. For that, and for delivering to ICE shareholders a consistent compound annual growth rate of 17% over the span of 2006 to 2021, Sprecher has been hailed as one of Barron’s “World’s Best CEOs” for six consecutive years, among a host of other honors and awards for his leadership and philanthropy.

Episodes and Trailers

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Sit down with Jeff Sprecher

Edwin and Jeff Sprecher sit down at ICE headquarters and discuss creating ICE, emerging technologies, the advice he gives to entrepreneurs, and deal making including a few of the most memorable ICE deals.

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Ride with Jeff Sprecher

Jeff Sprecher and Edwin Marcial ride in Jeff’s ’92 Carerra Cup and discuss electric cars, self-driving cars, Jeff’s passion for working on cars, the Atlanta tech scene, and the early days of ICE as a startup.

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Every Decision Matters

Jeff talks about the immensee pressure and gratification that often comes alone with starting a new company

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CBOT Deal - Part 2

Jeff and Edwin talk about the ICE effort to acquire the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) away from the rival CME

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We May Not Make It

Jeff and Edwin talk about the early challenges of starting ICE and the big opportunity that finally broke us through

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NYSE Deal - Part 1

Jeff talks about the early discussions that facilitated the purchase of the NYSE

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Last Nickel

Jeff and Edwin discuss ICE's first major acquisition - the 2001 purchase of the International Petroleum Exchange (IPE)

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Taking Chances

Jeff relates the advice he gives other entreprenuers that has enabled his own journey.

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Inviting Disagreement

Jeff discusses ICE's culture of inviting debate and diversity of views in decision making

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Amazing Team

Jeff talks about how the early ICE team bonded over the mission to build ICE

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The One that Got Away - CBOT Part 1

From the acquisition of the IPE to the New York Stock Exchange, ICE has a long list of memorable deals. In this short clip, Jeff describes how one of the most memorable and impacting deals was the one that got away.

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Onto the Next Big Thing

Jeff talks about why we never spent a lot of time celebrating our success at ICE

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Freeze the Space

Jeff Sprecher talks about why sometimes you just have to get your product out there even when its not quite ready.

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Jeff Sprecher 1992 Porsche 911 Carerra Cup Car

Jeff Sprecher tells the story of his 1992 Porsche 911 Carerra Cup

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Preview: Jeff Sprecher Sit Down Interview

Preview: Edwin sits down with Jeff Sprecher, CEO of Intercontinental Exhange. In this short preview for this can't miss episode, Jeff disusses how he views venture opportunities.

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The Ride

1992 Porsche 911 Carerra Cup Car

Behind the Scenes