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About Us

We’re Special and We Know It

(Topstep) Traders have withdrawn millions since 2012, and it’s not luck — we know what success takes!

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Our Mission

To provide a safe experience so traders can professionalize their passion.

Our Vision

Where the world goes to safely engage in and profit from financial markets.

Our Values

We believe…
  • In the well-being of our team
  • Empowered people yield great results
  • Traders are the center of our work
  • Innovation never sleeps
  • Diverse people and ideas result in better business
  • Giving back moves us all forward

Back in the day, some the biggest pit traders were granted the designation of “Top Step” on their floor badges. This prestigious permission meant they were allowed to stand on the very top tier of the trading pit to get a full view of all the action, and better access to orders than those traders down in the belly of the pit.

Started From the Bottom

Topstep’s founder, Michael Patak, started his trading career by falling flat on his face. He blew out three brokerage accounts before learning the keys to consistent performance. This inspired Michael to create a place where traders could develop their skills and trade live capital without putting their life savings on the line.

Innovator on the Scene

Born in 2012, then Patak Trading Partners, our mission was clear – provide a safe place for traders to professionalize their passion (still our mission today!) We evolved to TopstepTrader, the Trading Combine® was created, and the Futures industry was forever changed. We’ve since applied our proven process to forex trading through TopstepFX, and launched our sibling company for stock traders, BLUECHXP. Now Topstep, we’re helping traders everywhere reframe their mindset and find consistent success without risking their own capital.

We’re Not Stopping

Topstep has funded thousands of traders across the globe, paying out millions in withdrawals. We’ve been on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies, selected as one of Crain’s 100 Best Places to Work in Chicago, and nationally recognized on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 list. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished, but we’re always focused on what comes next.

The Need-to-Knows

We’re a diverse group of 60+, in a loft in downtown Chicago, innovating and having fun. We insist on good coffee. We’re Dolly Parton fans. We share a beer after work, because we actually like each other. And when we do, we debate: Is a hotdog a sandwich? But most importantly, we work with authenticity and honesty, and with traders at the center of everything we do. This is just the beginning, we’re not going anywhere.