Robin Ubaghs: 'There is no blueprint for success in this space, you have to create it yourself'

A lot of self-education, a good dose of commitment and after his HAVO diploma, he dived headfirst into the financial world... 25-year-old Robin Ubaghs and also CEO and founder of the TWR Investments Group, is doing well and has already experienced extreme financial peaks. known as former valleys. Who helped Ubaghs set up his companies within the real estate, finance and blockchain industries? Through whom did he earn his profits?

What was your very first job?

“I worked as a dishwasher in the kitchen of a restaurant owned by friends of my parents in Vlissingen, Zeeland. Working for a boss was actually not for me at the time, because I was always looking for more responsibility and more control. That's why I quickly focused on laying out the plates and cooking in the restaurant. So literally even then I loved taking on more responsibility.”

What did you aspire to?

“I didn't have a specific goal in my teenage years. In any case, I knew that I wanted to build my wealth and achieve some form of success. By thinking about where my passion and strength lay, I quickly discovered that they lay in the financial world. By reading and researching a lot from the age of fifteen on asset management to trading platforms, I quickly realized that there was a limit to, for example, an e-commerce company or a brokerage firm. I saw a lot of opportunities in the financial industry: there is unlimited potential in this industry.”

What were your next steps?

“Every free hour in my schedule I spent gathering information about various financial topics. I did this by watching YouTube videos, reading articles and scouring the internet. I went deep down the rabbit hole. I wanted to know everything. I put the salary I earned in the restaurant into my accounts on retail trading platforms. However, I could not put this in my own name because I was 15 years old, so I traded in my parents' name. I playfully started with the oil markets and from there I lost everything several times.

How did you end up in your current job?

“At the age of 17 I found my first consistently successful strategy and I started to fully exploit and optimize that strategy. I started producing content and started sharing this content on social media. As a result of my social media, interested people followed me and often asked for advice. I eventually built educational materials around my strategy.

I then got in touch with some of my current partners who were in London at the time. They believed in my strategy and had just started their asset management company where they also operated a trading platform. I built a strategy for this platform: I lobbied in my financial network for a year and received many requests via social media. Twelve months later the project was rock solid.

A little bluffing doesn't hurt anyone, I indicated that I wanted shares. This request turned out surprisingly well: two weeks later I had these shares in my name. At the same time, I learned the tricks of the trade, for example: how regulations work, what strategies can and cannot be offered on retail platforms, and the many ins and outs of the business. The company still exists today and we now operate worldwide under the name Kapwealth for our asset management division, and Iquoto for the trading platform side; where I am mainly involved in the operation of and around Iquoto.”

Your role within Iquoto is not the only thing that concerns you. Tell!

““In addition to Iquoto, I founded the TWR Investments Group. We focus here on the entire supply chain surrounding asset management in order to gain control of as many of the peripheral matters surrounding this management as possible. We actually started doing this by bringing all the necessary elements together under one group. While we previously worked with various external partners, at a certain point we became these partners ourselves. This is how the TWR Investments Group was born. So everything is much more within reach and also ours. We have grown from a small element into a complete ecosystem where on the one hand we accept assets and on the other hand manage and allocate them to a diverse range of products. Nowadays we focus on shares, currencies, real estate, blockchain & cryptocurrency, among other things.”

Who was your wheelbarrow?

“These were my partners from London. Because of them, everything went very quickly and I was given many opportunities at a young age. In addition, 'my stubborn self' has also benefited me a lot. By just doing it, learning it and occasionally taking a beating, I have progressed in my career. That is why I see myself as my mentor, because I always try to get the most out of myself.”

What is your greatest passion in your profession?

“Where others do not see possibilities, I do see this and for me there is no 'impossible'. A good example is the regulation of various processes and projects. Where one person says: 'this will never be approved by the regulator', we do take on that technological challenge. In short: I like challenges and this makes me wake up with energy every day. Many have said that I am too young and too inexperienced, especially in the past, but this has made me push and struggle even more to prove myself, and that has now been quite successful. There is no blueprint in this space for success. You have to make it yourself.”

What has been the biggest learning moment in your career?

“About four to six years ago, from the age of eighteen to twenty, I really experienced a tropical time. To be honest, the success really went to my head. I started to behave differently and became a bit arrogant. That door hit me very hard, and because I lost €1,3 million of my own assets due to a number of good financial mistakes, I was brought back down to earth. This mainly had to do with gathering the wrong people around me and wrong business choices. I flushed the money down the drain. For me, this situation was a very good learning moment. It showed me that everything can go well, but there can always be a moment of rain falling on you. However, you cannot grow without setbacks.”

How do you deal with current mega dip situations in the financial markets?

“First of all, I think we're just getting started on these dips, and there's a lot more to come. On the other hand, I do notice delays in various areas, I am in the middle of some significant ones roll outs and I notice that things like fundraising etc. go much slower in some places and sometimes even get stuck. Then you can either start whining and being difficult because of the setbacks or you can approach it from the other side. This situation happens to every company and it is precisely through situations like this that you can show what kind of cloth the founder and the business are made of. This way we show the outside world that the business is not actually affected by bad news from the financial markets, something that in our space greatly contributes to boosting your reliability. "

What advice would you give to your 18 year old self?

“Stay focused until certain things run autonomously and only then move on to the new things. Also try to say 'no' more often.”

Have you been a wheelbarrow for someone?

“Within our organization we have various elements in which we provide education, webinars and podcasts, among other things. I think it is important to share my knowledge with people so that they can also progress. I certainly don't see myself as a guru, but I do know what it is to give, as I can also take a lot out of it, and that is what I stand for.”