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Month: March 2021

Beginning of a new cycle

Hi Everybody, I just want to write a little bit about my recent career updates and what I’ve been up to. In the last couple years I’ve had a growing interest in finance and investments which led me to take a Machine Learning for Trading course on Coursera and then proceed to read a lot on the subject. Special remarks to the book Dao of Capital which is definitely one of my top 5 favorite books.

Since I was spending so much time reading about finance, I decided to take classes part-time on the subject. So far I have taken a stochastic processes for finance class at Georgia Tech and an Advanced Machine Learning class at NYU as a visiting student; these classes have been absolutely amazing!

Anyway, at this point I’m not sure I’d transition my career to finance, but I definitely want to learn more about it so I decided to apply for networking jobs at finance companies. By extreme luck I was able to interview for a position to which I think I’m a perfect fit. Every time I talked to an engineer at this company I became more interested about the opportunity. I finally got an offer and was thrilled to join the Systems Dev team at Hudson River Trading (HRT) as a network automation engineer.

For those who are not familiar, a quick Wikipedia search will say that “HRT is a class quantitative trading firm, and more specifically a high-frequency trading (HFT) firm. According to the Wall Street Journal, it is responsible for about 5% of all stock trading in the United States.”

I started only one week ago, but I’m absolutely excited because I already see state-of-the-art and bleeding edge technologies left and right. Their engineering environment is one of the most complex I was ever exposed to and the technical challenges are amazing. And when I say complex, I don’t mean process complexity or people complexity, I mean technical complexity, which is every engineer’s paradise.

In many ways this opportunity is perfect for me since it allows me to progress on my career as a network automation engineer and at the same time learn more about the finance industry. To top it up, I’m also working with amazing engineers and managers. I’ll try to write about that later.

Anyway, that’s all folks! Ciao!

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