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AKUNA CAPITAL Overview

Chicago, IL
51 to 200 employees
2011
Company - Private
Finance
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Akuna Capital is a proprietary trading firm specializing in derivatives market making and sophisticated modeling with a commitment to cutting edge technology.

We develop all of our own software, hardware, trading algorithms, and models to drive our ... Read more

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  • We are seeking a Desktop Support Analyst to join our dynamic team at Akuna Capital. This person will primarily be responsible for providing day-to-day technical support to our users and managing our desktop infrastructure. Click the link below to apply today!

    Now Hiring at Akuna Capital!

    The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, proactive, and able to take ownership of projects and problems with minimal supervision.

  • Akuna is looking for Mid-Level and Senior Web Developers with strong web and application design skills to build real-time data visualization and parameter configuration tools that developers, traders, and support personnel will be using every day to compete on the market. Click the link below to apply today!

    Akuna Capital is Hiring!

    We are also open to candidates with either front-end (JavaScript) or back-end (Python) experience.

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AKUNA CAPITAL – Why Work For Us?


Welcome... to one of the fastest growing FinTech companies in the world.

Founded in 2011, Akuna Capital opened its doors in the heart of the derivatives industry and the options capital of the world – Chicago. Today, Akuna is proud to operate from additional offices in Boston and Shanghai. Akuna’s unmatched growth profile and non-client structure provides a unique place for innovation and opportunity in the FinTech industry.

Known as the home of proprietary trading, Chicago’s FinTech scene is now also rapidly emerging. Chicago is a stunning international city which boasts an extremely competitive cost of living, convenient public transportation and sandy lake beaches. We love it here!

In 2016, we built a brand new office for our Chicago Headquarters. Our modern, collaborative workplace has sweeping views of the lakefront and city skyline, break-out areas, writeable walls and enough room to continue to grow.   

Akuna’s employees enjoy a generous work-life balance and an extensive array of company-sponsored events and internal clubs. Benefits include our annual sponsored weekend trip, Friday happy hours, and outdoor summer events in and around downtown Chicago.  

At Akuna, we offer boundless opportunities and foster a collaborative workplace.
The Development Team

Our development team delivers fast, reliable, scalable, and high performing code within a collaborative environment.

As a member of the development team, you will work along-side senior developers with years of experience in the industry. You will design and implement solutions that meet the needs of a competitive trading environment. You will receive great expore to the overall business and contribute to the advancement of Akuna's financial technology.

The Quantitative Team

Our PhD dominated teams of Quants are self-motivated and interested in finding the best solution to every problem.

Working across every aspect of Akuna's system, you will connect with both traders and developers to innovate on data analysis, modeling and strategies.

As the firm's architects of automation and machine learning, you will push the limits of exploration while greatly increasing the productivity of our trading team.

From hypothesis to research and prototyping you are given the opportunity to challenge yourself, learn from experts and expand Akuna's horizons.

The Trading Team

We look for quick thinking, competitive self-starters with strong communication and numerical skills who are looking to build their own opportunities.

No prior options or trading knowledge is necessary as Junior Traders undertake a nine month rotation beginning with a 12-week group training program.

Led by some of our top senior traders, the program includes option theory, systems training, trading strategy, risk management, data analysis, quant modeling and hands-on trading simulations. Junior Traders then graduate into trading rotations with real money in real time and a one-on-one mentorship with a senior trader.

We welcome ambitious individuals from engineering, science, mathematics, finance, and economics backgrounds who are excited about making a personal impact on our growing firm.

As we are a growing firm, you will play a fundamental role in shaping our company and the markets we make while sharing in our successes. 

At Akuna, we offer boundless opportunities and foster a collaborative workplace with the entrepreneurial spirit that has fueled our rapid growth to date.

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    "Bleeding edge tech. Everyone makes a difference."

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    * Reasonable, down-to-earth management
    * Top tech talent
    * People are serious about their work
    * Many social opportunities
    * Very cool office
    * Freedom to explore new technologies, propose ideas
    * Immediate feedback (move fast and break things)
    * Great work schedule
    * Ping pong culture, breakfast, snacks

    Cons

    * Very fast-paced, not for the faint of heart
    * High pressure/responsibility - money is on the line every second of the day
    * Growing very quickly, expect to devote a chunk of time to the interview process
    * Training programs are improving, but you are still definitely expected to hit the ground running
    * Some benefits are still being ironed out

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AKUNA CAPITAL Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at AKUNA CAPITAL in March 2016.

    Interview

    Four rounds. First hackerrank problem set, then invitation to a online video-based interview by answering questions, then phone screen, finally a live video site interview with two interviewers.
    The whole process was smooth and the recruiter was very kind and helpful.
    The interviewers gave me the impression of smart, talented and really performance oriented and impressed me a lot.

    Interview Questions

    • Conceptual questions on algorithms, data structures and operating systems. Then some problems on algorithms and data structures. Some probability math problems are also involved.   1 Answer
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