Mission: The name Akuna derives from the Australian Aboriginal word meaning “flowing water,” a word that exists in no other language.
We have built our firm and values around the “Akuna” definition – beyond providing ...
Akuna is looking for a motivated C# Developer who will play a key role in taking our proprietary market-making trading GUIs to the next level. The ideal candidate enjoys working with the latest .Net technologies and tools in a fast-paced and collaborative environment. Click below to apply to apply today!
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Our Founding Partners, Andrew Killion and Mitchell Skinner, first conceptualized Akuna in their hometown of Sydney. They opened the firm’s first office in 2011 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 Shanghai, Cambridge and soon Sydney.
Akuna Capital is a proprietary trading firm specializing in derivatives market-making and sophisticated modeling with a commitment to cutting-edge technology.
We are the leading options market-maker to successfully enter the industry in recent years with sustainable growth. By providing more liquidity to the markets through rapid innovation, we have the advantage of youth in remaining nimble and agile in an ever-changing competitive landscape.
Akuna has no clients or external investors, we trade only with the company’s capital. We have dozens of employee-shareholders and this number continues to grow.
We are really proud of what we have accomplished since inception, but even more excited for all that lies ahead of us. We are still building, accessing new markets, trading new products, and creating new strategies, giving you the opportunity to be involved in shaping the future of Akuna. Indeed, the great majority of Akuna’s growth profile is ahead of us.
Our Developers are motivated by challenging technical problems in the trading industry and endless opportunities for innovation.
Working in the nano-second space of our custom low latency trading platform, we are finding creative ways to use the latest tech while building new tools and implementing advanced solutions that meet the needs of a competitive trading environment.
As a technology driven company our talented Developers advance beyond typical Software Engineers by working on a range of greenfield problems. We do not sell our software and our collaborative vetting and peer-review processes give us the ability to achieve daily software releases.
Our team of Quants have sharp, creative minds ensuring we find the best solutions for a wide variety of problems in the complex and competitive world of financial markets.
Our Quant Developers, Quant Researchers and Quant Traders are working across every aspect of Akuna’s system. Quants connect with both the Trading and Development Teams to innovate on data analysis, modeling, and strategies.
At Akuna our Quants work across 2 major areas; data analysis & infrastructure, and quant trading & research.
From hypothesis to research and prototyping, Quants are given the opportunity to challenge themselves and learn from each other to expand Akuna’s reach into new forms of liquidity.
DATA ANALYSIS & INFRASTRUCTURE
This team is responsible for finding insights that differentiate us from our competition – a difficult task that requires enthusiastic problem solving and a willingness to challenge our current way of thinking. They are our experts in combining Big Data and Machine Learning to identify new strategies while optimizing existing ones.
QUANT TRADING & RESEARCH
Comprised of mathematicians, statisticians and technologists, this team creates trading strategies scientifically by combining quantitative expertise with a sophisticated understanding of derivatives and financial markets.
Trading at Akuna means making hundreds of decisions a day.
Our Trading Team is responsible for the firm’s trading and risk management decisions on a day to day basis. Traders manage risk by reacting to new information in news, weather, interest rates, politics, the economy and much more.
Akuna Traders have a competitive drive and are motivated to succeed in the fast and challenging world of trading. They work across 2 major areas; options market-making and quantitative trading.
OPTIONS MARKET-MAKING TEAM
Options Market-Makers are competitive, ambitious and bright. This team leverages our proprietary technology while implementing a variety of trading strategies and ideas to make an impact on the bottom line of the firm. Our Traders work together in teams and require strong communication and rapid mental math skills.
QUANT TRADING TEAM
The Trading Department has a specialized Quant Trading Team which works on the full spectrum of strategy development including hypothesis, analysis, back-testing, implementation and trading. Quant Traders are creative thinkers who improve our profitability by converting ideas into quantitative models and strategies using Python programming skills, advanced mathematics and statistical analysis.
We love our casual dress, generous vacation time, and being social. Our office culture is welcoming and supportive with a strong emphasis on collaboration and employee growth.
I worked at AKUNA CAPITAL (Less than a year)
They put a lot of time in training you. They're all very intelligent and motivated. It's a laid back culture, so long as you perform. Regular 9-5 hours with great pay.
Management can feel cliqueish. blah blah word count
Advice to Management
Keep recruiting top talent.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at AKUNA CAPITAL in March 2016.
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.
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