Trading Up on Talent (Recruit Rockstars 413)

Based in Chicago, Akuna Capital is an innovative derivatives-based trading firm. With a team of over 400, the firm continues to scale rapidly.

Akuna’s core competency is providing liquidity as an options market-maker – meaning they provide competitive quotes that they are willing to both buy & sell.

Doing this successfully requires that they design & implement their own low latency technologies, trading strategies, and mathematical models.

I wanted to learn about the people part of the business.

Evan Demchick is Partner at Akuna, where he leads Junior Traders during their inaugural 2 years with the firm. He also oversees trader recruitment, and runs courses for traders & developers.

In this 20-minute interview, Evan reveals how he finds, onboards, and develops the talent at this fast-growing firm.

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