South Austin C/C++ Monthly "Coffee-and-Car­eer-Talk": High-Frequency Trading

  • Aug 28, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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If I had a dollar for every time C++ people mention high-frequency trading to me...I'd be making money in a very weird way. [credit to Mitch Hedberg for that joke :-P]

Anyway, I know HFT is a huge area of interest for many folks.  So this time we'll be speaking on the topic with Rob Morgan of Maxwell Analytics, who gave me this interesting pitch:

"Maxwell Analytics is a financial technology startup. We are just closing our first round of funding and are looking to assemble our engineering team.

We are looking for a principal engineer and a few generalists that also have experience in specific domains (machine learning, high performance computation, etc). We have a core technology that should significantly enhance the performance and safety of hedge funds that utilize automated quantitative trading strategies.

The task of automated trading is a fascinating problem in computer science that blends high performance high throughput computation with big data in a realtime geographically distributed environment utilizing a very large code stack. I can think of no other language with the combined flexibility and performance required to tackle this particular application besides c++.

There's a veritable ecosystem of programs that inhabit every niche environment competing for survival--some predatory, some pathological, some benign, and some beneficial. But at the end of the day these systems are inextricably linked to the real economy and our collective well-being."

Whether you love or hate the high-stakes trigger-finger game of high-frequency trading, it sounds like Rob has given it some thought.  So I'm betting this will be a valuable conversation.

This meetup leans a little more toward career networking than the North one.  But it also does double-duty as our South Austin programmer-talk gathering, so you certainly don't have to be unemployed or underemployed to attend!

NOTE: The venue has food--as well as wine and beer--in case anyone was worried.

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  • Brian D.

    Thanks to Rob & co, and to everyone who came for the great turnout!

    August 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Informative and intriguing.

    August 29, 2012

  • Alexander P.

    Was great! The HFT topic was fascinating and informative.

    August 29, 2012

  • Sameer V.

    It was a good event. It was my first and I enjoyed it, especially meeting the founders of Maxwell and asking them questions.

    August 28, 2012

  • Sumedh S.


    August 28, 2012

  • Michael G.

    Just trying to keep my options open, or something.

    August 28, 2012

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