I work as a quantitative portfolio manager focused mostly on digital assets while living sometimes as a digital nomad.
I am a recovering tradfi banker. I worked in traditional finance for +10 years as an investment banker, derivatives trader, and quantitative portfolio manager before leaving for entrepreneurial pursuits.
I grew up with computers and fell in love with programming in my teenage years.
I am currently learning Spanish. Habla español conmigo!
What's the point of this blog?
When I worked as a suit and tie chained to a desk in traditional finance we were prohibited from sharing almost anything online. I started this blog as a way to document and share the things I have learned and found useful in my journey.
I am currently learning web3 technologies to be able to do more first-hand research. Namely, Solidity for smart contracts and JS (and its thousands of frameworks) for front-end.
Brief timeline of my career
I studied Finance and Mathematics at McGill University. My first job was an investment banking analyst. I was fairly shocked that despite the glamour and image portrayed during the interview process, you didn't really need to know more than high-school math. I had written a slew of macros in VBA to automate most common tasks in IB that somehow seemed like magic to pretty much everyone in the investment bank and a decade later I hear that people still use them.
Eager to do something more mentally stimulating, I completed a Master of Financial Engineering in UC Berkeley and worked almost ten years as a quantitative portfolio manager mostly trading global macro.
Despite having dismissed crypto in 2012 after a grand total of 10-minutes of reading Financial Times, I thankfully rediscovered it in 2016 and finally understood its premise and value-add. I was the head of blockchain research for two years in my last job and decided to pursue it full-time after.
I love math, computer science, and finance. Blockchain is the perfect technology intersecting all three.
I am a stern believer of building multiple passive income streams.
This blog is hosted on Vercel, and was absolutely overengineered with Next.js, Tailwind, TypeScript, and uses Umami Cloud for analytics. Before you flame me for using Next.js for a static blog that could've been done with plain HTML/CSS, I would say that this is more of a playground for learning. The website is rendered server-side, served statically, and has high Lighthouse score.