Another Year, Another Trading Competition

Quantbot at Columbia

In our continuing tour of NYC university campuses, Quantbot visited the Columbia Masters in Operations Research Program on November 4 to introduce ourselves and the company to interested students. After Michi gave an overview of Quantbot and Quant Finance, Ashar spoke about how to be a quant and what aspiring quants should focus on during their schooling. As always we loved hearing the prescient and thought-out questions the students asked afterward, and their enthusiasm for the profession and the company.

Introducing our In-House Doctor Dr.Daria Blyskal, MD

About Dr.Blyskal

Continuing a 40 year Long Island tradition started by her father, Dr. Blyskal is an American-trained, board-certified family physician.  She has served the South Shore Long Island community for nearly a decade after completing her training as the chief resident at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, PA.

Wellness Program Benefits

  • On site office hours (nearly) every Friday afternoon
  • No appointment necessary – just walk right in!
  • Direct cell phone/ text/ email contact 7am-11pm, 7 days per week
  • Completely Free! No copays, bills with illogical jargon, out of network worries, etc.
  • “Old School Style” – feel like a human, not a number
  • Flu shots clinic
  • Pre-travel consultation
  • Patient-specific recommendations for preventative care: diet, vaccines, cancer screenings, etc.


  • PHI (Private Health Information) is guarded with intense scrutiny
  • Discussion of PHI done only with you, other providers in your healthcare and 1 emergency contact person you delegate
  • HIPPA compliant



  1.          What are some services you provide that are often overlooked?

Some available On-Site Testing/Interventions include:

  • Rapid strep, flu & blood glucose tests
  • EKG
  • Vaccine administration
  • Ear wax removal
  • Urinanalysis
  • Joint injections
  • Skin tag removal
  • Suture (stitch) & staple removal
  • Nebulizer treatment (asthma/bronchitis treatment)
  1.           Can you go more into detail on “Old School Style”?

Many of the gripes about the American healthcare system revolve around quality and accessibility.  It’s frustrating to have a pressing medical need, only to sit in a crowded waiting room for over an hour and then get just 10 minutes of the harried doctor’s time.  Patients want to be respected and heard, but instead they often feel they’re on a number on an impersonal assembly line. “Old school style” seeks to regain the traditional holistic approach of calm, nonjudgemental listening and treating each patient as a unique individual.

  1.           How is an in-house doctor beneficial to Quantbot employees?

Being available when needed increases employee productivity by preventing illness and decreasing the need to take a day off work.   Employees can get in contact for remote consultation whenever they feel the need arise, which mitigates potential anxiety and inappropriate expenditure of time and health care dollars.

Quantbot Management Visits Baruch

Last Thursday, Michi, Paul, and Ashar went down to the Baruch campus to give an exclusive presentation to the Masters of Financial Engineering students. Along with talking about Quantbot and showcasing our intern program, the members of management enjoyed speaking one-on-one with the students after the presentation. There was lots of interest in Quantbot as a company, and we also look forward to speaking more in depth with the students in the coming weeks.

Networking at MIT

As part of the continued recruiting for our summer 2020 internships, Quantbot attended the MIT Master of Finance (MFin) Networking Night in Boston. We brought along once-interns, now full-time hires to the event to meet prospective intern candidates and speak about their own experiences as Quantbot interns.

As a bonus, one of our attendees is even a MFin alum! Many students we met were interested in our available internships offering the opportunity to work directly with quant researchers. It was a great night for us and we received a lot of interest and encouragement from the students we met.


Quantbot Presents at CMU

Our summer 2020 intern recruiting has started in earnest, and we kicked it off with a presentation for the incoming CMU Master of Science in Computational Finance (MSCF) first-year students, in our own Quantbot-sponsored lecture room. Michi, our CEO, and Ashar, our CIO, gave a well-attended presentation introducing Quantbot, our intern program and an overview of what it takes to be a Quant. We were encouraged by the enthusiasm of the students and the informed and excellent questions they asked.

Phitopolis and Philippines

Paul White, President and CTO and Ashar Mahboob, CIO were in Manila to kick off an engagement with Phitopolis, a technology Research and Development firm based in the Philippines.  Phitopolis will be working on a number of technology development, data and quantitative research projects for Quantbot.

Ashar, Quantbot’s resident diving expert, took advantage of the trip to get some of the team on their first scuba diving experience which was truly amazing.

President and CTO Paul and CIO Ashar with Phitopolis team

Paul, Bala, and Ashar ready for a dive ➡


Rare model status photo of Paul 😎

NOLA Offsite

This past weekend, our global partners team at Quantbot flew in to meet at the one place that offers the best culture, food, and drinks, New Orleans.

Quantbot partners from New York, London and Hong Kong met in New Orleans for an annual business review. Paul White, the firm’s President and CTO, walked the team through recent performance and longer term plans. The partners spent many hours discussing strategic plans for the coming years, as always no topic was off the table and plenty of great ideas came up.

An offsite meeting isn’t complete without delicious meals and drinks!

Quantbot Partners

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At Antonie’s

Baked oysters. po-boys, turtle soup, and drinks



Spin it to Win it

Last night, our Quantbot interns headed to Spin to attend Schonfeld’s Farewell Intern Event. With internship projects slowly wrapping up, it was a great opportunity for our interns to hang out and engage in friendly ping-pong competition with interns from Schonfeld and other quant groups before they all head back to their respective campuses this month. There was an informal tournament, and one of our interns was on the winning team! It was a fun night and we thank Schonfeld for inviting us.