Wall Street Quants Not Interested In Startups

from the pay-cut dept

With Wall Street firms crashing left and right, some tech startup investors thought there would be plenty of smart and available talent in NYC looking for work, who might be persuaded to join startups. Turns out that it hasn’t worked that way. Laid off Wall St. quants seem to want to stay on Wall Street, and don’t seem particularly interested in joining startups at a greatly reduced salary and a small chance for eventual stock option wealth. This actually might be for the best. It helps to really believe in what a startup is doing before committing to it — and a lot (certainly not all) of the Wall St. folks are simply focused on making lots of money as quickly as possible. That doesn’t always mix well in a tech startup.

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Tristin (profile) says:

It's for the best

Startups don’t want the kind of energy that Wall Street folk would bring anyway. I mean, aren’t they the people that drove our economy to the brink in the first place? Their “me first” attitude, their willingness to sacrifice principles for money, and their tendency to preserve the status quo rather than innovate and improve…any decent startup should be avoiding that type of person.

Joe says:

A little hard to feel sympathetic for POV of the article

The idea that quants should be crawling to work at much lower wages for a start-up smacks a bit of entitlement on the part of potential employees. The fact is, the only way to have a “normal” middle-class life in New York (e.g. have a family and actually own your place) is to make the sort of salary only these finance jobs offer.

These guys are smart people. The fact is, once thrown out of work, if they can’t get another quant job, they have 3 options, not just one:

1. Work for your startup

2. Form their own start-up

3. Move, and work for a start-up in a location where their start-up pay can pay for a reasonable lifestyle.

Perhaps now you might see why quants aren’t lining up the way you think they should.

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