We don't just trade the market.We make the market.
What We Do
Akuna Capital is a proprietary trading firm specializing in derivatives market making.
We have no clients, trade using only the firm’s own money, and provide liquidity in the derivatives markets. We’re active in a wide range of products across the US and we are also actively developing our international operations. Our trading combines the skills of our talented trading team with industry-leading software produced in-house by our development team. In a highly competitive and dynamic industry, we’re constantly encountering new and exciting challenges.
Who We Are
Akuna Capital was founded in the summer of 2011 with only five employees, but with ambitions big enough to choose an office large enough for a hundred. Just three years later, we’ve surpassed capacity in our Chicago Loop office. The space that was once a bit bare and echo-y to start is now bustling with activity, and we’ve expanded onto an additional floor in our Chicago building and 3 additional offices across the US and China, with more international expansion sure to come.
Even though we’ve grown significantly from small (but determined) beginnings, we proudly retain the spirit of a smaller, entrepreneurial start-up.
Today, our ambitions are still just as big as the day we started— this is just the beginning for Akuna.
How We’re Different
We like to think of trading firms as big machines with a lot of moving parts. We have a number of competitors in the proprietary market-making industry that we hold in high esteem because they are efficient, finished machines and have some really great traders and developers who keep them running. What’s different about Akuna is that we are still building the machine, and we think it is in line to be one of the best in the trading space.
Junior employees are quickly given responsibilities, actively working alongside our senior team and getting direct access to management. Our employees are enterprising, ambitious individuals who thrive in an environment where they are developing the firm, not just doing a job.
Work for us and you’ll actually get to see your work making a difference in shaping Akuna as we continue to grow. We think that’s pretty amazing.
Trading is by nature a high-pressure industry, so Akuna is comprised of levelheaded team players that can keep their cool under all conditions. We are a highly educated and hard-working bunch, yet still like to kick off our shoes and hang out after the work is done. We have a relaxed dress code, as we believe the quality of work matters much more than the formality of your clothing.
We believe it is important to know your co-workers outside of the office, so we plan a multitude of outings like happy hours, sporting events, game nights and an annual company trip to a new destination each year. In 2014 we headed to Austin, Texas.
Throughout the year, we have a wide variety of events like cycling trips, afternoons at the racetrack, and company dinners. We’re a highly social bunch.
Akuna offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package to all full-time employees.
Comprehensive medical packages
Including PPO and HSA plans through BlueCross BlueShield and Dental through Guardian.
Generous leave policies
Vacation and sick leave, as well as 12 weeks’ paid maternity.
Frequent happy hours, company trips, bike rides, baseball games, poker nights and more. We try to improve and refine our events every year to make them even better than before.
We want to reward you for helping us grow our awesome, hard-working team.
From firm-wide industry classes to tuition reimbursements, we want to make sure you keep learning!
And even more to come as we continue to grow!
We offer a team-based approach to trading and software development, believing the productive integration of the two groups is vital to success in this industry.
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Number of computer monitors a trader uses simultaneously
Proportion of female junior traders in 2014
Akuna Capital Student Group Presentation
UIUC, Champaign-Urbana IL
Join Akuna Capital, along with iTrade and the Financial Engineering Club, from 5:30-7:30pm as we host an open discussion on the use of technology in trading! Join one of Akuna’s partners as he discusses important ways technology is changing the way we trade and the industry as a whole! For more information on the location, please follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram!Learn more
ECS Spring Career Fair
Illini Union at UIUC, Champaign-Urbana IL
Make sure to stop by the Akuna Capital booth at the ECS Spring Career Fair that runs from 2:00-7:00pm on February 10th! We will have information about the exciting opportunities we are currently recruiting for across all four of our offices along with awesome swag! Hope to see you there!Learn more
Akuna and WECE, WCS, and SWE Presentation
UIUC, Champaign-Urbana IL
Akuna Capital is excited to present to Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Women in Computer Science, and the Society of Women Engineers on how to land your dream summer internship in 2016 and leverage that experience into a full time career! Join one of our web developers, and former Akuna summer intern, as she discusses important career advice to use as you head into your summer internship! Follow Akuna Capital on Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn to learn more!Learn more
Akuna and Women in Business Engagement Presentation
University of Wisconsin, Madison WI
Akuna Capital is excited to present to Wisco’s Women in Business Engagement on starting your career with a start-up! Join one of our traders as she hosts an open discussion on the benefits of joining a start-up as well important career advice to use! Follow Akuna Capital on Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn to learn more!Learn more
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign IL
Akuna Capital is excited to again sponsor HackIllinois for 2016! We will be participating in the career fair on Friday February 19th, as well as acting as a mentor throughout the entire hackathon weekend! We look forward to seeing all of your great ideas come to life and seeing who takes home the top prize! Look for members of the Akuna team throughout the weekend and make sure to introduce yourself!Learn more
Application Close Date for Summer 2016 Internship Roles!
At our Chicago, Champaign and Cambridge offices
Make sure you apply for our Summer 2016 internships in trading, development and quantitative analysis before we stop accepting applications on February 28th, 2016! Find more information on how to apply via our website under the Careers tab. Good luck!Learn more