We don't just trade the market.We make the market.
What We Do
Akuna Capital is a proprietary trading firm specializing in option market making.
We have no clients, trade using only the firm’s own money, and provide liquidity in the options 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.
Select one to learn more:
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Research Park Information Session
12-2:00pm- University of Illinois Seibel Center; 201 N Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL
Come visit the Research Park Table in Siebel Atrium to get your questions answered about Research Park and the opportunities at Akuna Capital!
Bring your i-Card for free pizza!Learn more
Trading as a Career: Traders, Quants and Technologists
12:30pm- Carnegie Mellon University, NYC Campus; 55 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
Akuna’s Head of Quantitative Trading and Research will be discussing the changing nature of the trading industry and how this is impacting the required skill set of those in the industry. He will talk about the growing importance of technology, Data Analysis, and the different roles of employees in a modern trading company.
Open to all MSCF students, this engaging presentation will also be broadcast to the MSCF students at the Pittsburgh campus!Learn more
Technology in Trading: The Importance of Writing Fast Software
3:30pm- Columbia University; Mudd Building, 4th Floor CS Department Lounge; 500 W 120th Street, New York, NY, 10027
Akuna’s Head of Quantitative Trading and Research will be discussing the importance of technology and data analysis in the trading industry and, in particular, the importance of speed.Learn more
UNIT Poker Tournament at the University of Melbourne*
6:30-10:00pm- Melbourne Law School; 185 Penlham Street, Carlton
This is sure to be a night of fun and fierce competition! Get your game face on everyone!
*You must have attended the UNIT seminar “A Day in the Life of a Trader” on Monday, August 31st in order to register for this event.Learn more
UIUC Engineering Career Services Resume Critique
10am-4pm- University of Illinois Engineering Career Services; 1304 W Springfield Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
Akuna will be offering assistance to Engineering Students that are working on their resumes!
Please sign up through Engineering and Career Services.Learn more
University of Illinois Engineering Career Services Career Fair
10:00am-3:30pm- University of Illinois Activities and Recreation Center (ARC); 201 E. Peabody, Champaign, IL, 61820
Eager to head down to UIUC for the Engineering Career Fair! Stop by Akuna’s booth and tell us about yourself!Learn more
2015 Campus Schedule
September 9: UIUC – CEO, Andrew Killion, speaks with UIUC MFE students
September 10: UIUC – Tech Talk (WCS & WECE) Presentation
September 10: UIUC – Finance Club Presentation on Trading as a Career: Traders, Quants and Technologists
September 15: Georgia Tech – All Majors Career Fair
September 15: Georgia Tech – Post Fair Dinner/Info Session
September 16: UIUC – Statistics Club Presentation
September 17: UIUC – Physics Careers Seminar
September 21: University of Michigan - Lunch and Learn
September 21: University of Michigan – Mathematics and Finance Society Presentation
September 21: University of Michigan – IEEE Presentation: “Using Your Electrical Engineering Background in Finance”
September 21: UIUC – NOBE Presentation
September 22: UIUC – Theta Tau Engineering Fraternity Presentation
September 23: University of Michigan – gEECS Presentation: “Developer Tips for Breaking Into the Financial Industry”
September 23: UIUC – Financial Engineering Club Presentation
September 25: MIT – Fall Career Fair
September 25: MIT – Post Fair Dinner/Info Session at the Asgard
September 28: CMU – Technical Opportunities Career Fair
September 28: CMU – Post Fair Dinner/Info Session at Lucca Ristorante
September 28: University of Michigan – Michigan Society of Global Engineers Presentation
September 29: University of Michigan – Engineering Career Fair
September 29: University of Michigan – Post Fair Dinner/Info Session at Pizza House
September 29: UIUC – Software Engineering Seminar
September 30: Wisconsin-Madison – Fall Engineering Career Connection
September 30: Wisconsin-Madison – Post Fair Dinner/Info Session at the Old Fashioned
October 1: UIUC – Reflections Projections Career FairLearn more