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.
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UIUC Math Department Corporate Forum & Recruiting Day
9am-4:00pm- Illini Union Ballrooms A & B; 1401 West Green Street, Urbana IL
We are looking forward to meeting the best and brightest undergraduate students at UIUC! We welcome the opportunity to tell you about Akuna and all we have to offer!Learn more
UIUC Research Park Tech Talk
5-7:00pm- Siebel Center
2 of Akuna’s developers will be presenting… it’s going to be a good one!Learn more
UIUC ECE Colloquium
4-5:00pm- Electrical & Computer Engineering Building; 306 N Wright Street, Urbana; Grainger Auditorium; Room 1002
Akuna’s Managing Developer will be presenting, hope to see you there!Learn more
CMU Presentation to Smart Women Securities Group
5:30-7:30pm- Hamerschlag Hall; B131
One of Akuna’s traders will be presenting to CMU’s Smart Women Securities Group! We are thrilled to be coming back to campus and looking forward to meeting this group of ambitious and driven young women.Learn more
UIUC Research Park Student Open House
3-7:00pm- Research Park
The Research Park will host our fourth annual technology open house for students at the University of Illinois to meet companies in the park and see technology demonstrations. Students will be able to see a variety of operations, including corporations and startup companies located in the Research Park. Guided tours will be offered and company representatives will discuss their operations, internships, and career opportunities.Learn more