Hey - I’m Matt Russell, and this is my blog.
I graduated from Princeton in 2009 and have been working at Jane Street Capital ever since. I was initially hired as a trader, but over time I’ve shifted more towards programming and research, which I now do full-time.
That spectrum between trading, programming, and research corresponds well with my interests, which are generally pretty mathy and technical. I really enjoy quantitative brain teasers; I have a pretty nice collection here.
Jane Street uses the relatively obscure (functional) programming language OCaml almost exclusively, so that’s the environment in which I really learned to program. As a consequence, I love working with a strong type system and I’m probably more amenable to wacky functional programming ideas than your average joe. One of my first posts is about monads - I know - but I just couldn’t resist.
I often have a few side projects kicking around. As part of that, I’ve learned a lot about web development over the past few years. I can’t say it’s been a painless process. There is a lot to know about the web these days. Even though it’s written as a parody, I can attest that this article basically hits the mark.
Anyways, that’s enough about me. Thanks for visiting my blog and I’d love to hear from you in the comments under each post if you have thoughts or opinions.