There are weekly classes on a wide variety of subjects, from the highly practical to abstract quantitative research.
Most classes last about an hour, and start after major markets have closed.
Some of our recent class topics have included:
- Adverse Selection
- Asynchronous programming with Async
- Coding to the GPU
- Decision Theory and Cognitive Biases
- Futures and Commodities Arbitrage
- Game Theory
- Options Valuation
- Portfolio Theory
- Profiling with Perf
- The Kelly Criterion
- Thinking About Extreme Risk and Derivative Valuation
Summer Speaker Series
At Jane Street, our intellectual interests are as intense as they are wide-ranging. Each summer, our speaker series brings in some of the world’s top thinkers to speak on a broad array of topics, including economics, technology, politics, sports, and the arts.
- Cass Sunstein
- Claudia Rankine
- Elif Shafak
- Garry Kasparov
- Jonathan Zittrain
- Mike Massimino
- Nate Silver
- Salman Rushdie
- Samantha Power
- Shane Battier
- Stanley McChrystal
- Tyler Cowen
Games & Puzzles
We enjoy playing strategic and mathematical games to teach game theory and risk, as well as hone discipline, memory, and quant skills. In addition to organized tournaments, there are frequent chess, bridge, and poker games after the markets close. Our team includes nationally competitive contract bridge players and titled chess players. Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, Best Female Chess Player Judit Polgar, and three time World Series of Poker bracelet winner David Sklansky have visited Jane Street as guest speakers.
In addition to our extensive in-house educational resources, Jane Street encourages employees to pursue outside coursework, and pays 90% of tuition and books for any work-related classes completed with a grade of B or better. We also pay 90% of any work-related books employees purchase for themselves, or 100% if the books are recycled to the firm’s library.
Our on-site library has hundreds of books ranging from academic journals and textbooks on finance and computer science topics (including data structures and algorithms, financial mathematics, time series, heuristics and bias in decision-making, and various programming languages), to general cultural or intellectual interest (including some by former guest speakers, like Steven Pinker). People can read in the library, check out any book they like, and get reimbursed for any work-related books they contribute.