My Williams talk was a fun time. There were 8 students in attendance. I kept my prepared comments to 9 minutes and then spent 30 minutes answering questions. I then let all those who had heard enough go, but spent another 45 minutes chatting with two students with very specific questions about their own plans.

Rahul Bahl ’09 took notes. See below. If anyone has questions, please ask them in the comments.

Thanks to the Purple Bull for the invitation. I hope to speak on campus again in January, during my annual recruitment trip.

Dave Kane Presentation: October 6, 2007


Cool job in finance



-knowledge abnormal returns

– practice



Cool job means one notch better than what we “could get”

-for people having trouble getting a finance job (no connections)

– skip two years of Hell

Do lots of networking

Meet as many people as possible

Useful in your finance career


Prove that you can do math and computer

They care that you won’t flip out with spread sheets…enough math and computer to prove it

Majors like math and computer science give you a “leg up”

Take every stat course that you can at Williams

Build your knowledge base

Abnormal returns (links to finance stories)…has perfect taste in choosing stories relating to fianancial world) – teach you to talk the talk


Prove that you want to do finance…you need to convey interest

Convince Morgan Stanley you want to do finance

Buying stocks…I can do this…show your employer that you can do it

Know your stocks and all about them

Great to talk about in an interview (they want to talk about this)

You need to know more about the stock than they do

This will set you apart from so many people at Williams

Kane Management

Dave started with the Marine Corp

Got a PHD

Works in quantitative equity

Market neutral (long and short)

Worked at Fidelity and another quant shop

Kane has been going for 3 years

How is the best way to get into a hedge fund

Any way you can!!!

What is your added value??? You can predict future prices, or you are a salesman?

Raise money or make money

Good books

Accidental Investment Banker

Monkey Business


When choosing a job

Take the job you can…it is a tough market

But if you have leverage…choose the job where you are closest to the boss making the shots…it will be the most exciting for you

Private Equity or Hedge Fund?

Private equity doesn’t get marked day to day…so it is more private

Whereas these guys are stuck with companies, can’t have the liquidity of a hedge fund

Hedge fund- you have to not care what other people think, you’re performance is always on your sleeve

Hedge Fund- you have faceless opponents, you don’t really screw any body

Private Equity – you have to be able to “screw people” …. You know the people you are affecting

Sales and Trading….very little trading, mostly sales

Brutal business….cutting people dramatically…hedge funds are taking over this corner of the market

Sales and Trading is the least desirable spot to go in a bank because you ARE NOT NEAR THE ONES MAKING THE DECISIONS

Not developing skills that hedge funds need…so less long term potential.

So where should you go?


Plans for Purple Bull:

We should talk with Dave about Purple Bull

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