Jim understands the power of the scientific method, which is why he founded Vatic Labs in 2013—he wanted to build a trading firm grounded in cutting-edge machine learning and artificial intelligence research. Motivated by his passion for the market, Jim has always been a leading figure in the automated trading space. Prior to starting Vatic Labs, most recently Jim led an elite team of traders for five years at Jump Trading, a preeminent global proprietary trading firm based in Chicago. Jim received a BS in Economics and Computer Science from Northwestern University.
As a son of refugee parents who toiled incessantly in pursuit of the American dream, Jim is passionate about providing opportunities to underprivileged children. He supports a number of education-related causes to ensure that America continues to provide every child the ability to achieve their full potential.
Harr is a man of many talents: architecting, implementing, and operating trading systems at all levels of the stack. Having helped launch Vatic Labs, he has led a number of cross-functional research, technology, operations, business development, risk, and compliance-related efforts across the firm. Previously, Harr held trading and technology roles at esteemed companies including Jump Trading, D.E. Shaw, Credit Suisse, Google, and Microsoft. At his core since early childhood is an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, demonstrated most vividly by his attainment of two BS degrees summa cum laude from the University of Washington at the age of 15. He later received his PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Graduate Fellow of both the National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Defense. Harr has coauthored over a dozen peer-reviewed research papers in top venues in computer science and statistics, two of which were awarded Best Paper, and is an inventor on three patents.
In his spare time, Harr enjoys hiking, piloting small planes, and especially travel. He has visited 30+ countries in six continents, with favorite adventures including erupting volcanoes in the Congo, Mesoamerican jungle ruins, scorching Arabian peninsula deserts, Icelandic glacial lakes, and the world’s highest bungee jump in Macau.
Brennan’s in-depth knowledge of the trading industry is matched only by his passion for people. His nine years’ experience recruiting for leading quantitative hedge funds and high frequency trading firms has catalyzed the growth of a multitude of successful businesses and bright careers. Brennan’s exceptional ability to find the right talent for the right job is why he leads recruiting and people operations for Vatic Labs. Prior to joining the firm, Brennan co-founded and ran Axiom Group, a recruitment agency that completed 100+ searches in the trading industry, spanning executive and front office personnel. Brennan holds a BS from the University of Illinois.
An avid traveler and outdoors enthusiast, Brennan can be found climbing, mountaineering, running, and spending time with his family. He’s also an active supporter in the fight against cancer.
Dave has spent his entire career in quantitative trading. Over the past 25 years, he has led teams as both a quantitative researcher and technology specialist, working in the areas of options market making, quantitative equities, and most recently high-frequency trading. Dave played a pivotal role in building and leading a technology team of 60+ people at XR Trading prior to joining Vatic in 2016. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.
Whenever possible, Dave enjoys hiking, biking, and rollerblading with his wife and spending time with family. He is passionate about anything and everything related to physics and is involved in various local opportunities that afford him the chance to stay connected to the field. He is also an ardent music fan, and he has mentored countless urban male youth through programs that support their emotional and social development.