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first impressions

As I type this sentence, it is 8:17 am.

Unlike the rest of the civilized, employed world (or disciplined students out there/people with early classes that they actually attend), I don’t usually get up at 5:45 am. Commutes suck, and I sympathize with those who have two hour + commutes to the city or whatever.

But I digress. Back to ‘first impressions’- I walked in to find an unexpected set up. I was expecting cubicles, separate desks, etc. Something like this -

Instead, there is a huge single room with a large table with probably about 30 computer monitors and approximately 16 chairs. Everyone’s working in the same room, and it is awesome. It allows instant updates (which, obviously, is crucial in this type of job) as well as witty banter and expedited eavesdropping. Some people have headphones on, and most have cameras attached to one of their monitors for their website’s live feed. I can’t help but wonder if they’ve ever gotten nervous working in front of a camera. Surprisingly, the room isn’t resounding with people talking over each other. With so many people, one would expect major distraction, but everyone is generally really focused and able to multi-task superbly well. For example, three traders are talking to each other about ice fishing right now while working on their computers.

I’m a little bit intimidated due to the simple fact that I’m not yet educated sufficiently/knowledgeable in the field of hedge fund management and financial analyses to understand the content on this website, but it is still cool to witness. I get my own “spot” and two monitors. Today, I am supposed to write two blogs- one about my first impressions, and one about anything I want. The idea is to increase traffic to the website by having a lot of tags in my blog posts. I also am supposed to twitter things that I eavesdrop. I’ve never used twitter and computers hate me, but let’s see how this goes.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.