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New Beta Feature: Collaboration!

You asked and we listened - you can now invite anyone to work with you on your investing strategy! Here's how to start:

  1. Go to the algorithm that you want to share and press the “Collaborate” button in the IDE. Enter the email address(es) of the people you want to collaborate with. You can invite both Quantopian members and non-members. Non-members will have to register before they can collaborate.
  2. Your collaborators will receive an email notifying them of your algorithm. They will also see your algorithm listed in their "My Algorithms" page with a collaboration icon.
  3. Open the algo and start collaborating!

The collaboration experience is very coordinated:

  • When you and your collaborators are developing together, the code is changed on all screens in real time.
  • When one collaborator "Builds" a backtest, all of the collaborators see the backtest results, logging, and/or errors.
  • There is a new chat tab for you to use while you collaborate.

A few notes:

  • This feature is in beta. Please let us know about any problems you see, or where the feature needs improvement.
  • There isn't a technical limit on how many collaborators you can have, but there is a practical limit. The more collaborators you have, the more likely that you'll notice a performance problem. We'll improve that in the future.
  • The algorithm owner has permissions that the invited collaborators do not. Only the owner can invite other collaborators, deploy the algorithm for live trading, or delete the algorithm.
  • If you don't know a member's email address, you can search their profile in the forums and send them a private user-to-user message. If they choose to share their email address with you, then you can invite them to collaborate.

This has been one of the top feature requests since we first launched algorithm sharing in 2012. Until now, sharing has been all-or-nothing. We hope this collaboration feature unlocks even more algorithm creation. We want to hear your thoughts and feedback as you begin to use the new feature!

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9 responses

Hi Dan,

I think the collaboration feature is great. Any chance that a collaboration feature is plausible for notebooks in the Research environment? Obviously we can already share the notebook in the forums, but it would be awesome be able to share with individual users as is possible with our algos.

Thanks

Frank

Hi Frank, thanks for the feature request, we'll add it to our list.

Cheers,
Alisa

Disclaimer

The material on this website is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell, a solicitation to buy, or a recommendation or endorsement for any security or strategy, nor does it constitute an offer to provide investment advisory services by Quantopian. In addition, the material offers no opinion with respect to the suitability of any security or specific investment. No information contained herein should be regarded as a suggestion to engage in or refrain from any investment-related course of action as none of Quantopian nor any of its affiliates is undertaking to provide investment advice, act as an adviser to any plan or entity subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, individual retirement account or individual retirement annuity, or give advice in a fiduciary capacity with respect to the materials presented herein. If you are an individual retirement or other investor, contact your financial advisor or other fiduciary unrelated to Quantopian about whether any given investment idea, strategy, product or service described herein may be appropriate for your circumstances. All investments involve risk, including loss of principal. Quantopian makes no guarantees as to the accuracy or completeness of the views expressed in the website. The views are subject to change, and may have become unreliable for various reasons, including changes in market conditions or economic circumstances.

Hi, was this feature ever implemented? I would like to collaborate with a colleague on a notebook. Thanks.

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