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Women in FinTech: Spotlight on Beha Abasi

“The connections you make through conferences like QuantCon are very valuable. Those are people who can propel you forward in your career. It only takes one connection to get your foot in the door.”

The latest episode of our “Women in FinTech” series features Beha Abasi, a current trading analyst and former Quantopian quantitative research intern.

From university classes to internships, Beha shares her journey of discovering the field of fintech. She delves into her past experiences and challenges of pursuing a male-dominated major in college as well as some of the valuable lessons she has learned along the way.

Through sharing these stories, we hope to encourage every woman who has an interest in a career in finance or technology to pursue that goal.

If you are interested in joining the conversation and sharing your story please submit here and we will reach out. Be sure to also subscribe to the Quantopian Channel to catch all the latest Women in FinTech episodes!

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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.

5 responses

Question: Why do you have to encourage women to be interested in Tech or Finance and not Men. Are you saying that women have less opportunities because of their sex in these fields (not true)
Also, why aren't women encouraged to be construction workers

We embrace and pursue diversity in our company and our community because diverse teams perform better. We also believe it is simply the right thing to do. We already reach thousands of people around the world, but we’ve had a hard time breaking down the gender barrier that has existed on Wall Street for years. This video series is meant to take a step toward making quant finance more accessible and open to everyone.

@Phoebe, please keep it up. Continue to provide more role models. The gender barrier on Wall Street has not existed just for years, it has been so since the beginning. That is 1792 to date. And if any male wanted to look, they would see that they are still there. Not only are the barriers still there, but for the few that do overcome those barriers, they are still paid less than males for the same job.

It is what you do that will help change those old and ingrained mentalities. There should be equal opportunity with equal pay. And if the women do a better job, (usually they do), they should get better pay too.

@Jamie McCorriston, why are you deleting my comments? Free speech is restricted over here? A good site is where free speech should be encouraged and only one side of thoughts should not be allowed. I urge you to un-delete my comments

Hi @John,

Our goal at Quantopian is to scour the earth for talent. Our working model is that talent is randomly distributed throughout the human population. To maximize our business potential, we want to gather as many aspiring quants as we possibly can. Our community is an important part of our strategy -- half of our new users come to Quantopian by first visiting a post in these forums.

The best content on our forums, from the perspective of engaging and growing our community, are posts about the field of quant finance. Jamie’s responsibility is to moderate these forums and maintain a tone and focus that benefits the members who want to join us in the hunt for alpha. He deleted your comments because they were off the mark for both tone and focus. You’ll notice that we allow many negative comments and threads -- there are long threads criticising our product, our business model, our investment strategy. We have thick skin, but we also have a purpose in maintaining these forums: engage people who are interested in quant finance.

These videos are about women, but they are for everyone. Even you, @John Smith. Collaborating and creating and communicating with people who experience the world differently than you do is the most powerful form of learning. I can attest to that from personal experience. We make content that educates, that expands the minds of our community. The video above is full of interesting observations about learning the field, finding a way to break into the industry, connecting with peers and mentors. Beha didn’t experience those things in the way that you may have or would. That’s why it is so beneficial for you to hear her perspective.

I am so grateful for my team. I have teammates who have life experiences very similar to mine; and many others who are completely different. I’m grateful that I worked with Beha, as well as with many of the women in this video series. I’m also deeply grateful that they took the time to share their experiences with all of us. In this community, we prize learning and self-improvement. These women are sharing their knowledge. As long as there are women from our field willing to share, we’ll keep making and sharing their videos.

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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.