The History of QuantStart
QuantStart was founded in 2012 as an online portal for mathematical finance articles and tutorials on derivatives pricing, primarily to help prospective quants gain a role in quantitative finance.
The portal soon expanded into providing extensive end-to-end tutorials on systematic trading research and implementation to the retail quant community, who were eager to make use of the 'democratisation' of both financial data and the associated analytical tools.
In 2014 we released our first beginner guide to systematic trading—Successful Algorithmic Trading—and followed it up with Advanced Algorithm Trading in 2015. Both books have been extremely popular and have introduced many prospective quant traders to the world of systematic trading.
In 2017 we launched the Quantcademy—a quantitative finance and systematic trading community of like-minded prospective quants and retail systematic traders.
In 2019 we overhauled and refreshed our extensive article database and began providing in-depth research notes and commentary to the quant finance community. In addition we carried out a major refactor of the QSTrader backtesting software to incorporate robust portfolio and risk management functionality.
Throughout 2020 we will be continuing to publish tutorials on brand new systematic trading ideas, based on the modern tools of econometrics, machine learning and optimisation. In addition we will be outlining the latest career tips and guidance for passing the technical interviews at prestigious quant firms.