I just graduated from my PhD program, 18 months after submitting my thesis (March 2016), 69 months after I started my research (Jan 2012), 27 months after I thought I’d be done (3.5 years felt realistic initially).
I also just left Hamburg and my job because I had realized that the city wasn’t for me.
Now, I am
- studying programming languages because I want to understand how common computing problems are solved in other major ecosystems.
- improving my focus and one-man project management: too much work in progress and unplanned work really feels like an issue I can and should address.
- thinking about what I want to do next.
Systematic trading is still interesting because it combines so many of my interests. There are, of course, firms where I could learn a lot. The options for a one-man shop have also vastly improved since I last thought about that.
Other topics, I find interesting are machine learning and distributed web back-ends.
In early December, I will be back in Munich. Hopefully there will be a few good discussions and interesting projects there.
(This now page was inspired by https://sivers.org/nowff)