Our Story

Applied Academics, founded in 2009, develops transformative intellectual property in finance through R&D fusing the rigor of academia and the grit of industry. The firm is 100% owned by its staff and advisors, which affords us the freedom to engage in highly experimental research to tackle any problem that piques our intellectual curiosity and stirs our passion.

Research & Engineering

Yoshiki Obayashi

Head of Research

Yoshiki is responsible for setting the firm’s research agenda and managing its execution. Prior to founding Applied Academics, he managed investment grade and high yield credit portfolios for a proprietary fixed-income trading group of an investment bank. He holds a PhD in Financial Economics from Columbia Business School.

John Martin

Chief Technology Officer

John leads the firm's security and software development efforts. He has previously built multiple fintech companies providing enterprise products to both the buy and sell sides. He was employee number one and Director of Software at Enso Financial, an award-winning hedge fund and prime brokerage platform. John holds a BS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Jacob Amos


Jacob works on the firm’s performance prediction technology with a focus on building our analytics infrastructure. Prior to joining, Jacob traded commodities with CHS. He holds an MS in Computational Finance and Risk Management from the University of Washington, and a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Concordia-Moorhead.

Cong Chen


Cong works on the firm's index research and performance prediction technology with a focus on building our analytics infrastructure. Prior to joining, Cong conducted fixed income research at Factset. He holds a PhD in Physics from Stony Brook University and a BA Physics from Tsinghua University.

Shihao Yang


Shihao has collaborated closely with Applied Academics on various research projects over the years. He graduated first in his class from the University of Hong Kong with a BS in actuarial science, and is currently working towards a PhD in statistics at Harvard University.

Nan Zhou


Nan works on the firm’s strategy index research and performance prediction research and technology with a focus on testing and advancing new methodologies. He holds an MS in Mathematical Finance from Columbia University and a BS in Physics from Peking University.

Product Management

Mark Thompson

Product Manager - Europe

Mark is based in London managing the firm's activities in the UK and Europe. Before joining Applied Academics, Mark spent 27 years trading credit, equities, and rates, on both the buy and sell sides at major European and Asian investment banks and most recently ran the credit trading desk of a major German Landesbank.

John White

Product Manager - Asia

John is based in Tokyo managing the firm’s activities in Asia. Before joining Applied Academics, John spent 12 years on the macro rates and FX sales and trading desks at Goldman Sachs and Citi covering global institutional investors. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute.

Strategic Advisory

Matthew Granade


Matthew is an active investor, advisor, board member and creator of start-ups in areas including data analysis, finance, financial tech, and media, and is involved with about a dozen companies, including Applied Academics, Quantopian, Premise, Opera Solutions, Upworthy, and is the co-founder of Domino. He is currently the Chief Market Intelligence Officer at Point72 Asset Management where he leads several of the Firm’s unique research and data capabilities. Previously, Matthew was Co-Head of Research at Bridgewater Associates. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where he was President of The Harvard Crimson, the university’s daily newspaper. He received his M.B.A. with highest honors from Harvard Business School and was named a George F. Baker Scholar.

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