Vishnu Thaver | Director
New York, New York, U.S.
Department: Corporate DevelopmentWhat do you do?
Education: B.B.A. Finance, University of Notre Dame,M.S. Applied Computational Mathematics and Statistics, University of Notre Dame
Career stage: Early
My main responsibilities are to identify/evaluate partnership and acquisition opportunities for Tradeweb, with the goal of growing the company. Most of my projects incorporate financial modeling, valuation, risk assessment, and competitive analysis. A successful project involves identifying and evaluating, but also presenting to key stakeholders, executing, and integrating. It is all very rewarding, but most of all is the ability to have a diverse set of challenges to attack each day.
What types of skills do you use?
I use math, accounting, presentation skills, Excel, and networking.
How are applied mathematics and/or computational science important to what you do?
In many circumstances I develop forecasts for various model inputs. I often use statistical and mathematical methodologies for these forecasts.
What are the pros and/or cons of your profession/job?
Pro: Learning new things each day, solving problems, making an impact.
Con: Long hours sometimes.
Does your job offer flexibility?
Yes, I can work from home or the office.
What career path did you take to your current position?
School → Risk analytics consulting → Current job
Was your career path well planned or a result of taking opportunities as they arose?
I took opportunities as they arose.
What advice would you give to someone pursuing a similar degree or profession?
Get as much internship experience as possible. Take all the opportunities to develop your own projects and share them on GitHub. Get multi-disciplinary: science, finance, etc.
Was there anything that surprised you when you started out in your career?
I was surprised at how much my social skills would come in handy.
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