We’re excited to announce we’re adding a new member to the Teza Technologies family: Dr. Reinhold Gebert has recently joined us as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Risk Officer (CRO). Similar to our Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Misha and several other members of the Teza team, our new COO and CRO has a strong STEM background. Dr. Gebert earned advanced degrees in mathematics and theoretical physics and served as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

“I joined Teza because of its impressive caliber of quantitative talent, its rigorous research process, and its novel, proprietary investment approach. I look forward to applying my skills in helping Misha manage and oversee complex investment strategies and monitor risk profiles. With my experience in the futures space, I am confident I will contribute to Teza becoming the pre-eminent ‘new generation’ quant manager,” said Dr. Gebert.

We’re proud to welcome Dr. Gebert to the team!


Misha Malyshev: Getting your business past early struggles

Misha Malyshev founded Teza Technologies in 2009 and has since opened up four offices in addition to the headquarters in Chicago. This level of growth is difficult for new businesses, which often face a variety of early struggles. His latest column for Smart Business Chicago features a few key lessons for new businesses.

I can’t overstate the power of positive thinking when building a successful business. The critical blend for an executive is to set ambitious, bar-raising standards while maintaining realistic expectations and an optimistic outlook. The New York Times recently published research detailing the benefits of this approach. When leaders exude confidence and positive energy, employees stay calm, motivated and focused, and naturally this has a positive impact on the company’s bottom line. Gallup research has shown that work units scoring in the top half on employee engagement nearly doubled their odds of success compared with those in the bottom half.

Read more of Misha Malyshev’s column.

Smart Business Column: Why supporting STEM education in your industry is good for business

Misha Malyshev recently had a column published by Smart Magazine Chicago which explains the importance of supporting STEM education within your industry. Malyshev has previously written for Smart Business, publishing a piece outlining why recruitment should play second fiddle to retention.

In his new piece, Malyshev breaks down how STEM helps business.

“Our nation’s scientists, engineers and innovators have driven the achievements that are positioning the U.S. as a global leader. With fewer American students pursuing expertise in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and a shortage of teachers skilled in those subjects, our leadership position is vulnerable.

It is imperative that American students move from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math, and we must increase the number of proficient students and teachers in these vital fields.
To accomplish these goals, enterprises need to partner with nonprofits, civic groups, policymakers and educational institutions to support the effort. STEM education is good for businesses across industries for a multitude of reasons.”

He goes on to make his argument by breaking it down into four points:

  • Encourages problem-solving
  • Creates opportunity through exposure
  • Allows people to move forward
  • Improves critical skills

Click here to read the rest of the piece by Misha Malyshev.