I'm currently in GS secdiv on a front office eng/strats team, looking to get out when the bonus hits in January (around my 2 year anniv.). I went to a semi-target and studied math instead of computer science so the big name quant shops don't seem to want to talk, and I kind of miss the startup hustle from my SF days, so I am looking to try multistrat/startup hedge funds (for some kind of systematic strategy). I feel like I'm at the point where I have enough finance knowledge and coding/ML skills to go take this risk.
I have met a few people from Millennium, Exoduspoint, Schonfeld,etc. socially, and interviewed with a team at ExPt. The process seems a lot like shopping around for a seed stage startup, it's a numbers/connections game, but I'm not sure how to meet more PMs who are hiring. Do people here have experience networking into one of these places? Are there conferences I should look into going to? Send LinkedIn messages? Good headhunters to talk to?