Hey WSO monkeys,
I'm taking a 2 month break from work (unlimited PTO perks!) and as a software developer, I am looking for side projects to work on to keep my skills sharp. I wanted to get a survey on what kind of small tools you all wish existed within the financial services industry. If any of these end up being a good fit, perhaps it can be a win / win for us. You get something that makes your job easier, i get to relive my college days when i was more into finance over tech.
You can read some of my background here if you'd like.
One of the big signs for me to switch into tech was when I automated a bunch of my work as an IBD intern and the VP came over and asked me to stop coding and do my actual job. Excel modeling is pretty much a watered down version of programming, and I was that monkey intern who memorized IRR tables and built reversible LBO models with all the extra bells and whistles. But I had to make a call, and after all these years in tech I still enjoy thinking about the technical aspects in finance. I have a decent command of financial concepts still (CFA lvl 1) and the project would have to use publicly available data. Hopefully we can focus more on analytic tools that are fun to think about and not just scrubbing comps.
Who knows, maybe we can build the next addepar or kensho.