Math Whizzes Turn to Tech Startups

April 22, 2010  |  

(Crain’s) — In times past, Adler Perotte’s career path would have been pretty clear. He’d graduate from Columbia with an advanced degree in bioinformatics, a numbers-based field with broad applicability. He’d then be snapped up by a Wall Street bank. There, he’d disappear into the ranks of the highly paid quantitative analysts, or “quants,” adapting his skills to the statistical side of the finance world.  For the first time in years, that career path looks less certain.

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