Cantab is investment science in action. We apply our scientific backgrounds to developing statistical strategies and fully-automated execution systems, as well as optimising our Friday lunch order.
Our Culture Beyond Science
Our fascination with science and programming is evident in everything we do – when we socialise, do sports, celebrate our colleagues’ birthdays or invent new gadgets.
Friday Food OrderWe are so passionate about programming that even our Friday lunch order is decided by a voting algorithm, which takes preferences and previous orders into account to ensure a variety of tasty food.
Baking - Chief Pastry OfficersOur ‘Chief Pastry Officers’ are in charge of making sure each employee has the best Birthday cake imaginable. Previously our pastry officers have made a server cake, Half Life, Lego blocks and impressively a Gustav Klimt ‘The Kiss’ cake.
Keen CyclistsCambridge is a city famed for its cycling culture. The cyclists amongst us organise regular rides out into the countryside, as well as annual cycling trips to the Pyrenees and French Alps. Bradley Wiggins' sleek track bike also takes pride of place in our office.
Passion for sportsMost days a group of us run along the picturesque riverside in Cambridge. It’s a great way to get out of the office together and come back energised for the afternoon. If running isn’t your thing, we also have a gym in our building, play football and head off for annual ski trips.
LAN partiesIn our spare time we often get together to host LAN-parties. A particular favourite game at Cantab is ‘Portal 2’, a first person puzzle game.
Games roomWe like solving puzzles, so we built a games room full of them. We also have table football and a piano. It’s a space where we can relax, take a break and refresh our minds before getting back to work on our projects.
3D PrinterWe have a Makerbot Replicator 2x 3D printer that can simultaneously print two colours of plastic by heating plastic filament to 230C and layering the models up over time. A competition is currently on to print the most intricate design.
Data CentreOur data storage centre is world-class. It can hold around 110 terabytes of data, enough to store a century’s worth of data. We have around four terabytes of timeseries data, which is equivalent to 1200 human genomes. This provides the raw-material for our work.