Christina Qi

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Successful Hedge Fund Entrepreneur with Vast Expertise in Investing, Emerging Technologies and Corporate Leadership; Visiting Lecturer at MIT and Harvard Business School; Contributor to World Economic Forum Research; Founding Partner, Domeyard LP and CEO, Databento; Author, “The Finance Snake” (2021)

Biography

What does it take to make a hedge fund a runaway success? Few people can answer that question as knowledgeably as Christina Qi, who launched Domeyard, LP, from her college dorm in 2012 with $1,000 of seed money. The company now trades up to a billion dollars per day, relying on Qi’s expertise in financial literacy, artificial intelligence (AI) and leadership.

Qi (“Chee”), who is the CEO of Databento, advises organizations on how to make wise investment decisions and create forward-looking companies that thrive in the 21st century. A key principle for Qi is that individual investors and companies must stay in step with the ever-evolving digital landscape—that’s the only way to outpace the competition.

Speaking from experience, Qi shows companies how to leverage machine learning when dealing with skyrocketing amounts of data, so they can create agile, adaptive cultures and systems.

“From trading up to $7.1 billion per day to making the cover of Forbes, and earning more money in an hour than my parents make in a year, I’ve learned a thing or two about how hedge funds and startups can grow and thrive in this hyper-competitive, modern world,” says Qi.

Domeyard’s extensive research focuses on identifying advanced automation tools that help companies respond to today’s ever-changing business landscape. An authority on data availability and storage, computer speed and machine learning techniques, Qi is penning her first book, “The Finance Snake: A Memoir About My Billion Dollar Hedge Fund” (2021), an engaging, sure-handed guide to smart investing.

 “Countless people have told me that my story needs to be published right now,” says Qi. “People need to know the truth about starting a hedge fund today, the controversial practice of high-frequency trading—including the FBI interrogations and lawsuits that I’ve been through—as well as life at one of the most elite colleges in the world and the story of my fund, Domeyard.”

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Qi contributes to the World Economic Forum’s research on AI in finance. Since 2014, she has lectured at MIT, including for Nobel Laureate Robert Merton’s “Retirement Finance” course. Qi presents the case study for Domeyard at Harvard Business School and other universities. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNN and NBC. Qi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a devoted volunteer for nonprofit organizations such as Invest in Girls, the Boston Ballet, Women in Finance and the Women’s Health Forum.

Christina Qi is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Biography

What does it take to make a hedge fund a runaway success? Few people can answer that question as knowledgeably as Christina Qi, who launched Domeyard, LP, from her college dorm in 2012 with $1,000 of seed money. The company now trades up to a billion dollars per day, relying on Qi’s expertise in financial literacy, artificial intelligence (AI) and leadership.

Qi (“Chee”), who is the CEO of Databento, advises organizations on how to make wise investment decisions and create forward-looking companies that thrive in the 21st century. A key principle for Qi is that individual investors and companies must stay in step with the ever-evolving digital landscape—that’s the only way to outpace the competition.

Speaking from experience, Qi shows companies how to leverage machine learning when dealing with skyrocketing amounts of data, so they can create agile, adaptive cultures and systems.

“From trading up to $7.1 billion per day to making the cover of Forbes, and earning more money in an hour than my parents make in a year, I’ve learned a thing or two about how hedge funds and startups can grow and thrive in this hyper-competitive, modern world,” says Qi.

Domeyard’s extensive research focuses on identifying advanced automation tools that help companies respond to today’s ever-changing business landscape. An authority on data availability and storage, computer speed and machine learning techniques, Qi is penning her first book, “The Finance Snake: A Memoir About My Billion Dollar Hedge Fund” (2021), an engaging, sure-handed guide to smart investing.

 “Countless people have told me that my story needs to be published right now,” says Qi. “People need to know the truth about starting a hedge fund today, the controversial practice of high-frequency trading—including the FBI interrogations and lawsuits that I’ve been through—as well as life at one of the most elite colleges in the world and the story of my fund, Domeyard.”

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Qi contributes to the World Economic Forum’s research on AI in finance. Since 2014, she has lectured at MIT, including for Nobel Laureate Robert Merton’s “Retirement Finance” course. Qi presents the case study for Domeyard at Harvard Business School and other universities. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNN and NBC. Qi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a devoted volunteer for nonprofit organizations such as Invest in Girls, the Boston Ballet, Women in Finance and the Women’s Health Forum.

Christina Qi is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Technology for Financial Firms: Investing Wisely

How big a part should technology play in your financial strategy? Should your company invest in machine learning or stick with traditional, tried-and-true methods of decision making? New advances in data availability and storage, computer speed and learning techniques might fit well into your decision-making process. Christina Qi outlines the strengths and weaknesses of machine learning and shares strategies for developing and sustaining winning portfolios.

Implementing Modern Technology in Financial Services

Sound financial decision making can be difficult because of the need to analyze massive amounts of data. Christina Qi helps finance executives develop fluency in the latest technologies—such as machine learning—so they can make better decisions on the way to achieving their goals. In this presentation, Qi explains the best ways to manage data, and how to leverage quantitative investing strategies and the right mix of new and traditional business practices.

Hedge Funds Must Keep Up with New Technologies

It’s no secret that hedge funds struggle to retain their value. They have to compete against advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and the growing demand for more reliable investment options. Christina Qi explains how hedge funds can prosper amid the changing digital landscape by managing massive amounts of data and employing learning techniques for sound investment decision making.

Bold Leadership in Volatile Times

In today’s ever-changing business environment, it can be difficult for a company to establish a clearly defined strategy for success. In this talk, Christina Qi offers executives first-hand advice on how to successfully create and lead an organization in today’s unsettled marketplace. From crafting a sound management structure and training staff to streamlining operations and implementing new technologies, Qi details the leadership lessons she learned while transforming a humble startup into a multinational investment firm.

Money vs. Meaning: Finding Your Organizational and Individual Purpose

How can an organization or employee fulfill a purpose beyond making money? What does it mean to succeed? We’re often told by peers, teachers and mentors to do something good for society. Christina Qi started college having never heard of consulting or investment banking, and yet, upon graduation, she became a hedge fund CEO, working for the world’s elite billionaires: an exact opposite career from what she had envisioned. Through candid stories, Qi explores these topics and more, helping participants better define what it means to build a business or career around giving back and paying it forward.

Fast Money, Fast Tech: Keeping Up With the Quickly Evolving Financial Services Industry

When she started her fund, Christina Qi was called “The Next Generation Innovator in Hedge Funds.” Ten years later, she was dubbed, “The Dinosaur in the Room.” The financial industry is constantly evolving with new trends like crypto funds, ESG, and artificial intelligence taking over Wall Street. In this fast-paced talk, Qi debunks the latest trends in finance and how they trickle into other industries. Is there any merit in these technologies? Will they ever be adopted by the mainstream? In this talk, Qi highlights rapid changes in the financial industry and explains how the next generation will grow up with better tools.

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“Christina’s reputation as the most sought after woman in her industry is well earned. Right after graduating from MIT, she co-founded Domeyard, a high-frequency trading hedge fund that was started out of her dorm room. Six years later, Christina and her co-founders are now the preeminent forces in the Hedge Fund and FinTech space.”

— Michael Elkins, MLE Law

“Christina always gets top ratings from my class even by comparison to much older, very successful guest speakers including founders from the financial services industry. They resonate to her in so many dimensions…honesty, talent and a sense that one should be giving back to society from the outset and not just after a cumulative great success.”

— Robert C. Merton, 1997 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Services

“Domeyard has captured the interest of the greater financial community for its distinct managerial philosophy, embrace of AI and its positioning as a next-generation hedge fund.”

— Gregg Schoenberg, The Financial Revolutionist

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