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Leigh Drogen

Leigh Drogen

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Leigh Drogen is General Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Starkiller Capital, an investment management firm that applies quantitative research to the blockchain-based digital asset space. Prior to Starkiller, he was the Founder of Estimize, the largest estimates financial platform in the world which was acquired by ExtractAlpha in May 2021. Under his leadership, Estimize published over half a dozen papers in academic journals that were confirmed to be more accurate than legacy data sets of established and well-known firms such as Reuters and I/B/E/S. Previously, Leigih ran Surfview Capital, a New York based quantitative investment management firm trading medium frequency momentum strategies. Leigh started his career as an analyst and later portfolio manager for Geller Capital, a quantitative hedge fund, before joining the early team at StockTwits to work on building product and community.

Professional Experience


Academic History

ESTIMIZE

  • Estimize became popular in Wall Street by essentially crowdsourcing estimates for key data points on financial earnings releases.

  • The firm gathered information from independent, buy-side and sell-side analysts, together with those of private investors.

  • The team has changed the way financial markets source fundamental expectations for both equity and macroeconomic estimates.


EARLY CAREER

  • Leigh was the Founder of Learn 2 Quant Conference, a one day seminar designed for both discretionary and systematic PMs, analysts and traders.

  • He was an Advisory Board Member for Slingshot Insights and Alta5, where his team developed a platform to execute options strategies.

  • As a Product and Community Manager for StockTwits, he had the opportunity to build the first true social finance community from the ground up.

  • At Geller Capital, he took on roles in quantitative, technical, and fundamental equity research, to trading, portfolio and risk management, and became a glorified secretary.


AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • Forbes 30 Under 30, Finance, 2014

  • Entrepreneur Magazine's 100 Brilliant Companies, 2014

  • Goldman Sachs 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, 2014

  • Fast Company‚Äôs 10 Most Innovative Companies, 2014

  • Forbes 9 Hottest Startups, 2013


MEDIA & APPEARANCES

  • Leigh is a regular contributor on CNBC and Bloomberg where he talks about markets and financial technology.

  • He appeared as a guest on Meb Faber Research and a speaker at CFA Society of New York.

  • He has also appeared as a guest on Real Vision.