This is an editorialized title which isn't endorsed by the article's content. Moreover it's from 2014. I'm not sure what sparked the sudden interest in these companies on Hacker News this week, maybe it's the new book about Simons and RenTec. But the article's pretty out of date and it doesn't give much info.
Worth noting that TGS is also several times smaller than RenTec. They only just passed 100 employees very recently. It's true they're secretive and they like to hire academics. But that describes a large number of really good quant shops. By design, you don't know who they are and they like it that way. Most don't even have websites!
Speaking of Edgestream, are there any other successful funds started by RenTec alum? I know of FQS and Merfin, I believe Merfin has been absorbed by Edgestream at this point. Similarly, I asked this question in a prior thread recently but are there any successful offshoots of Thorpe's Princeton/Newport or TGS?
What are some smaller funds of high caliber that little is known about, if you're willing to say?
The general point was that they are a quant fund comparable to RenTec but even more secretive and less well known. I understand they have very different origin stories
It's a great submission otherwise! not discussed before on HN as far as I could find.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NPSaHIPwb8&feature=youtu.be... (44:30 - 44:55)