About the Author

Hey all, my name is David Bergstrom and I’m the guy behind Build Alpha. I am a proud father to a baby girl and obsessed with all things markets!

For the last ten-plus years, I have spent my life dedicated to the professional trading world working as a market maker and quantitative strategy developer at a high frequency trading firm with a Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) seat, consulting for Hedge Funds, Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs), Family Offices and Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs).

The crazy part is, I am a self-taught programmer utilizing C++, C# and python with a statistics background specializing in data science, machine learning and trading strategy development. Naturally working in a professional trading environment, especially a high frequency trading firm, is a tremendous place to pick up these skills. I am forever grateful to my mentor and the many others that have contributed to get me to this point in journey. I still remember the profit and loss swinging tens of thousands of dollars in seconds during my initial interview thinking this cannot be real!

I have been lucky enough to be featured on various trading websites, podcasts and news outlets. Most importantly, I have developed great relationships with many around the industry in both trading and media. Some of the notable places I have appeared are Chatwithtraders.com, Bettersystemtrader.com, Desiretotrade.com, Quantocracy, Traderlife.com, Seeitmarket.com, Benzinga, TradeStation, NinjaTrader and more.

Most of my experience has led me to a series of repeatable processes to find, create, test and implement algorithmic trading ideas in a robust manner. Build Alpha is the culmination of this process from start to finish. Please reach out to me directly at any time.

I can also be found at the following social places:

And here are some of my favorite podcast interviews I have done to date:

Please head over to the Build Alpha blog to check out my musings on the current market, software updates, and useful features to help independent traders and institutions reach their trading and investment goals.