Join Wall Street. Save the world.

Join Wall Street. Save the world. Dylan Matthews, Published: May 31, 2013

Jason Trigg went into finance because he is after money — as much as he can earn.

The 25-year-old certainly had other career options. An MIT computer science graduate, he could be writing software for the next tech giant. Or he might have gone into academia in computing or applied math or even biology. He could literally be working to cure cancer.

Instead, he goes to work each morning for a high-frequency trading firm. It’s a hedge fund on steroids. He writes software that turns a lot of money into even more money. For his labors, he reaps an uptown salary — and over time his earning potential is unbounded. It’s all part of the plan.

Why this compulsion? It’s not for fast cars or fancy houses. Trigg makes money just to give it away. His logic is simple: The more he makes, the more good he can do…


Wall Street is already doing god’s work… though the young chap’s benevolence is inspiring.

If he is in fact giving away half of his compensation, that’s great. What? Isn’t that why everybody goes into finance?

The world would be a better place if more people took Mr. Trigg’s lead, rather than joining the Peace Corps etc.