Cohen ’20 at the Leading Edge of Investment – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Cohen ’20 at the Leading Edge of Investment

Alexander Cohen ’20 has been developing software for researching investments since his sophomore year, gaining skills and experience — through coursework, internships, co-curricular activities and innovation accelerators at HWS — to launch his company Gansett Group.

At Gansett Group, Cohen manages a portfolio and builds innovative new software for analyzing U.S. equities using a combination of traditional and quantitative methods.

As a student intern at IHS Markit, the globally renowned data and information services firm, Cohen generated requirements for new software features, strategized with developers, analyzed client usage and presented his work to development teams and management within the company.

“My coursework in computer science with my advisor, Associate Professor Stina Bridgeman, helped me to think about features from a developer’s point of view while advocating for the client,” says Cohen, a computer studies major and economics minor. “My coursework in economics and entrepreneurial studies with Professor Thomas Drennen and Assistant Professor Craig Talmage gave me a better understanding of the private markets and how small companies obtain investment.”

Through the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, Cohen conducted practice interviews, polished his resume and connected with the HWS alum community to prepare for his internship.

A two-time semifinalist in The Pitch Contest, Cohen has attended the HWS Idea Lab startup accelerator three years running. He has served as president of the HWS Investment Club, as well as vice president of the coding club, a member of the Centennial Center’s investment committee, a member of the Budget Allocation Committee and a member of the Finance Society.​