Starting Out: How Eze Helped Nishkama Optimize Its Operations (Video)
One of the biggest challenges facing start-up hedge funds is running the operation with a small team. In the case of Eric Salzman, Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operations Officer of Nishkama Capital, his task was to build out the infrastructure and operations of Nishkama—and run the operation day-to-day—something he initially had to do by himself.
Before adding team members, Salzman said, “I’m the only non-investment professional at the firm, which means that I really have seven jobs: I’m the CFO, the COO, CCO, head of marketing, investor relations, HR, technology, I’ve got to make sure there’s paper in the printers and Diet Cokes in the refrigerator. So in order for me to be successful in the more critical jobs – compliance, operations, accounting – a lot of that has to do with outsourcing to the right partners, service providers, and technology.”
Nishkama is a technology focused long/short equity fund run by Ravee Mehta, a Karsch Capital and Soros Fund Management alum and the author of “The Emotionally Intelligent Investor.” Salzman joined the team in 2017, and the firm selected Eze Eclipse as their platform. One of the biggest challenges for the start-up was setting up operations in a way that would give Salzman automated support for critical functions.
An important highlight of Eze Eclipse for Salzman has been the cloud platform’s mobile reconciliation functionality. “Reconciliation is one of the most important daily internal controls at a hedge fund, and the ability to know internally what your positions and your cash are versus what your prime brokers have and what your administrator has is critical. Eze will pull in overnight my position file from my administrator and prime broker and just highlight the differences. It’s really a quick and simple thing to look at,” Salzman says of the platform, adding that he often logs in remotely in the morning before work so he can deal with any issues early in the day.
Since implementing Eze Eclipse, Nishkama has expanded its offering with an SMA, and although Salzman has been working on expanding his team, he also knows he can lean on Eze Eclipse and the Eze Client Service team for support. “Eze is a great team member,” he says. “I’m confident that I have the tools to handle all of the allocation and reconciliation issues. Good technology makes a big difference.”
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Michael oversees new sales and buy-side business development in the Americas for Eze Software.
Michael joined Eze in 2000 when he was hired to launch Eze OMS operations in New York. He has held a number of leadership positions, including head of eastern U.S. Eze OMS operations and managing director of global business development. Previously, Michael was a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a graduate of Boston College, where he received his Bachelor in Finance.