Jon Atkins grew up in Indiana, where his early interest in math grew out of math competitions. In high school, Jon qualified for the USAMO twice and MOP once. He went to college at Rose-Hulman where he received an Honorable Mention in the Putnam Competition. He did his graduate work at the University of Michigan, where he received masters degrees in mathematics and physics. He's worked at D.E. Shaw, Amazon, and KCG Holdings.