I'm in San Francisco and am interesting in prop trading. I've been trading global equities at the institutional level for almost 4 years and am considering a career change. My current day to day is pretty boring. Although I have opportunities to advance in my career and hold a CFA, trading for my own account seems much more fulfilling and stimulating than a lifetime of subordinated office roles and sharing bonus pools. With cash in the bank and a steady uncorrelated income from my Wife, I can probably survive a year without a steady income. I can also put up capital. I am looking for a legitimate shop that trains traders, has good mentors and is actually interested in my success. I realize SF isn't the best city for this. At this point I'm very skeptical of this niche in the finance industry and have read much more negative reviews than positive. Much of the positive literature sounds like a cheesy infomercial If anyone has any recommendations of a good shop or would be willing to share their experiences in SF, please let me know. Any other advice will obviously be well appreciated. I've searched the boards and think I have a good understanding of what to ask if I do go in for an interview. A couple shops I've found: http://www.mavericktrading.com/ http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/acc/1962334795.html Thanks for any help. Good luck with your trading.