Archive for September, 2012

  • Why A Decapitation Strike By Israel Is More Likely Than One On Iranian Nuclear Facilities
    Posted by on September 30th, 2012 at 9:02 pm, Comments: 0

    It really was hilarious watching Bibi standing up in front of the UN General Assembly with a clip art picture of a Acme bomb. Hilariously sad, because it underscored the ridiculousness of the whole charade the west puts on regarding their ability to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Look, there are no absolutes here, but I […]

  • People Will Believe Statistics, But Won’t Truly Accept Them
    Posted by on September 29th, 2012 at 5:45 pm, Comments: 0

    I am always deeply intrigued by irrational behavior and its effects on complex systems. In my opinion, the job of an astrophysicist is far easier than that of an absolute return potfolio manager. In the former you get to work within the confines of science and rationality, in the latter you have to battle every inherent flaw […]

  • Rachel Botsman is the Tom Friedman of the New Economy
    Posted by on September 25th, 2012 at 1:01 am, Comments: 0

    There’s no one who understands Collaborative Consumption and Social Capital better than Rachel Botsman. I talk about those two things on this blog a lot, not because they are the topic de jure, but because they are truly the deep seismic shifts taking place in our economy and society right now. Facebook is a tiny […]

  • Why I’m Not In Synagogue Today
    Posted by on September 17th, 2012 at 3:40 pm, Comments: 0

    Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, and I am on Fire Island with my family taking my first vacation in over a year. I am failing pretty bad at being on vacation, but at least I’m trying. My family is currently in Synagogue, dressed in shorts and sandals as is customary here. I […]

  • Never Let ‘Em See You Bleed
    Posted by on September 11th, 2012 at 7:55 pm, Comments: 0

    Never let ’em see you bleed. Bullshit. You damn well should let ’em see you bleed, because when you get back up to the plate and crush one over the center field wall they feel even worse. Some people told me not to publish a pretty honest view of how it really is for most […]

  • Reflections On Closing Our Series A Financing At Estimize
    Posted by on September 11th, 2012 at 11:22 am, Comments: 0

    I just signed the last papers which close a deal to raise about $1.2M in Series A financing for Estimize, the company I started with Matthew Jording in June of 2011 after leaving StockTwits and shutting down Surfview Capital. It’s really hard to explain the mix of emotions I’ve been through over the past 18 […]

  • Lessons In Equality From Sweden
    Posted by on September 8th, 2012 at 12:37 pm, Comments: 0

    I’m spending the afternoon today wandering around the Sodermalm district of Stockholm, currently sitting in a coffee shop with a bunch of hipster Swedes. It’s kind of like the Williamsburg Brooklyn of Sweden. I’m here  for another day before I head to London for a quant conference. For the last few days I’ve been down […]