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  • The Most Powerful 27 Year Old In Finance?
    Posted by on July 3rd, 2014 at 9:49 pm, Comments: 0

    According to someone at Business Insider I’m the most powerful 27 year old in the financial world, ok, I guess they had to give it to someone ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The Most Powerful Person In Finance at Every Age – Business Insider  By the way, a few notes and some background on that picture. The stats on there […]

  • You Won’t Believe What This Asshole Said About Yo
    Posted by on June 24th, 2014 at 12:22 pm, Comments: 0

    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this past week, you’re familiar with the Yo app and the cacophony of nonsense spewing forth from the internet since attempting to assign meaning to its meteoric rise (by the way that idiom makes no sense). Everything from, this is the inevitable result of technology being so cheap […]

  • Deltix Publishes Quant Strategy Using Estimize Data Producing 28.5% Cumulative Market Neutral Returns
    Posted by on June 20th, 2014 at 6:50 pm, Comments: 0

    At Estimize we love when research firms, academics, and financial infrastructure providers take our data and produce insightful research with it. We use some very orthogonal philosophies to collect our data at Estimize, and while we can attempt to explain how we do that all day, trust is really built by third parties validating its […]

  • Here’s Why Airbnb and Uber Should Completely Ignore Government Regulations
    Posted by on June 13th, 2014 at 5:13 pm, Comments: 0

    As the verticalized remnant labor/asset pool economy explodes (or whatever else you want to call what Airbnb and Uber do), fights over government regulation of these companies and the people who interact with them are increasing. I think it’s time to take a moment to discuss a rational perspective on how these companies, and those […]

  • Beware The False Promises Of Quant Nirvana Behind New Financial Products Like Kensho
    Posted by on June 11th, 2014 at 9:26 pm, Comments: 0

    I’m going to take a significant amount of heat for something that is rather controversial within the startup community. Many people believe that startup founders and investors should not comment on other companies, especially those remotely close to their space. I say that’s a coward’s way of looking at the startup world, and who better […]

  • My 10 Stocks and Big Trends for 2014
    Posted by on December 30th, 2013 at 6:00 am, Comments: 0

    Before we get into the 2014 picks, below are the 2012 and 2013 picks with their associated review posts. 2012 picks – 2012 review 2013 picks – 2013 review To recap, we returned 20% in 2012 and over 80% in 2013, crushing the market both years, beta adjusted. As a small caveat regarding my 10 […]

  • Please Just Stop Building These Apps
    Posted by on December 27th, 2013 at 6:01 pm, Comments: 0

    You know that scene where you’ve landed in a central american country and you’re driving away from the airport and in the middle of nowhere there sits stand after stand of guys selling coconuts? You look at your friend and say, “why are all of these guys here, does there really need to be 25 […]

  • Finance People Don’t Have Pseudonyms, and Other Musings On Identity In Social Finance
    Posted by on December 19th, 2013 at 6:16 am, Comments: 0

    There’s been a long running internal debate at Estimize on the product side over how to treat identity. Our CTO and current head of product, Brian Smith, does not come from the financial world. He is a pure hacker, someone who espouses pretty pure believes that align with the way other social platforms on the […]

  • Estimize Named 1 of Forbes 9 Hottest Startups of 2013
    Posted by on December 18th, 2013 at 1:10 pm, Comments: 0

    As I wrote last week, being mentioned in the press, even lauded by the press, is not a sign of success. We use internal metrics that look at everything happening on both the platform and in our business to determine the trajectory of how successful we are. But…. Being featured by Forbes as one of […]

  • Here’s How We Posted a 77.4% Gain With 2013 Picks and Trends
    Posted by on December 16th, 2013 at 2:02 pm, Comments: 0

    Oh what a year it’s been. And before we get to my favorite stocks and trends for 2014 next week, 2013 deserves a review. You can find my 2013 picks here. So let’s get straight into it, starting wit the trends. Collaborative Consumption (Airbnb): Well, Airbnb is a monster that just keeps eating the world. So […]