Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Anti-Broke

In my business, ‘broking’ is what ‘brokers’ do. It more or less means selling or convincing someone of something. The word ‘broking’, like ‘selling’, can have dark overtones of manipulation (“I’m not trying to broke you, but…”); other times it … Continue reading

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Watch People Pitch

At the Startup Channel. Very cool idea: Eighty percent of our content will be three-minute elevator pitches for new companies. We have a database of more than 6,000 current business plans (the largest such database in existence) with full financials … Continue reading

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How I Spend The Oscars

Grab a beer and witness a thousand comedians feast on awkward interviews and ridiculous clothes at witstream: http://www.witstream.com/. The ‘stream is at its strongest on the mostly unscripted red carpet and slows down as the ‘real’ show takes over. Probably the most … Continue reading

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Tort Reform Is Possible and Worth Bazillions

Jim Lynch turned me onto this paper on the insurance underwriting cycle.* There’s a neat little graph that caught my eye: Something big happened in 1986/1987: the United States economy started shifting serious resources into liability insurance. In a new … Continue reading

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When Data Cannot Do Insurance

Here is David Brooks on what Data can’t do: Data struggles with the social. Your brain is pretty bad at math (quick, what’s the square root of 437), but it’s excellent at social cognition. People are really good at mirroring each other’s … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

I wish there were a macho way to admit you didn’t know something, so people could understand that admitting uncertainty isn’t equivalent to being wishy-washy. I mean, sometimes I want to bust out and say, “I don’t know that, and neither … Continue reading

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Rewrite of My Review of *Foundation*

I came across this review of Foundation in my blogroll and remembered that I did one of these a while ago. Digging it up I found what I wrote to be pretty awful. So I rewrote it.

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