Monthly Archives: June 2013

When Does It Matter Whether You Understand Something?

Here’s a post from mathbabe: Most people just use stuff they “know to be true,” without having themselves gone through the proof. After all, things like Deligne’s work on Weil Conjectures or Gabber’s recent work on finiteness of etale cohomology … Continue reading

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The Annals of Innovation: T-Shirt Cannon

From the NYT: Tell me about the first time you saw a T-shirt cannon. In 1996, I was at a San Antonio Spurs game, and their mascot had one. It looked like it came from World War II — so big … Continue reading

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You’ll Wait Forever

In my business, good accounts are sticky. Every client often has an ‘alpha’ broker that does most of their business and these brokers are normally pretty senior folks. Junior brokers often look up at those great accounts an think to … Continue reading

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How The Big Boys Got There

From the always excellent Mark Suster: So the buying company usually wants to pay $0 for the company. And wants to structure a huge payout for the employees that will remain. That way investors (dead money for the buyer) and founders … Continue reading

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A Theory of Social Networks

I don’t necessarily endorse this, but it’s interesting: Social networks are free, or at least bundled with things like work, family, school and housing. We’d never pay for technology that supports a new network. Facebook’s investors gave us another free … Continue reading

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Asteroids Correlate Asset Returns

Tad Montross recently tried to throw some cold water on the cat bond party: “With interest rates being where they are, I don’t think it’s a surprise that a cat bond with a yield of 350 or 500 basis points … Continue reading

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How Steve Nash Recruits

For his soccer tournament: I also have a network of friends and buddies who are doormen around the city. They tell me who’s around. That’s how it falls into place. Awesome.

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