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The Inner Bezos | WIRED
"At a certain point I was sort of a professional dater," he explains about his years in New York. His systematic approach to the quest for a permanent relationship was to develop what he labeled "women flow," a play on the "deal flow" Wall Streeters try to generate to locate worthwhile investments. In managing their deal flow, bankers will set limits like "I won't look at anything under a $10 million equity investment." The limitation Bezos set for friends producing candidates for his "women flow" was more esoteric. "The number-one criterion was that I wanted a woman who could get me out of a Third World prison," he says.

"What I really wanted was someone resourceful. But nobody knows what you mean when you say, 'I'm looking for a resourceful woman.' If I tell somebody I'm looking for a woman who can get me out of a Third World prison, they start thinking Ross Perot - Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! - they have something they can hang their hat on! Life's too short to hang out with people who aren't resourceful." [ Reminiscent of "Lawyers, Guns and Money" is a song by Warren Zevon, the closing track on his 1978 album Excitable Boy.]
dating  esoteric  Jeff_Bezos  origin_story  profile  resourcefulness  systematic_approaches  women 
february 2019 by jerryking
Paul Singer, Doomsday Investor
August 27, 2018 | The New Yorker | By Sheelah Kolhatkar.

Paul Singer, ,
The head of hedge fund Elliott Management, has developed a uniquely adversarial, and immensely profitable, way of doing business.

Bush had co-founded Athenahealth, a platform that digitizes patient medical records and billing claims for hospitals and health-care providers, in 1999, and he had built it into an enterprise with more than a billion dollars in revenue. One of the firm’s marketing taglines was that it freed doctors and nurses to spend more time doing what they loved—practicing medicine—and less time on paperwork. Athena served more than a hundred thousand health-care providers...... Paul Singer, the founder of Elliott Management and one of the most powerful, and most unyielding, investors in the world. Singer, who is seventy-three, with a trim white beard and oval spectacles, is deeply involved in everything Elliott does. The firm has many kinds of investments, but Singer is best known as an “activist” investor, using his fund’s resources—about thirty-five billion dollars—to buy stock in companies in which it detects weaknesses. Elliott then pressures the company to make changes to its business, with the goal of improving the stock price.....Hedge funds, especially activist hedge funds, are established users of private-investigation services.....The investor acknowledged that Bush was far from perfect, and said that “there is a role for activists to hold managements accountable.” But the investor worried that the focus on the bottom line would undermine the innovative spirit that had made Athena successful. “.....The idea that companies exist solely to serve the interests of shareholders—rather than also to serve workers, customers, and the larger community—has been dominant in the business world in the past thirty years. As the field of activist investing becomes increasingly crowded, many investors are going beyond their original mission of finding ailing or mismanaged companies and pushing them to improve. Instead, some have been targeting larger, financially prosperous companies, such as Procter & Gamble, Apple, and PepsiCo. ......Often, activists advocate for measures that drive up the stock price but can have negative effects in the future, such as the outsourcing of jobs, the elimination of research and development, and the borrowing of money to buy back a company’s own stock. The wisdom of these tactics has come under increasing scrutiny. Some of the most successful businesses to emerge in recent decades have staved off short-term pressures, forcing their investors to be patient with uncertainty and experimentation. The founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, wrote in an early investor letter that building something new “requires you to experiment patiently, accept failures, plant seeds, protect saplings.” ........Over time, this lack of long-term vision alters the economy—with profound political implications. Businesses are the engine of a country’s employment and wealth creation; when they cater only to stockholders, expenditures on employees’ behalf, whether for raises, job training, or new facilities, come to be seen as a poor use of funds. Eventually, this can result in fewer secure jobs, widening inequality, and political polarization. ..........Bush spoke about his last day in the office, when he had sobbed during his final address to Athena’s employees. He had also written a farewell letter. “I believe that working for something larger than yourself is the greatest thing a human can do. A family, a cause, a company, a country—these things give shape and purpose to an otherwise mechanical and brief human existence,” the letter read. “The downside about things that are larger than ourselves, of course, is that we who have the privilege of serving them ourselves are fungible. It is the fundamental definition. You can’t have the grace of the one without the other......Throughout our conversations, Bush returned to a theme that consumed him. He talked about how investors like Singer—financiers who take the assets built by others and manipulate them like puzzle pieces to make money for themselves—are affecting the country on a grand scale. A healthy country, he said, needs economic biodiversity, with companies of different sizes chasing innovation, or embarking on long, hard projects, without being punished. The disproportionate power of the Wall Street investor class, Bush felt, dampened all that, and gradually made the economy, and most of the people in it, more fragile.
distressed_debt  Elliott_Management  financiers  hard_goals  hard_work  hedge_funds  investors  long-term  patience  Paul_Singer  profile  shareholder_activism  Sheelah_Kolhatkar  time_horizons  vulture_investing  Wall_Street 
august 2018 by jerryking
John Stuart Mill Showed Democracy as a Way of Life - The New York Times
David Brooks JAN. 15, 2018

John Stuart Mill demonstrated that democratic citizenship is a way of life, a moral stance and a humanistic adventure.....Mill is famous for his celebration of individual liberty. But he was not an “anything goes” nihilist. He was not a mellow “You do you and I’ll be me” relativist.

In the first place, he demanded constant arduous self-improvement. In his outstanding biography, Richard Reeves points out that in “On Liberty,” Mill used the words “energy,” “active” and “vital” nearly as many times as he used the word “freedom.” Freedom for him was a means, not an end. The end is moral excellence. Mill believed that all of us “are under a moral obligation to seek the improvement of our moral character.”

“At the heart of his liberalism,” Reeves writes, “was a clearly and repeatedly articulated vision of a flourishing human life — self-improving, passionate, truth-seeking, engaged and colorful.”.... staged a lifelong gentle revolt against his father’s shallow intellectual utilitarianism.

Having been raised in this way and, as an adult, living in Victorian England, what he hated most was narrowness, conformity, the crushing of individuals under the weight of peer pressure, government power or public opinion.....Mill cures us from the weakness of our age — the belief that we can achieve democracy on the cheap; the belief that all we have to do to fulfill our democratic duties is be nice, vote occasionally and have opinions. Mill showed that real citizenship is a life-transforming vocation. It involves, at base, cultivating the ability to discern good from evil, developing the intellectual virtues required to separate the rigorous from the sloppy, living an adventurous life so that you are rooting yourself among and serving those who are completely unlike yourself.

The demands of democracy are clear — the elevation and transformation of your very self. If you are not transformed, you’re just skating by.
arduous  moral_codes  David_Brooks  democracy  Victorian  values  critical_thinking  tough-mindedness  rigour  discomforts  struggles  history  op-ed  profile  philosophy  utilitarianism  liberal  political_theory  John_Stuart_Mill  self-improvement  19th_century  liberalism  indivualized  self-actualization  individual_choice  autonomy  engaged_citizenry  intellectually_rigorous 
january 2018 by jerryking
David Boies: the super-lawyer who fell to earth
NOVEMBER 10, 2017 | Financial Times | by Gary Silverman in New York.

David Boies is a representative of a rare breed. He is a New York super-lawyer: one of a small group of residents, typically men, who parse the fine print, seal the deals, battle in the courts and, in the process, define their commercially minded city just as surely as the skyscrapers, the pastrami and the bull outside the stock exchange.

His résumé testifies to his status as perhaps the leading litigator of his day. He has fought in court for causes as near and dear to liberal hearts as same-sex marriage and the presidential campaign of Democrat Al Gore. He has aided fallen financiers including AIG’s Hank Greenberg and Enron’s Andy Fastow. He fought off a libel suit filed against CBS by William Westmoreland, commander of US forces in Vietnam, and was recruited by the federal government to press its antitrust case against Microsoft.

His reputation, however, has just taken a major blow. Mr Boies, a product of the New York legal star system, has been ensnared in the scandal involving a long-time client, producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of abusing his power in the Hollywood star system to harass and assault numerous women over many years.

Mr Boies, 76, is a wealthy man noted for his philanthropy and his popularity, along with his third wife, Mary, on the Manhattan social circuit. But he is also an inveterate risk taker — a lover of the action in Las Vegas as well as at his firm Boies Schiller & Flexner — who goes the extra mile for clients. He did a favour for Mr Weinstein, and it is costing him in the court of public opinion.

His courtroom style is notoriously disarming. His attire — typically, a Lands’ End jacket and trousers — comes straight from the heartland. But his questions are hard

Mr Boies signed a contract on July 11 hiring a business intelligence firm called Black Cube to spy on Mr Weinstein’s accusers, The New Yorker magazine reported. Run by former Israeli intelligence agents, its operatives used false identities to gain the trust of the people in the case and collect information about them. Its objectives included helping Mr Weinstein “stop the publication of a negative article in a leading NY newspaper”.
lawyers  law_firms  profile  David_Boies  superstars  Harvey_Weinstein 
november 2017 by jerryking
Inside the World of Brad Thor
JULY 20, 2017 | The New York Times | By NICHOLAS KULISH.

The thriller writer Brad Thor, a regular guest, brandished a copy of his own latest volume, “Use of Force.”.....according to his publisher Mr. Thor has sold nearly 15 million copies of his books worldwide. That would be an absolutely extraordinary number in literary circles. In the world of mysteries, suspense novels and thrillers it means he still has a bit of work ahead of him to make that leap to the level of ubiquity and universal name recognition (and yes, Thor is his real name) of a Dan Brown or John Grisham......Ryan Steck, who runs the website The Real Book Spy, said that Mr. Thor’s fans are particularly passionate.
profile  fiction  espionage  security_&_intelligence  writers  novels  books  Brad_Thor 
july 2017 by jerryking
Neil deGrasse Tyson on What Every Child Should Know About Science - WSJ
By Chris Kornelis
Updated May 18, 2017

The best advice I’ve ever received is: “It’s not good enough to be right. You also need to be effective.” Cyril deGrasse Tyson, 1928-2016.
profile  science  advice  Neil_deGrasse_Tyson  African-Americans  quotes  affirmations  effectiveness  scientifically_literate 
may 2017 by jerryking
Violently Wrought, Kaitlyn Greenidge interviews Marlon James - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics
Kaitlyn Greenidge interviews Marlon James
November 3, 2014

Guernica: When you are inside the big book, how do you map out structure?

Marlon James: I have note sheets. I use Moleskine notebooks. I’m analog like that. I have a plot chart. I have different columns for the character, rows with different times of day, because even though it’s a big book, each chapter takes place basically in a day. So I need to know where Nina Burgess is at nine o’clock, and where she’ll be at ten. It allows me to be spontaneous. It’s sort of like how knowing prosody really liberates a poet.

If you know you have a backbone, you can bend and contort. That’s what allowed a lot of the freedom in the book. Because half of that stuff in that chart I didn’t follow. Because characters become real and they don’t take crap from you. But also because I always knew where the return line was. You can always go so far out on a limb and know you have to come back to this point. Plot charts and diagramming also stopped me from playing favorites. Because everybody had to get equal time.
Marlon James: Because I want dialogue. But to come back to it—Josey Wales, for example, is slightly older than Weeper [both two gang enforcers in a ghetto of Kingston]. Josey Wales doesn’t like reggae, he doesn’t like dance hall, whereas Weeper is a street kid. He’s a nerd. He has nothing but bitterness and meanness. But they do not talk the same. In a novel that’s told by characters, your nightmare is that they end up sounding alike. Working out how different generations talk was really the challenge. Remembering things like values. It’s their value system that governs how they talk.

Guernica: In the novel, power dynamics are constantly shifting. But there’s never a sense that one character has complete or absolute power.

Marlon James: If anyone has the upper hand, then your novel loses tension. I hope I wrote a very tense novel. Tension happens because dynamics are always changing. Even if you don’t have the upper hand, you have the upper hand in an argument. You have the moral right. Especially these characters, since a lot of them are pushed into corners and make desperate decisions. I don’t buy into the all-knowing, all-smart character. Even characters who you think are minor still end up being overshadowed or beaten.
Marlon_James  writers  Caribbean  culture  violence  fiction  books  Jamaica  '70s  profile  authors  teachers  Bob_Marley  writing  analog  spontaneity  Moleskine  plot_charts  diagramming  Man_Booker  prizes 
january 2016 by jerryking
ETF pioneer Som Seif isn’t afraid of the competition - The Globe and Mail
TORONTO The Globe and Mail Last updated: Friday, Jan. 08, 2016

Education: Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto
Best investment decision: “Investing in myself. I’ve always felt more comfortable investing in my future and career and I tell everyone that investing in their own career will always be their best investment.”
Worst investment decision: “Have several ‘lessons’ I have learned, all leading to avoid letting my emotions make my investment decisions.”

Favourite books: “I have lots but two of them are Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman and The Education of An American Dreamer by Peter G. Peterson.
financial_services  Som_Seif  Bay_Street  books  financiers  entrepreneur  profile  investing  ETFs  Daniel_Kahneman 
january 2016 by jerryking
Sam Altman
July 12, 2015 | The New York Times | by Kate Murphy is a journalist in Houston who writes frequently for The New York Times.
Sam_Altman  Y_Combinator  vc  venture_capital  profile  start_ups  entrepreneur 
july 2015 by jerryking
David Carr: All the views he's fit to print - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Dec. 12 2014
The darker chapters of his life are plainly detailed in his 2008 memoir, The Night of the Gun. In its 385 pages, he reports on his descent into an all-consuming cocaine addiction that derailed his journalism career, left him struggling to care for twin daughters born prematurely to a previous partner amid one of many binges, and ultimately sent him to six months of in-patient rehabilitation.....It is mid-August when we meet, and he has recently added an endowed professorship at Boston University to his day job at the Times, and will begin teaching his course – on making and distributing content, dubbed “Press Play” – in just a few weeks....students will be evaluated “as much by what you put in the margins of others’ work as you are for your own.”...Mr. Carr has leaped feet-first into journalism’s evolving digital playground. His chatty Twitter feed ranges from news to life at home and has amassed, at last count, nearly 462,000 followers. He reads long-form stories on Gawker and BuzzFeed.
David_Carr  digital_media  profile  NYT  books  courtesies  addictions  print_journalism  memoirs 
december 2014 by jerryking
Paul Godfrey: Evolution of a Canadian media mogul - The Globe and Mail
TORONTO — The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Oct. 24 2014
Paul_Godfrey  digital_media  profile 
november 2014 by jerryking
The poker-faced Bradley Shaw pegs his future on WiFi - The Globe and Mail

CALGARY — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Apr. 11 2014
Shaw  Wi-Fi  CEOs  family-owned_businesses  family_business  profile 
april 2014 by jerryking
The New Establishment: The Decline And Fall of the Eastern Empire
October 1994 | | Vanity Fair |By David Halberstam

Perhaps more than any other single person, Henry Kissinger augured the end of the gifted amateurs of the Old Establishment. His ascension to power represented the rise of the free agent—the professional political player who brilliantly manipulated the press, played both sides of issues, and put his own agenda ahead of all others. David Halberstam pins Dr. Kissinger to the pages of history.
Henry_Kissinger  profile  Harvard  David_Halberstam  APNSA 
december 2013 by jerryking
The FDIC's Sheila Bair: Going bare-knuckled against Wall Street - The Globe and Mail
Jun. 22 2013 | The Globe and Mail | KEVIN CARMICHAEL.

Deposit insurance agencies are vital to the smooth functioning of the financial system. Without them, banks would face cascading withdrawals at the first whisper of trouble. Yet within the constellation of financial regulators, deposit insurance agencies are more like Mars or Venus, dominated by the Jupiter-like presences of the finance ministries, central banks and securities commissions....Sherrod Brown and David Vitter, Democratic and Republican senators respectively, have co-sponsored legislation that would force the biggest banks to hold equity equal to 15 per cent of assets, which is much more onerous than current law. An idea that Ms. Bair long has advocated as a way to make the biggest banks less risky – forcing them to hold higher levels of long-term debt – is catching on with policy makers.....How did it get so bad? Ms. Bair has a theory. Over eggs and oatmeal in December, she explained what it was like to be on Capitol Hill in the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, made an agreement to overhaul the tax code. That generation of leaders was influenced by the Second World War; many had fought in it. Such experience teaches you to “put country first,” Ms. Bair says. “We’re the pampered Baby Boom generation. We’re not willing to make the sacrifices as much as our parents were.”
too_big_to_fail  FDIC  financial_system  Sheila_Bair  profile  women  Wall_Street  WWII  the_Greatest_Generation  regulators  sacrifice  baby_boomers  Kevin_Carmichael  shared_experiences  shared_consciousness  policymaking  tax_codes 
june 2013 by jerryking
Revenge Of The Angel Investor
July 09, 2007 | National Post | by Karen Mazurkewich
angels  profile  Terry_Matthews  entrepreneur 
march 2013 by jerryking
Hilary Mantel: Bringing Up the Books -
October 25, 2012 | WSJ | By JAVIER ESPINOZA.
Bringing Up the Books
Hilary Mantel on the Man Booker, Tudor Tales and Polishing Off Her Trilogy
Hilary_Mantel  writers  novels  profile  Tudors  protagonists  Thomas_Cromwell  historical_fiction  Man_Booker  prizes 
january 2013 by jerryking BILL ACKMAN
November 30, 2012
A year ago, Bill Ackman was just another American hedge fund billionaire. Then came his proxy battle against chronically underperforming CP Rail. The ensuing boardroom rout struck fear in the hearts of directors and executives across Canada, and earned Ackman our top nod for 2012 as the CEO who kicked business-as-usual squarely in the gut

hedge_funds  profile  William_Ackman  Pershing_Square  money_management  shareholder_activism  boards_&_directors_&_governance  proxy-advisory 
december 2012 by jerryking
Helping Hand for Time’s Print Empire
July 29, 2012 | NYT | By AMY CHOZICK.

Lang has homed in on the transition to mobile devices and the customizing of ads for marketers based on the vast amount of consumer data Time Inc. collects on readers. Her theory: if users’ personal information is a treasure trove for Silicon Valley businesses, it should be equally valuable to traditional media. ....Ms. Lang talks about Time Inc. not as a magazine publisher, but as a branded news and entertainment company. She believes she can sell digital products to advertisers tailored to a level of specificity not previously available....As the Digitas chief she turned a traditional direct-mail service into a business that built and placed digital ad campaigns customized for Web sites and social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. She also helped start the “newfronts” that take place around the time of the TV network’s upfronts, where advertisers see the coming slate of TV shows, and connect advertisers to online companies like YouTube and Hulu....the focus seems to be on tailoring the company’s magazine properties around the digital consumer. Driving that plan is a trove of research that breaks down readers’ daily news cycle. The “Arc of the Day” study showed that in the morning readers want bite-size headlines and news flashes. In the afternoon, they are often at a desktop computer and want to grab a slide show or video, and at night they have time to engage in a deeper article. A related study also found that the average smartphone owner spends 1.4 hours a day waiting in line while browsing a device....Time Inc. had previously resisted a deal with Apple in part because it did not want to give up its control of subscriber data to the technology company.

But the deal fits Ms. Lang’s favorite refrain: “We need to be where our consumers are.”
magazines  digital_media  profile  CEOs  mass_media  data_driven  Publicis  advertising  TIME_Inc.  news  dayparting  print_journalism 
july 2012 by jerryking
Fred Wilson Turns Lost Ideas Into Ventures
January 30, 1996 | WSJ | by Udayan Gupta.
Profiles Fred Wilson of Euclid Partners, a New York venture-capital fund. His business of luring executives from big corporations and giving them new lives as entrepreneurs; Focus on forming new companies from projects which are struggling to get attention inside large corporations; Success of companies he has helped to finance.

...To find new projects, Mr. Wilson chats up contacts and scours newspaper and magazine pages for corporate projects that might have an entrepreneurial flavour. He...
New_York_City  venture_capital  vc  Fred_Wilson  spin-offs  profile  large_companies  brands  internal_projects 
july 2012 by jerryking
Louis Audet: Speaks six languages, measures every word - The Globe and Mail

TORONTO — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Jul. 13 2012,RITA TRICHUR - TELECOM REPORTER

TORONTO — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Jul. 13 2012,
Cogeco  profile  CATV  digital_media  Quebec 
july 2012 by jerryking
Serial Entrepreneurs_They're grreat!
January 2001 | Upside | Ed Gubbins, Brian Quinton

Okay. What is it with these people? They suffer the slings and arrows of starting up a business - raising capital. finding a product. assembling a staff - then. when they have amassed their outrageous fortune, they go out and do it all over again. Serial entrepreneurs, they are called - masters of the multiple start-up. Most of them admit that they get antsy when the paperwork blizzard starts to fly and the company gets too big to hold its Christmas party in the back dining room of the local winery. Profiles are presented of 5 serial entrepreneurs: 1. Kirby Pickle. 2. Vern Fotheringham, 3. Rubin Gruber, 4. Mory Ejabat and 5. Jeanette Symons.
serial_entrepreneur  women  profile  entrepreneur 
june 2012 by jerryking
Newt Gingrich wants you to make him run for president
February 5, 2007 | Fortune | Nina Easton.

Has anyone revitalized or created a bright spot in a flat or declining industry?
At the Tempe conference, Gingrich politely listens to such proposals as applying Toyota-style production-control techniques to the health system - and then slices through them with an alternative mantra of competition, deregulation, modernized information systems, and personal responsibility. ...In other words, in Gingrich's world consumer health care should look more like Travelocity...Instead, the Center for Health Transformation offers policy ideas to companies that want to get health-care costs off their backs but oppose government-imposed, universal-health-insurance plans as costly and burdensome. The center's roster of 75 clients is impressive, including insurers Blue Cross & Blue Shield and GE Healthcare, providers like the American Hospital Association, and employers like GM (Charts) and Ford (Charts). Clients pay fees ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 a year....Gingrich's own epiphany about a presidential run dates back three years, when he picked up Harold Holzer's "Lincoln at Cooper Union." The book tells the story of how Lincoln's lengthy 1860 speech in New York City - an intellectually rigorous rebuttal of slavery's legal grounding - wowed the Eastern establishment and transformed a gawky, badly dressed Western politician into a leading presidential candidate. Gingrich saw himself in this story of the underestimated outsider making good, despite the seeming hubris of comparing himself to Lincoln, and it now underpins his unorthodox quest for the presidency...Gingrich also says things like "If you want to shape history, it's useful to actually know history" without a hint of self-consciousness...Of the other Republican contenders for President he says, "We're not in the same business. They are running for the White House. I am trying to change the country."..."My planning horizons are 17 years. I want to give you a sense of scale," he explains, as if helping me focus on his long view of things. "I also do what I think the country needs. I don't operate under personal ambition." ...."There are 3,300 counties, 17,000 elected school boards, 60,000 cities and towns, 14,000 state legislators, 50 governors, and 535 elected federal legislators," he says.
profile  historians  healthcare  lean  books  Six_Sigma  innovation  best_practices  change_agents  long-term  unorthodox  decline  competition  deregulation  information_systems  personal_responsibility  underestimation  outsiders  Abraham_Lincoln  personal_ambition  intellectually_rigorous 
may 2012 by jerryking
Fruit & vegetables Industry Profile: Canada.
Fruit & vegetables in
Reference Code: 0070-2237
Publication Date: September 2011
EBSCOhost  Canada  fruits  vegetables  industries  profile 
may 2012 by jerryking
How I Did It: Reed Hastings, Netflix, Internet Business Models Article - Inc. Article |
Dec 1, 2005 | Inc. Magazine | As told to Patrick J. Sauer.
The founder of Netflix on developing a passion brand, and sustaining it as passions change.
Netflix  branding  Reed_Hastings  profile  business_models 
may 2012 by jerryking
The Education of Andy Grove
December 12, 2005

(FORTUNE Magazine)
'If we got kicked out and the board brought in a new CEO, what do you think he would do?' Gordon answered without hesitation, 'He would get us out of memories.' I stared at him, numb, then said, 'Why shouldn't you and I walk out the door, come back, and do it ourselves?'"
Andy_Grove  profile  data_driven  cancers  critical_thinking  tough-mindedness 
may 2012 by jerryking
Adebayo Ogunlesi: CSFB's global-banking chief -- Printout -- TIME
Dec. 02, 2002
Adebayo Ogunlesi: CSFB's global-banking chief
By Sean Gregory
Oxford  HBS  investment_banking  Nigerians  CSFB  profile  J.D.-M.B.A. 
may 2012 by jerryking
Infotrac Newsstand - Document
Author(s): Richard McGregor
Source: The Financial Times. (Aug. 20, 2011): News: p3.
San_Antonio  mayoral  profile 
january 2012 by jerryking
Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn Has Become the Go-To Guy of Tech -
November 5, 2011 | NYT | By EVELYN M. RUSLI.

Hearing Mr. Hoffman wax philosophical about technology, it’s easy to understand why so many here seem to view him as something of a yoda. When he talks about “scale” — Internet-speak for having enough people use a network to make the network actually useful — he often invokes Archimedes, the great mathematician and inventor in ancient Greece.

According to lore, Archimedes created a device with a revolving screw-shaped blade to pump water against gravity: the Archimedes screw. Mr. Hoffman urges his followers to find their own levers and devices to encourage people to adopt their technologies. Entrepreneurs, he says, often spend too much time creating products and too little figuring out how to get people to use them....“When you write a scholarly work, it tends to be understood by very few people, and has one publication point over time,” he said. “But when you build a service, you can touch millions, to hundreds of millions of people directly.”...Today, LinkedIn, the professional social network, is a rising giant, a monument to the emergence of the social Web. Founded in 2002, the company has ballooned to more than 1,700 employees. It has more than 135 million registered members across 200 countries. It has turned a profit in six of the last seven quarters. ...In the same way that social media redefined the Internet, he sees another tectonic shift on the horizon.

This one, he believes, will be driven by data. Mr. Hoffman has been investing in companies that are data-driven or starting to work with data in interesting ways. For instance, even though two Greylock investments, Shopkick and Groupon, focus on retailing, both aggregate a huge volume of information on user spending habits. LinkedIn, too, has been trying to leverage the data on its site by, for example, making it more searchable.
Reid_Hoffman  LinkedIn  profile  entrepreneur  Silicon_Valley  data_driven  analytics  data  massive_data_sets  Greylock  scaling  searchable  network_effects  habits  spending  customer_adoption  seismic_shifts  Archimedes  Greek 
november 2011 by jerryking
China advisory panel: Insider guides | Travel |
18 May 2009 | Wallpaper* Magazine| Bigger than Oprah, Yue-Sai Kan is a household name across China - with viewing figures that regularly hit the 300 million mark, Kan has been the perfectly preened face of Chinese televisual entertainment for the last 3 decades.
travel  China  profile  entrepreneur 
october 2011 by jerryking
When Sir Terry talks...
Wahl, AndrewView Profile. Canadian Business80. 19 (Sep 24, 2007): 15.

Ottawa-based telecom equipment magnate, Terry Matthews, was in fine form under the high ceilings of the Vancouver Club recently, where he introduced CounterPath, his newest corporate creation, to an audience of a few dozen high-net-worth individuals, financial players and other business contacts. Another in a series of Matthews' businesses that target the shift in telecommunications toward Internet protocol standards, CounterPath makes voice-over-IP softphones and sells them to telecom service providers and equipment makers. In a complex transaction this summer, Vancouver's CounterPath acquired NewHeights, an Ottawa-based softphone firm co-founded by Matthews' 34-year-old son, Owen. He called the new CounterPath one of the most important companies he is ever been involved in.
Terry_Matthews  ProQuest  profile  telecommunications  CounterPath  VoIP 
october 2011 by jerryking
FOOD inc.
October 6, 2011 | Report on Small Business | Jessica Leeder and Susan Krashinsky.
10 companies that are changing the way we eat
food  entrepreneur  profile 
october 2011 by jerryking
Low-key founder of LinkedIn hits IPO jackpot - The Globe and Mail
omar el akkad AND paul waldie
From Friday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 19, 2011
Omar_El_Akkad  Paul_Waldie  Reid_Hoffman  profile  LinkedIn  low-key 
september 2011 by jerryking
Kevin O’Leary: The shark who swims alone - The Globe and Mail
john allemang
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Sep. 23, 2011
Kevin_O’Leary  John_Allemang  profile  Ivey 
september 2011 by jerryking
A stiff upper lip and a tight ship
August 13, 2011 | | by JACQUIE McNISH.
Morgan Meighen's eccentric chief portfolio manager on why restraint is
the new order at 10 Toronto Street...Mr. Smedley has never been one to
follow the pack. Although he manages a fund whose history and clientele
are steeped in the Canadian establishment, he has deliberately remained
an outsider.

His investment strategies are fed by an intensive daily regime of
personal research that begins with five newspapers every morning and
ends with corporate and financial report readings every night before
bed. He hunts like a reporter for early leads about emerging stock
winners and still takes copious notes in Pitman's shorthand, which he
learned as a 16-year-old reporter trainee in Britain.
wealth_management  high_net_worth  money_management  profile  Morgan_Meighen  Michael_Smedley  JCK  Canadian  Toronto  Bay_Street  restraint 
august 2011 by jerryking
Ray Dalio’s Richest and Strangest Hedge Fund
JULY 25, 2011 |: The New Yorker | by John Cassidy.
How Ray Dalio built the world’s richest and strangest hedge fund.
profile  Ray_Dalio  Bridgewater  hedge_funds  organizational_culture  transparency 
august 2011 by jerryking
Gladwell’s Brain
08. Jan 2007 | Washingtonian Magazine | By Chris Wilson.
Malcolm Gladwell, the quirky author of Blink and Tipping Point, writes
bestseller after bestseller. He got his start in Washington, and
Washington hasn’t been the same since... In May ‘87, Gladwell debunked
what he believed were 3 myths of the burgeoning domestic computer-chip
mkt. That journalistic strategy—to prop up and then bowl over the
conventional wisdom—has become his trademark….Since joining the New
Yorker in ‘96, Gladwell made a name as a journalist who translates
psychological research into accessible terms. His articles take a
low-altitude/high-altitude approach, beginning with narratives populated
with quirky characters and ballooning into examinations of broad social
phenomena…. “Malcolm was thoroughly unconventional,+ “a person of
natural curiosity”
Malcolm_Gladwell  profile  journalists  writers  unconventional_thinking  curiosity  myths  debunking 
june 2011 by jerryking
Steve Paikin: the journalist who likes everybody - The Globe and Mail
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, May. 20, 2011
Steve_Paikin  The_Agenda  journalists  profile  TVO 
may 2011 by jerryking
THE GALLEON TRIAL U.S. Attorney Sends a Message to Wall Street
21 months as United States attorney, Preet Bharara has had a major
impact on corporate crime.
Every few days during the trial of Raj Rajaratnam, the Galleon Group’s
co-founder, Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern
District of New York, would quietly enter the courtroom and take a seat
in the last row of the gallery.

From that unassuming vantage point, Mr. Bharara watched his colleagues
try to persuade a jury to convict the former hedge fund titan of
securities fraud and conspiracy.

The consistent presence of Mr. Bharara at the largest insider trading
case in a generation — and the office’s resounding victory on Wednesday —
signaled that the chief federal prosecutor in Manhattan was back as the
sheriff of Wall Street.
legal  legal_system  profile  Preet_Bharara  insider_trading  prosecutors  hedge_funds  Raj_Rajaratnam  Wall_Street 
may 2011 by jerryking
Gardein Protein founder reveals his recipe for success - The Globe and Mail
Mar. 31, 2011|Globe and Mail| SARAH HAMPSON. Profiles food
entrepreneur Yves Potvin who has a habit of making daily (sometimes even
nightly) lists. Which is obvious in his precise demeanour, his
bullet-point answers to questions. Those lists have shaped his career as
the Canadian millionaire pioneer of meat-replacement products. “I have
too many ideas. I create a stir,” says the founder and president of
Gardein Protein.
vegetarian  vegan  food  entrepreneur  plant-based  profile 
april 2011 by jerryking
Felix Chee: Building an economic bridge to China - The Globe and Mail
TORONTO— From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Mar. 25, 2011.

Felix Chee nudged China’s sovereign wealth fund to its most successful
direct investment ever, when he convinced China Investment Corp. to bet
$1.5-billion (U.S.) in 2009 on embattled Teck Resources Ltd. TCK.B-T
That investment is now worth $5.4-billion. In January 2011 came “the
highlight” of Mr. Chee’s career, when CIC opened a Toronto office with
him at the helm as its chief representative. The world’s fifth-largest
sovereign wealth fund, with $332-billion of assets, snubbed larger
capital markets by opening its first non-Asian office here, putting Mr.
Chee in a unique position to help build the fragile economic bridge that
links Canada’s resource riches with the world’s fastest-growing major
China  Canada  FDI  Manulife  uToronto  profile  sovereign_wealth_funds  Felix_Chee  CIC  capital_markets 
march 2011 by jerryking
Dick Parsons, Captain Emergency - BusinessWeek
March 24, 2011, 5:00PM EST text size: TT
Dick Parsons, Captain Emergency
Troubled outfits like Citigroup keep hiring Parsons because he's a master in the art of the relationship

By Devin Leonard
Richard_Parsons  African-Americans  profile  turnarounds  Citigroup  troubleshooting 
march 2011 by jerryking
Anna Wintour's Brand Anna -
MARCH 23, 2011 | WSJ | By JOSHUA LEVINE. The editor of Vogue
has always occupied the most powerful seat in the world of American
fashion. But Anna Wintour's web of influential friends and allies has
helped turn her into a global brand that transcends fashion. Photographs
by Mario Testino
fashion  profile  personal_branding  Vogue  branding  PPR  luxury  LVMH  apparel 
march 2011 by jerryking / Columnists / Lunch with the FT - Lunch with the FT: Howard Schultz
By John Gapper

Published: March 18 2011

Things are looking up again as Starbucks marks its 40th anniversary this
month and he has a book coming out about his return to the company and
the rebound, named with typical ebullience Onward: How Starbucks Fought
for Its Life without Losing Its Soul.
Howard_Schultz  Starbucks  profile  books  coffee 
march 2011 by jerryking
Lunch with Charlie Rose. - By Gillian Tett - Slate Magazine
By Gillian Tett Posted Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011

He is particularly animated about a recent debate he staged on Afghanistan. “My job [on these shows] is just to ask questions, so with Afghanistan you have to ask: ‘Why are we [Americans] there? People say that we are there because of al-Qaeda, but there is no al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, they are in Pakistan! So then you have to say: ‘What are we going to do about Pakistan?’”

So what do you think America should do? I ask, conscious the issue is provoking heated debate. Over the years, Rose has built his career by extracting information from others; he himself never takes political sides on air. And, while it is widely assumed that he holds liberal views, he refuses to back any party – or policy – in public. “I don’t talk about my politics,” he explains. “I am registered as an independent.”

True to form, Rose orchestrates another twist in the conversation and asks how long I have been in New York. I explain that I got my current job 10 months earlier and that it feels “a huge privilege to be here at such a pivotal point in American history and the media”.

He nods enthusiastically. “I cannot imagine anything that I would rather do than have the opportunities I have now, to do interesting things – these opportunities coming out of the economic collapse, new administration, the recent [mid-term] elections, the fact that the Chinese president has come for a state visit ... ”.....So, I observe, you are the anti-Twitter!

He laughs, and explains that what he really wants to do in the next few years is to keep celebrating the concept of “conversation”. He is, for example, thinking of writing a book about “friendship”. He recently started keeping a diary that he hopes will act like an archaeological record of his spoken adventures. One of the reasons why he loves New York, he adds, is that a vast number of bright and ambitious people are crammed into such a small space that they – and their ideas – can constantly collide. And, of course, talk.

His ambitions could run further still. These days Oprah Winfrey is shaking the media world by creating not just a show that bears her name but an entire network too. “It would be wonderful to become what Oprah has become: she is in such a class of her own, as an entrepreneur, as a performer and an icon,” Rose admits. “The idea of building a series of programmes and choosing people that I think have talent to do them would be a very interesting idea. I would love to show that television can have soul, depth and range.”
Charlie_Rose  interviews  profile  Gillian_Tett 
february 2011 by jerryking
Peter Thiel: 21st Century Free Radical - BusinessWeek
February 3, 2011, 5:00PM EST text size: TT
Peter Thiel: 21st Century Free Radical
Never mind enormous yachts: Peter Thiel is spending his billions on
space travel, life extension, artificial intelligence, and paying top
students not to go to college

By Romesh Ratnesar
Peter_Thiel  profile  moguls  libertarian 
february 2011 by jerryking
How Siddhartha Mukherjee Became Cancer’s Biographer -
Published: November 8, 2010
because of a patient, he added, that he began to write “The Emperor of
All Maladies.” “I was having a conversation with a patient who had
stomach cancer,” he recalled, “and she said, ‘I’m willing to go on
fighting, but I need to know what it is that I’m battling.’ It was an
embarrassing moment. I couldn’t answer her, and I couldn’t point her to a
book that would. Answering her question — that was the urgency that
drove me, really. The book was written because it wasn’t there.”
cancers  book_reviews  profile 
december 2010 by jerryking
Eric Lefkofsky, Groupon Founder, on Why Social Media Is Hot -
Published: November 17, 2010 PROFILES Eric Lefkofsky, founder of ,
StarBelly, (made tools for building Web sites); InnerWorkings, which
provides printing capabilities over the Web, and Echo Global Logistics, a
transportation and logistics outsourcing business he founded with a law
school friend, Brad Keywell. He also founded MediaBank, which helps
companies buy advertising. In each case, Mr. Lefkofsky used the power of
technology and the Internet to update an industry.
entrepreneur  serial_entrepreneur  Chicago  profile  social_media 
november 2010 by jerryking
The Next Establishment | The New Establishment 2010 | Business
October 2010 | Vanity Fair | by Peter Newcomb•Adrienne Gaffney
lists  movingonup  profile 
october 2010 by jerryking
Voice of Influence
Oct. 07, 2010| TIME| By Richard Stengel. Fareed's worldview
comes in part from being a naturalized American citizen who was born in
Bombay and grew up outside the U.S. in what was then decidedly the
developing world. His academic background — a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D.
in political science from Harvard — also gives him a set of analytical
tools that few have. "Most journalists ask the 'what' question very
well," he says. "My training is to ask the 'why.' "s. "I'm not in
journalism to play parlor games with elites. I want to help people
become more thoughtful and engaged about the world." ...Fareed is one of
the foremost public intellectuals of our time. He connects the dots on
foreign policy, politics, the economy and the larger culture to make
sense of the world's most important ideas and trends. And he does it
with a subtlety that is nevertheless clear and accessible. For him,
politics and international affairs are complex and gray, not black and
Fareed_Zakaria  profile  sense-making  foreign_policy  politics  economics  trends  popular_culture  public_discourse  journalism  public_intellectuals  connecting_the_dots  engaged_citizenry  worldviews  5_W’s 
october 2010 by jerryking
Man of the World
May 5, 2003 | New York Magazine | By Marion Maneker.
Newsweek columnist Fareed Zakaria has the perfect intellectual pedigree
(Indian-born, educated at Harvard, conservative) for a fast-changing
world, and the kinds of friends in high places who can push a career
into overdrive. The first Muslim secretary of State? Don’t bet against
Fareed_Zakaria  fast-changing  profile 
october 2010 by jerryking
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