Blog: Reflections on 'Smart Money'

Crowd Whisperers

Crowd Whisperers

While attending investor conferences in my early career at Hambrecht & Quist, I was tasked with taking notes about specific companies for a VC client. The VC several times asked me to describe the crowdedness of a room, a question I appreciated later. The many...

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Early Wall Street Career Signposts

Early Wall Street Career Signposts

An evening last week brought me back to some survival signposts one learns early in a Wall Street career. The occasion was a mixer hosted by a mid-tier investment banking firm within a larger healthcare conference in San Francisco. Most attendees were public or...

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Thoroughness Matters – Quant Annals

Thoroughness Matters – Quant Annals

I am often told that various of our experiments produced results confirming the obvious. Such comments do not come from people who work in quantitative finance. Finding patterns that don’t exist is something we ‘quants’ also do if not careful. The key is to constantly test hypotheses.

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