After college I did some magazine writing including an imaginary history of Christmas, a visit to Geoge Lucas’s ILM right before the release of Star Wars: Episode 1, the world’s most entertaining calculus professor, a guide to the Great American Movie Theaters and an interview with the Editor of The Onion.
Ashwin Shivaikar from Citi’s Equity Research group and I joined forces to write two reports Upwardly Mobile I and Upwardly Mobile II. The pieces were very well received and we had the honor of giving out 2000 of these at Money 2020. I also gave a 10 minute summary of the paper at a payments conference. Kate Fitzgerald wrote it up in surprising detail in American Banker in an article called Simplicity, Usefulness Should Guide Mobile Wallet Development.
Last year’s I wrote a bit on Man-Computer symbiosis and how computers and people work together to solve hard problems. Gary Kasparov gave a great presentation on how computers and humans can partner together to beat both the best human players OR the best computers. Kasparov also did a great write up of his thoughts in the New York Review of books.
In college I was Chairman of The Yale Record, the nation’s oldest college humor magazine and the coiner of the term hot dog in 1895. On April 1st 1999 we did a parody of the New York Times website that’s a lot of fun to read. We were going to get coverage from the Times; however, April Fools Day took a more serious tone that year when NATO bombed Yugoslavia.
When I applied to NYU for my MBA, there was an essay to “Do something creative!” I wrote the essay My Friend, That Bastard, Benjamin Franklin.