Well, not really. But one of the fittest women I ever met does live in Zurich, and her name is Cinderella.
I’m back with my regular interview of fitness role models, this time it’s Cinderella (Cindy) Landolt’s turn. Cindy is a 26 years old successful entrepreneur and fitness model and the newest of my online friends on bodybuilding.com. Aside from that, she is one of the most popular female athletes on facebook.
In 2007, the Cannes Film festival had a record number of bankers attending the famous festival. Everybody was schmoozing everybody. I have to admit, my business partner and I were caught up in the movie mania, too.
But while most hedge fund managers and investment bankers were talking to the Harvey Weinsteins, Ryan Kavanaughs, Steven Spielbergs, and Angelina Jolies of the Hollywood scene, we were talking to a less glamorous crowd: independent film distributors, boutique financing firms, accountants for Hollywood and indie films, theater owners, and data freaks with a passion for numbers.
I love Python and cloud storage. Python and cloud storage has helped me get rid of some of my data clutter, and I can now retrieve it on command from anywhere in the world. With Python code, and the APIs of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other fun things like that are making high level concepts easier to develop, right in the cloud, and providing a fertile playground for creative people.
By using some analytical tools that I applied mostly to financial engineering problems, I created interesting algorithms to monitor key parameters of my own body. I aggregated them in an Pandas or R Dataframe, and created a sort of a ‘body control panel’. It was that (almost) real-time monitoring of those parameters which allowed me to transform my body from obese fat to six-pack abs fit in a natural, low volatility and controlled way. As an added bonus, I have increased my life expectancy as measured by several devices. Aside from the health benefits, it feels good to be in the best shape of my life at 45.
So, it looked to me that Hollywood could finance an asset (movie), by selling “options” (pre-sales), in a very specialized, over-the-counter market. That meant that the risk of a movie (like Lara Croft’s Tombraider) being a box-office disappointment was passed to third parties, in exchange for those guys getting the distribution rights in their respective territories.
My analysis also showed that the pricing mechanism was very inefficient, because it was not based on any analytical techniques, but on subjective opinions about the ‘hot’ stars, genres & directors of the moment. As an additional hurdle, Hollywood was subject to the capital constraints of their parent corporations, which are exposed to risks larger and diverse than those faced by their Hollywood branches.
Christine Roberts reports: Republicans have caught the 140-character fever. Several candidates will participate in the first-ever GOP presidential debate on Twitter this Wednesday (July 20th, 2011) afternoon. The announcement comes just two weeks after President Obama held his first Twitter townhall, when he directly addressed users’ questions about the economy and jobs.
Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and Gary Johnson will participate in the 90-minute discussion, sponsored by TheTeaParty.net and moderated by conservative radio host Rusty Humphries and conservative commentator S.E. Cupp. Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman will skip the debate.
Steve’s proposal was sitting on my desk in my office at 110 Wall Street for weeks, and the more I read it, the less I liked it. I said to myself: This doesn’t make any business sense!
How is somebody going to invest in an ‘asset’ that doesn’t even exist yet, without a risk profile and expected returns via an analytical framework? Where is the value here? How do you price this? The more I read Steve’s proposal, the more frustrated I became.