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Being Geek: The Software Developer's Career Handbook by Michael Lopp


finite state, game design, job satisfaction, John Gruber, knowledge worker, remote working, rolodex, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, sorting algorithm, web application

The Contradiction List Before you pick up the phone, before you answer that tempting recruiting email, there are a couple of questions I want you to ask yourself, and then, with these answers in hand, I'll explain why you should ignore them. Who are you leaving behind? I have a Rolodex. It's not actually a Rolodex, it's a list, and on that list is every single person whom I'll call when I do the start-up thing. In each company I've worked at, I've had the Rolodex moment when I realize that someone I'm working with belongs on this list. It's a rare, wonderful moment. There's a risk when you leave a gig that you're leaving people behind who you're going to need at a later date, who aren't going to survive the transition to your new gig. There's also a chance that you've missed an obvious Rolodex candidate. The reality is: Inclusion on the Rolodex is defined by the ability to survive job changes, although, paradoxically, you won't actually know that for sure until you leave.

The reality is: Inclusion on the Rolodex is defined by the ability to survive job changes, although, paradoxically, you won't actually know that for sure until you leave. Part of my inclusion criteria is that I see my relationship with this person as something larger than the current gig. If they're on the Rolodex, it means I believe our relationship is no longer defined by the current job, and there's no better way to test this hypothesis than switching gigs. Are you done? In your current gig, are you close to a state where all of your major commitments are either complete or won't come crumbling down if you leave? I'm not saying every single task has been crossed off; I'm saying that the work that you can uniquely do can either be completed or handed off to a competent person. My real question here is: what's the story that will be told about you when you leave? Will it be, "He's the guy who bailed when it got tough" or "He left us at a tough time, but left us in good shape"?

remote, working, The Pond repetition in game play, Discovery: From Confusion to Control repetitive motion, removing, My Tools Do Not Care Where My Work Is reputation, Delivery, Wanderlust, On Excuses, Question #2: Industry and Brand, Question #2: Industry and Brand company, and career moves, Question #2: Industry and Brand hits to, On Excuses low priority work and, Wanderlust maintenance of, Delivery requisitions for hiring (reqs), Wanted research, prior to phone screens, The Sanity Check resignation of team members, Mind the Gap respect for management, A Hint of an Insane Plan response to fuckups, Management Transformations, The Prioritizer, The Randomizer, The Illuminator, The Illuminator, The Enemy Enemy, The Enemy Illuminator, The Illuminator Interrogator, Management Transformations Prioritizer, The Prioritizer Randomizer, The Randomizer responsibility for issues, Partial Information resumés, during phone screens, Stalk Your Future Job Reveal, the, The Reveal revenge, and the Screw-Me scenario, You Might Be Lying reviews, yearly, No Surprises Rolodex and work relationships, Who are you leaving behind? routine meetings, importance of, Invest in the Boring rules of games, An Entertaining System, Discovery: From Confusion to Control, The Rules of the Game, This Isn't Role Playing; This Is Life or Death, Your Nerd Has Built Himself a Cave, Rules of Play, Rules of Play Back Alley Bridge (BAB), Rules of Play discovery of, An Entertaining System, Your Nerd Has Built Himself a Cave optimization of, Discovery: From Confusion to Control universal rules of, The Rules of the Game Werewolf, This Isn't Role Playing; This Is Life or Death S salary negotiations process, You Are the Business, Pre-Game, How Am I Doing?

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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen


Albert Einstein, asset allocation, cognitive dissonance, conceptual framework, Everything should be made as simple as possible, George Santayana, index card, knowledge worker, Ralph Waldo Emerson, rolodex

As I’ve increased the size of the hard disk in my computer, I’ve kept that much more e-mail in my archives. The more the merrier, as far as I’m concerned, since increasing the volume of pure reference material adds no psychic weight. The Variety of Reference Systems There are a number of ways to organize reference material, and many types of tools to use. What follows is a brief discussion of some of the most common. • General-reference filing—paper and e-mail • Large-category filing • Rolodexes and contact managers • Libraries and archives Your filing system should be a simple library of data, easily retrievable—not your reminder for actions, projects, priorities, or prospects. General-Reference Filing As I’ve said, a good filing system is critical for processing and organizing your stuff. It’s also a must for dealing with the sometimes huge volume of paper-based materials that are valuable for you for one reason or another.

Bear in mind that if your “area of focus” has support material that could blend into other “areas of focus,” you may run into the dilemma of whether to store the information in general reference or in the specialized reference files. When you read a great article about wood fencing and want to keep it, does that go in your “Garden” cabinet or in the general system with other information about home-related projects? As a general rule, it’s best to stick with one general-reference system except for a very limited number of discrete topics. Rolodexes and Contact Managers Much of the information that you need to keep is directly related to people in your network. You need to track contact information of all sorts—home and office phone numbers and addresses, cell-phone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, and so on. In addition, if you find it useful, you may want to maintain information about birthdays, names of friends’ and colleagues’ family members, hobbies, favorite wines and foods, and the like.

The telephone/address section of most of the organizers sold in the last fifty years is probably (along with the calendar) their most commonly used component. Everyone needs to keep track of phone numbers. It’s instructive to note that this is purely and simply reference material. No action is required—this is just information that you might need to access in the future. So there’s no big mystery about how to organize it, aside from the logistics for your individual needs. Again, the only problem comes up when people try to make their Rolodexes serve as tools for reminding them about things they need to do. That doesn’t work. As long as all the actions relative to people you know have been identified and tracked in your action reminder lists, there’s no role for telephone and address systems to fill other than being a neutral address book. The only issue then becomes how much information you need to keep and where and in what equipment you need to keep it in order to have it accessible when you want it.

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Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get From Start-Up to IPO on Your Terms by Jeffrey Bussgang

business process, carried interest, digital map, discounted cash flows, hiring and firing, Jeff Bezos, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, moveable type in China, pattern recognition, Paul Graham, performance metric, Peter Thiel,, risk tolerance, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Sand Hill Road, selection bias, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, Skype, software as a service, sovereign wealth fund, Steve Jobs, technology bubble, The Wisdom of Crowds

He described to me the different types of angels he sees running around Silicon Valley: “There are people [with less domain expertise] who put in a lot of time and energy. They can provide broad support, like helping to recruit people or sorting out things like office leases and that kind of stuff. Then there are people like me, who are very professional and involved in the space, but also extremely busy with a day job and two boards and everything else but can lend their Rolodex to be helpful. Then there are hobbyists, usually retired, who are pretty passive. I generally find that it’s better to get one of the first two types.” On the other hand, the venture capital firm offers something that other funding sources generally do not: active participation in the development and management of the start-up business. Typically, at least one partner in the VC firm will take a seat on the board of the company in which it invests.

What’s important for the entrepreneur, especially the first-time entrepreneur, is to understand just how well connected the partners around the table really are, and how much they rely on their networks for information and deals. This does not mean that if you don’t know anybody, you can’t make connections that will help you. Networking tools, such as Reid Hoffman’s LinkedIn, as well as old-fashioned Rolodex-building activities, like attending relevant conferences and mining various alumni networks, should allow any determined entrepreneur to get a warm introduction. Venture capitalists admire tenacity and resourcefulness—all qualities that an entrepreneur can and should exhibit from the first email, phone call, or handshake with a VC. Think about China, with over a billion citizens and millions of aspiring entrepreneurs, yet its VC community is less than one-tenth the size of the one in the United States.

He or his assistant (I never knew which) would then march down the list of CEOs and send them the scripted email with the call to action to set up a meeting with my partner, Michael Bronner, or me. With John’s help and that of the other investors and advisers around the table, we were able to get in front of nearly every CEO we wanted to meet. I’m on a board with a VC who asks our CEO to include in every board presentation the five top introductions to prospective partners and customers he’d like us to make for him. VCs often compete with each other based on the quality of their Rolodex. “Who knows the chief marketing officer at Pepsi?” one of my portfolio CEOs asked the board the other day. I raised my hand like an eager kid in the classroom, dutifully took down the action item to reach out to this particular executive, and followed up assiduously to help foster a connection. Every VC aspires to be that go-to resource. By actively trolling around the halls of Microsoft, Google, IBM, Apple, EMC, P&G, and other behemoths, VCs build executive relationships that can help provide connections to their little portfolio companies that aspire to do business with these giants.

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Getting a Job in Hedge Funds: An Inside Look at How Funds Hire by Adam Zoia, Aaron Finkel


backtesting, barriers to entry, collateralized debt obligation, commodity trading advisor, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, discounted cash flows, family office, fixed income, high net worth, interest rate derivative, interest rate swap, Long Term Capital Management, merger arbitrage, offshore financial centre, random walk, Renaissance Technologies, risk-adjusted returns, rolodex, short selling, side project, statistical arbitrage, systematic trading, unpaid internship, value at risk, yield curve, yield management

THE ROLES There are two main roles that fall under hedge fund marketing—investor relations (IR) and fund-raising. Investor relations professionals manage relationships with existing investors, whereas fund-raisers are charged with bringing in new assets. Although there are junior IR roles, there are rarely junior fund-raising slots because people at that level do not normally have the required investor Rolodex. Some hedge funds have people who are pure IR specialists or pure fund-raisers, but at most funds the role is a blended one with one person performing both functions. In fact, it’s rare that someone at a fund with less than $1 billion in assets under management would be purely IR unless a fund has closed to new investors and thus has no need for someone to do fund-raising. As their name implies, investor relations specialists spend more time managing existing clients and their requests than raising money (that’s what fund-raisers do).

In that case the senior person would do all of the client facing work and the junior person would be charged with putting together all of the marketing materials and coordinating the c06.indd 76 1/10/08 11:07:11 AM Fund Marketing 77 dissemination of requests for proposals (RFPs) and requests for information (RFIs) received from people who are considering investing in the fund. CAREER PATH The traditional career path of a fund marketer begins by taking a client services role. After a few years the marketer may move on to handle investor relations and eventually, after several years of total experience, could graduate on to a fund-raising role after he/she has cultivated an investor Rolodex. In funds with $1 billion or less in AUM, the fund-raising and IR functions generally are blended into one role, and that bundled role would supervise a client service professional. Most true junior fund marketing roles, meaning the person who is going out on meetings with investors, talking about the fund, and potentially gathering assets, require previous experience. Individuals who land this type of position have typically worked for a few years either in another marketing capacity or in a finance role.

Responsibilities • Arrange for and conduct fund-raising meetings with clients and their respective investment consultants. • Provide leadership and day-to-day management of firmwide marketing initiative. • Create and/or redesign existing marketing literature. Requirements • Minimum of five years of fund-raising experience from a fund of hedge funds, hedge fund, or private client division of a large bank. • Extensive and active high-net-worth investor Rolodex. • Strong leadership and communication skills. • Strong teamwork skills. • Top-tier undergraduate degree. c06.indd 80 1/10/08 11:07:14 AM Fund Marketing 81 Search 4: Director of Client Relations Multibillion-dollar fundamental value hedge fund The top candidates for this search will have both investing and fund-raising experience at a hedge fund. Description We seek a director of client relations who will report directly to the partners and will manage the firm’s investor relations needs.

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Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency by James Andrew Miller

Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Airbnb, Albert Einstein, Bonfire of the Vanities, business process, collective bargaining, corporate governance, Donald Trump, family office, interchangeable parts, obamacare, out of africa, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, Skype, stem cell, Steve Jobs, traveling salesman, union organizing

I thought it was a bit of a peculiar request, but a couple people involved told me it made sense; he was just protecting himself. He was not allowed to bring anybody with him apart from his secretary. In our discussions I said, “We have a very good company. I don’t want anybody other than you.” And then he called me and says, “You gotta buy my Rolodex,” and I asked, “What is your Rolodex?” He explained, “I’ve got a really complicated computer Rolodex and I need it.” I’d said no to everything, but I said okay to his Rolodex. So we made the deal. Sid Bass came over and we had a drink in celebration and then flew back to Los Angeles to meet with two key executives at Disney. I had decided that the CFO wasn’t going to report to him [Michael] because I just didn’t want to give up the financial control of the company at that point.

His client list was an incredible list of blue-chip Hollywood movie stars, including Blake Edwards, Peter Sellers, Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Richard Harris, James Clavell, Carroll O’Connor, Sean Connery, Bo Derek, and Richard Attenborough. I would see memos from Marty to Mike saying, “I looked at the deal you’re about to make, and there’s more you can ask for than five percent of the net. Come see me at lunch.” He enjoyed playing the role of mentor to those young guys. RUSTY LEMORANDE, CAA Assistant: His Rolodex was massive. It was two large wheels on each end, the size of two large pizzas, and everybody in the business was in there. All of the young agents came to Marty for advice, and he loved being the master. But if they disobeyed him or screwed up, he would chew them out like they were disobedient kids. Marty gravitated toward packages. With his client Blake Edwards, he would attach everything he could.

We walked into Harvey Shephard’s office, who was the head of CBS at the time, and we pitched it to him and he bought it in the room. And I came back to the parking lot or whatever it was and Dick said, “Now we’ve got to get the rights.” And I said, “What do you mean we’ve got to get the rights?” He said, “I don’t have the rights to the book.” And I said, “You’re kidding.” I was so young that I didn’t know to ask the question “Did you have the rights?” My mother had Joan Didion’s phone number in her Rolodex, so I called Joan up and explained the mess. She said, “None of my books have ever been produced in film or television. I’m not going to give you the rights.” So I went back to Harvey Shephard and I said, “A huge mistake has happened and I’m very apologetic.” But from that, my bosses felt I had an aptitude for packaging and I started packaging MOWs full time. One of them I put together, Inherit the Wind, went on to win the Emmy as best MOW a year or two later.

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The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick


Andy Kessler, Burning Man, delayed gratification, demand response, don't be evil, global village, happiness index / gross national happiness, Howard Rheingold, Jeff Bezos, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Marshall McLuhan, Menlo Park, Network effects, Peter Thiel, rolodex, Sand Hill Road, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, social graph, social software, social web, Startup school, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, Stewart Brand, the payments system, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Whole Earth Review, winner-take-all economy, Y Combinator

Andrew Weinreich, sixdegrees’ founder and a lawyer, was himself an inveterate networker. The World Wide Web was just beginning to get traction among ordinary people. At sixdegrees’ launch in early 1997, Weinreich invited several hundred people assembled at New York’s Puck Building to join immediately at one of the twenty PCs set up there in the room. “It no longer makes sense for your Rolodex to live on your computer,” he proclaimed. “We’ll place your Rolodex in a central location. If everyone uploads their Rolodex, you should be able to traverse the world!” Members normally joined sixdegrees after receiving an email invitation from an existing member. This method of recruitment would be imitated by many subsequent social networks. It sounds obvious to us now, but at the time it was revolutionary. The service allowed you to create a personal profile listing information about you and your interests, based on your real name.

Plaxo, the Internet company that Sean Parker founded with friends in 2001, wasn’t a social network, but it had a lot in common with them. Plaxo was a contact management service. After new members uploaded their contacts, it relentlessly peppered those people with requests to update their information, always pressing them to join as well. It was obnoxious, but it worked often enough. Parker was thinking much like Andrew Weinreich at sixdegrees—put your Rolodex in a central location and let us manage it for you. Parker liked the Plaxo concept because it was viral—one user could lead to an entire chain of users. Plaxo also foreshadowed a crucial aspect of Facebook—it maintained unique identifying information for individuals based upon that person’s network of contacts. In late 2001, an entrepreneur and local pioneer named Adrian Scott launched a social network called Ryze.

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SUPERHUBS: How the Financial Elite and Their Networks Rule Our World by Sandra Navidi


activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, assortative mating, bank run, barriers to entry, Bernie Sanders, Black Swan, Bretton Woods, butterfly effect, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, Carmen Reinhart, central bank independence, cognitive bias, collapse of Lehman Brothers, collateralized debt obligation, commoditize, conceptual framework, corporate governance, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, crony capitalism, diversification, East Village, Elon Musk, eurozone crisis, family office, financial repression, Gini coefficient, glass ceiling, Goldman Sachs: Vampire Squid, Google bus, Gordon Gekko, haute cuisine, high net worth, hindsight bias, income inequality, index fund, intangible asset, Jaron Lanier, John Meriwether, Kenneth Arrow, Kenneth Rogoff, knowledge economy, London Whale, Long Term Capital Management, Mark Zuckerberg, mass immigration, McMansion, mittelstand, money market fund, Myron Scholes, NetJets, Network effects, offshore financial centre, old-boy network, Parag Khanna, Paul Samuelson, peer-to-peer, performance metric, Peter Thiel, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, quantitative easing, Renaissance Technologies, rent-seeking, reserve currency, risk tolerance, Robert Gordon, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, rolodex, Satyajit Das, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, sovereign wealth fund, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, The Future of Employment, The Predators' Ball, too big to fail, women in the workforce, young professional

Its crystal chandeliers and mirrored decorations reflected the sunlight and drenched the festive tables and golden chairs in a warm light. The Cipriani family ran the restaurant and catered the richest and most delicious buffet in the city. Even for spoiled, wealthy Wall Streeters, this was a treat, and many famous investors endured the midday commute to discuss investments with peers in the sky. Afterward, we circulated notes on the discussions amongst our clients. Now organizing the Roubini dinner, I scrolled through my Rolodex. At the top of my list was George Soros, who had attended many of my events in the past. This time, however, to my surprise he scoffed at the suggestion and rejected my invitation rather fiercely. As it turned out, a Wall Street Journal report about a recent idea dinner, sponsored by the little-known brokerage firm Monness Crespi Hardt & Co. for about eighteen hedge fund managers, had triggered a PR disaster with unexpected legal consequences for its guests.2 According to the paper, the conversation had focused on the euro’s demise.

Subsequently, Ackermann joined the board of private equity firm EQT Partners, as well as the board of Renova Group, which is primarily owned by the billionaire oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, Russia’s second-richest man. Shortly thereafter, Ackermann was elected chairman of the Bank of Cyprus, of which Vekselberg was a significant shareholder. Another large investor in the bank, financier Wilbur Ross, emphasized the reasoning for this choice: “[Ackermann] has a huge Rolodex. You can imagine he knows practically everybody in Europe, everybody in Eastern Europe, and huge numbers of people in the U.S. and elsewhere.”15 Ackermann’s choice of joining Renova raised some eyebrows, and one economist characterized his involvement with the Bank of Cyprus as “not exactly a career-enhancing move, from a G7 economy to $22 billion Cyprus. . . . They used to call Cyprus the graveyard for diplomats because of the Cyprus problem.

In response to such accusations, Blair has countered that he engages with these regimes to promote political reform, arguing that incremental improvement is better than no progress at all.12 Fringe countries benefit from the respectability Blair confers on them and the connections he provides. In turn, they are attractive clients with deep pockets and enormous growth potential, which converts into deal-making opportunities. Despite his massive earnings, Blair seems less driven by money than by public recognition and a desire to retain a seat at the table. Being driven and restless, he—by his own account—has worked very, very hard in building a platinum Rolodex following his departure from office.13 CROSS-CONNECTIONS: COOPERATING CONSTRUCTIVELY IN TIMES Of CRISES The depth and reach of the international policy makers’ and financial superhubs’ tight-knit networks became particularly clear during the financial crisis. When the financial system was close to collapsing, they convened to coordinate unprecedented emergency responses. While the legitimacy, fairness, and effectiveness of their efforts can validly be questioned, it is by now relatively undisputed that the global financial system would have most likely imploded with incalculable consequences if leaders had not taken unconventional measures.14 Most of what had been going on behind the scenes was kept secret at the time in order to avoid a market panic and run on the banks.

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Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer's Guide to Launching a Startup by Rob Walling


8-hour work day,, inventory management, Lean Startup, Marc Andreessen, Network effects, Paul Graham, rolodex, side project, Silicon Valley, software as a service, SpamAssassin, Superbowl ad, web application

About the Micropreneur Academy The Micropreneur Academy is a paid online learning environment and community website for startup founders. Although this book contains a small amount of material from the Micropreneur Academy, it only covers topics that are conducive to the printed page. The purpose of the Micropreneur Academy is to present topics that require interactive elements (screencasts, audio, and worksheets), topics that change frequently, cutting-edge approaches and our complete Rolodex of vendors and contractors. In addition it provides a community of like-minded startup founders accessible via private forums. If you are interested in launching or growing your startup faster, as an owner of this book you are entitled to the first month of the Academy at no charge. To receive your free month visit And with that…let’s get started. Chapter 1 The Chasm Between Developer and Entrepreneur What is an Entrepreneur?

The Micropreneur Academy is a paid online learning environment and community website for startup founders. Although this book contains a small amount of material from the Micropreneur Academy, it only covers topics that are conducive to the printed page. The purpose of the Micropreneur Academy is to present topics that require interactive elements (screencasts, audio, and worksheets), topics that change frequently, cutting-edge approaches and our complete Rolodex of vendors and contractors. In addition it provides a community of like-minded startup founders accessible via private forums. If you are interested in launching or growing your startup faster, as an owner of this book you are entitled to the first month of the Academy at no charge. To receive your free month visit

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The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co. by William D. Cohan

activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, bank run, carried interest, cognitive dissonance, commoditize, computer age, corporate governance, corporate raider, creative destruction, credit crunch, diversification, Donald Trump, East Village, fear of failure, fixed income, hiring and firing, interest rate swap, intermodal, Joseph Schumpeter, late fees, Long Term Capital Management, Marc Andreessen, market bubble, offshore financial centre, Ponzi scheme, Ralph Nader, Ralph Waldo Emerson, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, The Nature of the Firm, the new new thing, Yogi Berra

"That means you can't be prosecuted for any crimes derived from what you tell me," Rosner told Wilkis, unless he were to later lie in front of the grand jury, should he be asked to appear. With full immunity in hand, Wilkis laid out his version of what had happened between him and Grambling. "In early December, I gave him a call," he began. "Lazard had just finished a big deal that I was involved in, and I wanted to let people know what I had done. I sat down at my desk with my Rolodex, and started calling everyone on my cards--classmates, associates, acquaintances--just to let them know. Grambling was one of the dozens of people I called." When Rosner expressed surprise at this boastful behavior, Wilkis said, "I was just tooting my own horn. That's the way the Street works. Wall Street, I mean. You have to let people know what you've done, and that you're around, so they think of you in their next deal."

He interviewed several times at Lazard, but there was no interest in him, given his gruff manner and his common upbringing. The rebuffs, though, fueled Levine's desire to get back at the firm. Swiss bank account in hand, Wilkis finally gave in to Levine's ongoing exhortations for more and better inside information about Lazard's merger activity. One Friday evening in May 1980, around 8:00 p.m., Wilkis allowed Levine into Lazard's offices, and once there he began rifling through the desks, papers, and Rolodexes of the Lazard partners. According to Den of Thieves, Levine even admired Lou Perlmutter's "cache of Cuban cigars." Michel said later he discovered Levine had searched his office as well. Levine found documents--and copied them--about the French oil company Elf Aquitaine's pending acquisition of Kerr-McGee, another oil company. (The deal did not happen after the French government nixed it.) He also took a chart showing where all the Lazard partners sat so that in the future, when he discovered which partners were working on which deals, he would know the offices to search.

This fact is so profoundly counter to how every other major Wall Street firm designs its investment banking business--which is to have far younger deal makers specialize by industry and by product--that Felix had become an anachronism, the exception that proves the rule. Lesser bankers at inferior firms have attempted to imitate Felix's style and generalist approach with predictably disastrous results. His edge is his extraordinary level of deal experience and his consummate judgment--plus a killer Rolodex. It is nearly impossible to ignore a phone call from Felix Rohatyn--regardless of whether you are a CEO, a politician, or even one of his former partners. Indeed, simply seeing "Rohatyn, Felix" on the caller-ID screen caused the men (and a very few women) of Lazard in their forties, fifties, sixties--themselves earning millions of dollars per year, thanks, in large part, to Felix--to shudder visibly, interrupt a phone conversation with a client, and scurry down the threadbare, tan-carpeted hallways to Felix's lair.

Girl Walks Into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle by Rachel Dratch


Burning Man, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable, East Village, Haight Ashbury, rolodex, Saturday Night Live, the High Line

After I saw this guy on the street and he gave me his card again, I was walking to the gym one morning a few days later, and a complete stranger passed me and said hello. In my head I was thinking, “Who the hell is this?” That’s another thing about being in the public eye; sometimes a person saying hi is just a stranger who recognizes you and is superfriendly. Other times, it’s a classmate of yours from high school. Usually, when a stranger says hi as if we are old buddies, my mind goes into superfast Rolodex mode and tries to sort out who the friendly person is. When this guy said hi, I came up blank. “Hi,” I said, Rolodex spinning madly. “This is my partner, Walt.” “Hi,” I say to Walt, an extremely gay man. “OK. Bye!” Who was that? “It sort of looked like that guy who had asked me out,” went a fleeting thought in my mind that flitted immediately out again. I should have paid attention to that fleeting thought, because I discovered on the date that the gay man who had said hi a few days before on the street was indeed the same man with whom I was currently drinking sangria.

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The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich


Mark Zuckerberg, old-boy network, Peter Thiel, rolodex, side project, Silicon Valley, social web

As Eduardo went back to the girl wrapped around his waist, bolstered by the music of his friend getting crazy in the stall next to him, a thought hit him, and he couldn’t stop smiling. They had groupies. And beyond that, he realized, he had been very wrong about something. A computer program could actually get you laid. The woman behind the reception desk was trying not to stare. She was pretending to fidget with her Rolodex, her fingers parsing through the switches of laminated paper as her bun of dark hair bobbed up and down, but every now and then Tyler could see it, that quick flick of her pale green eyes. She couldn’t help looking at them, sitting next to each other on the uncomfortable couch in the waiting area in front of her desk. Tyler didn’t blame her; she looked almost as tired as the building itself, and if he and his identical twin brother could provide a little entertainment for the poor, overworked woman, then it was their good deed for the day.

Hell, if he’d have thought it would help them with the task ahead, he and Cameron would have dressed exactly the same, like when they were toddlers; though showing up to the Harvard University president’s office in striped pajamas and a beanie might have seemed a little disrespectful. Dark blazers and ties seemed more appropriate, and the outer-office receptionist didn’t seem to mind. At least, she couldn’t stop looking, no matter how hard she pretended she wasn’t. And who still used Rolodexes, anyways? The truth was, Tyler wasn’t going to complain about any form of attention, after the week they’d just had. He was sick and tired of being ignored. First, the senior tutor of Pforzheimer House, who had been sympathetic, but had simply passed their complaints along to the ad board’s office. Then the ad-board deans, who’d also seemed sympathetic, had read through their ten page complaint against Zuckerberg—then had decided that for whatever reason, it was beyond their jurisdiction.

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The Secret World of Oil by Ken Silverstein


business intelligence, clean water, corporate governance, corporate raider, Donald Trump, energy security, Exxon Valdez, failed state, Google Earth, offshore financial centre, oil shock, paper trading, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, WikiLeaks, Yom Kippur War

In December 2008, he established Tony Blair Associates (TBA), “which will allow him to provide, in partnership with others, strategic advice on both a commercial and pro bono basis, on political and economic trends and governmental reform.” Through TBA, Blair uses his Rolodex to provide door opening services to clients, and also takes a cut on future deals. It’s not entirely clear what he does in exchange for the stiff fees he receives. A 2009 story in New York magazine listed Blair as an example of what the writer called “letterhead hires” and “invisible men.” Such hires, the author continued, “enjoy a fairly carefree existence”: Often, they’re sent around the world as emissaries for their employer, tasked with giving speeches and schmoozing clients, and occasionally asked to pull out their Rolodexes to nudge a well-placed contact on some deal or regulatory issue. The job title given to a letterhead hire is often “senior adviser,” and while the post can be more involved than being a board member, it’s less taxing than being a day-to-day manager.

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Alan Partridge: Nomad: Nomad by Alan Partridge


cuban missile crisis, glass ceiling, Neil Kinnock, rolodex, Skype, University of East Anglia

And with that, we bob out of the door and head back to Norfolk (I drive), where the only people who wear fishermen’s hats are the trawlermen at Brancaster, all the while discussing potential competition ideas for Mid Morning Matters, the digital radio show that keeps me both happy and fulfilled and content. *** Late that night, however, I lie awake and realise I, Alan Partridge, am in the grip of a grump. It’s nothing to do with the absence of telly work. It’s not. I couldn’t give a shit about that. No, for days, or is it weeks now, I’ve been sleepwalking.5 I’m on autopilot. Days spool by like biz-cards on a Rolodex. I’ve been absentminded, the quick snap of my synapses dulled, sudokus left unnumbered. I’m making uncharacteristic (and unforgivable) mind-lapses: parking in a standard space instead of the disabled bay – completely forgetting my assistant is in the car and carries her blue badge with her; opening a new adventure playground and forgetting to thank the mayor. I’d thanked the kids who’d helped build and paint it, of course I had, everyone had.

Much like her belief in the Bible and her insistence on never allowing her petrol tank to become less than half full, it simply defies all reason. I estimate that it will take me somewhere between twelve and fifteen minutes to unpack the bag and retrieve the tent, and there’s no way that’s going to happen – ‘I’m just not that kind of guy.’ It’s then that I have a brainwave. Scrolling through my mental Rolodex I come to a stop at the name of one Tony Cloke. Tony and I go way back and had been friends until as recently as 8 June 2013. In a handy twist of fate, Tony lives right here in Newton Flotman because he can’t afford to buy in Norwich. I shall borrow a tent from him. Knock, knock, knock! This is me, rapping on Tony’s front door. The custom when arriving at someone’s house is to knock twice. And I am well aware of this.

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CIOs at Work by Ed Yourdon


8-hour work day, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, business intelligence, business process, call centre, cloud computing, crowdsourcing, distributed generation, Donald Knuth, Flash crash, Googley, Grace Hopper, Infrastructure as a Service, Innovator's Dilemma, inventory management, Julian Assange, knowledge worker, Mark Zuckerberg, Nicholas Carr, rolodex, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, six sigma, Skype, smart grid, smart meter, software as a service, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, the new new thing, the scientific method, WikiLeaks, Y2K, Zipcar

You actually have to think about a lot of things, but we have a niche that not everybody plays in. So we do think about those things. Someone observed the other day that they were looking for a typewriter ribbon and they used the Internet to find a typewriter ribbon. So it is kind of ironic that you would do that. It is a cultural thing. One guy here, in his thirties, made a comment about using a Rolodex to look something up. I said, “Let me stop you for a second. Do you think someone ten years younger than you would understand what a Rolodex is?” And he said, “You know, they probably wouldn’t.” Well that’s a term that we take for granted but it doesn’t make any sense anymore Yourdon: The other aspect of this generational thing that I heard a lot about from financial services industry is that the difficulty of reaching out to the consumer marketplace. They’re asking themselves, “How do we make our stuff more relevant to kids in college, who would only find things out through Facebook or Twitter?”

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regulatory and security standpoint, 96 Rolodex, 94 Rubin, Howard, 99 server department, 97 software development, 89 sophisticated technology, 101 technology business, 88 technology integration, 91 trading engines, 90 typewriter ribbon, 94 virtualization, 98 Windows 7, 96 younger generation video games, 93 visual interfaces, 93 Rumsfeld, Donald, 222 S San Diego Fire Department, 224 Santa Clara University, 36 SAS programs, 131 Scott, Tony, 10, 33, 236 Android, 43 Apple Computer, 35 architectural flaw, 44 BASIC and Pascal, 35 Bristol-Myers Squibb, 33 Bunch, Rick (role model), 34 business groups, 42 COO, 39 Corporate Vice President, 33 Corvus disk drive, 36 CSC, 35 Defense department, 45 dogfooding, 37, 38 games and arcades, 35 General Motors, 33 IBM's role, 37 information systems management, 36 integrity factor, 40 Internet, 44 iPhone, 43 IT lifecycle management process, 37 leadership capability, 40 leisure studies, 34 macro-architectural threats, 44 Marriott's Great America, 35 math models, 36 Microsoft Corporation, 33, 36, 38, 41, 44, 46 Microsoft's operational enterprise risk management, 33 parks and recreation, 34 Petri dish, 44 playground leader, 42 product groups, 42 quality and business excellence team, 33 Santa Clara University, 36 Senior Vice President, 33 smartphone, 43 social computing, 38 Sun Microsystems, 36 theme park industry, 35 University of Illinois, 34 University of San Francisco, 36 value-added business, 33 Walt Disney Company, 33 Senior Leadership Technology and Product Marketing, 71 Shakespeare, 30 Shirky, Clay, 220 Sierra Ventures, 191 Silicon Valley companies, 68 Silicon Valley software factories, 323 Skype, 118 Smart Grid Advisory Committee, 177 Smartphones, 20, 27, 43, 54, 217, 238 Social care computer electronic record system, 279 Social computing, 38, 320 Social networking, 51, 53, 56, 58 Society trails technology, 21 SPSS programs, 131 Sridhara, Mittu, 71 Amazon, 76 American Airlines, 72 back-end computation and presentation, 80 banking, 77 B2B and B2C, 85 business/product departments, 82 business work context, 74 buzzword, 77 career aspiration, 73 career spans, 73 coders, 72 cognitive surplus, 79 competitive differentiation, 74 computing power, 78 contribution and energy, 85 convergence, 75 CPU cycles, 78 cross-channel digital business, 71 cultural and geographic implementation, 72 customer experience, 84, 85 customer profile, 76 data visualization, 79, 80 DDoS protection, 81 economies of scale, 77 elements of technology, 72 encryption, 82 end customer, 83 entertainment, 75 ERP system, 72 Facebook, 84 finance and accounting, 73 foster innovation and open culture, 81 friends/mentors/role models, 74 FSA, 76 gambling acts, 81 games, 79 gaming machines, 80 GDS, 72 global organization, 71 Google, 75, 84, 85 Group CIO, Ladbrokes PLC, 71 industry-standard technologies, 77 integrity and competence, 83 IT, 74, 82 KickOff app, 71 land-based casinos, 79 live streaming, 78 London Business School, 73 mobile computing, 78 multimedia, 84 new generation, 84 on-the-job training, 73 open-source computing, 79 opportunity, 80, 83 PCA-compliant, 81 personalization, 76 real-time systems, 74 re-evaluation, 81 reliability and availability, 77 security threats, 80 smart mobile device, 75 technology-intense customer, 85 top-line revenue, 74 trader apps, 82 true context, 73 underpinning business process, 76 virtualization, 78 Visa/MasterCard transactions, 78 Web 3.0 business, 76 web-emerging web channel, 76 Wikipedia, 79, 85 Word documents and e-mail, 82 work-life balance, 84 young body with high miles, 72 Zuckerberg, Mark, 73 Stead, Jerry, 214 Storefront engineering, 212 Strassmann, Paul, 228, 309 agile development, 340 Amazon EC2, 314 America information processors, 322 Annapolis, 340 AT&T, 332 backstabbing culture, 339 BlackBerry, 317 block houses, 319 CFO/CEO position, 337 CIM program, 309 Citibank, 337 Citicorp, 313, 339 cloud computing, 310, 311, 313 coding infrastructure, 341 communication infrastructure, 341 corporate information management, 329 Corporate Information Officer, 309 counterintelligence, 320 cyber-operations, 338 Dell server, 314 Department of Defense, 329, 332 Director of Defense Information, 309 employee-owned technology, 316 enterprise architecture, 316 exfiltration, 313 financial organizations, 320 firewalls and antiviruses, 312 General Foods, 309, 326–328 General Motors, 321, 329, 332 George Mason School of Information Technology, 309 Google apps, 314 government-supported activities, 326 Harvard Business School, 331 HR-related issues, 331 IBM manpower, 311 infiltration, 313 Internet, 316, 322 interoperability, 315, 317, 341 Kraft Foods Inc, 309 MacArthur's intelligence officer, 327 Machiavellian view, 327 mash-up, 316 military service, 331 NASA, 309, 333, 334 police department, economics, 312 powerpoint slides, 324 Radio Shack, 319 senior executive position, 334 service-oriented architecture, 316 Silicon Valley software factories, 323 social computing, 320 Strassmann's concentration camp, 318 structured methodologies, 342 U.S.

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More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite by Sebastian Mallaby


Andrei Shleifer, Asian financial crisis, asset-backed security, automated trading system, bank run, barriers to entry, Benoit Mandelbrot, Berlin Wall, Bernie Madoff, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, Bonfire of the Vanities, Bretton Woods, capital controls, Carmen Reinhart, collapse of Lehman Brothers, collateralized debt obligation, computerized trading, corporate raider, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, crony capitalism, currency manipulation / currency intervention, currency peg, Elliott wave, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, failed state, Fall of the Berlin Wall, financial deregulation, financial innovation, financial intermediation, fixed income, full employment, German hyperinflation, High speed trading, index fund, John Meriwether, Kenneth Rogoff, Long Term Capital Management, margin call, market bubble, market clearing, market fundamentalism, merger arbitrage, money market fund, moral hazard, Myron Scholes, natural language processing, Network effects, new economy, Nikolai Kondratiev, pattern recognition, Paul Samuelson, pre–internet, quantitative hedge fund, quantitative trading / quantitative finance, random walk, Renaissance Technologies, Richard Thaler, risk-adjusted returns, risk/return, rolodex, Sharpe ratio, short selling, Silicon Valley, South Sea Bubble, sovereign wealth fund, statistical arbitrage, statistical model, survivorship bias, technology bubble, The Great Moderation, The Myth of the Rational Market, the new new thing, too big to fail, transaction costs

He was less a master of the universe than a master of the Rolodex, as the SEC’s enforcement chief remarked; he had no amazing special sauce, but he had a lot of special sources. According to a criminal complaint brought by the Manhattan district attorney’s office in 2009, Rajaratnam’s contacts gave him advance warning that a technology manufacturer called Polycom would announce unexpectedly good earnings; Galleon allegedly turned that tip into a quick half-million-dollar profit. The contacts whispered that the private-equity group Blackstone was about to bid for Hilton Hotels; Galleon allegedly pocketed $4 million. The contacts knew for certain that Google’s earnings would disappoint; this time the supposed windfall weighed in at $9 million. Rajaratnam’s Rolodex extended to a senior executive at Intel and a director at McKinsey, both of whom were apparently prepared to leak secrets in return for a share of the takings.

The commander made you bigger, brighter, tougher than you were before; he made you believe that you could beat the market, year after year, because you were part of a team that would outthink and out-hustle every rival. For the first dozen years or so of Tiger’s history, the commander operated from a desk out in the open, next to his young men; they watched him schmooze and holler down the phone, sucking information out of his vast network.22 Robertson’s two assistants operated a pair of giant Rolodexes, almost the size of wagon wheels, and if a Tiger analyst pitched an investment to the boss, Robertson would soon be testing the idea on three old friends who worked in that same company. The analyst might say, “I think it’s time to short Boeing.” Robertson might respond, “I know the guy who used to run Boeing’s international marketing.” The assistants would work the wagon wheels, the former marketing chief would crackle on the speakerphone, and Robertson would tell his twentysomething analyst to defend his short recommendation.23 For a young man with the wits to thrive in this environment, the sky was the limit.

He zipped through Europe at high speed, reporting that the American embassy in Paris was “very, very liveable.”34 He lamented the low ratio of women to men on Brazil’s beaches but marveled at the sophistication of São Paulo’s business leaders. Everywhere he went, Robertson met new people and discovered new ways to have fun. He would pitch up in a city, stroll into the first couple of meetings, and charm his hosts into setting him up with the top people in their Rolodexes. Robertson’s trips were managed by a “camp counselor” who helped him find his way around, and usually the counselor was John Griffin. Smart, indefatigable, an Ironman triathlete, Griffin was the ideal Robertson lieutenant. The two men pitched up at company meetings all over the world, then broke off to play high-voltage tennis before cross-examining another batch of companies.35 After a lunch at the Union Bank of Switzerland in Zurich, at which Griffin gobbled up a large dollop of chocolate mousse as well as a pastry, Robertson and his camp counselor raced back to the hotel to grab a rental car.

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Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler


3D printing, additive manufacturing, Airbnb, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Amazon Web Services, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, cloud computing, creative destruction, crowdsourcing, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, dematerialisation, deskilling, Elon Musk,, Exxon Valdez, fear of failure, Firefox, Galaxy Zoo, Google Glasses, Google Hangouts, Google X / Alphabet X, gravity well, ImageNet competition, industrial robot, Internet of things, Jeff Bezos, John Harrison: Longitude, John Markoff, Jono Bacon, Just-in-time delivery, Kickstarter, Kodak vs Instagram, Law of Accelerating Returns, Lean Startup, life extension, loss aversion, Louis Pasteur, Mahatma Gandhi, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Mars Rover, meta analysis, meta-analysis, microbiome, minimum viable product, move fast and break things, Narrative Science, Netflix Prize, Network effects, Oculus Rift, optical character recognition, packet switching, PageRank, pattern recognition, performance metric, Peter H. Diamandis: Planetary Resources, Peter Thiel, pre–internet, Ray Kurzweil, recommendation engine, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, ride hailing / ride sharing, risk tolerance, rolodex, self-driving car, sentiment analysis, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, skunkworks, Skype, smart grid, stem cell, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, technoutopianism, telepresence, telepresence robot, Turing test, urban renewal, web application, X Prize, Y Combinator, zero-sum game

It’s hard to argue with the combination of the planet’s top space engineers and most respected businessmen, so we entered the public eye far above the line of super-credibility. Which is exactly why the news in 2012, as Jon Stewart pointed out, sounded exactly like you thought the news would sound in 2012. The International Space University Of course, right now, you’re probably thinking this super-credibility advice isn’t much good for entrepreneurs without billionaires in their Rolodex. Certainly, when Eric and I started on our investor recruitment mission, we already had a network in place that gave us access to investors like Branson and Page. This is not going to be the case for everyone. But that doesn’t mean all is lost. In fact, my entire thinking about the line of super-credibility dates back to a time in my life when I had little credibility, when I was a college student—in the pre-Internet, pre-Google, pre-Facebook days—with access to few beyond friends and family.

The Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XCHALLENGE falls directly into the former category. It took me over ten years to raise the money for the Ansari XPRIZE, but Wendy Schmidt stepped forward to fund the Oil Cleanup Challenge in less than forty-eight hours. Certainly one reason I raised money for the Oil Cleanup Challenge so quickly was the fact that by then I had a track record of success and a considerably thicker Rolodex, but a more important factor was the 800,000 gallons of crude gushing into the Gulf Coast each day. Disaster is a motivator because empathy is a motivator, and empathy is never higher than when the same disaster movie has been playing on TV for over a month. But my point here isn’t about capitalizing on misfortune, it’s about capturing momentum. Every good prize needs this kind of momentum. The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE—a $10 million prize for the first team that can build a handheld device that diagnoses illness better than a team of board-certified doctors—saw 330 preregistered teams from thirty-three countries enter the competition in its first twelve months.14 Why?

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Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace


Albert Einstein, business climate, buy low sell high, complexity theory, fear of failure, Golden Gate Park, iterative process, Menlo Park, rolodex, Rubik’s Cube, Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Steve Jobs, Wall-E

I knew I had to put some sort of hierarchy in place, but I also worried that hierarchy would lead to problems. So I edged in slowly, feeling suspicious of it at first, yet knowing that some part of it was necessary. The Bay Area in 1979 could not have provided a more fertile environment for our work. In Silicon Valley, the number of computer companies was growing so fast that no one’s Rolodex (yes, we had Rolodexes back then) was ever up to date. Also growing exponentially were the number of tasks that computers were being assigned to tackle. Not long after I got to California, Microsoft’s Bill Gates agreed to create an operating system for the new IBM personal computer—which would, of course, go on to transform the way Americans worked. One year later, Atari released the first in-home game console, meaning that its popular arcade games like Space Invaders and Pac-Man could be played in living rooms across America, opening up a market that now accounts for more than $65 billion in global sales.

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Small Data: The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends by Martin Lindstrom


autonomous vehicles, Berlin Wall, big-box store, correlation does not imply causation, Edward Snowden, Fall of the Berlin Wall, land reform, Mikhail Gorbachev, Murano, Venice glass, Richard Florida, rolodex, self-driving car, Skype, Snapchat, Steve Jobs, Steven Pinker, too big to fail, urban sprawl

It was one thing to create a sense of theater and community inside Lowes, but I was convinced that two additional techniques would ensure that Lowes customers remained loyal to the supermarket. The first requires some context. In most parts of the world, at least in the West, men and women exchange business cards reflexively and thoughtlessly. The gesture is automatic, and even indifferent. Businesspeople will tell you that almost all of the business cards they receive end up in a stack of other look-alike cards, or placed inside a Rolodex, never to be looked at again. But in Japan, the exchange of business cards is formal and ceremonial. A Japanese businessman hands you his business card using two hands, and at chest level, as if communicating he is giving you his card from his heart. In stores throughout China and Japan, employees also take enormous pains wrapping and boxing objects. In some Tokyo stores, clerks spend up to 45 minutes carefully packaging a customer’s purchase.

What role do music and videos play in their lives, and from where do they access them mostly? Lastly, I study the parallels between a girl’s “home”—her bedroom—and her Facebook “home” page. I like to say that social media is the new bedroom wall. Just as they do inside their own sleeping areas, Facebook users upload artwork and photographs onto their “walls,” “like” certain books, magazines and films, and create photo collages and albums. An open Rolodex of their friends is always available for perusal and, of course, users are regularly urged to update their “statuses,” a word Facebook means literally. Social media home pages and offline homes have another critical thing in common: only a small fraction of what we post on social media bears much resemblance to what’s really going on in our lives—and our real homes are often edited constructs of who we believe ourselves to be.

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Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (And How to Take Advantage of It) by William Poundstone


availability heuristic, Cass Sunstein, collective bargaining, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, delayed gratification, Donald Trump, East Village,, endowment effect, equal pay for equal work, experimental economics, experimental subject, feminist movement, game design, German hyperinflation, Henri Poincaré, high net worth, index card, invisible hand, John von Neumann, Kenneth Arrow, laissez-faire capitalism, Landlord’s Game, loss aversion, market bubble, mental accounting, meta analysis, meta-analysis, Nash equilibrium, new economy, Paul Samuelson, payday loans, Philip Mirowski, Potemkin village, price anchoring, price discrimination, psychological pricing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, RAND corporation, random walk, RFID, Richard Thaler, risk tolerance, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, rolodex, Steve Jobs, The Chicago School, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, ultimatum game, working poor

In his 1892 dissertation, Fisher complained of Gustav Fechner’s baleful influence on the profession of economics. “The foisting of Psychology on Economics seems to me inappropriate and vicious,” he wrote. For several decades in the twentieth century, Fisher was probably America’s most famous economist. The public first knew him as the author of a bestselling self-help book with the earnest title How to Live. A successful inventor, Fisher devised an index card system, a precursor of the Rolodex, and came into a fortune when his index card company merged into Remington Rand (a typewriter company that eventually became the early computer company Sperry Rand). From his perch at Yale, Fisher pontificated on the issues of the day. He was for vegetarianism, prohibition, eugenics, and just about every nutty health regimen under the sun. His daughter Margaret died in 1919 after he allowed a quack to remove parts of her colon in a misguided attempt to cure schizophrenia.

., 224 Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, 223 restaurants, 143–45, 159–64; charm pricing by, 186, 190 Revionics, Inc., 6, 148 RFID tags, 150 Richelieu, Duc de, 219 Riding, Alan, 266–67 Ritov, Ilana, 209–10 Ritty, James, 186 Riviera Casino (Las Vegas), 49 Robb Report, 156 Roberts, Gilbert, 283 Robertson, Leslie, 27 Rockefeller, J. Sterling, 49 Rockefeller, Nelson, 116 Rodriguez, Alex, 258–59 Roider, Andreas, 213 Rolex watches, 44 Rolling Stones, 202 Rolodex, 224 Romano, Ray, 255 Romans, ancient, 109–10 Rope, The (Plautus), 109–10 Rosenblum, Paula, 177 Russell Sage Foundation, 104 Ruth, Babe, 258–59 Ryan, Nolan, 259 Saatchi, Charles, 266 Saatchi, Diane, 201 Sage, Russell, 104 salaries, 211–12, 218, 287; beauty premium in, 239–40; cuts in, fairness of, 107; gender and, 237–38, 240; psychophysics and, 42–43; of top earners, 235, 255–59, 211 Sam’s Club, 151 Samuelson, Paul, 51, 77 S&H Green Stamps, 176–77 Sanfey, Alan, 168 Saturn cars, 243 Savage, Leonard “Jimmie,” 56–59, 78, 125, 146 scanners, 147–48 Schiff, Arthur, 169 Schkade, David, 276–77, 279 Schmittberger, Rolf, 113 Schmitz, Patrick, 213 Schutte, Nicola, 17 Schwarze, Bernd, 113 Schweitzer, Maurice, 239–40 Science, 12, 88, 90, 125 Scientific American, 127, 147 Scion cars, 243 Scotland, Church of, 270 Scott, Robert, 4 Seaney, Rick, 183 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), 257 Seinfeld, Jerry, 255 Seinfeld (television show), 3, 255 Sensory Logic, Inc., 156 sensory perceptions, study of, see psychophysics September 11 terrorist attacks, 258 Shafir, Eldar, 227, 228, 230–32, 245–47 Shakespeare, William, 127 Shampanier, Kristina, 193 Shiller, Robert, 262–63 Siegelman, Peter, 241–44 Simester, Duncan, 188–91 Simon, Herbert, 51–52 Simon, Hermann, 6, 145–48, 173, 175 Simon Fraser University, 105 Simon-Kucher & Partners (SKP), 4, 6–7, 16, 148, 157–58, 165, 172, 173, 181 Simonson, Itamar, 156–58 Simpsons, The (television show), 143 Sinai war (1956), 81 Sizzler restaurant chain, 160 Skinner, B.

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Time Travelers Never Die by Jack McDevitt


Albert Einstein, index card, indoor plumbing, life extension, Ralph Waldo Emerson, rolodex, Rosa Parks, walking around money, white picket fence, Winter of Discontent

Had he heard from his father? Had anything like this ever happened before? Could Shel provide a list of friends and associates? Did his father have any enemies that he knew of? Had anyone ever threatened him? Because the investigators could construct no easy explanation for the robes—there were six—they removed them. They also boxed everything that had been on top of the desk, including his index cards and the Rolodex. Even the pens went away. A day later, Thursday, the Inquirer got the story. EMINENT PHYSICIST MISSING, read the headline. There was no mention of the locked doors and windows. The FBI arrived Friday with a search warrant. “Strictly routine,” they told him. “But your father did some consultation work for the government, so naturally we’re interested.” Had Shel ever noticed any unusual strangers talking to his father?

I was wondering, though, if my father’s personal effects could be returned?” That seemed to require a conference. A new voice, deeper, more authoritative: “Dr. Shelborne? We’ll need to keep them a bit longer, I’m afraid.” “Would it be possible for me to look at them?” “It’s not part of the routine, Doctor.” “I’d be grateful.” He made up a story about looking for a lost phone number. “Put a guard on me, if you want. I’ll wear gloves. I’d just like to look at his Rolodex and note cards for a minute.” Another pause. Then: “Okay. Come on down. We’ll see what we can do.” THEY led him into a side room and, while one of the officers watched, he flipped through the cards until he found the one with Clemmie’s name. It was one of nine character groups on the card. But only two others consisted of seven characters. One was Oscar14. The lone Oscar Shel knew of had been a pet parrot owned by his now-deceased Aunt Mary.

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The Art of Execution by Lee Freeman-Shor

Black Swan, cognitive bias, collapse of Lehman Brothers, credit crunch, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, diversified portfolio, family office, I think there is a world market for maybe five computers, index fund, Isaac Newton, Jeff Bezos, Long Term Capital Management, loss aversion, price anchoring, Richard Thaler, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, rolodex, Skype, South Sea Bubble, Steve Jobs, technology bubble, The Wisdom of Crowds, too big to fail, tulip mania, zero-sum game

Moreover, the analyst will probably be someone the fund manager likes and respects, which means the manager will not be inclined to challenge his or her view. When you consider all the variables and assumptions that analysts have to deal with before they reach a conclusion, it is mind blowing that they could have any degree of confidence at all. Because many of the Rabbits had been professionally investing for a couple of decades, controlling a significant amount of assets, they had Rolodexes to die for. When they found the ‘story’ behind an investment being challenged, they liked nothing better than picking up the phone and dialling the CEO on his or her personal number to get to the bottom of things. Despite being reassured by the CEO that the setback was merely a bump in the road and the media was making a mountain out of a mole hill, the Rabbits would do nothing. They neither bought more shares nor sold their holdings.

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Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of Energy Independence by Robert Bryce


Berlin Wall, Colonization of Mars, decarbonisation,, energy security, energy transition, financial independence, flex fuel, hydrogen economy, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), John Markoff, Just-in-time delivery, new economy, oil shale / tar sands, oil shock, peak oil, price stability, Project for a New American Century, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Stewart Brand, Thomas L Friedman, Whole Earth Catalog, X Prize, Yom Kippur War

He facilitated my 2006 visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates— a trip that helped me begin to understand the Arab world and the ongoing trend of globalization within the energy sector. He has also been a wonderful sounding board and friend. Thanks to Abdulwahab al-Faiz, the editor of Al Eqtisadiah, the Saudi business newspaper, for his encouragement and his desire to have my opinions published in Arabic. Mike Ameen offered a wealth of historical insights, encouragement, and a Rolodex that includes contacts around the world. (Better still, he never lets me pick up the restaurant bill.) Thanks also to my pal Robert Elder, Jr., a terrific reporter who offered numerous insights and many helpful suggestions on the various drafts of this manuscript. Spe- Author’s Note xiii cial thanks to my favorite father-in-law and favorite chemist, Paul G. Rasmussen, for his patience and guidance on matters of thermodynamics and ethanol.

The solution, he declared, is for America to build “a wall of energy independence” around itself. Doing so “will enable us to continue to engage honestly with the most progressive Arabs and Muslims on a reform agenda.”31 Friedman’s wall ignores the reality of the integrated global energy market—a market in which even the Saudis and Iranians are energy importers. Further, Friedman, a jet-setting journalist who prides himself on his worldly travels and Rolodex of famous friends, appears remarkably uninformed about the lousy history of walls. The Berlin Wall stood for almost 30 years as a symbol of the Cold War until it was undermined by the crumbling Soviet economy and a mass movement of freedom-minded Poles and Germans. During the early months of World War II, the Maginot Line was supposed to protect France from Germany. But the French forgot to tell the Nazis that they weren’t allowed to drive their tanks around the wall and through the Ardennes.

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Love All the People: Letters, Lyrics, Routines by Bill Hicks


friendly fire, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live

Incredible, that huge coalition, that giant coalition that included . . . England.’ Yeah, that must’ve been hard. The two predominantly white nations going blowing the shit out of this little brown nation. What a hard sell that must have been for John Major, huh? ‘John, George Bush. How are ya? Good. We have disgruntled masses getting really bored here. How about a little fireworks? Well, let’s go through the Rolodex. No, Noriega – got him. Oh, here’s one – Saddam Hussein. That’ll look good. Let’s go kill some sand niggers, yeah?’ ‘Brilliant, brilliant. We’ll be there. Right, right. We’ll be there. Brilliant. Yes, we’ve already armed them, too. It’s brilliant. We know exactly what we’re up against. It’s brilliant.’ What a huge coalition it was, you know? ‘Oh, France had a coupla planes in there.’ Yeah, yeah.

Which, by the way, that action you can see Kennedy’s head doin’ in the Zapruder film was caused by a bullet . . . coming from up there. Yeah, I know it looks to the layman or anyone who might dabble in physics that this action here . . . was caused by a ah . . . well, hell, let’s . . . up here. Did you see that? Up here – the right front, or grassy knoll area, I think I’ve heard it referred to. Look back in the Rolodex. Yeah, grassy knoll area. But no, it was caused by a bullet up here. See, what happened was when Oswald’s gun went off in Dealey Plaza, the gun echoed all over the place. Echoes went everywhere, and the echo went by the limo on the left, it went up into the trees and the grassy knoll, and hit some leaves, causing some dust to fly up, which fifty-six witnesses testified was a gunshot, but it wasn’t, even though Kennedy’s head at that very moment went over.

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Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business, + Website by Matt Blumberg


activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, airport security, Albert Einstein, bank run, Broken windows theory, crowdsourcing, deskilling, fear of failure, high batting average, high net worth, hiring and firing, Inbox Zero, James Hargreaves, Jeff Bezos, job satisfaction, Kickstarter, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, Lean Startup, Mark Zuckerberg, minimum viable product, pattern recognition, performance metric,, rolodex, Rubik’s Cube, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, Skype

They’re used to clearly defined roles and plenty of resources. Startups have neither. At one of the places I worked earlier in my career, another technology company, the new head of marketing, with impeccable experience at Fortune 500 companies, showed up for his first day of work and asked everyone where the typing pool was. That was the first sign of trouble. You might be tempted to break this rule for salespeople. Don’t. A Rolodex doesn’t matter if salespeople aren’t willing to sell a vision on whiteboard—rather than relying on PDF marketing documents produced to support a beta-tested release. Check references carefully: Don’t get suckered in by resumes. Plenty of successful big-company people don’t actually know how to build a business—or really do any work. To validate their claims, you need to dig deep and find some back-channel references.

Having worked with Matt and the board as the company grew from 20 people to over 400 people today has been a powerful experience and has informed much of my thinking about how an effective board works. I expect that if you read Startup Boards: Reinventing the Board of Directors to Better Support the Entrepreneur, you will see many of Matt’s thoughts here reflected there. Many CEOs view their board simply as their boss or as a Rolodex or as a necessary evil they have to deal with on a monthly basis. Oftentimes, venture capitalist (VC)-backed company boards consist only of founders and their investors. They end up being reporting boards, where the CEO simply updates the board on a periodic basis about the company’s performance. They allow investors to ignore the company except for when there’s a board meeting, at which point everybody hustles to get up to speed on what happened in the past month.

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Cybersecurity: What Everyone Needs to Know by P. W. Singer, Allan Friedman


4chan, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, barriers to entry, Berlin Wall, bitcoin, blood diamonds, borderless world, Brian Krebs, business continuity plan, Chelsea Manning, cloud computing, crowdsourcing, cuban missile crisis, data acquisition, drone strike, Edward Snowden, energy security, failed state, Fall of the Berlin Wall, fault tolerance, global supply chain, Google Earth, Internet of things, invention of the telegraph, John Markoff, Julian Assange, Khan Academy, M-Pesa, mutually assured destruction, Network effects, packet switching, Peace of Westphalia, pre–internet, profit motive, RAND corporation, ransomware, RFC: Request For Comment, risk tolerance, rolodex, Silicon Valley, Skype, smart grid, Steve Jobs, Stuxnet, uranium enrichment, We are Anonymous. We are Legion, web application, WikiLeaks, zero day, zero-sum game

A new debate has emerged in recent years, with some arguing that in lieu of playing a never-ending game of whack-a-mole, trying to track and then shut down all terrorist use of the Internet, it might be better to let the groups stay. “You can learn a lot from the enemy by watching them chat online,” said Martin Libicki, a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization. The point is that the advantages of cyberspace for terrorism can be equally useful for counterterrorism. The Web has aided terrorist groups by acting as both a Rolodex and playbook. But those on the other side of the fight have access to the same Rolodex and playbooks. The networking effects of cyberspace, for instance, allow terrorists to link as never before, but they also allow intelligence analysts to map out social networks in unprecedented ways, providing clues about the leadership and structure of terrorist groups that would otherwise be impossible to gain. The world learned just how powerful some of these tools can be from documents leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden in 2013, detailing how US intelligence agencies and their allies engaged in online surveillance of an unprecedented scale.

pages: 706 words: 120,784

The Joy of Clojure by Michael Fogus, Chris Houser


cloud computing, domain-specific language, Donald Knuth, Douglas Hofstadter,, finite state, Gödel, Escher, Bach, haute couture, Larry Wall, Paul Graham, rolodex, traveling salesman

Destructuring allows us to positionally bind locals based on an expected form for a composite data structure. In this section, we’ll explore how destructuring can be used to pull apart composite structures into bindings through the lens of a simple rolodex example project. Pattern Matching Destructuring is loosely related to pattern matching found in Haskell, KRC, or Scala, but much more limited in scope. For more full-featured pattern matching in Clojure, consider using, which may in the future be included in contrib as clojure.core.match. 3.3.1. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it You’ve heard that the rolodex project has been overdue, but now every developer assigned to it is out sick. The QA team is ready to go, but one function is still missing and it’s a show-stopper. You’re told to drop everything and write the function ASAP.

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A Man for All Markets by Edward O. Thorp


3Com Palm IPO, Albert Einstein, asset allocation, beat the dealer, Bernie Madoff, Black Swan, Black-Scholes formula, Brownian motion, buy low sell high, carried interest, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable, Claude Shannon: information theory, cognitive dissonance, collateralized debt obligation, compound rate of return, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, diversification, Edward Thorp, Erdős number, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, financial innovation, George Santayana, German hyperinflation, Henri Poincaré, high net worth, High speed trading, index arbitrage, index fund, interest rate swap, invisible hand, Jarndyce and Jarndyce, Jeff Bezos, John Meriwether, John Nash: game theory, Kenneth Arrow, Livingstone, I presume, Long Term Capital Management, Louis Bachelier, margin call, Mason jar, merger arbitrage, Murray Gell-Mann, Myron Scholes, NetJets, Norbert Wiener, passive investing, Paul Erdős, Paul Samuelson, Pluto: dwarf planet, Ponzi scheme, price anchoring, publish or perish, quantitative trading / quantitative finance, race to the bottom, random walk, Renaissance Technologies, RFID, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, risk-adjusted returns, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, rolodex, Sharpe ratio, short selling, Silicon Valley, statistical arbitrage, stem cell, survivorship bias, The Myth of the Rational Market, The Predators' Ball, the rule of 72, The Wisdom of Crowds, too big to fail, Upton Sinclair, value at risk, Vanguard fund, Vilfredo Pareto, Works Progress Administration

This leads to fifty-five more calculations, and fifty-five more strategy tables, each of which could take twelve man-years if done on desk calculators as per the Baldwin group. We could continue in this way to develop strategy tables for every such partial deck. For one deck of fifty-two cards there are about thirty-three million of these partially played decks, leading us to a gigantic library of thirty-three million strategy tables. Facing four hundred million man-years of calculations, with a resulting railroad car full of strategy tables, enough to fill a Rolodex five miles long, I tried to simplify the problem. I predicted that the strategies and player’s edge for partly used decks depended mainly on the fraction—or, equivalently, the percentage—of each type of card remaining rather than on how many there were. This turned out to be true, and it meant, for example, that the effect of 12 Tens when, say, forty cards were left to be played, was about the same as 9 Tens with thirty cards left, and 6 Tens with twenty left, as all three of these decks have the same fraction, 3⁄10, or 30 percent, of Ten-value cards.

Chapter 16 * * * …AND FALL In the middle of the day on Thursday, December 17, 1987, about fifty armed men and women burst out of the third-floor elevators to raid our office in Princeton, New Jersey. They were from the IRS, the FBI, and the postal authorities. Our employees were searched before they were free to leave the building. They were not allowed to return. The invaders impounded several hundred boxes of books and records, including Rolodexes. They dug through contents of wastebaskets and crawled through the ceiling spaces. It went on into the early-morning hours of the next day. This was part of a campaign by Rudolph Giuliani, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, to prosecute real and alleged Wall Street criminals. As a prosecutor later told a defense attorney, Giuliani’s real objective in attacking individuals in our Princeton office was to get information to further his case against Michael Milken at Drexel Burnham and Robert Freeman at Goldman Sachs.

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The Start-Up of You by Reid Hoffman


Airbnb, Andy Kessler, Black Swan, business intelligence, Cal Newport, Clayton Christensen, commoditize, David Brooks, Donald Trump,, fear of failure, follow your passion, future of work, game design, Jeff Bezos, job automation, late fees, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, out of africa, Paul Graham, Peter Thiel, recommendation engine, Richard Bolles, risk tolerance, rolodex, shareholder value, side project, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, social web, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Tony Hsieh, transaction costs

A book can’t tell you what skills you need to excel in a certain market niche. A magazine can’t help you weigh the risks of moving halfway around the world for a job. A search engine can’t introduce you to the networks that dish breakout opportunities. But, your network can. You have had a network full of intelligence for as long as you’ve had friends. But until very recently, tapping this intelligence required time-intensive tasks like maintaining an up-to-date Rolodex, sending written letters, and arranging in-person meetings. Networks and networking were always associated with job hunting because it was so costly in time and effort to deploy your network that you’d only do it for really important things—like finding a job. But now it’s easy and inexpensive to access the information bouncing around the brains of our connections. With everyone connected, the transaction costs of engaging your network are so low that it makes sense to pull intelligence from your network not only for the big career challenges—like finding a good job—but on a broad range of day-to-day issues.

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The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry by John Warrillow


Airbnb, airport security, Amazon Web Services, asset allocation, barriers to entry, call centre, cloud computing, commoditize, David Heinemeier Hansson, discounted cash flows, high net worth, Jeff Bezos, Network effects, passive income, rolodex, sharing economy, side project, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, software as a service, statistical model, Steve Jobs, Stewart Brand, subscription business, telemarketer, time value of money, zero-sum game, Zipcar

Polish also appeals to the emotional side of your brain because at least half of the value proposition of joining Polish’s group is who you’ll meet rather than what you’ll learn. Polish sells prospective members using reams of what he calls “social proof,” like interviews with happy and successful members describing what they get out of the network and pictures of Polish with entrepreneurs like Richard Branson and Bill Gates. Polish isn’t shy about his value proposition. “This is the group of people you would want access to in your ‘dream rolodex,’” he says. Polish is careful to cultivate an air of exclusivity around his subscription. That exclusivity is what makes this private club model so appealing. As he puts it, “When there is more demand than supply, everyone wants to buy.” Barriers to Entry One of the things that makes the private club model work is the privacy itself. For some achievement-oriented people, the higher you make the barrier to enter, the more they want to climb over it.

Backbone.js Cookbook by Vadim Mirgorod


Airbnb, create, read, update, delete,, Firefox, Google Chrome, MVC pattern, QR code, rolodex, Ruby on Rails, web application

</small> <p><%= body %></p> <a href="#post/delete/<%= id %>" name="delete-post" id="delete-post" data-role="button">Delete Post </a> </script> <script type="text/html" class="template" id="post-list-item"> <div class="ui-btn-inner ui-li"> <div class="ui-btn-text"> <a class="ui-link-inherit" href="#post/details/<%= id %>"> <%= title %> <br><small><%= created %></small> </a> </div> </div> </script> 19. Add views and templates to show other pages. 20. Add styles in index.html to show the Glyphish icons at the bottom of the toolbar. #list-button span.ui-icon-custom { background: url(../lib/glyphish/152-rolodex.png) 0 0 no-repeat; } #add-button span.ui-icon-custom { background: url(../lib/glyphish/187-pencil.png) 0 0 no-repeat; } #settings-button span.ui-icon-custom { background: url(../lib/glyphish/20-gear2.png) 0 0 no-repeat; } 231 Special Techniques 21. Check the order of CSS and JS inclusions in index.html. It should look like the following code: <!-- CSS --> <link rel="stylesheet" href="lib/"/> <link rel="stylesheet" href="lib/ios_inspired/styles.css"/> <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/styles.css"/> <!

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Elliot Allagash: A Novel by Simon Rich


rolodex, Saturday Night Live

When the surveillance photos arrived, I thought there had been some kind of mistake. My prophet was a scrawny seventeen-year-old with long hair and acne. Some kid named James. “He was relatively easy to abduct, once we knew his identity, and my people managed to extract a full confession without excessive violence. It was an amazing thing to listen to. “The boy’s father sold high-end diamond-and-silver cuff links, and my name and address were listed in his Rolodex. That’s where the boy found all his addresses. You see, I wasn’t the only one receiving postcards! At the start of the football season, the boy had sent out predictions to all twenty thousand of his father’s contacts. He told ten thousand people that their home team would lose and ten thousand people that their home team would win. The following week, he determined which people had received accurate predictions and sent them each a follow-up postcard.

The Art of Profitability by Adrian Slywotzky


business process, commoditize, Indoor air pollution, Isaac Newton, pattern recognition, rolodex, shareholder value

“About how to do it?” “No, about where the profit really was and always would be. She figured out the rest.” “What did she do to get the big transactions?” “She paid attention to the potential million-dollar buyers. She asked herself, ‘How do these people want to be treated?’ She didn’t overdo it. She was unobtrusive. But she was always around. She gave them information. She followed their needs. She built her rolodex. She noticed the shoddy treatment plenty of other agents provided, and she offered an alternative. She wasn’t as aggressive as her colleagues, which cost her some sales early on. But it won her many more sales later. Much larger sales.” “How long?” Steve asked. Zhao got the intent of the question. “About seven years.” 105 THE ART OF PROFITABILITY “A long time.” “Not really.” “Maybe we have different concepts of time,” Steve said, thinking of Einstein’s Dreams.

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So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport


Apple II, bounce rate, Byte Shop, Cal Newport, capital controls, cleantech, Community Supported Agriculture, deliberate practice, financial independence, follow your passion, Frank Gehry, information asymmetry, job satisfaction, job-hopping, knowledge worker, Mason jar, medical residency, new economy, passive income, Paul Terrell, popular electronics, renewable energy credits, Results Only Work Environment, Richard Bolles, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, rolodex, Sand Hill Road, side project, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, web application, winner-take-all economy

At a non-profit organization in Redlands, California—the first non-profit to embrace ROWE—80 percent of the employees reported feeling more engaged while over 90 percent thought it made their life better: which is about as close to universal agreement as is possible in a work setting. And these are just a few examples among many. The more time you spend reading the research literature, the more it becomes clear: Giving people more control over what they do and how they do it increases their happiness, engagement, and sense of fulfillment. It’s no wonder, then, that when you flip through your mental Rolodex of dream jobs, control is often at the core of their appeal. Throughout Rule #3, for example, you’ll meet people in a variety of different fields who wielded control to create a working life they love. Among them is a freelance computer programmer who skips work to enjoy sunny days, a medical resident who took a two-year leave from his elite residency program to start a company, and a famous entrepreneur who gave away his millions and sold his possessions to embrace an unencumbered, globe-trotting existence.

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An Abbreviated Life: A Memoir by Ariel Leve


Norman Mailer, rolodex, sensible shoes

She’d go to the hair salon, and after she had her hair dyed and was dressed in a glamorous outfit, she’d hand-deliver a signed book and promise never to bounce another check. Things were back on track. The groceries would be delivered, she would be at ease, her spirits would lift, and her guests at the dinner party would have lamb chops. I could relax and go to school. ONE DAY I return home from school to a catastrophe. “Josie,” my mother is crying, “has ruined my life.” She is standing in the kitchen, rotating the spindle on her Rolodex, desperately searching for a card. Josie couldn’t stand that my mother wrote phone numbers down on the wall. So she took it upon herself to use bleach to make her point. She scrubbed away all of the numbers written in ink and erased the ones written in pencil. My mother’s contacts were gone. Forever. She couldn’t replace them. Only she did. A week later, the phone numbers had returned. On the wall, scrawled in messy handwriting, exactly as they were before.

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Isn't That Rich?: Life Among the 1 Percent by Richard Kirshenbaum, Michael Gross


Downton Abbey, McMansion, New Journalism, rolodex, women in the workforce

Our biggest challenge, time and again, is matching up middle-aged divorcées in the “pre-realist” stage, who have not realized that they have a choice of sex, money, or a warm body—but not all three in the same package. “How did she make out in the divorce?” I asked my friend. “All I know,” she revealed, “is that the husband made her include her Birkins as a part of the settlement.” She added: “At the current retail price.” Bien sûr! “She most likely will want the money, then.” I paused, Rolodexing in my head the range of the newly wed and nearly dead. As I gave the hand signal for the check, I thought of a few years’ divorced friend who could use a chatelaine for his manor, and Leanne was an ideal prospect. “Oh yes, I think I have a good old-fashioned septuagenarian billionaire in Palm Beach for her. Not exactly scintillating, but his real estate portfolio has a personality all its own.”

Lint by Steve Aylett


death of newspapers, Mahatma Gandhi, Norman Mailer, rolodex, Schrödinger's Cat

A local newspaper had reported that the author carved some “gigantic pleasure rockets” in his yard—actually vimana replicas. Warped by several New Mexico snows, some now resembled effigies of Jeb Bush. Lint had dug in the garden to a depth of seven yards. Turning to the front window, I was startled to see the world outside inverted, sky below and earth above—the glass pane was a slightly concave lens. Then Lint filled the room like a buffalo, with a haircut like a Rolodex and a graying beard like a surf explosion. Skin gray as a mushroom. Old people can be scary because you can never tell how much they know. Even a moron who’s never garnered a single notion from a lifetime’s observations can look at you in a sagging, sad way and appear the wisest or most condemnatory sage on the planet. Consider the appalling codger in Dragons of Aggrazar. But just when I was ready to bolt he backed off and showed me a varnished china ornament of a red cow with a fish’s face.

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The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics by John B. Judis


affirmative action, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Albert Einstein, anti-communist, back-to-the-land, Bernie Sanders, Bretton Woods, capital controls, centre right, collapse of Lehman Brothers, deindustrialization, desegregation, Donald Trump, eurozone crisis, financial deregulation, first-past-the-post, fixed income, full employment, ghettoisation, glass ceiling, hiring and firing, illegal immigration, immigration reform, income inequality, invisible hand, laissez-faire capitalism, mass immigration, means of production, neoliberal agenda, obamacare, Occupy movement, open borders, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Post-materialism, post-materialism, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, War on Poverty, We are the 99%, white flight, Winter of Discontent

McConnell and Cantor’s sin lay in refusing to go all the way in repudiating even the bare rudiments of the neoliberal consensus between the parties and in failing to block even discussion of immigration reform. Cantor’s sin also lay in being too close to Wall Street and the Business Roundtable. In the primary, Tea Party candidate David Brat said, “All the investment banks in New York and D.C.—those guys should have gone to jail. Instead of going to jail, they went on Eric’s Rolodex, and they are sending him big checks.” This side of the Tea Party, which echoes the original People’s Party, was largely ignored by political scientists and other commentators, even after Trump’s presidential campaign brought it to the surface. The right wing’s success during Obama’s first term was in marked contrast to its relative obscurity during Roosevelt’s first term. In the 1930s, there was rightwing opposition to the New Deal led by the Liberty Lobby, but it amounted to a footnote compared to Long and the labor movement on the left.

Working the Street: What You Need to Know About Life on Wall Street by Erik Banks


accounting loophole / creative accounting, borderless world, corporate governance, estate planning, fixed income, greed is good, old-boy network, risk/return, rolodex, telemarketer

Investment banking in a big firm is a mélange of generalists and specialists, the big-picture folks and the technical experts, the relationship types and the mechanics. They don’t care much for each other, but, like their trading brethren, they need each other, so they try and tolerate each other’s differences. Bankers come in a few different flavors: relationship managers, corporate finance generalists, and industry/deal specialists. The relationship bankers are the big-big-big-picture folks who have very contact-rich Rolodexes/Palm Pilots and know how to charm and impress their clients. They can wax eloquent for hours about a lot of general business and The Right Match: Finding Your Ideal Job | 51 banking topics, but can’t talk for more than a minute about the nuts and bolts of a complicated banking product or deal. They play lots of golf with chairmen and CEOs, CFOs and finance ministers, talking high-level strategy about what the client needs to do to get ahead.

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To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel H. Pink

always be closing, Atul Gawande, barriers to entry, call centre, Cass Sunstein, Checklist Manifesto, choice architecture, complexity theory, Credit Default Swap, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, disintermediation, future of work, George Akerlof, information asymmetry, Jeff Bezos, Kickstarter, Marc Andreessen, Menlo Park, out of africa, Richard Thaler, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Steve Jobs, The Market for Lemons, Upton Sinclair, Wall-E, zero-sum game

And it can be constructive advice, keeping sellers focused on a deal’s end even during its beginning and middle. But the effectiveness of this advice is waning because the conditions on which it depends are fading. When only some of us are in sales—and when buyers face minimal choices and information asymmetry—“Always be closing” is sensible counsel. But when all of us are in sales, and none of us has much of an information edge, Blake’s prescription seems as dated as the electric typewriters and Rolodex cards that dot Mitch and Murray’s office. Remapped conditions require revamped navigation. So here in Part Two, I introduce the new ABCs of moving others: A—Attunement B—Buoyancy C—Clarity Attunement, buoyancy, and clarity: These three qualities, which emerge from a rich trove of social science research, are the new requirements for effectively moving people on the remade landscape of the twenty-first century.

Executive Orders by Tom Clancy


affirmative action, Ayatollah Khomeini, card file, defense in depth, Dissolution of the Soviet Union, experimental subject, financial independence, friendly fire, Monroe Doctrine, one-China policy, out of africa, Own Your Own Home, Plutocrats, plutocrats, rolodex, South China Sea, trade route

Ryan's major Cabinet appointments had shaken things up, but then the officials had all started doing the right things. Adler was another insider who'd worked his way to the top; as a junior official he'd briefed in too many foreign-affairs correspondents over the years for them to turn on him-and he never lost a chance to extol Ryan's expertise on foreign policy. George Winston, outsider and plutocrat though he was, had initiated a “quiet” reexamination of his entire department, and Winston had on his Rolodex the number of every financial editor from Berlin to Tokyo, and was seeking out their views and counsel on his internal study. Most surprising of all was Tony Bretano in the Pentagon. A vociferous outsider for the last ten years, he'd promised the defense-reporting community that he'd clean out the temple or die in the attempt, that the Pentagon was wasteful now as they'd always proclaimed, but that he, with the President's approval, was going to do his damnedest to de-corrupt the acquisition process once and for all.

From that he would slide in his own commentary, explaining and clarifying what Ryan had really meant with his seemingly sincere seemingly? The word had leaped into his mind of its own accord, startling the reporter. Donner had been in the business for quite a few years, and before his promotion to network anchor, he'd been in Washington. He'd covered them all and knew them all. On his well-stuffed Rolodex was a card with every important name and number in town. Like any good reporter, he was connected. He could lift a phone and get through to anyone, because in Washington the rules for dealing with the media were elegantly simple: either you were a source or a target. If you didn't play ball with the media, they would quickly find an enemy of yours who did. In other contexts, the technical term was “blackmail.” Donner's instincts told him that he'd never met anyone like President Ryan before, at least not in public life or was that true?

They all were, the people Donner had covered for all of his professional life, all the way back to his first job at the network affiliate in Des Moines, where his work had landed a county commissioner in jail, and so gotten Donner noticed by the network executives at 30 Rock. Political figures. Donner reported on all manner of news from avalanches to warfare, but it was politicians whom he had studied as a profession and a hobby. They were all the same, really. Right place, right time, and they already had the agenda. If he'd learned anything at all, he'd learned that. Donner looked out his window and lifted his phone with one hand while flipping the Rolodex with the other. “Ed, this is Tom. Just how good are those sources, and how quickly can I meet them?” He couldn't hear the smile on the other end of the line. SOHAILA WAS SITTING up now. Such situations provided a relief that never failed to awe the young doctor. Medicine was the most demanding of the professions, MacGregor believed. Every day, to a greater or lesser degree, he diced with Death.

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Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky


centralized clearinghouse, index card, lone genius, market bubble, Merlin Mann, New Journalism, Results Only Work Environment, rolodex, side project, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, supply-chain management, Tim Cook: Apple, Tony Hsieh, young professional

While it may be against your nature to do so, you should actively seek out competition and be grateful for it. By embracing competition, you stay at the top of your game. Commit Yourself in Order to Commit Others When you launch a new project, you want everyone you know to help get the word out. You will want introductions to potential clients and customers. Ultimately, you will want your community to mine their Rolodexes and resources to help your idea gain traction. But a problem emerges if you have not yet demonstrated your full commitment to the idea you are broadcasting. An example that comes to mind is Rebecca (not her real name), an aspiring jewelry designer in New York City who came to me for advice on launching her new venture. Rebecca had developed an extraordinary line of jewelry in her spare time on the weekends that was receiving great feedback from early customers.

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Elsewhere, U.S.A: How We Got From the Company Man, Family Dinners, and the Affluent Society to the Home Office, BlackBerry Moms,and Economic Anxiety by Dalton Conley


3D printing, assortative mating, call centre, clean water, commoditize, dematerialisation, demographic transition, Edward Glaeser, extreme commuting, feminist movement, financial independence, Firefox, Frank Levy and Richard Murnane: The New Division of Labor, Home mortgage interest deduction, income inequality, informal economy, Jane Jacobs, John Maynard Keynes: Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, labor-force participation, late capitalism, low skilled workers, manufacturing employment, mass immigration, McMansion, mortgage tax deduction, new economy, off grid, oil shock, PageRank, Ponzi scheme, positional goods, post-industrial society, Post-materialism, post-materialism, principal–agent problem, recommendation engine, Richard Florida, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Skype, statistical model, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, The Great Moderation, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, Thorstein Veblen, transaction costs, women in the workforce, Yom Kippur War

Behavioral messages that work the best are those that come from folks we know deeply and whose relationship to us is reinforced through many indirect ties.5 Hence the concept of the intervention, where all that strong social capital is brought to bear on a deviant individual (alcoholic, drug addict, compulsive shoplifter) in one hard blow. But an economy that favors movement and motion, one that needs weak ties to reach faraway markets in distant lands, a service economy where our customers, clients, and colleagues (not to mention investors) are drawn from the electronic Rolodex— this is an economy that favors the weak tie over the strong one. So we go from tribes, where we have little control over whom we interact with and where our identity stems from ascriptive affiliations that are matters of luck, to modern mobile families, where individuals are born through the unique intersections of their chosen (achieved) group affiliations, to globalized, amorphous clouds of network nodes (ungroups) on Facebook, where how we know someone is trivial compared to the fact that we do know them.

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100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family And by Sonia Arrison


23andMe, 8-hour work day, Albert Einstein, Anne Wojcicki, artificial general intelligence, attribution theory, Bill Joy: nanobots, bioinformatics, Clayton Christensen, dark matter, East Village,, epigenetics, Frank Gehry, Googley, income per capita, indoor plumbing, Jeff Bezos, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Law of Accelerating Returns, life extension, personalized medicine, Peter Thiel, placebo effect, post scarcity, Ray Kurzweil, rolodex, Silicon Valley, Simon Kuznets, Singularitarianism, smart grid, speech recognition, stem cell, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Thomas Malthus, upwardly mobile, World Values Survey, X Prize

Life expectancy has grown linearly at an average rate of 3 months per year (2.5 years per decade) for women and 2.5 months per year (2 years per decade) for men and, as argued in Chapter 2, is about to grow much more.26 When that happens, and health span is extended, it will be possible to have 130-year-olds and over at the helm of companies. What advantages will come with greater numbers of healthy, older workers? Aside from historical knowledge and large rolodexes, older workers tend to be more patient. In 2006 researchers from Harvard showed that patience increases across the life span.27 They showed that with age people tend to stop discounting the future and learn to become more future oriented (until, of course, they reach the point where they think they have no future left). Once life expectancy significantly expands, there should be an increased number of workers who are educated, experienced, and more patient.

Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth


call centre, dark matter, fear of failure, Google Earth, rolodex, unpaid internship

And as Pope said (Pope! Listen to me! I told you …): ‘a little learning is a dangerous thing …’. Mrs Coan didn’t smile as she acknowledged my raised hand. A slightly exasperated tone in her voice. ‘Yes, Laura.’ ‘Did he die?’ ‘No, but I can see where you’re coming from.’ I got the next one in fast. ‘Did he get famous?’ Mrs Coan ignored me and looked expectantly at the rest of the class. I kept my hand up, Rolodexing options and collating them into a list of descending likelihood. Meanwhile Rachel Atherton lifted a slender, tanned arm. She was the girl I always vied with for top of English. We wound up sharing the sixth-form English prize – the first time in the school’s history there had been joint winners. A photo from the ceremony, in a silver frame on my parents’ dining-room radiator shelf, showed us gripping the small plaque on either side in an almost invisible tug-of-war.

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The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More With Less by Richard Koch


Albert Einstein, always be closing, barriers to entry, business process, delayed gratification, fear of failure, income inequality, inventory management, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, knowledge worker, profit maximization, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Vilfredo Pareto, wage slave

You need them at the right time, in the right place and with a common interest in advancing your interests. Above all, the allies must trust you and you must be able to trust them. Make a list of your Top 20 business relationships, of people that you consider to be important allies, and compare it with an estimation of the total number of contacts with whom you would be on first-name terms—if you have a Rolodex, a Filofax, or a telephone list, this is the total number of active contacts on that list. Eighty percent of the value to you of alliances is likely to be comprised in 20 percent of the relationships. If this is not the case, the alliances (or some of them) are likely to be of poor quality. ACHIEVEMENT ALLIANCES If you are well into your career, make a list of the people who have helped you the most to date.

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Big Three in Economics: Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes by Mark Skousen


Albert Einstein, banking crisis, Berlin Wall, Bretton Woods, business climate, creative destruction, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, delayed gratification, experimental economics, financial independence, Financial Instability Hypothesis, full employment, Hernando de Soto, housing crisis, Hyman Minsky, inflation targeting, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, John Maynard Keynes: Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, John Maynard Keynes: technological unemployment, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Arrow, laissez-faire capitalism, liberation theology, liquidity trap, means of production, microcredit, minimum wage unemployment, money market fund, open economy, paradox of thrift, Pareto efficiency, Paul Samuelson, price stability, pushing on a string, rent control, Richard Thaler, rising living standards, road to serfdom, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, rolodex, Ronald Coase, Ronald Reagan, school choice, secular stagnation, Simon Kuznets, The Chicago School, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, Thorstein Veblen, Tobin tax, unorthodox policies, Vilfredo Pareto, zero-sum game

Mark Blaug calls him "one of the greatest and certainly one of the most colorful American economists who has ever lived" (Blaug 1986, 77). Fisher's entire career, both professional and personal, was devoted to the issue of money and credit. He invented the famed Quantity Theory of Money, and created the first price indexes. He became a crusader for many causes, from healthy living to price stability. He wrote over thirty books. He was a wealthy inventor (of today's Rolodex, or card catalog system) who became the Oracle on Wall Street, but was destroyed financially by the 1929-33 stock market crash. Fisher's failure as a monetarist to anticipate the greatest economic collapse in the twentieth century must lie squarely with his incomplete monetary model of the economy, and it was this defective model that led directly to the development of Keynesian economics, the subject of our next chapter.

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The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding


affirmative action, airport security, Anton Chekhov, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, Berlin Wall, Chelsea Manning, don't be evil, drone strike, Edward Snowden, Etonian, Firefox, Google Earth, Jacob Appelbaum, job-hopping, Julian Assange, Khan Academy, kremlinology, Mark Zuckerberg, Maui Hawaii, national security letter, pre–internet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, rolodex, Rubik’s Cube, Silicon Valley, Skype, social graph, Steve Jobs, web application, WikiLeaks

But by the end of 2013 it appeared that the agency’s intelligence-gathering operations were about something much simpler – global power. Merkel, it transpired, wasn’t the only foreign luminary whose phone the NSA had hacked. An NSA memo from 2006, published by the Guardian, showed it was bugging at least 35 world leaders. The agency had appealed to other ‘customer’ departments such as the White House, State and the Pentagon to share their ‘Rolodexes’ so it could add the phone numbers of leading foreign politicians to the NSA’s surveillance system. One eager official came up with 200 numbers, including the 35 world leaders. The NSA immediately ‘tasked’ them for monitoring. The NSA subsequently targeted other leaders as well, including the president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, and her Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto. On the face of things this tasking was bizarre, since both countries enjoyed positive relations with the US.

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Wall Street Meat by Andy Kessler


accounting loophole / creative accounting, Andy Kessler, automated trading system, banking crisis, Bob Noyce, George Gilder, index fund, Jeff Bezos, market bubble, Menlo Park,, Robert Metcalfe, rolodex, Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, Small Order Execution System, Steve Jobs, technology bubble, Y2K

So I worked on Avid, helped sell the deal, and even went on some of the road show. They came to New York for a big presentation, and I joined management at a dinner at Ben Benson’s (charge it to the deal). It was strange to start and end my traditional Wall Street career at the same restaurant. The CEO of Avid asked me why I was carrying two big bags with me. “I often take my work home,” I answered. In reality, I had all of my computer files and Rolodexes jammed into the bags. I was resigning the next day. What a day it was. No sooner had I submitted my onesentence resignation, than Frank Quattrone called to tell me Morgan Stanley had just received the mandate to lead a huge warrants deal for Intel. “Congratulations,” Frank said, “your research is really paying off.” “Hey Frank, this is great news, but I just resigned about five minutes ago,” I told him.

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With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful by Glenn Greenwald


Ayatollah Khomeini, banking crisis, Bernie Madoff, Clive Stafford Smith, collateralized debt obligation, Corrections Corporation of America, crack epidemic, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, David Brooks, deskilling, financial deregulation, full employment, high net worth, income inequality, Julian Assange, mandatory minimum, nuremberg principles, Ponzi scheme, Project for a New American Century, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, too big to fail, Washington Consensus, WikiLeaks

This state of affairs reflects what Desmond Lachman—American Enterprise Institute fellow, former chief emerging-market strategist at Salomon Smith Barney, and top IMF official; no radical he—described in the Washington Post as “Goldman Sachs’s seeming lock on high-level U.S. Treasury jobs.” (Goldman’s choice to replace Patterson as its chief lobbyist was Michael Paese, the top staffer to Democratic representative Barney Frank. Paese had spent years helping Frank carry out his duties as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, the committee responsible for oversight of Wall Street. Now, he would put his Washington Rolodex and his substantial influence in the halls of Congress at the service of Goldman’s legislative agenda.) At roughly the same time, Reuters announced: President Barack Obama’s nominee to oversee U.S. futures markets, who has confessed he should have done more [when serving as a financial official under Clinton] to rein in exotic financial instruments that have battered global markets, was approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee on Monday.

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Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?: Trick Questions, Zen-Like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You ... Know to Get a Job Anywhere in the New Economy by William Poundstone

affirmative action, Albert Einstein, big-box store, Buckminster Fuller, car-free, cloud computing, creative destruction,, full text search, hiring and firing, index card, Isaac Newton, John von Neumann, loss aversion, mental accounting, new economy, Paul Erdős, RAND corporation, random walk, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, rolodex, Rubik’s Cube, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, sorting algorithm, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, The Spirit Level, Tony Hsieh, why are manhole covers round?, William Shockley: the traitorous eight

It’s then going downward, and it passes your chair, going upward, just before you get off. ? Explain what a database is to your eight-year-old nephew, using three sentences. (Test of divergent thinking.) A database makes it convenient to find information (not just store it, which is easy in comparison). The trick is to think of creative analogies relevant to an eight-year-old. You probably start by brainstorming: “A database is like… a Rolodex (does anyone under fifty have one?)… a magic wizard of information (too patronizing?)… an iPod… a TiVo….” Pick the best analogy and work it into a three-sentence answer: A database is an iPod for information. With an iPod, you can store thousands of songs and still find any track you want quickly. A database does the same thing with information that people have stored on a computer or the Internet. ?

Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy


active measures, air freight, airport security, centre right, clean water, computer age, Exxon Valdez, Live Aid, old-boy network, Plutocrats, plutocrats, RAND corporation, rent control, rolodex, urban sprawl

He even checked his watch, an automatic and wasted gesture that nobody saw. "Yeah, I can do that. How long will I be on this time?" "Probably four minutes or so." "Okay, I'll be down there in about an hour." "Thank you, sir. The guard will be told to expect you." "Okay, see you in an hour." The kid must be new, Henriksen thought, not to know that he was a regular commentator - why else would his name have been in the Fox rolodex? - and that the security guards all knew him by sight. A quick cup of coffee and a bagel got him out the door, into his Porsche 911, and across the George Washington Bridge to Manhattan. Dr. Carol Brightling awoke, patted Jiggs on the top of his head, and stepped into the shower. Ten minutes later, a towel wrapped around her head, she opened the door and got the morning papers. The coffee machine had already made its two cups of Mountain Grown Folger's, and in the refrigerator was the plastic box full of melon sections.

CHAPTER 9 STALKERS "I can do that, John," the Director of Central Intelligence said. "It means talking to the Pentagon, however." "Today if possible, Ed. We really need this. I was remiss in not considering the need earlier. Seriously remiss." Clark added humbly. "It happens," DCI Foley observed. "Okay, let me make some calls and get back to you." He broke the connection and thought for a few seconds, then flipped through his rolodex, and found the number of CINC-SNAKE, as the post was laughingly called. Commander in Chief, Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base outside Tampa, Florida, was the boss of all the "snake eaters," the special-operations people from whom Rainbow had drawn its American personnel. General Sam Wilson was the man behind the desk, not a place he was especially comfortable. He'd started off as an enlisted man who'd opted for airborne and ranger training, then moved into Special Forces, which he'd left to get his college degree in history at North Carolina State University, then returned to the Army as a second lieutenant and worked his way up the ladder rapidly.

The Brits had all the infrastructure in place, and security at Hereford was pretty good-he'd been there and trained with the SAS while part of the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team, working for Gus. Okay, he'd confirm it from written records on the Bern and Vienna incidents. His staff covered all counterterror operations as a normal part of doing business and he could call contacts in Switzerland and Austria to find out a few things. That ought not to be hard. He checked his watch. Better to call right away, since they were six hours ahead. He flipped through his rolodex and placed a call on his private line. Black project, eh? he asked himself. He'd see about that. The cabinet meeting ended early. The President's congressional agenda was moving along nicely, which made things easy for everyone. They'd taken just two votes-actually, mere polls of the cabinet members, since the President had the only real vote, as he'd made clear a few times, Carol reminded herself.

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The new village green: living light, living local, living large by Stephen Morris


back-to-the-land, Buckminster Fuller, clean water, cleantech, collective bargaining, Columbine, Community Supported Agriculture, computer age, cuban missile crisis, deindustrialization, discovery of penicillin, distributed generation, energy security, energy transition, Fellow of the Royal Society, financial independence, Firefox, index card, Indoor air pollution, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), invisible hand, Kevin Kelly, Louis Pasteur, Mahatma Gandhi, mass immigration, McMansion, Menlo Park, Negawatt, off grid, peak oil, rolodex, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Catalog, Whole Earth Review

Alisa Gravitz, Denise Hamler, Dennis Greenia, and Paul Freundlich have been parts of my world for many years and will continue to be, hopefully forever. A new sphere of associates are the folks from New Society — Chris and Judith Plant, Ingrid Witvoet, Sara Reeves, and others — who have made the distance between Gabriola Island and Vermont seem very small. I thank those who have been willing to play along with this venture by sharing their ideas, words, opinions, Rolodexes, and address books. Insofar as this book is successful it is due to your willingness to play along. Rochelle Elkan deserves thanks for her stalwart role in seeking permissions and preparing the manuscript. Special thanks to Michael Potts, co-founder of The Public Press and co-conspirator in so many ventures. Michael wears so many hats — from data wrangler to designer to writer — that it is difficult to cite his single most important contribution.

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The greatest trade ever: the behind-the-scenes story of how John Paulson defied Wall Street and made financial history by Gregory Zuckerman


1960s counterculture, banking crisis, collapse of Lehman Brothers, collateralized debt obligation, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, financial innovation, fixed income, index fund, Isaac Newton, Long Term Capital Management, margin call, Mark Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, merger arbitrage, mortgage debt, mortgage tax deduction, Ponzi scheme, Renaissance Technologies, rent control, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, rolodex, short selling, Silicon Valley, statistical arbitrage, Steve Ballmer, Steve Wozniak, technology bubble, zero-sum game

The Odyssey team eventually profited from the venture, but it taught Paulson a lesson in how difficult the buyout business could be. After a couple of years, Levy and Paulson realized that Paulson didn’'t have the experience to excel at his job. Nash agreed a change needed to be made. Paulson was smart and presented his ideas well, but he hadn’'t learned the financial skills necessary to lead buyout transactions, nor did he have a thick Rolodex of contacts in the corporate world to pull them off on his own. “"As much as Leon and I liked each other, they needed someone more senior,”" Paulson says. Looking for a new job, once again, Paulson now was more than four years behind his classmates from business school. Several investment banks offered him entry-level positions, where he would join the most recent business school graduates, but it was something he resisted.

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The End of Secrecy: The Rise and Fall of WikiLeaks by The "Guardian", David Leigh, Luke Harding


4chan, banking crisis, centre right, Chelsea Manning, citizen journalism, Climategate, cloud computing, credit crunch, crowdsourcing, Downton Abbey, drone strike, eurozone crisis, friendly fire, global village, Hacker Ethic, impulse control, Jacob Appelbaum, Julian Assange, knowledge economy, Mohammed Bouazizi, offshore financial centre, rolodex, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steven Levy, uranium enrichment, WikiLeaks

He argued that WikiLeaks could have two major advantages over any of its imitators: a widely and easily recognisable brand and an extensive network of contacts in the media. Following several years in “relative obscurity” it had now become the “media’s darling”. He envisaged that WikiLeaks could “morph into a gigantic media intermediary”, as a journalistic clearing-house: “Under this model, WikiLeaks staffers would act as idea salesmen relying on one very impressive digital Rolodex.” Ian Katz, the Guardian’s deputy editor, put the position trenchantly at a debate organised by the Frontline Club in mid-January. “I think Julian has used his profile very cleverly and what he is doing is trying to make himself the brand, if you like, that is synonymous with whistleblowing … He wants you to think if you are a pissed off analyst in [the military] or wherever and you have got something you want to share with the world, ‘I will send it to that Assange fellow, not to the Guardian.’

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Economists and the Powerful by Norbert Haring, Norbert H. Ring, Niall Douglas


accounting loophole / creative accounting, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Albert Einstein, asset allocation, bank run, barriers to entry, Basel III, Bernie Madoff, British Empire, central bank independence, collective bargaining, commodity trading advisor, corporate governance, creative destruction, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, diversified portfolio, financial deregulation, George Akerlof, illegal immigration, income inequality, inflation targeting, information asymmetry, Jean Tirole, job satisfaction, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Arrow, knowledge worker, labour market flexibility, law of one price, light touch regulation, Long Term Capital Management, low skilled workers, mandatory minimum, market bubble, market clearing, market fundamentalism, means of production, minimum wage unemployment, moral hazard, new economy, obamacare, old-boy network, open economy, Pareto efficiency, Paul Samuelson, pension reform, Ponzi scheme, price stability, principal–agent problem, profit maximization, purchasing power parity, Renaissance Technologies, rolodex, Sergey Aleynikov, shareholder value, short selling, Steve Jobs, The Chicago School, the payments system, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, too big to fail, transaction costs, ultimatum game, union organizing, Vilfredo Pareto, working-age population, World Values Survey

“The Dating Game: Do Managers Designate Option Grant Dates to Increase Their Compensation?” Review of Financial Studies 21: 1907–45. Nettels, Curtis P. 1962. The Emergence of a National Economy 1715–1815. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe. Neumark, David and William Waescher. 2000. “Minimum Wages and Employment: A Case Study of the Fast-Food Industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania: Comment.” American Economic Review 90: 1362–96. Nguyen-Dang, Bang. 2008. “Does the Rolodex Matter? Corporate Elite’s Small World and the Effectiveness of Boards of Directors.” Working paper. 236 ECONOMISTS AND THE POWERFUL Nguyen-Dang, Bang and Kasper Meisner Nielsen. 2010. “What Death Can Tell: Are Executives Paid for Their Contributions to Firm Value?” Working paper. OECD. 1994/2004/2007/2008. OECD Employment Outlook. Paris. . n.d. “Benefits and Wages: OECD Indicators.” document/3/0,3746,en_2649_33729_39617987_1_1_1_1,00.html.

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The Alpha Masters: Unlocking the Genius of the World's Top Hedge Funds by Maneet Ahuja, Myron Scholes, Mohamed El-Erian


activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, Asian financial crisis, asset allocation, asset-backed security, backtesting, Bernie Madoff, Bretton Woods, business process, call centre, collapse of Lehman Brothers, collateralized debt obligation, computerized trading, corporate governance, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, diversification, Donald Trump,, family office, fixed income, high net worth, interest rate derivative, Isaac Newton, Long Term Capital Management, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, merger arbitrage, Myron Scholes, NetJets, oil shock, pattern recognition, Ponzi scheme, quantitative easing, quantitative trading / quantitative finance, Renaissance Technologies, risk-adjusted returns, risk/return, rolodex, short selling, Silicon Valley, South Sea Bubble, statistical model, Steve Jobs, systematic trading, zero-sum game

Some of the friends he graduated with were four years ahead of him in pay and position at other banks, while he was back at the bottom. And after four years of learning the ropes at Bear, Paulson felt prepared to play in the big leagues. “Once I got to the point where I had gained the experience advising in mergers, negotiating merger agreements, underwriting common stock, preferred stock, subordinated debt, and senior debt offerings, and having a Rolodex full of capital providers, I felt then I was ready to move back to the principal side. My experience at Bear gave me the building blocks that I needed to act as principal.” In the late 1980s, Gruss Partners and Bear Stearns together made a large gain on the sale of Anderson Clayton Company and Paulson became close with Marty Gruss, son of Joseph Gruss, the founder of Gruss Partners and the current senior partner.

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Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking by E. Gabriella Coleman


Benjamin Mako Hill, commoditize, crowdsourcing, Debian, Donald Knuth, dumpster diving,, financial independence, ghettoisation, Hacker Ethic, informal economy, Jacob Appelbaum, Jaron Lanier, Jason Scott:, Jean Tirole, knowledge economy, laissez-faire capitalism, Larry Wall, Louis Pasteur, means of production, Paul Graham, peer-to-peer, pirate software, popular electronics, RFC: Request For Comment, Richard Stallman, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, slashdot, software patent, software studies, Steve Ballmer, Steven Levy, Ted Nelson, the scientific method, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, web application, web of trust

Peppering technical artifacts with clever quips occurs quite commonly in hacker technical naming conventions or documentation. For instance, most software applications also come with some sort of description of their purpose and functionality. Jaime Zawinski, the author of a software application called BBDB, portrays his creation via a smattering of jokes (most software applications include a description of their functionality): BBDB is a rolodex-like database program for GNU Emacs. BBDB stands for Insidious Big Brother Database, and is not, repeat, not an obscure reference to the Buck Rogers TV series. It provides the following features: Integration with mail and news readers, with little or no interaction by the user: easy (or automatic) display of the record corresponding to the sender of the current message; automatic creation of records based on the contents of the current message; [ … ] While the “Insidious Big Brother Database” is an obvious and playful recognition of the common hacker mistrust of governmental authority, the Roger’s reference is more esoteric and thus only a small fraction of hackers will be able to decipher it: those hackers who have watched the television series.

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Servant Economy: Where America's Elite Is Sending the Middle Class by Jeff Faux


back-to-the-land, Bernie Sanders, Black Swan, Bretton Woods, BRICs, British Empire, call centre, centre right, cognitive dissonance, collateralized debt obligation, collective bargaining, creative destruction, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, crony capitalism, currency manipulation / currency intervention, David Brooks, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, falling living standards, financial deregulation, financial innovation, full employment, hiring and firing, Howard Zinn, Hyman Minsky, illegal immigration, indoor plumbing, informal economy, invisible hand, John Maynard Keynes: Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, lake wobegon effect, Long Term Capital Management, market fundamentalism, Martin Wolf, McMansion, medical malpractice, mortgage debt, Myron Scholes, Naomi Klein, new economy, oil shock, old-boy network, Paul Samuelson, Plutocrats, plutocrats, price mechanism, price stability, private military company, Ralph Nader, reserve currency, rising living standards, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, school vouchers, Silicon Valley, single-payer health, South China Sea, statistical model, Steve Jobs, Thomas L Friedman, Thorstein Veblen, too big to fail, trade route, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, union organizing, upwardly mobile, urban renewal, War on Poverty, We are the 99%, working poor, Yogi Berra, Yom Kippur War

Dale Carnegie’s 1936 book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, the granddaddy of self-help books, was a milestone. It legitimized the manipulation of human relationships in the service of career and provided the psychological techniques for doing it. Selling themselves with these techniques, clever ambitious outsiders might bypass the “old boys’” network in their ascent up their career ladders. The Internet has revolutionized networking—Rolodexes replaced by e-mail lists replaced by Facebook and Twitter—and according to Slaughter, therein lies America’s great advantage. Slaughter notes, “Every CEO advice manual published in the past decade has focused on the shift from the vertical world of hierarchy to the horizontal world of networks. Media are networked: online blogs and other forms of participatory media depend on contributions from readers to create a vast, networked conversation.

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Adapt: Why Success Always Starts With Failure by Tim Harford


Andrew Wiles, banking crisis, Basel III, Berlin Wall, Bernie Madoff, Black Swan, car-free, carbon footprint, Cass Sunstein, charter city, Clayton Christensen, clean water, cloud computing, cognitive dissonance, complexity theory, corporate governance, correlation does not imply causation, creative destruction, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, crowdsourcing, cuban missile crisis, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, Dava Sobel, Deep Water Horizon, Deng Xiaoping, double entry bookkeeping, Edmond Halley,, Erik Brynjolfsson, experimental subject, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Fermat's Last Theorem, Firefox, food miles, Gerolamo Cardano, global supply chain, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Isaac Newton, Jane Jacobs, Jarndyce and Jarndyce, Jarndyce and Jarndyce, John Harrison: Longitude, knowledge worker, loose coupling, Martin Wolf, mass immigration, Menlo Park, Mikhail Gorbachev, mutually assured destruction, Netflix Prize, New Urbanism, Nick Leeson, PageRank, Piper Alpha, profit motive, Richard Florida, Richard Thaler, rolodex, Shenzhen was a fishing village, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, South China Sea, special economic zone, spectrum auction, Steve Jobs, supply-chain management, the market place, The Wisdom of Crowds, too big to fail, trade route, Tyler Cowen: Great Stagnation, web application, X Prize, zero-sum game

As one senior officer said, ‘I’ll be damned if I permit the United States army, its institutions, its doctrine, and its traditions to be destroyed just to win this lousy war.’ That is exactly how senior executives must feel when their cutting-edge, market-leading business finds itself being disrupted by a foolish-looking new technology. A sufficiently disruptive innovation bypasses almost everybody who matters at a company: the Rolodex full of key customers becomes useless; the old skills are no longer called for; decades of industry experience count for nothing. In short, everyone who counts in a company will lose status if the disruptive innovation catches on inside that company – and whether consciously or unconsciously, they will often make sure that it doesn’t. As a result, the company may find itself in serious trouble.

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Social Life of Information by John Seely Brown, Paul Duguid


AltaVista, business process, Claude Shannon: information theory, computer age, cross-subsidies, disintermediation, double entry bookkeeping, Frank Gehry, frictionless, frictionless market, future of work, George Gilder, George Santayana, global village, Howard Rheingold, informal economy, information retrieval, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, John Markoff, Just-in-time delivery, Kenneth Arrow, Kevin Kelly, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, loose coupling, Marshall McLuhan, medical malpractice, moral hazard, Network effects, new economy, Productivity paradox, Robert Metcalfe, rolodex, Ronald Coase, shareholder value, Shoshana Zuboff, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, Superbowl ad, Ted Nelson, telepresence, the medium is the message, The Nature of the Firm, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, transaction costs, Turing test, Vannevar Bush, Y2K

To make better progress against paper, to make better document technologies, designers of alternatives need to understand paper better. More generally, the robust and efficient ways documents handle information still have, we believe, a lot to teach about how to socialize a technology. (Books have been so well socialized that people barely even think of them as a technology.)3 Going, Going . . . There is no doubt that many paper-based artifacts are disappearing. The black-edged letter, the social security check, the Rolodex, Page 176 the pink slip, the airline timetable, and the library catalogue are all fading into oblivion (not always without a fight). 4 And many other catalogues and manuals that were always ill suited for paper-based documents have gone the way of Aetna's 100 million pages. As examples of paper holding its ground, however, consider the three futuristic categories we mentioned above, the paperless office, electronic newspaper, and digital library.

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Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children by John Wood


airport security, British Empire, call centre, clean water, corporate social responsibility, Deng Xiaoping, Donald Trump, fear of failure, glass ceiling, high net worth, income per capita, Jeff Bezos, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Marc Andreessen, microcredit, Own Your Own Home, random walk, rolodex, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steve Ballmer

And I became sad thinking of those children who were told at age ten that they had failed to advance to secondary school. With only half the normal school hours, they were fighting this battle with one arm tied behind their back. It was not their fault, and I knew that we had it in our power to do something about it. Immediately, my Monday had clarity—my only goal was to find a donor to support the school project in Can Gio. I combed my Rolodex and began making a prospect list. Someone was going to adopt this project—I knew that in my heart. It’s not often that we are given an opportunity to forever change the lives of 500 children. How could anyone say no to this? If I couldn’t close this deal, I didn’t deserve to be in the business. So I brewed myself a cup of coffee, put on my headphones, cranked Talking Heads to loud volume, and began firing off an edited version of Erin’s e-mail to prospective donors.

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The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler


Albert Einstein, Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, Clayton Christensen, data acquisition, delayed gratification, deliberate practice, fear of failure, Google Earth, haute couture, impulse control, Isaac Newton, Jeff Bezos, jimmy wales, Kevin Kelly, Lao Tzu, life extension, lifelogging, Maui Hawaii, pattern recognition, Ray Kurzweil, risk tolerance, rolodex, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, Walter Mischel, X Prize

Wipeouts were avoided at all costs, because wipeouts could kill. But Foo carried his small-wave slasher’s style into the larger surf. He took bigger risks and–the other portion of his strategy–he bragged about them too. “If you want to ride the ultimate wave,” said Foo–as often as possible, always when there were journalists around– “you have to be willing to pay the ultimate price.” Foo cultivated fame. His Rolodex contained the names and numbers of the world’s best surf photographers. Rarely did he venture into the waves without making a few phone calls first. On December 23, 1994, he didn’t have to bother. Throughout the 1990s, Maverick’s fearsome reputation had been growing, but the winter of ’94 brought some of the biggest waves in history to California’s coast. December’s four weeks would soon be dubbed “the month full of monsters” and the media couldn’t resist.

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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl Wudunn


agricultural Revolution, correlation does not imply causation, demographic dividend, feminist movement, Flynn Effect, illegal immigration, Mahatma Gandhi, microcredit, paper trading, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, school choice, special economic zone, transatlantic slave trade, transatlantic slave trade, women in the workforce

Naka Nathaniel, a former Times videographer, regularly accompanied Nick on trips for five years, beginning during the Iraq war, and was the perfect companion when they were arrested together in one country after another. David Sanger, the chief Washington correspondent of The Times, has been a pal since we were in college together and a terrific sounding board ever since. And a special thanks to the many foreign correspondents of The Times from Kabul to Johannesburg who opened their homes, offices, and Rolodexes to us when we dropped into town. Many years ago Bill Safire introduced us to the best of literary agents: Anne Sibbald and Mort Janklow. They have been enormously helpful ever since and have played midwife to each of our books. Jonathan Segal, our editor at Knopf, is an editorial alchemist who was an early believer in this project and greatly shaped it at every stage. Meticulous editing is a dying art in much of the publishing industry, but not with Jon and not at Knopf.

pages: 327 words: 102,322

Losing the Signal: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of BlackBerry by Jacquie McNish, Sean Silcoff


Albert Einstein, Clayton Christensen, corporate governance, diversified portfolio, indoor plumbing, Iridium satellite, patent troll, QWERTY keyboard, rolodex, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, skunkworks, Skype, Stephen Hawking, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, the new new thing

Known as hot backups, these stand-in machines are a primed, well-fed pony express, ready and waiting to spring forth. RIM’s recovery protocol was going according to plan within seconds of the Slough crash. The disabled server was shut off and its stalled messages began switching over to the backup. Unfortunately one component failed to do its job. A single router refused to route. The size of a suitcase, routers are computerized Rolodexes that store a database of Internet Protocol addresses to identify where incoming e-mails should be sent. When a new server takes over, routers are supposed to send waiting e-mails. Instead of sending addresses to the new server, the router, infected by an undetected software bug, instructed the disabled computer to restart—again and again and again. Before RIM’s engineers knew what was happening, the two powerful machines were locked in a dangerous shoving match.

pages: 304 words: 93,494

Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton


4chan, Airbus A320, Burning Man, friendly fire, index card, Jeff Bezos, John Markoff, Kevin Kelly, Mahatma Gandhi, Mark Zuckerberg,, rolodex, Ruby on Rails, Saturday Night Live, side project, Silicon Valley, Skype, social web, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, technology bubble, traveling salesman, US Airways Flight 1549, WikiLeaks

“And it’s not a bug?” “Nope, they shut us down,” Elman replied confidently. “Our app is still live on Facebook, but they’ve disabled the friends-dot-get call and it keeps returning a zero,” he said in programmer speak. In other words, Facebook had changed the locks on its door, at least for Twitter, blocking access to the site’s friends lists, even though thousands of other sites were allowed to access the same Rolodex. The tech press had already started picking up the new feature and was quickly adding that it was broken, pointing fingers directly at Twitter. So to defend itself, the company spent the next few hours engaged in a very public spat with Facebook. “We believe this is an issue on Facebook’s end,” Twitter declared on its company Web site, publicly slapping Facebook in the face. Facebook responded, telling the press that, awww shucks, it’s just a silly technical problem, and “we are working with Twitter [to] resolve the issue.”

pages: 452 words: 110,488

The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead by David Callahan


1960s counterculture, affirmative action, corporate governance, corporate raider, creative destruction, David Brooks, deindustrialization, East Village, fixed income, forensic accounting, full employment, game design, greed is good, high batting average, housing crisis, illegal immigration, income inequality, job satisfaction, mandatory minimum, market fundamentalism, McMansion, microcredit, moral hazard, new economy, New Urbanism, offshore financial centre, oil shock, old-boy network, Plutocrats, plutocrats, postindustrial economy, profit maximization, profit motive, RAND corporation, Ray Oldenburg, Robert Bork, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, Shoshana Zuboff, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, The Bell Curve by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, The Chicago School, Thorstein Veblen, War on Poverty, winner-take-all economy, World Values Survey, young professional, zero-sum game

Like other industries, accountants had grown increasingly hip to the ways of Washington and put their money where their interests were. Between 1989 and 2000, accounting firms gave nearly $40 million in political contributions. As this money flowed into campaign coffers on both sides of the political aisle, accountants suddenly found themselves with a lot more friends on Capitol Hill. They hired D.C. lobbyists with fat Rolodexes to deepen these relationships, spending upwards of $7 to 8 million a year on lobbying by the late 1990s.20 They also found natural allies in the phalanx of well-funded conservative think tanks like the CATO Institute and the Heritage Foundation that opposed new regulations on principle. Leavitt was initially open to the idea that the accounting industry could police itself and create new rules to insure auditor independence.

pages: 285 words: 86,174

Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy by Chris Hayes


affirmative action, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, asset-backed security, barriers to entry, Berlin Wall, Bernie Madoff, carried interest, circulation of elites, Climategate, Climatic Research Unit, collapse of Lehman Brothers, collective bargaining, creative destruction, Credit Default Swap, dark matter, David Brooks, David Graeber, deindustrialization, Fall of the Berlin Wall, financial deregulation, fixed income, full employment, George Akerlof, Gunnar Myrdal, hiring and firing, income inequality, Jane Jacobs, jimmy wales, Julian Assange, Kenneth Arrow, Mark Zuckerberg, mass affluent, mass incarceration, means of production, meta analysis, meta-analysis, money market fund, moral hazard, Naomi Klein, Nate Silver, peak oil, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, Ralph Waldo Emerson, rolodex, The Spirit Level, too big to fail, University of East Anglia, Vilfredo Pareto, We are the 99%, WikiLeaks, women in the workforce

It is, in a very real way, the twenty-first-century postmodern capitalist version of the American dream. Once a member of the elite has sufficiently monetized his or her power, that money can be traded for other kinds of power, which in turn can be invested and reap its own kinds of rewards. Harold Ford Jr.’s political and media networks made him an attractive hire for Citigroup, where he was, in turn, able to expand both his Rolodex and his earning potential. As this positive feedback loop plays out, the elite increasingly becomes an entirely distinct group, moving effortlessly between public and private life, alternating between access to state power and market power. As a snapshot of what this looks like in practice, consider the routine staffing changes in the Obama administration as it reached the midway point of its first term.

pages: 379 words: 113,656

Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age by Duncan J. Watts


Berlin Wall, Bretton Woods, business process, corporate governance, Drosophila, Erdős number, experimental subject, fixed income, Frank Gehry, Geoffrey West, Santa Fe Institute, industrial cluster, invisible hand, Long Term Capital Management, market bubble, Milgram experiment, Murray Gell-Mann, Network effects, new economy, Norbert Wiener, Paul Erdős, peer-to-peer, rolodex, Ronald Coase, Silicon Valley, supply-chain management, The Nature of the Firm, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Toyota Production System, transaction costs, transcontinental railway, Vilfredo Pareto, Y2K

Although Gladwell develops his ideas about the diffusion of ideas from the premise that social contagion operates no differently from disease contagion, his observations are in general agreement with those of the threshold model, provided that the network of decision makers is poorly connected. Gladwell’s connectors come from that rare breed of socially prodigious individuals who not only maintain superhuman Rolodexes but also span many different social groups. And in a world where most people have only a few friends, or solicit very few opinions when making decisions, it does indeed seem that the occasional connector would occupy a position of great influence. But influences can also be stymied if a network is too well connected. As discussed earlier, the more people whose actions or opinions you take into account before making a decision, the less influence any one of them will have over you.

pages: 271 words: 83,944

The Sellout: A Novel by Paul Beatty


affirmative action, cognitive dissonance, conceptual framework, desegregation, El Camino Real, haute couture, illegal immigration, Lao Tzu, late fees, mass incarceration, p-value, publish or perish, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, telemarketer, theory of mind, War on Poverty, white flight, yellow journalism

Foy, unshaven and draped in a wrinkled suit, stood in the corner twitching and blinking uncontrollably. Foy had been in the news lately. His out-of-wedlock children so numerous, they’d filed a class-action suit against him for the emotional distress he’d caused by sticking his face in front of a camera or microphone at every opportunity. At this point it was only the smooth Euclidean planar perfection of his box cut and his Rolodex that was holding both him and the Dum Dum Donut Intellectuals together. Hard to lose faith in a man who even at the worst of times can keep his hair on point and call upon friends like Jon McJones, a black conservative who’d recently added the “Mc” to his slave name. McJones read from his latest book, Mick, Please: The Black Irish Journey from Ghetto to Gaelic. The author was a good get for Foy, and with the free Bushmills, there should have been more people, but there was no doubt the Dum Dum Donut Intellectuals were dying.

Au Contraire: Figuring Out the French by Gilles Asselin, Ruth Mastron


affirmative action, business climate, feminist movement, haute cuisine, old-boy network, rolodex, Rosa Parks

In the other direction, low-context Americans might feel that they are being kept in the dark and that their French colleagues are hiding something from them, or that they simply do not know what they want. An American who had just been hired to work for a French corporate attorney met with his new French boss to go over his job responsibilities: “He handed me a letter from Company X announcing their change of address and said, ‘We’ve had litigation pending with this company for years, you can take care of this.’ I noted the address change on my Rolodex and brought the letter back. It turned out that he meant I should take care of the whole case. I felt like a complete jerk. Why didn’t he tell me what he wanted me to do?” The French response, of course, would be, “He did,” but he did so in a high-context way that was not at all clear to the American. Distance Communication. Nothing can replace a face-toface meeting for building relationships and making critical decisions.

pages: 327 words: 88,121

The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community by Marc J. Dunkelman


Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Albert Einstein, assortative mating, Berlin Wall, big-box store, blue-collar work, Bretton Woods, Broken windows theory, call centre, clean water, cuban missile crisis, dark matter, David Brooks, delayed gratification, double helix, Downton Abbey, Edward Glaeser, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Filter Bubble, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, George Santayana, Gini coefficient, glass ceiling, global supply chain, global village, helicopter parent, if you build it, they will come, impulse control, income inequality, invention of movable type, Jane Jacobs, John Markoff, Khyber Pass, Louis Pasteur, Marshall McLuhan, Martin Wolf, McMansion, Nate Silver, Nicholas Carr, obamacare, Occupy movement, Peter Thiel, post-industrial society, Richard Florida, rolodex, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steve Jobs, telemarketer, The Chicago School, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the medium is the message, Thomas L Friedman, Tyler Cowen: Great Stagnation, urban decay, urban planning, Walter Mischel, War on Poverty, women in the workforce, World Values Survey, zero-sum game

In an effort to answer that question, Mark Granovetter, who is now a professor at Stanford, published a paper in 1973 that contained one of the most enduring phrases of twentieth-century sociology: “the strength of weak ties.”23 When it comes both to career advancement and, more importantly, to the spread of innovative concepts, Granovetter argued that the connections we maintain with our close contacts are not nearly as important as the breadth of our extended networks. Economic dynamism, in essence, emerges less in the cliques that watch Monday Night Football together than in the longer list of contacts we each maintain in our virtual rolodexes. You don’t hear about a job opening from your best friend, but from the guy you played racquetball with a few months back. You don’t hear about a big new idea from the woman who works in your pod, but from a college friend who dropped in for lunch while driving through town. Over the past forty years, Granovetter’s thesis has been widely embraced. But as we’ve established, not all weak ties are created equal.

pages: 276 words: 93,430

Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body by Sara Pascoe


Albert Einstein, Berlin Wall, Julian Assange, Kickstarter, meta analysis, meta-analysis, presumed consent, rolodex, selection bias, WikiLeaks

Not goal-setting with some hope of future achievement. What I think about during sex, and I presume this is true for every woman in a long-term relationship, is wide-ranging, disgusting and almost the literal opposite of what attracts me in real life. I imagine gross fat old men. People with bad hygiene and clumsy hands. And what they’re doing feels so good that I can’t stop them even though I hate them. I have a Rolodex in my head of every person I have ever met‡ and I scroll through while my boyfriend is going down on me. Hundreds of men and women that I can use to get me off, but who I would never allow to lay a finger on me in actuality. These fantastical imaginings are not an exaggerated version of the truth; they’re a separate dimension with no gateway to this one. They don’t shape or influence any of my decisions.

pages: 350 words: 105,978

Eternal Empire by Alec Nevala-Lee

rolodex, Transnistria

“Is there a catalog we can use?” The librarian smiled apologetically. “I’m afraid that what you see is what we have. It generally takes more than a year to fully conserve and catalog any collection. What are you looking for?” “We aren’t sure.” Wolfe regarded the rows of boxes, sensing with a sinking heart that it would take weeks to go through it all. “What about nonliterary materials? Rolodexes, pictures—” “You’re in luck. One of the first things we do is cull anything unusual. We’ve found some odd things over the years.” Kneeling, the librarian withdrew a pair of cumbersome cartons from the bottom shelf. He handed them the boxes, which were quite heavy. “Follow me, please.” He led them from the archives to an unoccupied office at the end of the floor, where he smiled politely and left, closing the door behind him.

pages: 331 words: 104,366

Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins by Garry Kasparov

3D printing, Ada Lovelace, AI winter, Albert Einstein, AltaVista, barriers to entry, Berlin Wall, business process, call centre, clean water, computer age, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, David Brooks, Donald Trump, Douglas Hofstadter, Drosophila, Elon Musk, Erik Brynjolfsson, factory automation, Freestyle chess, Gödel, Escher, Bach, job automation, Leonard Kleinrock, Mikhail Gorbachev, Nate Silver, Norbert Wiener, packet switching, pattern recognition, Ray Kurzweil, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, rising living standards, rolodex, Second Machine Age, self-driving car, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, speech recognition, stem cell, Stephen Hawking, Steven Pinker, technological singularity, The Coming Technological Singularity, The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver, Turing test, Vernor Vinge, Watson beat the top human players on Jeopardy!, zero-sum game

Almost without noticing it, we’ve outsourced important peripheral brain functions to the silicon around us.” This isn’t so much revolutionary as it is another demonstration of the democratizing power of technology. Executives and other elites have been outsourcing many of their mundane cognitive functions to their secretaries and personal assistants forever. They used, and many still use, daily calendars and Rolodexes to organize and store the contact and schedule information that we now all carry on tiny computers in our pockets. Smartphones have made this process more powerful and efficient. We can look up anything now, not just phone numbers. We don’t only look for a restaurant the way we would in an old phone book; we get restaurant recommendations from an algorithm and our phone can make a reservation or order delivery for us with just a few commands.

Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity by Currid

barriers to entry, Bernie Madoff, Donald Trump, income inequality, index card, industrial cluster, labour mobility, Mark Zuckerberg, Metcalfe’s law, natural language processing, place-making, Ponzi scheme, post-industrial society, prediction markets, Renaissance Technologies, Richard Florida, Robert Metcalfe, rolodex, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, slashdot, transaction costs, upwardly mobile, urban decay, Vilfredo Pareto, winner-take-all economy

The benefits of these connections are not simply access to more people; there are real advantages to one’s career and social status, what sociologists and economists call “positive network externalities”: Being a part of a network of celebrities increases the chances of meeting a high-profile partner, landing a major movie role, and getting photographed and featured in popular media outlets, all of which enable one to become a bigger star.14 The importance of celebrities’ interconnectivity is that it enables them to interact if they want to. Each star one becomes “friends” with has a whole Rolodex of contacts that may be useful in attaining these goals. Celebrities need to be able to interact with the most influential people in the film, music, or fashion industries; it’s important for their careers and for their ability to nurture and maintain their own celebrity status. Talent vs. Residual: Getting into the Celebrity Network For the outsider, the differences among celebrities seem rather academic.

pages: 889 words: 433,897

The Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey by Emmanuel Goldstein


affirmative action, Apple II, call centre, don't be evil, Firefox, game design, Hacker Ethic, hiring and firing, information retrieval, John Markoff, late fees, license plate recognition, optical character recognition, packet switching, pirate software, place-making, profit motive, QWERTY keyboard, RFID, Robert Hanssen: Double agent, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Skype, spectrum auction, statistical model, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Telecommunications Act of 1996, telemarketer, Y2K

There are a few questions to consider: What do I turn in on my last day? Some companies will not process your last bonus checks, expense reports, or even paychecks if you do not turn in certain files in a timely manner. This is largely a response to having salespeople take their rolodexes with them as they leave the company. I won’t get into the legal aspects of who owns this information. You’ll probably end up giving them the information. So what? The important thing is that you give your company the wrong information. Keep a “shadow” rolodex complete with incorrect rate quotes, inaccurate notes, and not-so-glaring omissions. You want the Rolodex/address book to be considered the real thing until those last checks come through. You will have no choice but to turn in your computer, of course. If the company is smart (which is not a sound assumption), they will be primarily interested in what’s sitting on your hard drive—the value of the computer itself will evaporate in two fiscals. 94192c11.qxd 6/3/08 3:33 PM Page 417 More Hacker Stories and Adventures So keep your hard disk lean.

pages: 541 words: 146,445

Spin by Robert Charles Wilson


airport security, Colonization of Mars, invention of writing, invisible hand, John von Neumann, Mahatma Gandhi, megacity, oil shale / tar sands, rolodex, Stephen Hawking

"Mind me using your terminal." "Using it for what?" "Really nothing. Just checking it out." But it couldn't be the machine Moll was curious about. It was five years old, nearly an antique. She used more sophisticated gear at work. And I had recognized the program she'd been in such a hurry to close when I came through the door. It was my household tracker, the program I used to pay bills and balance my checkbook and Rolodex my contacts. "Kind of looked like a spreadsheet," I said. "I wandered in there. Your desktop confused me. You know. People organize things different ways. I'm sorry, Tyler. I guess I was being presumptuous." She jerked her hand out from under mine and clicked the shut-down tag. The desktop shrank and I heard the processor's fan noise whine down to silence. Molly stood up, straightening her blouse.

pages: 385 words: 133,839

The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World's Favorite Soft Drink by Michael Blanding


carbon footprint, clean water, collective bargaining, corporate social responsibility, Exxon Valdez, Gordon Gekko, Internet Archive, laissez-faire capitalism, market design, Naomi Klein, New Journalism, Ponzi scheme, profit motive, Ralph Nader, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thorstein Veblen, union organizing, Upton Sinclair

It wasn’t long before Rogers found his footing again with several more victories against companies. By the time he got the call from Collings­ worth, his strategy of going after interlocking financial interests was well established. From the very beginning, however, he saw a new weakness he could exploit in the fight against Coke: its brand. The Campaign to Stop K iller Coke began in April 2003 with a letter to Rogers’s Rolodex of union contacts. “We need your help to stop a gruesome cycle of murders, kidnappings, and torture,” the letter began, bear­ ing an image of a Coke can with—in the same expressive Spencerian script 2 18 THE COKE MACHINE Frank Robinson had so indelibly created more than a hundred years before— the words “Killer Coke.” From the beginning, Rogers did everything he could to tweak Coke’s brand image to highlight its culpability in the Colom­ bian murders, producing posters with the slogans “The Drink That Represses” and “Murder—It’s the Real Thing.”

pages: 549 words: 116,200

With a Little Help by Cory Doctorow


autonomous vehicles, big-box store, Burning Man, call centre, carbon footprint, death of newspapers, don't be evil, game design, Google Earth, high net worth, lifelogging, margin call, Mark Shuttleworth, offshore financial centre, packet switching, Ponzi scheme, rolodex, Sand Hill Road, sensible shoes, skunkworks, Skype, traffic fines, traveling salesman, Turing test, urban planning, Y2K

Oh, they were all monsters, narcissistic, tantrum-prone geniuses, but once you got past that, you found yourself talking to people who were, at bottom, damned smart, with a whole lot going on. He met the woman who designed the moss in the Living Room. She was younger than him, and had been catapulted from a mediocre academic adventure at the Cooper Union into more wealth and freedom than she knew what to do with. She had a whole rolodex of people who wanted to sublicense the stuff, and she spent her days toying with them, seeing if they had any cool ideas she could incorporate into her next pitch to one of the lucky few who had the ear of a monster. 2239 Like Leon. That's why they all met with him. He'd unwittingly stepped into one of the agency's top spots, thanks to Ria, one of the power-broker seats that everyone else yearned to fill.

pages: 479 words: 133,092

The Coke Machine by Michael Blanding


carbon footprint, clean water, collective bargaining, corporate social responsibility, Exxon Valdez, Gordon Gekko, Internet Archive, laissez-faire capitalism, market design, Naomi Klein, New Journalism, Ponzi scheme, profit motive, Ralph Nader, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thorstein Veblen, union organizing, Upton Sinclair

It wasn’t long before Rogers found his footing again with several more victories against companies. By the time he got the call from Collingsworth, his strategy of going after interlocking financial interests was well established. From the very beginning, however, he saw a new weakness he could exploit in the fight against Coke: its brand. The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke began in April 2003 with a letter to Rogers’s Rolodex of union contacts. “We need your help to stop a gruesome cycle of murders, kidnappings, and torture,” the letter began, bearing an image of a Coke can with—in the same expressive Spencerian script Frank Robinson had so indelibly created more than a hundred years before—the words “Killer Coke.” From the beginning, Rogers did everything he could to tweak Coke’s brand image to highlight its culpability in the Colombian murders, producing posters with the slogans “The Drink That Represses” and “Murder—It’s the Real Thing.”

pages: 568 words: 162,366

The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea by Steve Levine


Berlin Wall, California gold rush, computerized trading, corporate raider, cuban missile crisis, facts on the ground, failed state, fixed income, indoor plumbing, Khyber Pass, megastructure, Menlo Park, Mikhail Gorbachev, oil rush, Potemkin village, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, telemarketer, trade route

When he considered what his boss had accomplished—the creation of a highly successful commodities trading operation—he thought that Oztemel had largely squandered his considerable power and influence. Giffen was thinking bigger. His strong suit was the grand idea and the salesmanship to pull it off, traits that his boss recognized and appreciated. So when Giffen proposed that they launch an international consulting business, Oztemel was ready to agree. Giffen was put in charge of the new subsidiary, Satra Consulting. His mission: to monetize Oztemel’s matchless Rolodex of important Soviet names. He was awarded shares of stock in the company, not enough to make him rich but a definite incentive to do well. Virginia Proehl detested Jim Giffen, this ambitious young man who had studied law under her husband, Paul, at UCLA. She thought, accurately enough, that Giffen was trying to lure his former professor into joining Satra Consulting, a venture that she regarded as loopy.

pages: 514 words: 153,274

The Cobweb by Neal Stephenson, J. Frederick George


Ayatollah Khomeini, computer age, cuban missile crisis, friendly fire, illegal immigration, industrial robot, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, uranium enrichment, éminence grise

“Working,” Clyde said. Terry looked mildly irritated. “Oh, yeah. Of course.” Clyde hated working at the jail and knew that Sheriff Mullowney had been giving him lots of jail duty just to harass him, but Ebenezer had taught him not to whine. So he skipped over that part. “I was talking to Mark Becker.” “Who’s Mark Becker?” Terry said, suddenly intrigued at the prospect of adding a new name to his mental Rolodex of behind-the-scenes movers and shakers. “One of the prisoners,” Clyde said. Terry screwed up his face with disgust and looked away. When he turned back, he was wearing an expression of patient, fatherly disappointment. “Now, why are you talking to people like that?” “When I’m on jail duty,” Clyde said defensively, “I can’t help but talk to ’em. Mostly they talk to me, though.” Jail talk made high-school locker-room talk sound like an episode of Firing Line.

pages: 431 words: 132,416

No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller by Harry Markopolos


backtesting, barriers to entry, Bernie Madoff, call centre, centralized clearinghouse, correlation coefficient, diversified portfolio, Edward Thorp, Emanuel Derman, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, family office, financial thriller, fixed income, forensic accounting, high net worth, index card, Long Term Capital Management, Louis Bachelier, offshore financial centre, Ponzi scheme, price mechanism, quantitative trading / quantitative finance, regulatory arbitrage, Renaissance Technologies, risk-adjusted returns, risk/return, rolodex, Sharpe ratio, statistical arbitrage, too big to fail, transaction costs, your tax dollars at work

I wanted the intellectual satisfaction of proving to my bosses that they were wrong. I certainly didn’t think of myself as a detective. I didn’t own a trench coat like Lieutenant Columbo, I had no physical handicap to overcome like Ironsides, and instead of a talking car to help me like Michael Knight had in Knight Rider, I had Neil and Frank. The only weapons we had were our knowledge of the numbers and our Rolodexes. What I did have in addition, though, was my experience in the purloined fish case and very good military training. I had served 17 years as a commissioned officer in the army’s reserve components, seven of those years in a special operations unit as a member of a civil affairs team. I had also served for many years under Major General Boyd Cook as he worked his way up the chain of command from the rank of colonel.

pages: 482 words: 122,497

The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule by Thomas Frank


affirmative action, anti-communist, barriers to entry, Berlin Wall, Bernie Madoff, British Empire, collective bargaining, corporate governance, Credit Default Swap, David Brooks, edge city, financial deregulation, full employment, George Gilder, guest worker program, income inequality, invisible hand, job satisfaction, Mikhail Gorbachev, Mont Pelerin Society, mortgage debt, Naomi Klein, new economy, P = NP, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, Ralph Nader, rent control, Richard Florida, road to serfdom, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, school vouchers, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, stem cell, Telecommunications Act of 1996, the scientific method, too big to fail, union organizing, War on Poverty

His employer, the Shaw Group—an enormous construction company and a client of Allbaugh’s—had already bagged a $100 million contract. In the past, he related, people “around town” would say, “Shaw Group, we never heard of y’all.” But today Shaw men were walking tall in the corridors of power. “Right now, I’m sure that with the large contracts that we have been receiving,” Badolato boasted, “everybody [every subcontractor, that is] who had my name in a Rolodex . . . has been calling me and everyone else they knew at Shaw to get a piece of that.” He gave a shout-out to “our consultants, people who really delivered the bacon to us . . . when we needed it”; reminded the crowd that Shaw had done “a lot of lobbying and consulting efforts, both in Louisiana and in Washington”; and allowed that this “really pays off when it’s time to get some contracts.” By 2008 over $100 billion had been spent, but parts of New Orleans remained empty.

pages: 363 words: 123,076

The Gang That Wouldn't Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, Capote, and the New Journalism Revolution by Marc Weingarten


1960s counterculture, Bonfire of the Vanities, British Empire, citizen journalism, cognitive dissonance, Donner party, East Village, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Haight Ashbury, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Menlo Park, New Journalism, non-fiction novel, Norman Mailer, pre–internet, rent control, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Stewart Brand, upwardly mobile, working poor, yellow journalism

In the lead paragraph for his story on Baby Jane Holzer, called “The Girl of the Year,” Wolfe discovered another effective technique, the run-on enumeration of fashion details: Bangs manes bouffants beehives Beatle caps butter faces brush-on lashes decal eyes puffy sweaters French thrust bras flailing leather blue jeans stretch pants stretch jeans honeydew bottoms éclair shanks elf books ballerinas Knight slippers, hundreds of them, these flaming little buds, bobbing and screaming, rocketing around inside the Academy of Music Theater underneath that vast old mouldering cherub dome up there—aren’t they super-marvelous! The publishing world was taking notice. In the winter of 1965, Lynn Nesbit, a twenty-five-year-old junior agent, contacted Wolfe about taking him on as a client. “Lynn called me out of the blue,” according to Wolfe, “and said, ‘Don’t you know you have a book here?’” Nesbit, who had started out as a secretary for leading agent Sterling Lord and thus came armed with a solid Rolodex, suggested to Wolfe that a collection of his stories might be something she could sell. “I was this fresh-faced girl from the Midwest, but Tom liked the fact that I was a straight shooter,” said Nesbit. “He was actually thinking about writing a novel at that time, but I loved his work, so he took a chance on me, I’m not sure why.” Nesbit packaged the book of pieces along with Wolfe’s novel proposal and sold a two-book contract to editor Henry Robbins at Farrar, Straus and Giroux for a solid four-figure fee—much to the dismay of Clay Felker, who was working as an editorial consultant for Viking Press and felt proprietary toward Wolfe and his work, particularly since he had shepherded many of the pieces into publication.

pages: 289 words: 113,211

A Demon of Our Own Design: Markets, Hedge Funds, and the Perils of Financial Innovation by Richard Bookstaber


affirmative action, Albert Einstein, asset allocation, backtesting, beat the dealer, Black Swan, Black-Scholes formula, Bonfire of the Vanities, butterfly effect, commoditize, commodity trading advisor, computer age, computerized trading, disintermediation, diversification, double entry bookkeeping, Edward Lorenz: Chaos theory, Edward Thorp, family office, financial innovation, fixed income, frictionless, frictionless market, George Akerlof, implied volatility, index arbitrage, intangible asset, Jeff Bezos, John Meriwether, London Interbank Offered Rate, Long Term Capital Management, loose coupling, margin call, market bubble, market design, merger arbitrage, Mexican peso crisis / tequila crisis, moral hazard, Myron Scholes, new economy, Nick Leeson, oil shock, Paul Samuelson, Pierre-Simon Laplace, quantitative trading / quantitative finance, random walk, Renaissance Technologies, risk tolerance, risk/return, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, rolodex, Saturday Night Live, selection bias, shareholder value, short selling, Silicon Valley, statistical arbitrage, The Market for Lemons, time value of money, too big to fail, transaction costs, tulip mania, uranium enrichment, William Langewiesche, yield curve, zero-coupon bond, zero-sum game

Success came from building up a client list and knowing what bonds these clients held. Firms used various strategies, ranging from simple cajoling to offering to do large-scale analysis of the clients’ portfolios, to find out who owned what. Then, the next time a client called asking to trade a bond, the corporate bond salesperson knew where to look for a taker. In two or three years every firm had the name of every investor on one of its salespeople’s Rolodexes. Corporate bond salesmen became the trading floor’s version of used car salesmen. The M&A rush lifted their status. Once pulled in from the dregs of the business night school classes and the back-office ranks, they were now the 34 ccc_demon_033-050_ch03.qxd 7/13/07 2:42 PM Page 35 A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN prime movers of finance. At Morgan Stanley the fixed income traders were a self-satisfied group with the air of kids who had been picked by the winning team at recess.

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Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos


conceptual framework, crony capitalism, currency manipulation / currency intervention, David Brooks, Deng Xiaoping, East Village, financial independence, Gini coefficient, income inequality, indoor plumbing, information asymmetry, land reform, Lao Tzu, low skilled workers, market fundamentalism, Mohammed Bouazizi, Plutocrats, plutocrats, rolodex, Silicon Valley, South China Sea, sovereign wealth fund, special economic zone, Steve Jobs, transcontinental railway, Washington Consensus, Xiaogang Anhui farmers, young professional

At another was Wang Boming, the son of a former ambassador and vice foreign minister; Wang had studied finance at Columbia and worked as an economist in the research department of the New York Stock Exchange. They enlisted the support of rising stars in the Party, such as Wang Qishan, who was the son-in-law of a vice-premier, and Zhou Xiaochuan, a reform-minded political scion. She began hanging around and ended up with a string of scoops and, eventually, an incomparable Rolodex of names destined for China’s highest offices. (Wang Qishan reached the Standing Committee of the Politburo; Gao Xiqing became head of China’s sovereign wealth fund; Zhou Xiaochuan ran China’s central bank.) Later, many people in Beijing whispered that these connections protected Hu, but she insisted that outsiders overestimated her proximity to power. “I don’t know their birthdays,” she said, of high-ranking officials.

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Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder


Berlin Wall, British Empire, corporate governance, El Camino Real, Gordon Gekko, half of the world's population has never made a phone call, index card, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, transfer pricing, union organizing

I called him up, but instead of talking about Sidanco, he tried to get me to sign up for a subscription. “It’s only ten thousand dollars!” he said cheerfully. I had no interest in subscribing. “That’s a little out of my price range.” He laughed. “Tell you what, Bill. Since we were at Stanford together, I’ll send you some back issues for free.” “Great. Thanks.” Next, I turned to the pile of business cards on my desk. If I’d been a London investment banker, my Rolodex would have been bursting with embossed cards on thick stock. In Russia, my collection was humbler. Some were printed on cardboard. Others were orange or green or light blue. Some looked as if they’d been printed on a home computer. Two cards were stuck together because of cheap ink. Still, I went through them. I peeled a couple of cards apart and discovered someone I’d forgotten: Dmitry Severov, a consultant at a Russian finance company.

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Panderer to Power by Frederick Sheehan


Asian financial crisis, asset-backed security, bank run, banking crisis, Bretton Woods, British Empire, call centre, central bank independence, collateralized debt obligation, corporate governance, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, crony capitalism, deindustrialization, diversification, financial deregulation, financial innovation, full employment, inflation targeting, interest rate swap, inventory management, Isaac Newton, John Meriwether, Long Term Capital Management, margin call, market bubble, McMansion, Menlo Park, money market fund, mortgage debt, Myron Scholes, new economy, Norman Mailer, Northern Rock, oil shock, Paul Samuelson, place-making, Ponzi scheme, price stability, reserve currency, rising living standards, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Sand Hill Road, savings glut, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, South Sea Bubble, supply-chain management, supply-chain management software, The Great Moderation, too big to fail, transaction costs, trickle-down economics, VA Linux, Y2K, Yom Kippur War, zero-sum game

Americans abroad found that Italian and Belgian hotels would not accept dollars. The annual inflation rate of goods (the CPI: Consumer Price Index) rose to 18 percent, short-term Treasury bills traded at 17 percent; and the 30-year bond yielded 15.6 percent. 46 Ibid., p. 276. 47 Ibid., p. 277. 48 William Greider, Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987), p. 337. Greenspan Expands His Rolodex The American public was at sea. It didn’t know what was coming next, so it turned to economists for answers. One who soon acquired national attention was Alan Greenspan. Time magazine organized an illustrious Board of Economists that met four times a year. Alan Greenspan joined in 1971. He now had the opportunity to develop kinships with other members, including Otto Eckstein [formerly a member of President Johnson’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA)], Walter Heller (former chairman of the CEA), Arthur Okun (former chairman of the CEA), Beryl Sprinkel (future CEA chairman during the Reagan administration), and Robert Triffin (early forecaster of the Bretton Woods disaster).

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Confessions of a Wall Street Analyst: A True Story of Inside Information and Corruption in the Stock Market by Daniel Reingold, Jennifer Reingold


barriers to entry, Berlin Wall, corporate governance, estate planning, Fall of the Berlin Wall, fixed income, George Gilder, high net worth, informal economy, margin call, mass immigration, new economy,, Robert Metcalfe, rolodex, Saturday Night Live, shareholder value, short selling, Silicon Valley, stem cell, Telecommunications Act of 1996, thinkpad, traveling salesman

There was really no end to the amount of work you could put into this aspect of the job, especially if you were a paranoid sort like me. I could always make just one more call, and that’s what I tried to do to stay ahead. I was the hard worker after all, not the intuitive genius. Just as for a candidate for county sheriff, face time played a big part in the care and feeding of clients. Every Sunday night, I’d sit down and go through my Rolodex to determine who I should contact that week. I organized my clients by geography. “Boston” meant Fidelity, Putnam, State Street Research, State Street Bank, Wellington, and MFS, among others. It was customary for analysts to go to Boston twice a year, so I ramped it up to three times once I learned from some of that extra survey information that I.I. was happy to provide—for a fee—that I was ranked second to Jack Grubman by Boston voters.

pages: 632 words: 159,454

War and Gold: A Five-Hundred-Year History of Empires, Adventures, and Debt by Kwasi Kwarteng


accounting loophole / creative accounting, anti-communist, Asian financial crisis, asset-backed security, Atahualpa, balance sheet recession, bank run, banking crisis, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, Bretton Woods, British Empire, California gold rush, capital controls, Carmen Reinhart, central bank independence, centre right, collapse of Lehman Brothers, collateralized debt obligation, credit crunch, currency manipulation / currency intervention, Deng Xiaoping, discovery of the americas, Etonian, eurozone crisis, fiat currency, financial innovation, fixed income, floating exchange rates, Francisco Pizarro, full employment, German hyperinflation, hiring and firing, income inequality, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, John Maynard Keynes: Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, joint-stock company, joint-stock limited liability company, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Rogoff, labour market flexibility, liberal capitalism, market bubble, money: store of value / unit of account / medium of exchange, moral hazard, new economy, oil shock, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, price mechanism, quantitative easing, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, South Sea Bubble, The inhabitant of London could order by telephone, sipping his morning tea in bed, the various products of the whole earth, the market place, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, too big to fail, War on Poverty, Yom Kippur War

Like many of the people who have filled the most senior political and administrative offices in China, he studied electrical engineering and had a sharp, technocratic approach to problems. In a flattering profile in Time, he was said to be ‘tall and sharp with the features of a falcon’, dominating meetings ‘with his quick mind’. ‘“His IQ must be 200,” deputy US Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers once said.’ The favourable magazine article referred, in tones of reverence, to Zhu’s ‘rolodex memory’ and ‘endless energy’. Zhu was also something of an intense, controlled obsessive. He read, Time assured its readers, ‘many of the 16,000 letters’ he received every year from citizens with grievances. To the magazine this seemed a trivial use of his time: ‘he should not be doing that too often’, because a man of his importance ‘should be dealing with the big problems’.16 It would be a mistake, however, to believe as many did that Zhu was a committed capitalist, always ready to defer to the law of the free market.

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The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa's Wealth by Tom Burgis


Airbus A320, Berlin Wall, blood diamonds, BRICs, British Empire, central bank independence, clean water, colonial rule, corporate social responsibility, crony capitalism, Deng Xiaoping, Donald Trump, F. W. de Klerk, Gini coefficient, Livingstone, I presume, McMansion, megacity, offshore financial centre, oil shock, open economy, purchasing power parity, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, South China Sea, sovereign wealth fund, structural adjustment programs, trade route, transfer pricing, upwardly mobile, urban planning, Washington Consensus, WikiLeaks, zero-sum game

Mailey, an American researcher who was part of the congressional research team that first identified the Queensway Group and coined its name, has developed an encyclopedic knowledge of Sam Pa’s corporate empire. I asked him what he thought would become of the Queensway Group. ‘Even if Queensway’s business empire crumbles, everything that allowed Sam Pa to rise in the first place is still there. He still has the Rolodex; he still knows how to get close to elites in fragile states. Most importantly he knows how to operate under the radar and just beyond the reach of law enforcement. If it weren’t him, it would be someone else. The system is still there: these investors can still form a company without saying who they are, they can still anchor their business in a country that is not concerned about investors’ behaviour overseas, and, sadly, there’s no shortage of resource-rich fragile states on which these investors can prey.’53 Sino Zim gave up its concession in Zimbabwe’s diamond fields, saying it was ‘commercially unviable’.

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Inside the House of Money: Top Hedge Fund Traders on Profiting in a Global Market by Steven Drobny


Albert Einstein, asset allocation, Berlin Wall, Bonfire of the Vanities, Bretton Woods, buy low sell high, capital controls, central bank independence, Chance favours the prepared mind, commoditize, commodity trading advisor, corporate governance, correlation coefficient, Credit Default Swap, diversification, diversified portfolio, family office, fixed income, glass ceiling, high batting average, implied volatility, index fund, inflation targeting, interest rate derivative, inventory management, John Meriwether, Long Term Capital Management, margin call, market bubble, Maui Hawaii, Mexican peso crisis / tequila crisis, moral hazard, Myron Scholes, new economy, Nick Leeson, oil shale / tar sands, oil shock, out of africa, paper trading, Paul Samuelson, Peter Thiel, price anchoring, purchasing power parity, reserve currency, risk tolerance, risk-adjusted returns, risk/return, rolodex, Sharpe ratio, short selling, Silicon Valley, The Wisdom of Crowds, too big to fail, transaction costs, value at risk, yield curve, zero-coupon bond, zero-sum game

They were grilling me about cocoa: how I think about it, what the market’s going to do, and so on. I thought I got roasted, but by the time I got back to my desk, there was already another message inviting me to another breakfast. Julian had started trading commodities in 1993 with good performance and wanted to expand this area because he was excited by it and it fit the Tiger investing style. What must have happened is that he opened his Rolodex, flipped to commodities, and it was empty except for me. Had you developed your thought processes and trading theories in commodities yet or were you still pretty green? There’s no question I was green, and I had strong opinions but I didn’t know anything—I shouldn’t have had strong opinions.When I look back now at those opinions and how superficial my knowledge and experience were, I’m scared witless by some things I said and did.

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg


Atul Gawande, Checklist Manifesto, corporate governance, cuban missile crisis, delayed gratification, desegregation, game design, haute couture, impulse control, index card, meta analysis, meta-analysis, patient HM, pattern recognition, randomized controlled trial, rolodex, Rosa Parks, Silicon Valley, telemarketer, Tenerife airport disaster, Toyota Production System, transaction costs, Walter Mischel

“Rosa Parks transcended the social stratifications of the black community and Montgomery as a whole. She was friends with field hands and college professors.” And the power of those friendships became apparent as soon as Parks landed in jail. Rosa Parks called her parents’ home from the police station. She was panicked, and her mother—who had no idea what to do—started going through a mental Rolodex of Parks’s friends, trying to think of someone who might be able to help. She called the wife of E. D. Nixon, the former head of the Montgomery NAACP, who in turn called her husband and told him that Parks needed to be bailed out of jail. He immediately agreed to help, and called a prominent white lawyer named Clifford Durr who knew Parks because she had hemmed dresses for his three daughters. Nixon and Durr went to the jailhouse, posted bail for Parks, and took her home.

Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right by Jennifer Burns


anti-communist, bank run, barriers to entry, centralized clearinghouse, collective bargaining, creative destruction, desegregation, feminist movement, financial independence, George Gilder, invisible hand, jimmy wales, John Markoff, Joseph Schumpeter, knowledge worker, laissez-faire capitalism, lone genius, Menlo Park, minimum wage unemployment, Mont Pelerin Society, new economy, Norman Mailer, offshore financial centre, Ponzi scheme, profit motive, RAND corporation, rent control, road to serfdom, Robert Bork, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, side project, Stewart Brand, The Chicago School, The Wisdom of Crowds, union organizing, urban renewal, white flight, Whole Earth Catalog

The most successful libertarian organization of the postwar years, FEE quickly replaced the scattershot efforts of myriad small anti–New Deal organizations. It was well funded, courtesy of corporate supporters including Chrysler, General Motors, Monsanto, Montgomery Ward, and U.S. Steel, and received its single largest donation from the Volker Fund. The Foundation got off to a quick start primarily through the charms of Read. Armed with a formidable Rolodex and an affable personality, Read inspired confidence in business donors and intellectuals alike. Even the dyspeptic Paterson pronounced him “good stuff.”40 He quickly ensconced the new organization in a rambling Westchester County mansion, a short trip from New York. From these headquarters FEE sponsored seminars with libertarian professors and commissioned writing on the free market ideal. During FEE’s founding year Read assiduously courted Rand.

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The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street by Justin Fox


activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, Albert Einstein, Andrei Shleifer, asset allocation, asset-backed security, bank run, beat the dealer, Benoit Mandelbrot, Black-Scholes formula, Bretton Woods, Brownian motion, capital asset pricing model, card file, Cass Sunstein, collateralized debt obligation, complexity theory, corporate governance, corporate raider, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, discovery of the americas, diversification, diversified portfolio, Edward Glaeser, Edward Thorp, endowment effect, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, experimental economics, financial innovation, Financial Instability Hypothesis, fixed income, floating exchange rates, George Akerlof, Henri Poincaré, Hyman Minsky, implied volatility, impulse control, index arbitrage, index card, index fund, information asymmetry, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, John Meriwether, John Nash: game theory, John von Neumann, joint-stock company, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Arrow, libertarian paternalism, linear programming, Long Term Capital Management, Louis Bachelier, mandelbrot fractal, market bubble, market design, Myron Scholes, New Journalism, Nikolai Kondratiev, Paul Lévy, Paul Samuelson, pension reform, performance metric, Ponzi scheme, prediction markets, pushing on a string, quantitative trading / quantitative finance, Ralph Nader, RAND corporation, random walk, Richard Thaler, risk/return, road to serfdom, Robert Bork, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, Sharpe ratio, short selling, side project, Silicon Valley, South Sea Bubble, statistical model, The Chicago School, The Myth of the Rational Market, The Predators' Ball, the scientific method, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, The Wisdom of Crowds, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, Thomas L Friedman, Thorstein Veblen, Tobin tax, transaction costs, tulip mania, value at risk, Vanguard fund, Vilfredo Pareto, volatility smile, Yogi Berra

In typically earnest fashion, Fisher responded, “Yes, it would be correct, if the statement was preceded by the question ‘Have you no bananas?’”27 By the second half of the 1920s, Fisher had also become a big financial success. Years before, he had devised a card-filing system to help him keep track of his many endeavors. Fisher’s “Index Visible” filing cards, cut so that the first line of each was visible at a glance (similar to the Rolodex, which came along decades later), were a significant advance in information storage and retrieval. In 1913 he launched a company to manufacture and market his filing system, and in 1925 he sold it to office equipment maker Kardex Rand, which merged with typewriter titan Remington to create one of the hot technology stocks of the 1920s, Remington Rand. Fisher’s payment came in the form of shares and warrants (options to buy more shares at a preset price).

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The Market for Force: The Consequences of Privatizing Security by Deborah D. Avant


barriers to entry, continuation of politics by other means, corporate social responsibility, failed state, hiring and firing, information asymmetry, interchangeable parts, Mikhail Gorbachev, Peace of Westphalia, private military company, profit motive, RAND corporation, rent-seeking, rolodex, the market place, The Nature of the Firm, trade route, transaction costs

Private security and the control of force 67 for suppliers to control the industry in general – if a customer cannot buy something from one state, it simply goes to another supplier, rewarding the industry and enhancing the influence of another state. 86 Today’s private security market exhibits all of these characteristics. It is transnational with PSCs recruiting from and selling to a variety of state and non-state entities. Also, PSCs incur few costs from moving. Most firms operate with a small full-time contingent and a large database from which to draw teams to carry out contracts. Though many are more than “a retired military guy sitting in a spare bedroom with a fax machine and a Rolodex,”87 firms offering private security services generally have little capital and are not attached to a particular location. Indeed, PSCs have a fluid structure and can rapidly dissolve and recreate themselves as need be. 88 This has been most visible in South Africa, but also in the UK. Furthermore, PSCs often set up counterparts in many different regions – British based DSL has some twenty subsidiaries or counterparts.

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An Extraordinary Time: The End of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy by Marc Levinson

affirmative action, airline deregulation, banking crisis, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, Boycotts of Israel, Bretton Woods, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, car-free, Carmen Reinhart, central bank independence, centre right, clean water, deindustrialization, endogenous growth, falling living standards, financial deregulation, floating exchange rates, full employment, George Gilder, Gini coefficient, global supply chain, income inequality, income per capita, indoor plumbing, informal economy, intermodal, invisible hand, Kenneth Rogoff, knowledge economy, late capitalism, linear programming, lump of labour, manufacturing employment, new economy, Nixon shock, North Sea oil, oil shock, Paul Samuelson, pension reform, price stability, purchasing power parity, refrigerator car, Right to Buy, rising living standards, Robert Gordon, rolodex, Ronald Coase, Ronald Reagan, Simon Kuznets, statistical model, strikebreaker, structural adjustment programs, Thomas Malthus, total factor productivity, unorthodox policies, upwardly mobile, War on Poverty, Washington Consensus, Winter of Discontent, Wolfgang Streeck, women in the workforce, working-age population, yield curve, Yom Kippur War, zero-sum game

The son of a New Jersey town manager—a professional hired by the local council to oversee the day-to-day operations of the parks department and the police—Volcker had been in and out of government since joining the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as a junior economist in 1952. He was no stranger to the politics of monetary policy, foreign or domestic: in between stints at a commercial bank, he had worked in the Treasury during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and then, although he was a Democrat, was recruited to take a high-ranking Treasury post in the Nixon administration. As the chief US negotiator during the collapse of Bretton Woods, he owned a Rolodex with the private phone numbers of central bankers and finance ministers from around the world.4 In early 1974, William Simon, deputy secretary of the Treasury and also Nixon’s energy czar, ranked just above Volcker in the Treasury hierarchy. That April, shortly before the embattled president nominated Simon to become secretary of the Treasury, Volcker abruptly resigned. He offered no public explanation, but his disagreement with Simon’s libertarian ideas was no secret.

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The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone by Brian Merchant

Airbnb, Apple II, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, citizen journalism, Claude Shannon: information theory, computer vision, conceptual framework, Douglas Engelbart, Dynabook, Edward Snowden, Elon Musk, Ford paid five dollars a day, Frank Gehry, global supply chain, Google Earth, Google Hangouts, Internet of things, Jacquard loom, Jacquard loom, John Gruber, John Markoff, Jony Ive, Lyft, M-Pesa, more computing power than Apollo, Mother of all demos, natural language processing, new economy, New Journalism, Norbert Wiener, offshore financial centre, oil shock, pattern recognition, peak oil, pirate software, profit motive, QWERTY keyboard, ride hailing / ride sharing, rolodex, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, skunkworks, Skype, Snapchat, special economic zone, speech recognition, stealth mode startup, Stephen Hawking, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Tim Cook: Apple, Turing test, Upton Sinclair, Vannevar Bush, zero day

“So that’s when I started to think, How can I make it so you can see or feel that you’re at the end? Right? Instead of feeling dead, like it’s not responding.” These small details, which we now take for granted, were the product of exhaustive tinkering, of proof-of-concept experimenting. Like inertial scrolling, the wonky-sounding but now-universal effect that makes it look like and feel like you’re flipping through a Rolodex when you scroll down your contact list. “I had to try all kinds of things and figure out some math,” Ording says. “Not all of it was complicated, but you have to get to the right combinations, and that’s the tricky thing. ” Eventually, Ording got it to feel natural. “He called me back a few weeks later, and he had inertial scrolling working,” Jobs said. “And when I saw the rubber band, inertial scrolling, and a few of the other things, I thought, ‘My God, we can build a phone out of this.’”

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Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life by Adam Greenfield

3D printing, Airbnb, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, bank run, barriers to entry, basic income, bitcoin, blockchain, business intelligence, business process, call centre, cellular automata, centralized clearinghouse, centre right, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable, cloud computing, collective bargaining, combinatorial explosion, Computer Numeric Control, computer vision, Conway's Game of Life, cryptocurrency, David Graeber, dematerialisation, digital map, distributed ledger, drone strike, Elon Musk, ethereum blockchain, facts on the ground, fiat currency, global supply chain, global village, Google Glasses, IBM and the Holocaust, industrial robot, informal economy, information retrieval, Internet of things, James Watt: steam engine, Jane Jacobs, Jeff Bezos, job automation, John Conway, John Markoff, John Maynard Keynes: Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, John Maynard Keynes: technological unemployment, John von Neumann, joint-stock company, Kevin Kelly, Kickstarter, late capitalism, license plate recognition, lifelogging, M-Pesa, Mark Zuckerberg, means of production, megacity, megastructure, minimum viable product, money: store of value / unit of account / medium of exchange, natural language processing, Network effects, New Urbanism, Occupy movement, Oculus Rift, Pareto efficiency, pattern recognition, Pearl River Delta, performance metric, Peter Eisenman, Peter Thiel, planetary scale, Ponzi scheme, post scarcity, RAND corporation, recommendation engine, RFID, rolodex, Satoshi Nakamoto, self-driving car, sentiment analysis, shareholder value, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, smart cities, smart contracts, sorting algorithm, special economic zone, speech recognition, stakhanovite, statistical model, stem cell, technoutopianism, Tesla Model S, the built environment, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, The Future of Employment, transaction costs, Uber for X, universal basic income, urban planning, urban sprawl, Whole Earth Review, WikiLeaks, women in the workforce

Most of the artifacts we once used to convey identity are not long for this world, including among other things name cards, calling cards and business cards. Though more formal identity-authentication documents, notably driver’s licenses and passports, are among the few personal effects to have successfully resisted assimilation to the smartphone, it remains to be seen how much longer this is the case. What else disappears from the world? Address books, Rolodexes and “little black books.” The directories, maps and guidebooks of all sorts that we used to navigate the city. Loyalty and other stored-value cards. And finally money, and everything it affords its bearer in freedom of behavior and of movement. All of these have already been transfigured into a dance of ones and zeroes, or are well on their way to such a fate. Of all the discrete artifacts identified by the Intel/Keio studies, after a single decade little more remains in our pockets and purses than the snacks, the breath mints and the lip-balm.

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Too big to fail: the inside story of how Wall Street and Washington fought to save the financial system from crisis--and themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin


affirmative action, Asian financial crisis, Berlin Wall, collateralized debt obligation, creative destruction, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, Fall of the Berlin Wall, fear of failure, fixed income, Goldman Sachs: Vampire Squid, housing crisis, indoor plumbing, invisible hand, London Interbank Offered Rate, Long Term Capital Management, margin call, market bubble, Mikhail Gorbachev, money market fund, moral hazard, NetJets, Northern Rock, oil shock, paper trading, risk tolerance, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, savings glut, shareholder value, short selling, sovereign wealth fund, supply-chain management, too big to fail, value at risk, éminence grise

“This isn’t about us versus them,” he said. “We’ve been asked to help fix this situation.” Once Braunstein got to the office, he, Dimon, and Black huddled to come up with a game plan about how to handle the Fed’s unusual request. They decided to enlist the help of James B. Lee Jr., the firm’s vice chairman. Dimon hurried down the hall to give Jimmy Lee his marching orders. Lee, a classic suspender-wearing banker with a Golden Rolodex, had also arrived early to help manage the aftermath of Lehman’s collapse and had just gotten off the phone with one of his big clients, Rupert Murdoch. Sitting at a desk flanked by four computer screens, with a giant flat-screen television tuned to CNBC’s Squawk Box and his own private news ticker on the wall modeled after the Zipper in Times Square, Lee spun around in his chair. “I have a job for you,” Dimon barked, standing in the doorway.

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Coders at Work by Peter Seibel


Ada Lovelace, bioinformatics, cloud computing, Conway's Game of Life, domain-specific language, don't repeat yourself, Donald Knuth, fault tolerance, Fermat's Last Theorem, Firefox, George Gilder, glass ceiling, Guido van Rossum, HyperCard, information retrieval, Larry Wall, loose coupling, Marc Andreessen, Menlo Park, Metcalfe's law, Perl 6, premature optimization, publish or perish, random walk, revision control, Richard Stallman, rolodex, Ruby on Rails, Saturday Night Live, side project, slashdot, speech recognition, the scientific method, Therac-25, Turing complete, Turing machine, Turing test, type inference, Valgrind, web application

It was a really good product but it was two or three years too early. Nobody, at least on the Unix side, had any idea they wanted it yet. Everyone uses them now but we had to spend a lot of time explaining to people why this was better than vi and GCC. Anyway, I'd done a bit of Emacs stuff. I guess by that point I'd already rewritten the Emacs byte compiler because—why did I do that? Right, I'd written this Rolodex phone/address-book thing. Seibel: Big Brother Database? Zawinski: Yeah. And it was slow so I started digging into why it was slow and I realized, oh, it's slow because the compiler sucks. So I rewrote the compiler, which was my first run-in with the intransigence of Stallman. So I knew a lot about Emacs. Seibel: So the change to the byte compiler, did it change the byte-code format or did it just change the compiler?

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The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David Hoffman


active measures, anti-communist, banking crisis, Berlin Wall, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable, crony capitalism, cuban missile crisis, failed state, joint-stock company, Mikhail Gorbachev, mutually assured destruction, nuclear winter, Robert Hanssen: Double agent, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan: Tear down this wall, Silicon Valley, Stanislav Petrov, Thomas L Friedman, uranium enrichment, Vladimir Vetrov: Farewell Dossier, zero-sum game

Fairfax reported that almost everyone in the atomic sector, from maintenance workers to world-class scientists, was in distress. He started a personal effort to help nuclear scientists link up with American firms. "I would try to get scientists to show me what they could do, to really display their most outstanding talents," he said. Then he would seek out American companies that could pay for their skills. "I had no big program or budget," he said. "Just a rolodex and a head for business." When a few early efforts succeeded, scientists who had been receiving a paltry $7 a month soon were bringing in $3,000 or $4,000. They told colleagues, leading to new contacts, and Fairfax was soon a welcome visitor at the once-secret nuclear cities across Russia. He was even granted an official security pass to enter Minatom's headquarters in Moscow, the nerve center of the nuclear empire.

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Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed


Albert Einstein, anti-communist, bank run, banking crisis, Bretton Woods, British Empire, capital controls, central bank independence, centre right, credit crunch, currency manipulation / currency intervention, Etonian, full employment, German hyperinflation, index card, invisible hand, Lao Tzu, large denomination, Long Term Capital Management, margin call, market bubble, Mexican peso crisis / tequila crisis, mobile money, money market fund, moral hazard, new economy, open economy, Plutocrats, plutocrats, price stability, purchasing power parity, pushing on a string, rolodex, the market place

He was also a proponent of selective breeding and was secretary of the American Eugenics Society; he believed that mental illness originated from infections of the roots of the teeth and of the bowels and, like Babson, was a fervent advocate of Prohibition—by 1929, he had even written two books on the economic benefits of Prohibition. Again like Babson, he was a wealthy man, having invented a machine for storing index cards—a precursor of the Rolodex—the patent of which he sold to Remington Rand in 1925 for several million dollars. By 1929, he was worth some $10 million, all of it invested in the stock market. Prefacing his remarks with the concession that “none of us are infallible,” Professor Fisher declared, “Stock prices are not too high, and Wall Street will not experience anything in the nature of a crash.” A noted “student” of the market, he based his assessment on the assumption that the future would be much like the recent past, that profits would continue to grow at over 10 percent as they had done over the previous five years.

pages: 598 words: 172,137

Who Stole the American Dream? by Hedrick Smith


Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Airbus A320, airline deregulation, anti-communist, asset allocation, banking crisis, Bonfire of the Vanities, British Empire, business process, clean water, cloud computing, collateralized debt obligation, collective bargaining, commoditize, corporate governance, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, currency manipulation / currency intervention, David Brooks, Deng Xiaoping, desegregation, Double Irish / Dutch Sandwich, family office, full employment, global supply chain, Gordon Gekko, guest worker program, hiring and firing, housing crisis, Howard Zinn, income inequality, index fund, industrial cluster, informal economy, invisible hand, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Rogoff, Kitchen Debate, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, laissez-faire capitalism, late fees, Long Term Capital Management, low cost carrier, manufacturing employment, market fundamentalism, Maui Hawaii, mega-rich, mortgage debt, negative equity, new economy, Occupy movement, Own Your Own Home, Paul Samuelson, Peter Thiel, Plutonomy: Buying Luxury, Explaining Global Imbalances, Ponzi scheme, Powell Memorandum, Ralph Nader, RAND corporation, Renaissance Technologies, reshoring, rising living standards, Robert Bork, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, Shenzhen was a fishing village, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Steve Jobs, The Chicago School, The Spirit Level, too big to fail, transaction costs, transcontinental railway, union organizing, Unsafe at Any Speed, Vanguard fund, We are the 99%, women in the workforce, working poor, Y2K

“This is the ultimate Washington insiders-versus-America issue,” asserts Stephen Moore, president of the Club for Growth, a right-wing group that is passionate about cutting taxes. “Washington derives so much of its power from the tax code—not just congressmen on the Ways and Means Committee, but lobbyists and lawyers.” Dirk Van Dongen cut his political teeth on tax bills—fighting for President Reagan’s tax cuts in 1981 and 1986, trying to torpedo President Clinton’s tax increases in 1993. As a Republican loyalist and a canny operative with a golden Rolodex, Van Dongen has the inside track; he knows whom to call and how to move things. “Dirk is always well positioned …,” said an admiring Chamber of Commerce official. “His political tentacles run deep.” Others talk about his talent for organization and his skill at leveraging business influence with Congress. For the 2001 tax battle, Van Dongen’s Tax Relief Coalition ramped up with surprising speed.

pages: 741 words: 179,454

Extreme Money: Masters of the Universe and the Cult of Risk by Satyajit Das


affirmative action, Albert Einstein, algorithmic trading, Andy Kessler, Asian financial crisis, asset allocation, asset-backed security, bank run, banking crisis, banks create money, Basel III, Benoit Mandelbrot, Berlin Wall, Bernie Madoff, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, Black Swan, Bonfire of the Vanities, bonus culture, Bretton Woods, BRICs, British Empire, capital asset pricing model, Carmen Reinhart, carried interest, Celtic Tiger, clean water, cognitive dissonance, collapse of Lehman Brothers, collateralized debt obligation, corporate governance, corporate raider, creative destruction, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, debt deflation, Deng Xiaoping, deskilling, discrete time, diversification, diversified portfolio, Doomsday Clock, Edward Thorp, Emanuel Derman,, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, eurozone crisis, Fall of the Berlin Wall, financial independence, financial innovation, financial thriller, fixed income, full employment, global reserve currency, Goldman Sachs: Vampire Squid, Gordon Gekko, greed is good, happiness index / gross national happiness, haute cuisine, high net worth, Hyman Minsky, index fund, information asymmetry, interest rate swap, invention of the wheel, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, job automation, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, John Meriwether, joint-stock company, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Arrow, Kenneth Rogoff, Kevin Kelly, labour market flexibility, laissez-faire capitalism, load shedding, locking in a profit, Long Term Capital Management, Louis Bachelier, margin call, market bubble, market fundamentalism, Marshall McLuhan, Martin Wolf, mega-rich, merger arbitrage, Mikhail Gorbachev, Milgram experiment, money market fund, Mont Pelerin Society, moral hazard, mortgage debt, mortgage tax deduction, mutually assured destruction, Myron Scholes, Naomi Klein, negative equity, Network effects, new economy, Nick Leeson, Nixon shock, Northern Rock, nuclear winter, oil shock, Own Your Own Home, Paul Samuelson,, Philip Mirowski, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, price anchoring, price stability, profit maximization, quantitative easing, quantitative trading / quantitative finance, Ralph Nader, RAND corporation, random walk, Ray Kurzweil, regulatory arbitrage, rent control, rent-seeking, reserve currency, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Richard Thaler, Right to Buy, risk-adjusted returns, risk/return, road to serfdom, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Rod Stewart played at Stephen Schwarzman birthday party, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan: Tear down this wall, Satyajit Das, savings glut, shareholder value, Sharpe ratio, short selling, Silicon Valley, six sigma, Slavoj Žižek, South Sea Bubble, special economic zone, statistical model, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, survivorship bias, The Chicago School, The Great Moderation, the market place, the medium is the message, The Myth of the Rational Market, The Nature of the Firm, the new new thing, The Predators' Ball, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thorstein Veblen, too big to fail, trickle-down economics, Turing test, Upton Sinclair, value at risk, Yogi Berra, zero-coupon bond, zero-sum game

Gupta had been McKinsey’s global managing director for almost a decade until 2003 and remained on its partnership board until 2007. Gupta faced civil insider trading charges for allegedly sharing secret information acquired as a board member of Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble. Robert Khuzami, director of enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, described Rajaratnam as “a master of the Rolodex” rather than “a master of the universe.” The investigation focused on expert network firms, which provided “independent investment research.” Redefining the concept of expertise, these firms seemed to specialize in matching insiders with traders hungry for privileged information, routinely allowing access to non-public sensitive inside information on sales forecasts and earnings. The investigations recalled the investigations and convictions of Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken for corruption on Wall Street in the late 1980s.

Frommer's Egypt by Matthew Carrington


airport security, centre right, colonial rule, Internet Archive, land tenure, Maui Hawaii, open economy, rent control, rolodex, sustainable-tourism, trade route, urban planning, urban sprawl, walkable city, Yom Kippur War

Hatem Mohamed Shafik, who runs the Bir Gebel Hotel and Camp (& 092/ 7726600 or 012/1068227; fax 092/7727122;, also organizes local safaris. There’s not going to be anything elaborate about the affair, but for a few nights in the desert close to the oasis at a decent price, you’ll be in good hands. SINAI Sparsely populated but impressive and ruggedly beautiful, the Sinai Peninsula used to be pretty inaccessible without your own 4×4 and a thick Rolodex of contacts. Fortunately, a couple of companies are making it a lot easier to get out and see this fascinating part of Egypt. Prices tend to be marginally higher on the Sinai than in the Western Desert. Both the companies below are open and upfront about their pricing policies, however, and can be trusted to present you with an honest, take-it-or-leaveit price. The St. Catherine–based Away Away Sinai (& 012/2270443; doesn’t only book guides who have been trained as part of a European Union project to improve the tourist infrastructure, but can arrange transport in the central Sinai and even reserve rooms with the sometimes elusive Jamal at Al Karm Ecolodge.

pages: 604 words: 177,329

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright


airport security, anti-communist, Ayatollah Khomeini, Berlin Wall, British Empire, Fall of the Berlin Wall, invisible hand, Khyber Pass, lone genius, Mahatma Gandhi, Mikhail Gorbachev, rolodex, Silicon Valley, uranium enrichment, urban planning, Y2K, Yom Kippur War

In the new era of a globalized FBI, O’Neill learned, it was one thing to solve the case, another to gain justice. O’NEILL LONGED TO GET OUT OF WASHINGTON and “go operational.” He wanted to supervise cases again. In January 1997 he became special agent in charge of the National Security Division in New York, the bureau’s largest and most prestigious field office. When he arrived, he dumped four boxes of Rolodex cards on the desk of his new secretary, Lorraine di Taranto. Then he handed her a list of everyone he wanted to meet—the mayor, the police commissioner, the deputy police commissioners, the heads of the federal agencies, and religious and ethnic leaders in all five boroughs. Within six months, he had checked off all the people on his list. By then it seemed as if he had lived in New York his entire life.

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones


Asilomar, clean water, corporate raider, financial independence, haute couture, Menlo Park, rolodex, Saturday Night Live

Further, the pay wasn’t great; most of the budget for The Muppet Show was wrapped up in design and production, which didn’t leave a lot left over to entice guests. Most would be paid a flat rate of $3,500 for their appearance—“very, very little money,” said Lazer. It was left largely up to Brillstein to make the pitch and appeal to clients and agents. For the first two shows—and much of the first season, in fact—Brillstein dug into his personal Rolodex and called in a few favors, courting and finally landing dancer Juliet Prowse for the first show and actress Connie Stevens for the second. “The first … guests were … friends of mine who did favors,” said Brillstein. “We couldn’t get anyone else.… They did the show for me.” Taping for both episodes went quickly—each show was filmed in less than a week—and on February 14, Jim returned to the United States to screen the two pilots with Abe Mandell and ITC executives in New York.

pages: 506 words: 167,034

Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut by Mike Mullane


affirmative action, Berlin Wall, blue-collar work, dark matter, Donald Trump, Donner party, feminist movement, financial independence, invisible hand, Magellanic Cloud, placebo effect, Potemkin village, publish or perish, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, space pen, Stephen Hawking, urban sprawl, Winter of Discontent, your tax dollars at work

Aviators live for the day they might be the first to take a new jet into the air, and we were being offered the first flight of a space shuttle. Like the Stockholm Syndrome hostages we were, we all groveled in thanks. George asked us not to publicly mention the assignment until the press release was made in a couple days. Mike Coats whispered to me, “When I get home, I’m calling everybody in my Rolodex.” There was no way I was going to withhold this information from my family, either. On the walk back to Building 4, I considered my incredible fortune. Besides getting the first flight ofDiscovery, I was also part of a great crew. At age forty-nine, snowy-haired Hank Hartsfield was the old man. He had come to NASA in 1969 as an air force test pilot with more than seven thousand hours of fighter jet flying time.

pages: 661 words: 187,613

The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by Steven Pinker


Albert Einstein, cloud computing, David Attenborough, double helix, Drosophila, elephant in my pajamas, finite state, illegal immigration, Loebner Prize, mass immigration, Maui Hawaii, meta analysis, meta-analysis, natural language processing, out of africa, P = NP, phenotype, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, Saturday Night Live, speech recognition, Steven Pinker, theory of mind, transatlantic slave trade, Turing machine, Turing test, Yogi Berra

Food: what is good to eat. Contamination, including the emotion of disgust, reactions to certain things that seem inherently disgusting, and intuitions about contagion and disease. Monitoring of current well-being, including the emotions of happiness and sadness, and moods of contentment and restlessness. Intuitive psychology: predicting other people’s behavior from their beliefs and desires. A mental Rolodex: a database of individuals, with blanks for kinship, status or rank, history of exchange of favors, and inherent skills and strengths, plus criteria that valuate each trait. Self-concept: gathering and organizing information about one’s value to other people, and packaging it for others. Justice: sense of rights, obligations, and deserts, including the emotions of anger and revenge. Kinship, including nepotism and allocations of parenting effort.

pages: 756 words: 228,797

Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne C. Heller


affirmative action, Albert Einstein, anti-communist, Bolshevik threat, conceptual framework, greed is good, laissez-faire capitalism, Milgram experiment, money market fund, Mont Pelerin Society, New Journalism, open borders, price stability, profit motive, rent control, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, the scientific method, theory of mind, Thorstein Veblen, transcontinental railway, upwardly mobile, wage slave, War on Poverty, Works Progress Administration, young professional

His headstrong patient, inhaling smoke through her long cigarette holder while sitting in his office, answered, as usual, “Give me a rational reason why I should not smoke.” Just then his assistant knocked, entered, and handed him a set of X-rays. The doctor placed her chest X-ray onto a viewing box and, stunned, replied, “Here is a good reason.” There was a lesion on one of her lungs. She had lung cancer. She stubbed out her cigarette. The doctor began searching through his Rolodex for surgeons. She took the news calmly—more calmly than she took any indication of physical ill health in Frank. She entered New York Hospital and had one lung removed. In accord with the practice of the time, she remained in the hospital for nearly a month. She was an obstreperous patient, even though she was medicated heavily for pain. One day, she pointed to her ninth-floor hospital-room window and said to Joan Blumenthal, “Isn’t it funny, Joan?

pages: 777 words: 186,993

Imagining India by Nandan Nilekani


affirmative action, Airbus A320, BRICs, British Empire, business process, business process outsourcing, call centre, clean water, colonial rule, corporate governance, cuban missile crisis, deindustrialization, demographic dividend, demographic transition, Deng Xiaoping, digital map, distributed generation, farmers can use mobile phones to check market prices, full employment, ghettoisation, glass ceiling, global supply chain, Hernando de Soto, income inequality, informal economy, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), joint-stock company, knowledge economy, labour market flexibility, land reform, light touch regulation, LNG terminal, load shedding, Mahatma Gandhi, market fragmentation, mass immigration, Mikhail Gorbachev, Network effects, new economy, New Urbanism, open economy, Parag Khanna, pension reform, Potemkin village, price mechanism, race to the bottom, rent control, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, school vouchers, Silicon Valley, smart grid, special economic zone, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas L Friedman, Thomas Malthus, transaction costs, trickle-down economics, unemployed young men, upwardly mobile, urban planning, urban renewal, women in the workforce, working poor, working-age population

Now that I had an agent, a researcher and a publisher, the full enormity of my task dawned on me. My plan of covering eighteen ideas in the book—from entrepreneurship to energy, from schools to single markets and population to pensions—was daunting indeed. In an era when writers were getting more specialized, I was going the other way. I realize now that it was the happy ignorance of an amateur. I decided that to make up for my inadequacies, I would use my Rolodex to talk to the experts and participants in the great journey of India’s transformation. And they were without fail generous with their time, while discussing their work with me and directing me to the right texts. My engineering education had little time for sociology, and I am especially grateful to the wise André Béteille, who explained the intricacies of India’s castes and the dramatic changes happening there.

pages: 900 words: 241,741

Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peter Petre


Berlin Wall, California gold rush, call centre, clean water, cleantech, Donald Trump, financial independence, Golden Gate Park, illegal immigration, index card, Maui Hawaii, Mikhail Gorbachev, oil shale / tar sands, pension reform, risk tolerance, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, stem cell, Y2K

Without raising her voice, she was bringing generations of authority and expertise to bear. Afterward, she decided, “We need more people and soon. And we need someone to come in on top and stabilize this thing.” She called Bob White in Sacramento, who had helped launch the after-school campaign and who had recommended most of the guys I was working with. “You’ve got to come down here,” she told him. “You’ve got to help.” So Bob opened his Rolodex and guided us to a campaign manager, a strategist, a policy director, and a communications chief. He also stayed on himself, informally overseeing it all. Ex-governor Pete Wilson pitched in as well. Not only did he endorse me but he also volunteered to hold a fund-raiser at the Regency Club and joined me in lining up big donors over the phone. — One of my very first moves as a candidate was to seek out Teddy Kennedy.

pages: 706 words: 206,202

Den of Thieves by James B. Stewart


corporate raider, creative destruction, discounted cash flows, diversified portfolio, fixed income, fudge factor, George Gilder, index arbitrage, Internet Archive, Irwin Jacobs, margin call, money market fund, Ponzi scheme, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, South Sea Bubble, The Predators' Ball, walking around money, zero-coupon bond

"I can't do it, Dennis," he insisted. "It's too risky." "Then I'll have to do it myself," Levine said impatiently. "I'll meet you at your office tonight." Levine arrived around 8 p.m. It was a Friday evening, and the Lazard offices were deserted. Levine seemed relaxed, in command. He began sweeping through the offices, going through papers on desks, opening drawers and files, examining the diaries and Rolodexes of partners he knew. He even stopped to admire a cache of Cuban cigars in partner Louis Perlmutter's office. Wilkis was petrified, hovering in the corridors while Levine searched, anxiously looking toward the entrances. How would he explain this if someone came in? Suddenly he heard a noise at the door and saw the knob turn, and his heart leaped. "Dennis," he whispered, trying to alert him. But it was a cleaning woman, who passed them without showing any interest.

pages: 941 words: 237,152

USA's Best Trips by Sara Benson

Albert Einstein, California gold rush, car-free, carbon footprint, desegregation, diversified portfolio, Donald Trump, Donner party, East Village, Frank Gehry, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute couture, haute cuisine, if you build it, they will come, indoor plumbing, McMansion, mega-rich, New Urbanism, Ralph Waldo Emerson, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, side project, Silicon Valley, the High Line, transcontinental railway, trickle-down economics, urban renewal, urban sprawl, white flight, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration

During the day this tiny pizza parlor flies under the radar, but in the late evenings it transforms into a stronghold for procrastinating Harvardites. As the students retreat in the wee hours of the night to tackle their books, hang your hat at the gorgeous Harvard Faculty Club on Quincy St, just east of the Old Yard. Despite the name, this stunning colonial mansion is open to all members and friends of the Harvard community (so you better bust out the Rolodex to track down an invitation!). The upstairs bedrooms are swathed in floral prints and covered in a blizzard of doilies. Each room also comes with Cambridge’s most precious commodity: a parking space. In the morning get an early start and take I-95 south out of the Boston city limits to quieter Providence. Here you will find beautiful Brown, the rambunctious younger child of an uptight New England household.

pages: 1,117 words: 305,620

Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill


active measures, air freight, anti-communist, blood diamonds, business climate, citizen journalism, colonial rule, crowdsourcing, Donald Trump, drone strike, failed state, friendly fire, Google Hangouts, indoor plumbing, Islamic Golden Age, land reform, Mohammed Bouazizi, Naomi Klein, private military company, Project for a New American Century, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live, WikiLeaks

There are poor people, orphans, widows, dawa [proselytizing on behalf of Islam] projects, and the list goes on. So if you have any ideas on how to get help across and in accordance to law in a climate that is strict to start with please let me know. Tell more about yourself. I will keep an eye for a sister.” Sent on February 22, 2009, that was the last e-mail Awlaki is known to have sent to Hasan. Over the next several months Hasan continued to e-mail Awlaki. “I know your busy. Please keep me in your rolodex in case you find me useful and feel free to call me collect,” Hasan wrote. From there on out, the communications were a one-way road. The tone of Hasan’s e-mails became like that of a patient in therapy attempting to work through difficult life decisions. In one e-mail, sent in May 2009, Hasan pontificated on the morality of suicide bombings and raised “the issue of ‘collateral damage’ where a decision is made to allow the killing of innocents for a valuable target.

pages: 1,242 words: 317,903

The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan by Sebastian Mallaby

airline deregulation, airport security, Andrei Shleifer, anti-communist, Asian financial crisis, balance sheet recession, bank run, barriers to entry, Benoit Mandelbrot, Bretton Woods, central bank independence, centralized clearinghouse, collateralized debt obligation, conceptual framework, corporate governance, correlation does not imply causation, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, currency peg, energy security, equity premium, fiat currency, financial deregulation, financial innovation, fixed income, Flash crash, forward guidance, full employment, Hyman Minsky, inflation targeting, information asymmetry, interest rate swap, inventory management, invisible hand, Kenneth Rogoff, Kitchen Debate, laissez-faire capitalism, Long Term Capital Management, low skilled workers, market bubble, market clearing, Martin Wolf, money market fund, moral hazard, mortgage debt, Myron Scholes, new economy, Nixon shock, Northern Rock, paper trading, paradox of thrift, Paul Samuelson, Plutocrats, plutocrats, popular capitalism, price stability, RAND corporation, rent-seeking, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live, savings glut, secular stagnation, short selling, The Great Moderation, the payments system, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, too big to fail, trade liberalization, unorthodox policies, upwardly mobile, WikiLeaks, women in the workforce, Y2K, yield curve, zero-sum game

The resulting investment returns were barely respectable—after all, Greenspan was offering little more than the advice he gave to the roster of more sophisticated investment teams that retained him as a consultant. But the firm’s clearest failure had to do with marketing. Greenspan had been recruited on the theory that he would attract business from corporate pension funds, but he refused to use his Rolodex to land clients; indeed, he even discouraged the marketing staff from approaching companies he knew intimately. It was an example of how, in certain contexts, Greenspan’s scruples could dominate his behavior: he had been willing to lend his name to Josephson’s venture, but he was not willing to risk his reputation by urging friends to entrust money to it. Greenspan-O’Neil folded after about two years, costing the movie man $2 million.36 If this failure demonstrated that Greenspan could wander into projects in a half-committed way, it was not the only example.

pages: 1,351 words: 404,177

Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein


affirmative action, Alistair Cooke, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, Bretton Woods, cognitive dissonance, cuban missile crisis, delayed gratification, desegregation, East Village, European colonialism, full employment, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, immigration reform, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, index card, indoor plumbing, Kitchen Debate, liberal capitalism, Mahatma Gandhi, Marshall McLuhan, Monroe Doctrine, moral panic, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, Own Your Own Home, Paul Samuelson, Plutocrats, plutocrats, price mechanism, Ralph Nader, RAND corporation, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, sexual politics, the medium is the message, traveling salesman, upwardly mobile, urban planning, urban renewal, walking around money, War on Poverty, white picket fence, Whole Earth Catalog

His office—a museum of political kitsch: silver plates engraved with testimonials, commemorative gavels, keys to cities, a long walnut cabinet filled with signed photographs of heads of state in the line of sight of visitors sitting across from Nixon at the polished walnut desk—was where he did his politics. The wheelhouse of his political machine. He brought with him his longtime secretary, Rose Mary Woods, his bureaucratic second skin (they joked she was the “fifth Nixon”: Pat, Dick, Tricia, Julie, just like the Beatles), a hardscrabble, working-class Chicago Irish girl who some said spotted the young senator as her own chance to make it to the White House. Her Rolodex big as a basketball, she typed up ingratiating notes to VIPs for “Dick”’s signature at every possible opportunity: J. Edgar Hoover, newspaper publisher Walter Annenberg, the third-world potentate Nixon had met on some 1955 Latin American tour who had suddenly taken sick. Life, in a sense, was sweet. He was rich now, for the first time in his life. He had sent his firm’s business through the roof.

pages: 1,061 words: 341,217

The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal by William D. Cohan

affirmative action, Albert Einstein, Bonfire of the Vanities, David Brooks, fixed income, medical malpractice, Robert Bork, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live, union organizing

Robert Steel, a Durham native and a 1973 Duke graduate, was both vice chairman of the university’s board of trustees and chairman of the search committee. The committee considered two hundred candidates and winnowed that list down to ten people whom it chose to interview. Steel said Brodhead stood out, even on the short list. “You didn’t have to be Dick Tracy to find Dick Brodhead,” Steel explained. Steel, then a senior partner at Goldman Sachs with an impressive Rolodex, heard about Brodhead from a member of the Duke community whose daughter Brodhead had taught at Yale. Steel and the committee vice chair, Sara Beale, had their first meeting with Brodhead at a small restaurant off Interstate 95 in Connecticut. “Steel knew something about the Ivy League . . . and he believed that the rich and venerable old schools were a bit sclerotic,” Peter Boyer wrote in the New Yorker years later.

pages: 1,234 words: 356,472

Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton

carbon-based life, clean water, corporate governance, Magellanic Cloud, megacity, nuclear winter, Plutocrats, plutocrats, random walk, rolodex, Rubik’s Cube, stem cell, the scientific method, trade route, urban sprawl

The Human Structure Foundation had chosen a level of technology equal to the early twentieth century, prior to the electronic revolution; the kind of engineering and mechanics that was easily maintained. Nothing here needed computer diagnostics when it broke down; engineers could see what was wrong amid a machine’s cogs and cables. It was the same with information, there were no arrays, databases, or networks; offices of clerks and accountants kept books and files and Rolodexes. The Foundation had designed people to work at specific jobs, and those jobs wouldn’t metamorphose with progress—there was no progress. Huxley’s Haven provided its inhabitants with the most secure stable society it was possible to have. She still couldn’t decide if the Foundation had been morally right to begin the whole project, but looking out at the trim neat fields and the picture-perfect farms, she had to admit now that it worked.