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Mind/Body

Behind the Big Wave

“What do you want to get out of it? Fame, notoriety, fun?” The questions big-wave surfers ask themselves when calculating risk apply to kooks, too.

From the Mothership

The IYR1T Archive is Live

Our weekly email, If You Read One Thing, is now on microfiche. Ask your local librarian for more information.

Think it Through

A Radical Proposal

The Radical x Change movement asks: What if we spent votes like we spend money?

Méribel

AHFR19 Keynote Address

Scaling isn’t just about technology, it’s about culture. And culture relies on transmission: without that, a company’s values and vision can quickly get lost.

Méribel

Anthemis Hacking Finance Retreat 2019

The 8th Annual Anthemis Hacking Finance Retreat in Méribel, France brought attendees into the mountains and away from the day-to-day grind of transforming financial services.

First Person

Jon Stein Is Not A Robot

Jon Stein’s vision for a modern, holistic financial advisor was a bold but prescient one: and by all accounts, he is just getting started.

First Person

Will Neurotech Change What It Means to Be Human?

Pioneers in brain science are already merging mind and machine. The creators of a new documentary ask: How should we feel about that?

Heavy

Structured Losses

Concrete is, obviously, heavy stuff. It’s also a heavyweight player in international trade.

Provenance

Artists Without Borders

DADA is pushing for a new definition of art, without the popularity contests and pay structures.

Think it Through

Playing Debt

Educational software is making kids Grade A consumers. But it’s missing the opportunity to teach them about money.

Past as Present

Catch Us If You Can

Several large traditional financial institutions—once viewed as dinosaurs stifled by archaic legacy systems—are beginning to get some skin in the innovation game too.

Mind/Body

Beneath the Pavement Lies the Beach

As skateboarders ride up the walls of banks, slide down handrails outside museums and grind across ledges in urban plazas, they disrupt the economic and functional logic of cities.

Past as Present

Jamestown 3.0

In the black American tradition, movement has meant escape. But we can never truly escape from the identities held in our skin.

Mind/Body

Look, Leap, Litigate

We calculate risk in so many ways. When it comes to our children, what is the cost of trying to guarantee a safe landing?

From the Mothership

Democratizing Finance

In celebration of New York Fintech Week, Hacking Finance—in partnership with Anomaly and PSFK—assembled a panel of entrepreneurs and thinkers who are designing solutions to make finance more accessible and inclusive.

Unapologetic

Safe Space: Huckletree’s Fight for Fairer Funding

For Huckletree founder Gabriela Hersham, coworking is more than a savvy property move. It’s a chance to reimagine the UK startup world, with inclusion as an organizing principle.

Provenance

Bytes & Brushstrokes: Unlocking Digital Art

Digital art is today’s contemporary art so the art world will have to find some way to deal with it.

Mind/Body

All The Right Moves

MindLeaps helps vulnerable youth develop the skills they need for formal education—it also reflects a larger shift in the nonprofit world: a more quantitative, less qualitative approach to providing aid.

Provenance

To Catch A Thief

Pioneering financial technologies offer promising ways to help return stolen works to their owners.

Think it Through

Could US Immigration Policies Force Out the Next Google?

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people apply for one of the 65,000 visas available to for-profit companies, which are doled out via a random lottery system.

High Tech Low Life

How To Train Your Algo

A few weeks back, I came to the profound realisation that YouTube thought I was a blithering idiot.

Unapologetic

A Higher Law

With the cosmos open for business, space lawyer Jill Stuart asks: Who makes the rules?

Think it Through

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to the Galaxy

From satellite constellations to asteroid mining, trillions of dollars are up for grabs in the new space race.

First Person

Stop Doing Stupid Stuff

Steve Evans is at the forefront of making the planet a more sustainable place, but without disavowing consumerism, capitalism or heavy industry.

Unapologetic

The 11-Horsepower Juggernaut

Hugo Spowers has been working on a revolutionary system of sustainable mobility that upends the conventions of the auto industry.

Unapologetic

Forward To The Past

Nicolas Colin pulls some very old threads to create a new kind of density.

From the Mothership

A New Commons

On December 5th, an eclectic crowd of investors, entrepreneurs, academics, designers and artists filled a balloon-laden Unit 6 to launch Hacking Finance No.1: Movement.

From the Mothership

Hacking Finance No.1: Movement

The first issue of our brand-new print magazine is now available for purchase.

Unapologetic

What Carlota Perez Saw at the Revolution

Carlota Perez has dedicated her life to studying waves. She also must ride them. During her career mapping the rise and fall of innovation and its impact on the world economy, her theories have been tested, and so, too, has she.

Pivot

Constant Change is Here To Stay

Act One: The dance. Act Two: The conference room. Business coach to a cadre of powerful women and men in finance, Fran Parker explains why we must keep moving.

Think it Through

Winance

Finance, like wine, is fairly straightforward. The complexity comes when people get involved.

Think it Through

How Big Data is Changing Science

New biomedical techniques are leading to unimaginable breakthroughs and leaving researchers racing to keep up.

From the Mothership

Drinks With: Jerram White

Hacking Finance welcomed psychoanalytic psychotherapist Jerram White to offer his thoughts on the culture of founding teams.

The Shade

The Shade: Fingertipping

The Shade Podcast delves deep into the margins of tech and money. Charity and Alex speak to Amal Graafstra and Frank Swain about biohacking—the use of technology to expand sense and experience.

High Tech Low Life

The Battle of the Wizards and Planeswalkers

From spell-slinging to deal-making, there are many lessons from Magic: the Gathering that apply to venture investing.

The Shade

The Shade: Dude, Where’s My Tractor?

The Shade Podcast delves deep into the margins of tech and money. Charity and Alex speak to Motherboard’s Jason Koebler and Stable CEO, Richard Counsell, about the Right To Repair.

The Shade

The Shade: Chainbreakers

The Shade Podcast delves deep into the margins of tech and money. In this episode, we speak to the co-founder of the bail-bond app Appolition and to the operatives on the ground bringing the funds to the people.

Think it Through

Is My Algorithm Paranoid?

Carl Jung once suggested that in every sane man hides a lunatic. As our algorithms become more like ourselves, it is getting easier to hide.Aeon counter – do not remove

The Shade

The Shade: High Finance

The Shade Podcast delves deep into the margins of tech and money. In this episode, Charity and Alex speak to a cannabis dealer using financial technology, and to Casa Verde Capital, a VC powering the new wave of tech startups.

Think it Through

Silicon Valley Thinks Everyone Feels the Same Six Emotions

From Alexa to self-driving cars, emotion-detecting technologies are becoming ubiquitous—but they rely on out-of-date science.

The Shade

The Shade: F&M

The Shade Podcast delves deep into the margins of tech and money. In this episode, Charity and Alex discuss financial domination with a dominatrix at the forefront of the practice and psychosexual therapist Kate Moyle.

Méribel

The New School

As we move away from hierarchies toward networks, and out of the office into the cloud, education remains, by and large, pretty old school: A series of requirements to fulfill, tests to pass, and “rights” and “wrongs,” from K through 12 and far beyond.

Think it Through

Revamping Parental Leave

Finding work-life balance while toiling in the modern office remains a challenge—especially in the United States, the only developed nation in the world that does not require paid family leave.

Méribel

Anthemis Hacking Finance Retreat 2018

There were so many wonderful opportunities, conversations and moments at the AHFR that reducing them to a top ten is a tall order, but I’ll do my best.

Think it Through

Hacking the AI Game

There are immediate challenges that need to be addressed if AI technology is going to be harnessed in an ethical, responsible way.

Past as Present

Animating the Future

Walt Disney had a vision for tomorrow—and the means to sell it.

Méribel

AHFR18 Keynote Address

As we ponder the future of humanity in our hyperconnected world, we must remember that each one of us is a generator and arbiter of data.

Think it Through

Fast Fashion

In this rarely-seen side of the gig economy, we follow Taobao model Pin’er through a fairly typical 13-hour work day.

Past as Present

Honey, I Cryptoed the Kids

How can parents talk about money with their children, imparting wisdom, values and lessons learned, when most children won’t even engage in a conversation?

Unapologetic

The Truth About Money

Growing up, writer Ashley C. Ford’s family had a complicated relationship with money. Here, she shares what that meant then and what it means now.

Think it Through

When Symmetry Gets Interesting

Symmetry has the unusual distinction that it is fundamental both to the way the world works and to the extent to which we are capable of understanding it.

Pivot

When The Personal Path Becomes Clear

The oil boom, the rise of microelectronics, and a stint in venture capital all led to Carlota finding her tribe: fellow thinkers making sense of market transformations. Here’s how it happened.

Pivot

Flood Matters: Mapping Up A Storm

Bessie Schwarz went from selling solar system maps at the Discovery Channel Store to a scientist equipping the World Bank with flood vulnerability data that has the potential to protect millions of vulnerable people.

Unapologetic

Your Sextech Money is No Good in Silicon Valley

If condom companies can advertise on Facebook and Viagra can plaster ads all over mainstream television, why are sexual health companies that champion women and non-binary folks penalized unfairly?

Past as Present

By The Colors

A mid-century example of viral marketing, Paint by Numbers was also an accidental object lesson in creativity and ownership.

Think it Through

Divide, Conquer: On Girls and Math

The trouble with math is not, after all, the equations, or the computations. It’s the feelings it engenders.

Think it Through

A.I.’s Beautiful Mind

Can AlphaGo teach us anything substantive about financial markets? The principles of the financial markets are more qualitative and mysterious than games. Still, there are rules. And parameters. And these can be learned.

High Tech Low Life

Batteryface

To some people, batteries are used to power electronics. To others, they’re the next wave of transportation. To some, they’re for strapping to your face to reach hitherto unparalleled levels of mental capacity.

From the Mothership

Working It: The Labor Force in Literature & Beyond

Our inaugural event brought finance and literature together with four extraordinary authors reading about what work means today – and what it might mean tomorrow.

Think it Through

Poetry As Public Private Performance Art

Space is at a premium in the subway. Ads are a reality. So why are we all so bent out of shape over the PolicyGenius ads?

Think it Through

It’s All About Reputation Now

The greater the amount of information that circulates, the more we rely on so-called reputational devices to evaluate it.

Think it Through

When Your Job Defines You

From company towns to the gig economy, ways of thinking about our relationship with work are shifting.

Book Smart

The Monster from Menlo Park

Mark Zuckerberg is experiencing his ‘Frankenstein moment’ but this analogy detracts our attention from the most significant matter at hand: the future regulation of social media.

Think it Through

The Warped Recipes of Algorithms

Algorithms should not be allowed to fail quietly. Promises of a better future need to be accompanied, or preceded, by promises of better algorithmic recipes.

Think it Through

Safeguarding Our Digital Identity

In the struggle to maintain control over personal data, we often sacrifice sovereignty for convenience.

Past as Present

They Are the Last

A rare peek at the solitary life of a lighthouse keeper, whose work will soon be completely replaced by automation.

Think it Through

The Fallacy of Meritocracy

Corporations, non-profits, governments, universities and even preschools test, score and hire the best. This all but guarantees not creating the best team.

Book Smart

I’ll Pay Her Nothing to Read Dover Beach

Talking to My Daughter about the Economy is the first post-post-modern parenting book. This is parental love haunted by hypocrisy.

Think it Through

A Philosopherʼs Guide to Hacking Finance

For technology to keep up, it has to think like a person again.

Past as Present

Market Volatility’s Dirty Little Secret

Financial markets are more vulnerable than ever to another fast, unexpected, quant-driven fluctuation.

Pivot

Why Ben Left Banking

Ben LeBlanc had the MBA, the international experience, and the big firm clout. But when he took stock of his career ambitions, he realized it was time to trade the cush for the couche couche.

Past as Present

Designing for Spooky Coincidence

Create an ecosystem with a particular opportunity, and a suitably talented person will shape something new.

Think it Through

Too Clever By Half

Coyotes can change the world. Coyotes WILL change the world. But not if they misplay the meta-game. Not if they hang out with raccoons.

High Tech Low Life

The Piracy Exam

It’s hard to believe, but the solution to the free-for-all of the internet really is by invitation only.

Think it Through

Why Philosophy is So Important in Science Education

It is no wonder that some of my students are doubtful that philosophers have anything useful to say about science.

From the Mothership

Letter from the Founder

For most people, finance is at best something to be tolerated, endured. Avoided when possible.

Unapologetic

Matching Her Own Patterns

For Arlan Hamilton, one of the country’s few Black gay female VCs, Silicon Valley is on the edge of a revolution.

Méribel

We Need a Very, Very Big Change

Carlota Perez has inspired students of economic theory—and a who’s-who of venture capitalists—to consider where today’s innovation sits in the context of what she calls a “a great surge.”

Méribel

Anthemis Hacking Finance Retreat 2017

AHFR17 offered a safe space to take a hike from regular day-to-day life, unplug and let the crisp alpine air hit your face. Also, selfies.

Think it Through

The Ethics of Immortality Technology

Immortality has gone secular. Unhooked from the realm of gods and angels, it’s now the subject of serious investment—both intellectual and financial—by philosophers, scientists and the Silicon Valley set.

High Tech Low Life

A Peent in the Wind

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment that a joke becomes a meme. Is it the first time it’s retold? Is it the first thousand times? There’s no logic to the process. You just know it when you see it.

Book Smart

This Little Piggy Raised Money

Pigs no longer need magic to save their lives. They need crowdfunding. Wilbur, meet Esther.

From the Mothership

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