Author Archives: miles

Uber’s ‘God View’

We are all aware of the digital footprint we are creating when we use social media applications such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but less aware of the analog activities such as Citibike and Uber. Companies are collecting massive amounts of our personal data to learn from and to better understand their userbase, but why […]

Evolution and the CEO Dilemma

Netflix is ubiquitous with personal cinema consumption whether it be on the family living room big screen or the laptop on the couch. Everyone remembers how Blockbuster was the place to go to rent a movie in sweats, but how did Netflix so successfully infiltrate their market? Blockbuster had the opportunity to buy Netflix for […]

Airbnb and the Keys to the City

New York City is no stranger to trends, long-lasting or short lived. Being a young and somewhat new resident of the city, I have felt compelled to not limit myself to one neighborhood and rather experience every community the city has to offer, by living there. I think it is important to explore each and every microcosm to […]

PRISM

The past few years have been a period of enlightenment into the state of our privacy and the programs that governments are running to aid in the surveillance process. I have been trying for some time to track my personal data to measure and gain insight into my own habits but have not found one […]

The Yield Curve

The yield curve is one of the paramount statistics for investors and policy makers to consider, yet as true with many things, it doesn’t mean all that much to me unless I can visualize it in a compelling format. First, I gathered 15 years of daily treasury data for short-term and long-term government bills to […]

Sharing Two Wheels and My Personal Data

Models It was the summer of 2008 while touring in Munich with my family when I first learned of the shared bike program that Deutsche Bahn had been running successfully for a few years. The bikes, bearing the unmistakable “DB” in big red letters, in typical utilitarianistic German fashion, made the bikes easy to spot […]

Decision Analysis

Trading is a zero-sum game, there must be a loser for every winner, so you might think that either you can be only wrong or right for any given trade. A trader friend of mine broke down for me the decision analysis process he takes when evaluating his performance. He argued that it is not […]