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The Future of the CFA Institute: An Interview with Margaret Franklin, CFA

This week we have a very special interview guest: I’m delighted to share this conversation with Margaret Franklin, CFA. She serves as the President and CEO of the CFA Institute. Software and the internet haven’t yet made their real impact across the world of professional services, especially when it comes to professional designations and certifications that demonstrate proficiency. On the one hand, the internet has created access we could’ve only dreamed about decades ago, both in terms of access to knowledge and advice, access to financial products like diversification, and… Read more The Future of the CFA Institute: An Interview with Margaret Franklin, CFA

The Kids are Alright: An Interview with Eugene Wei and Julie Young (Gift Culture, Part 4)

Welcome to the fourth and final segment in this series on Gift Culture at the Online Frontier. If you missed any of the first three, you can catch up here: Gift Culture, Part 1: Homesteading the Twittersphere Gift Culture, Part 2: The SE Suite, An interview with Julie Young Gift Culture, Part 3: Scarcity Status versus Abundance Status  Today Julie is back with us to help close things out, along with our second very special guest, coming in to bat cleanup: Eugene Wei.  If you’ve spent any time on Tech… Read more The Kids are Alright: An Interview with Eugene Wei and Julie Young (Gift Culture, Part 4)

Homesteading the Twittersphere

If you go to the About page on Matthew Ball’s website, you’ll find a quote from Jason Hirschhorn: “Kevin Mayer called and said ‘Hey, Bob Iger and I would like to have lunch with you’…And Iger, I’m going to paraphrase here, says ‘You know, you’re an idiot.’ And I’m like, ‘Why is that, Bob?’ And he goes, “You give away for free what we pay tens of millions of dollars a year from management consultants for.”  Kevin was talking about Matt’s Disney-as-a-Service post from 2016; but it could have been any of his… Read more Homesteading the Twittersphere

It’s Not Debt, It’s Better: an Interview with Harry Hurst of Pipe

This week, I’m delighted to share an interview with Harry Hurst, founder and co-CEO of Pipe.  Six months ago I wrote a post in the newsletter called Debt is Coming, about the all-equity model of funding startups finally coming to the end. It ran away to become the most widely-read thing I’ve ever written, ever. (Read it first, if you haven’t yet.) Since then, I’ve had a blast getting to meet all sorts of interesting founders, operators and investors who are thinking about the future of financing recurring revenue software… Read more It’s Not Debt, It’s Better: an Interview with Harry Hurst of Pipe