The Modeller's Miscellany - #77

The optimum amount of hassle

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Article // The optimal amount of hassle

If you recognize that BS is ubiquitous, then the question is not “How can I avoid all of it?” but, “What is the optimal amount to put up with so I can still function in a messy and imperfect world?”

If your tolerance is zero – if you are allergic to differences in opinion, personal incentives, emotions, inefficiencies, miscommunication, and such – your odds of succeeding in anything that requires other people rounds to zero. The other end of the spectrum – fully accepting every incidence of nonsense and hassle – is just as bad. The world will eat you alive. Continue reading.

Great article from the superb Collaborative fund blog.

Webinar // The dark side of valuation - continued

Last week we recommended The Dark Side of Valuation by Professor. Aswath Damodaran.

The UK CFA Society let us know that they are hosting a free webinar with Aswarth on Valuing Young Companies - a topic covered in the book.

The webinar is on October 18th from 17.30 to 18.30 UK time.

Register here.

Tech // Airtable buys no-code data visualization startup Bayes

The data visualisation space continues to hot up. Airtable has made its first acquisition of no-code visualisation start up Bayes.

Bayes has developed a tool that analyses data and automatically suggests suitable graph templates. This saves time by removing the need to manually select a data visualisation approach. Read more.

Book // Numbers don't lie

Numbers Don't Lie is a collection of thought-provoking short discussions by Professor Vaclav Smil, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. In his review of the book, Bill Gates states that Smil is his favourite author.

There are 71 short pieces about data and information arranged with the goal of making sense of numerical information by analysing the historical and international context. There are some great historical comparisons that will just make you sound smarter in any conversation. Did you know for example that Nigeria, as Africa’s most populous country, uses 35 gigajoules of energy per year; while France was using 35 gigajoules per year by 1880. A great read.

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Webinar // Project finance Careers

If you're considering a career in Project Finance, you may want to check out this free webinar from the Project Finance Institute.

The webinar features Dan McCarthy from leading Infrastructure recruitment firm One Search. The session will cover the areas of the infra/energy market you might want to consider working in and the most important skills/approaches that can set you on the right course for your Project Finance career. The webinar is on Friday September 14th at 4pm UK time.

Modeller's Miscellany Jobs

If you have a financial modelling related position you’d like us to include, please email

Investment Banking Analyst - Bank of America -  United Arab Emirates, Dubai

Sales Finance Analyst (12 month contract)  - Apple -  United Arab Emirates, Dubai

Offshoring Invoice Associate - EY - United Kingdom,  London

Financial Planning & Analysis - Citi - India, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Financial Modelling & Research - Goldman Sachs - New York, NY

Financial Analyst - Mattel - Germany, Frankfurt am Main

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