The Modeller's Miscellany - #80

Why it's better to pretend you don't know anything about computers

· Modellers Miscellany

Comic // Why it's better to pretend you don't know anything about computers

The Oatmeal is an online comic by Matthew Inman. This comic applies to computers in general, but will resonate with those who occupy the unfortunate position of "excel guru" at work. Enjoy.

Careers // The ultimate data analyst interview guide

Our mission at Full Stack is to create the most vibrant, useful learning resource and community for finance professionals. The scope of this ambition is more than anyone individual or company can deliver.  And so we have signed up fantastic partners. One of our core partners is Maven Analytics. They recently published this useful guide to help you prepare for your data analyst interview.

Book // Flat Earth News

Misinformation is one the biggest issues of our time. Flat Earth News by British investigative journalist Nick Davies looks at how the structures and incentives within the media system frequently corrupt the truth. Although written from a very British perspective, the content and conclusions are relevant internationally.

In particular Nick describes how the economics of newspapers create pressure to publish which is often not conducive to truth. He describes the news ecosystem, highlighting the roles of journalists, newspapers, and suppliers such as the Associated Press. He also covers how outsiders such as PR companies, lobbyists, and politicians can, and do, manipulate the media. Quite an old book now, but highly relevant nonetheless. Read more.

Work // Intentional connection in the digital office

This article from Seth Godin is a quick read but makes an important point about remote working: the connections we get through working in person are not better than those we can get online - they are just easier. And the benefits are not evenly distributed. A worthwhile 2-minute read.

Tech // The changing venture landscape 

Both Sides of the Table is the blog of Marc Suster. It's a brilliant resource for articles on entrepreneurship and venture capital. This article is a useful summary of how the VC landscape has changed in the last 10 years. Useful knowledge even if you are not in the VC / tech space. 

"To be a great VC you have to hold two conflicting ideas in your head at the same time. On the one hand, you’re overpaying for every investment and valuations aren’t rational. On the other hand, the biggest winners will turn out to be much larger than the prices people paid for them and this will happen faster than at any time in human history."

Modeller's Miscellany Jobs

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

Financial Modelling Manager - KPMG -  United Kingdom, London

Associate, Corporate Sustainability  - BlackRock -  United States, New York

Senior Consultant - EY - Thailand, Bangkok

Investor Relations Private Equity - Snipe RH - France, Paris

Corporate Analyst Internship - Barclays - Germany, Frankfurt

Investments Analyst - Fiera Capital - Canada, Toronto

And finally . . .

Meetings vs tattoos. With thanks to @meetingsscience.

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