What does a credit score really measure? And what does that say about our sense of value?
In his business fable Formula X, Jurriaan Kamer gives a framework for navigating uncertainty from the world of elite racing.
The world’s leading investors agree it’s a factor. A climate change journalist checks their accounting.
Sex sells. Unless it’s women’s sexual pleasure. Then, suddenly, everyone’s a prude.
Mwasi Wilmore brought 4G LTE to Tanzania. Her next project? Reinventing the farming supply chain so smallholders can compete better and pull themselves out of poverty.
What happens when you design a bitcoin product for someone other than a finance bro? Deana Burke made it her mission to find out.
No one product fix will suit a range of abilities. But open-source design provides a way.
“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.
Our weekly email, If You Read One Thing, is now on microfiche. Ask your local librarian for more information.
The Radical x Change movement asks: What if we spent votes like we spend money?
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.
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.
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.
Pioneers in brain science are already merging mind and machine. The creators of a new documentary ask: How should we feel about that?
Concrete is, obviously, heavy stuff. It’s also a heavyweight player in international trade.
DADA is pushing for a new definition of art, without the popularity contests and pay structures.
Educational software is making kids Grade A consumers. But it’s missing the opportunity to teach them about money.
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.
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.
In the black American tradition, movement has meant escape. But we can never truly escape from the identities held in our skin.
We calculate risk in so many ways. When it comes to our children, what is the cost of trying to guarantee a safe landing?
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.
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.
Digital art is today’s contemporary art so the art world will have to find some way to deal with it.
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.
Pioneering financial technologies offer promising ways to help return stolen works to their owners.
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.
A few weeks back, I came to the profound realisation that YouTube thought I was a blithering idiot.
With the cosmos open for business, space lawyer Jill Stuart asks: Who makes the rules?
From satellite constellations to asteroid mining, trillions of dollars are up for grabs in the new space race.
Steve Evans is at the forefront of making the planet a more sustainable place, but without disavowing consumerism, capitalism or heavy industry.
Hugo Spowers has been working on a revolutionary system of sustainable mobility that upends the conventions of the auto industry.
Nicolas Colin pulls some very old threads to create a new kind of density.
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.
The first issue of our brand-new print magazine is now available for purchase.
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.
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.
Finance, like wine, is fairly straightforward. The complexity comes when people get involved.
New biomedical techniques are leading to unimaginable breakthroughs and leaving researchers racing to keep up.
Hacking Finance welcomed psychoanalytic psychotherapist Jerram White to offer his thoughts on the culture of founding teams.
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.
From spell-slinging to deal-making, there are many lessons from Magic: the Gathering that apply to venture investing.
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 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.
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.
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.
From Alexa to self-driving cars, emotion-detecting technologies are becoming ubiquitous—but they rely on out-of-date science.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are immediate challenges that need to be addressed if AI technology is going to be harnessed in an ethical, responsible way.
Walt Disney had a vision for tomorrow—and the means to sell it.
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.
In this rarely-seen side of the gig economy, we follow Taobao model Pin’er through a fairly typical 13-hour work day.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
A mid-century example of viral marketing, Paint by Numbers was also an accidental object lesson in creativity and ownership.
The trouble with math is not, after all, the equations, or the computations. It’s the feelings it engenders.
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.
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.
Our inaugural event brought finance and literature together with four extraordinary authors reading about what work means today – and what it might mean tomorrow.
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?
The greater the amount of information that circulates, the more we rely on so-called reputational devices to evaluate it.
From company towns to the gig economy, ways of thinking about our relationship with work are shifting.
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.
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.
In the struggle to maintain control over personal data, we often sacrifice sovereignty for convenience.
A rare peek at the solitary life of a lighthouse keeper, whose work will soon be completely replaced by automation.
Corporations, non-profits, governments, universities and even preschools test, score and hire the best. This all but guarantees not creating the best team.
Talking to My Daughter about the Economy is the first post-post-modern parenting book. This is parental love haunted by hypocrisy.
For technology to keep up, it has to think like a person again.
Financial markets are more vulnerable than ever to another fast, unexpected, quant-driven fluctuation.
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.
Create an ecosystem with a particular opportunity, and a suitably talented person will shape something new.
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.
It’s hard to believe, but the solution to the free-for-all of the internet really is by invitation only.
It is no wonder that some of my students are doubtful that philosophers have anything useful to say about science.
For most people, finance is at best something to be tolerated, endured. Avoided when possible.
For Arlan Hamilton, one of the country’s few Black gay female VCs, Silicon Valley is on the edge of a revolution.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Pigs no longer need magic to save their lives. They need crowdfunding. Wilbur, meet Esther.