Having Mark Chapman no longer be our auditor at Aquamarine Fund is quite a change for me and I’m very sorry to see him go.
Mark, you were with me at critical moments in the development of Aquamarine Fund, and you also helped me to make some very important…
I did both a video log and text review on Amazon for Johm Mihaljevic’s new book – the Manual of Ideas.
Text of the review below this video.[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/72210845 w=640&h=480]
This is a phenomenal book – and will, I believe, take it’s place…
Answer by Xianhang Zhang:
One thing I’ve discovered over the years is that asking someone to do the tiniest bit of real work is an unreasonably effective way of separating out the posers from the operators.
Say something like “I’d love to meet with you but I don’t want to waste your time so I’d like you to send me X first so I can look it over and come up with N suggestions before we meet”. Make sure X is something that needs to be generated rather than something they might already have on hand.
I’ve found, when doing this, that all the marginal requests magically melt away and they will simply stop responding to your email and never contact you again. It doesn’t matter how trivial the request is, I still can’t quite figure out why it’s so effective.
Seen at the gym @ the YMCA in Omaha. Since when does gym equipment have the word Zurich on it? (at YMCA Downtown)