Views from the Crow’s Nest
MMH - FUD about Crypto, + GMO Mosquitos, Reversing User Bans (or not using at all?) - with Neet Shah, Boaz Salik

MMH - FUD about Crypto, + GMO Mosquitos, Reversing User Bans (or not using at all?) - with Neet Shah, Boaz Salik

May 19, 2022

In this episode of the *Midweek Mess Haul, Nathan, Neet, and Boaz share thoughts on GMOs mosquitos, their outlook on crypto after the hard plummet of 5/12, and the strategic ramifications of permanent social media bans. 

  • The Quick Take: does introducing GMO mosquitos into an ecosystem have too many unintended consequences waiting in the wings? 
  • The Big Dig: is the end-state of the current "Wild West" of crypto something where only the strongest survived? 
  • The Final Cut: why should (or shouldn't) social media companies consider using permanent bans as a way to enforce terms of use?

The Mess Haul features a more free-form conversational approach with multiple participants than our more interview-focused style. This format is designed to generate quick takes on a handful of recent topics, facilitating shorter, more opinionated discussion with a number of different perspectives. Each episode of The Mess Haul is (usually) recorded, edited, and released in the same day. 

Today's conversationalists: Nathan Johnson, Neet Shah, Boaz Salik 

Hosted, recorded, and produced for FischerJordan by Nathan Johnson

 

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FischerJordan is a New York-based consulting, thought-leadership, and outsourcing firm helping business leaders exchange complexity for clarity. We use rigorous data analytics, specialized staffing, and custom technology solutions to deliver workable strategies for clients in financial services and healthcare.  

Background articles for this episode:

  • Quartz on Oxitech and GMO mosquitos
  • Bloomberg, Forbes on crypto news
  • WIRED on Elon Musk's plans to reverse Twitter's bans on high profile users
Special Episode - A Discussion with Our U.S. Non-Profit Food & Meal Availability Partners

Special Episode - A Discussion with Our U.S. Non-Profit Food & Meal Availability Partners

May 4, 2022

In this special episode of Views from the Crow's Nest, FischerJordan moderates a round-table discussion between five non-profit food bank/pantry/meal kitchen organizations partnered with us in our FAIR (Food Availability Improvement Resource) initiative. 

We talk about how they’re addressing the increasing demand for healthier food options, client relationships and needs brought on by the COVID pandemic, and collaborations to lower cost and increase product offerings.  

Organizations represented in this discussion - 

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FischerJordan’s FAIR initiative (Food Availability Improvement Resource) is our primary avenue for giving back to the communities where we operate. With FAIR, we’ve partnered with over a dozen volunteer-run, non-profit food pantries and food banks in the US, India, and Israel, supplying them with crucial food items directly to help provide food for those in need in a way that maximizes the impact of every dollar spent. Learn more at https://fischerjordan.com/communities 

Recorded, edited, and published by Nathan Johnson for FischerJordan. 

MMH - Elon Musk vs. The World, + Public Transit Hesitancy, AI Disease Prediction - with Jivraj Karwa, Boaz Salik

MMH - Elon Musk vs. The World, + Public Transit Hesitancy, AI Disease Prediction - with Jivraj Karwa, Boaz Salik

April 20, 2022

In this episode of the *Midweek Mess Haul, Nathan, Jivraj, and Boaz get into hostile takeovers, public transit crime rates, and AI disease prediction. 

  • The Quick Take: will the recent violence on the New York subway be the first of more such incidents? Are there places where violent crime on public transit feels less likely...and why? 
  • The Big Dig: why is there so much resistance to Elon Musk's bid to buy Twitter, and why would Musk buy an existing asset if he could theoretically make his own for the same price?
  • The Final Cut: what are some additional use cases for AI-enhanced analytics in healthcare diagnostics?

The Mess Haul features a more free-form conversational approach with multiple participants than our more interview-focused style. This format is designed to generate quick takes on a handful of recent topics, facilitating shorter, more opinionated discussion with a number of different perspectives. Each episode of The Mess Haul is (usually) recorded, edited, and released in the same day. 

Today's conversationalists: Nathan Johnson, Jivraj Karwa, Boaz Salik 

Hosted, recorded, and produced for FischerJordan by Nathan Johnson

 

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FischerJordan is a New York-based consulting, thought-leadership, and outsourcing firm helping business leaders exchange complexity for clarity. We use rigorous data analytics, specialized staffing, and custom technology solutions to deliver workable strategies for clients in financial services and healthcare.  

Background articles for this episode:

MMH - What’s REALLY Your ”Personal Information?” + Data Modeling Ethics, Doughy Robotics - with Kshitish Nanda, Boaz Salik

MMH - What’s REALLY Your ”Personal Information?” + Data Modeling Ethics, Doughy Robotics - with Kshitish Nanda, Boaz Salik

April 4, 2022

In this episode of the Monday Mess Haul, Nathan, Kshitish, and Boaz get technical. 

  • The Quick Take: what are the ethical implications of an experimental AI using a publicly-available dataset to identify 40,000 theoretical chemical weapons? 
  • The Big Dig: how much can you actually claim as your own personal information? That's what's up for debate with a recent opinion concerning the language of the California Consumer Protection Act. 
  • The Final Cut: how effective are empirical methods for training task variations in robotics?  

The Mess Haul features a more free-form conversational approach with multiple participants than our more interview-focused style. This format is designed to generate quick takes on a handful of recent topics, facilitating shorter, more opinionated discussion with a number of different perspectives. Each episode of The Mess Haul is (usually) recorded, edited, and released in the same day. 

Today's conversationalists: Nathan Johnson, Kshitish Nanda, Boaz Salik 

Hosted, recorded, and produced for FischerJordan by Nathan Johnson

 

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FischerJordan is a New York-based consulting, thought-leadership, and outsourcing firm helping business leaders exchange complexity for clarity. We use rigorous data analytics, specialized staffing, and custom technology solutions to deliver workable strategies for clients in financial services and healthcare.  

Background articles for this episode:

MMH - The End of Social Media Lip Service + Analytics for Sustainability, Daylight Savings Why? with Deeba Goyal, Boaz Salik

MMH - The End of Social Media Lip Service + Analytics for Sustainability, Daylight Savings Why? with Deeba Goyal, Boaz Salik

March 21, 2022

In this episode of the Monday Mess Haul, Nathan, Deeba, and Boaz break some old forms and start some new ones. 

  • The Quick Take: how would a permanent Daylight Savings Time under the Sunshine Protection Act impact the way the working world...well, works? Should we all just commit to GMT and get it over with? 
  • The Big Dig: social media lip service doesn't cut it anymore. How could the Russia/Ukraine conflict push the private sector to make their public engagement factor a core strategic differentiator? 
  • The Final Cut: three emergent trends in data analytics that could help companies be more socially and environmentally conscious. 

The Mess Haul features a more free-form conversational approach with multiple participants than our more interview-focused style. This format is designed to generate quick takes on a handful of recent topics, facilitating shorter, more opinionated discussion with a number of different perspectives. Each episode of The Mess Haul is (usually) recorded, edited, and released in the same day. 

Today's conversationalists: Nathan Johnson, Deeba Goyal, Boaz Salik 

Hosted, recorded, and produced for FischerJordan by Nathan Johnson

 

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FischerJordan is a New York-based consulting, thought-leadership, and outsourcing firm helping business leaders exchange complexity for clarity. We use rigorous data analytics, specialized staffing, and custom technology solutions to deliver workable strategies for clients in financial services and healthcare.  

Background articles for this episode: 

MMH - Should Sanctions Be Considered an Act of War? + Seven Day Work-Weeks, Healthcare Blockchain - with Neet Shah, Boaz Salik

MMH - Should Sanctions Be Considered an Act of War? + Seven Day Work-Weeks, Healthcare Blockchain - with Neet Shah, Boaz Salik

March 7, 2022

In this episode of the Monday Mess Haul, we brought in both FischerJordan partners for a speculative discussion on some current hot-button issues, including: 

  • Is the idea of financial services as an enforcement arm of political willpower a new/growing trend or just an emergency use case? 
  • Given the potentially devastating impact of sanctions on a nation's economy, should sanctions themselves be considered an act of war and not just a "war-time measure?"
  • Are five-day work weeks out and...seven-day work weeks in?
  • What are the implications of healthcare successfully implementing blockchain technology at scale? 

The Mess Haul features a more free-form conversational approach with multiple participants than our more interview-focused style. This format is designed to generate quick takes on a handful of recent topics, facilitating shorter, more opinionated discussion with a number of different perspectives. Each episode of The Mess Haul is recorded, edited, and released in the same day. 

Today's guests: Neet Shah, Boaz Salik 

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FischerJordan is a New York-based consulting, thought-leadership, and outsourcing firm helping business leaders exchange complexity for clarity. We use rigorous data analytics, specialized staffing, and custom technology solutions to deliver workable strategies for clients in financial services and healthcare.  

Background articles for this episode: 

MMH - Did Anybody Even Watch the Olympics? + Electric Luxury Cars, Crypto ”Haters” - feat. Boaz Salik, Kshitish Nanda

MMH - Did Anybody Even Watch the Olympics? + Electric Luxury Cars, Crypto ”Haters” - feat. Boaz Salik, Kshitish Nanda

February 21, 2022

In this episode of the Monday Mess Haul (MMH), FischerJordan team members get into sports and cars (just not sports cars). Some of our questions for each other: 

  • Does NBCUniversal's promotional partnership with TikTok for the Winter Olympics indicate a broader trend for sports viewership, or was this a more concentrated attempt to boost lagging viewership for the Olympics? 
  • Why might the Olympics have struggled recently to acquire and retain viewers?
  • Is there a large enough market for "electrifying" luxury cars that companies like Lunaz might see more competition? 
  • Is pushback for crypto from entities like the Financial Stability Board just par for the course with anything that threatens the status quo?

The Mess Haul features a more free-form conversational approach with multiple participants than our more interview-focused style. This format is designed to generate quick takes on a handful of recent topics, facilitating shorter, more opinionated discussion with a number of different perspectives. Each episode of The Mess Haul is recorded, edited, and released in the same day. 

Today's guests: Kshitish Nanda, Boaz Salik 

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FischerJordan is a New York-based consulting, thought-leadership, and outsourcing firm helping business leaders exchange complexity for clarity. We use rigorous data analytics, specialized staffing, and custom technology solutions to deliver workable strategies for clients in financial services and healthcare.  

Background articles for this episode: 

Monday Mess Haul - Zero-Party Data + Who’s Really Partying for the Metaverse - with Jivraj Karwa and Boaz Salik

Monday Mess Haul - Zero-Party Data + Who’s Really Partying for the Metaverse - with Jivraj Karwa and Boaz Salik

February 7, 2022

In this episode of The Monday Mess Haul, we want to know what's going on. Specifically, we want to know: 

  • Does zero-party data provide any new insights that can't be derived from existing data categories like first-, second-, or third-party data?
  • Should we consider it a subdivision of first-party data, or will it eventually become synonymous with first-party?
  • How could zero-party data factor into scenarios like credit decisioning? 
  • Is the hype about the Metaverse coming from any real-world demand, or is it an act of self-justification by tech monopolies?
  • If the COVID-19 pandemic made us live more online, do we think people only choose "life online" as an escape from bleak real-world conditions?

The Mess Haul features a more free-form conversational approach with multiple participants than our more interview-focused style. This format is designed to generate quick takes on a handful of recent topics, facilitating shorter, more opinionated discussion with a number of different perspectives. Each episode of The Mess Haul is recorded, edited, and released in the same day. 

Today's guests: Jivraj Karwa, Boaz Salik 

Background articles for this episode: 

#006 - How Immersive Gaming Technologies Will Change the Internet  - with Trevor Barran

#006 - How Immersive Gaming Technologies Will Change the Internet - with Trevor Barran

January 24, 2022

We're back with our first full-length episode of 2022 in this forward-looking conversation with entrepreneur Trevor Barran. Trevor is a FischerJordan co-founder and is currently one of four partners at CloudTree Ventures, which is focused on technologies driving interactive entertainment and the metaverse.

We get into both some broad trends and specific applications of the immersive entertainment space – which includes things like augmented and virtual reality, but you’ll quickly learn that there are things happening in this domain that go far beyond just entertainment or gaming. Some of the topics we cover: 

  • What we mean by "immersive/interactive entertainment” and why it's relevant today
  • Why Facebook's pivot to Meta actually isn't that surprising
  • Companies that are already making interesting moves with AR/VR technologies

  • What kind of infrastructure will need to be built to fully realize this technology's potential 
  • Whether an immersive future will still be controlled by the tech giants we know today or if a new set of competitors/leaders might emerge
  • The surprisingly simple constraint that stands in the way of a "Ready Player One"-style future

Find out more about CloudTree Ventures at https://cloudtree.vc/

This podcast is an in-house production of FischerJordan, a specialized consulting firm in New York with emphases in strategy, analytics, and technology. Find out more about our approach to delivering client value, career opportunities, and our work within our communities at fischerjordan.com

 

NOTES - Key Terms and Further Reading

Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC): “A special purpose acquisition company, also known as a "blank check company", is a shell corporation listed on a stock exchange with the purpose of acquiring a private company, thus making it public without going through the traditional initial public offering process. Wikipedia”

OMO – Online Merged with Offline

Matthew Ball

xR = Extended Reality. From WorldStage: “Extended Reality (xR) is a next-generation process for film, broadcast and live event production. ... Mixed Reality (MR) combines camera tracking and real-time rendering to create an immersive virtual environment, visible live on set and shot directly in camera.”

What are haptics?

Monday Mess Haul - Inflation, DAOs, and Connectivity Inequity - with Anoushka Khanna + Boaz Salik

Monday Mess Haul - Inflation, DAOs, and Connectivity Inequity - with Anoushka Khanna + Boaz Salik

December 20, 2021

In this episode of The Mess Haul, we unpack three current topics from other publications, grappling with questions like: 

  • What do the FED's efforts to tamp down consumer price inflation mean for 2022?
  • What happens when a crypto crowdfund called a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) goes head-to-head with "legacy" investors in an auction for a first-edition printing of the U.S. Constitution?
  • As more than just white-collar jobs come to depend on internet access, what are some ways to address the problem of connectivity inequity?

The Mess Haul features a more free-form conversational approach with multiple participants than our more interview-focused style. This format is designed to generate quick takes on a handful of recent topics, facilitating shorter, more opinionated discussion with a number of different perspectives. Each episode of The Mess Haul is recorded, edited, and released in the same day. 

Today's guests: Anoushka Khanna, Boaz Salik 

Articles referenced in this episode: 

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