FTAV Person of Interest 2019: The Longlist
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There's a lot to enjoy in the story of how Crown Prince MbS pulled the world's biggest investment banks into a four year beauty parade then gave the trophy to this guy, whose mini-market pump injection at a pneumatic valuation left barely enough prize money to cover their flights to Riyadh. An international listing remains a possibility for the $2 trillion penny stock, with AIM seeming to offer the best cultural fit.
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Here's what would happen if Marie Kondo had been raised by a family of Casio FX-991EX scientific calculators.
[Dalio and Diddy: when genius collides - FT Alphaville]
The Ukrainian fertiliser magnate was dragged into Rudy Giuliani's orbit by a desire not to be extradited to the US on bribery charges. Characteristically expert guidance from Giuliani's associates meant the alleged bribery became the least of his problems.
Inertia-as-a-service for people who live in bank foyers.
Lead designer, chief wingman to the jam-mañana dingdong CEO and the Dr Frankenstein to a modern Prometheus of a monster truck. It remains unclear whether hitting his creation with a blunt weapon was intended as a show of strength or an act of mercy.
[Mad Man breaks window - FT Alphaville]
One marker of the progress made by blockchain bros in 2019 is that "Facebook: the most trusted name in cryptocurrency" remains both a joke and a statement of fact.
[The Libra cheat sheet - FT Alphaville]
The somehow-not-yet-resigned Boeing CEO can be proud that since March the 737 Max was statistically the safest commercial jet in production.
[Crash course - The New Republic]
CUT TO: INT. FRAT HOUSE - 2002, MORNING.
Adam wakes sprawled on the floor of a trashed room with no memory of the night before. Lying next to him is the cold corpse of the frat-house landlord, his open briefcase spilling out papers. In Adam’s right hand is a monkey's paw, one finger curled inward. “Oh boy,” says Adam.
[How Do You Like We Now - Matt Levine/Bloomberg]
The AirBnB of US college applications sought to simplify an outdated bribery processes by adding a central intermediary to aid transparency and improve price discovery. Mr Singer's customers now face up to 20 years in jail after his innovative startup caught the attention of the FBI rather than Softbank.
It takes a German's disregard for irony to set up an office on Savile Row when your name is already synonymous with problematic suits.
[H2O Asset Management: illiquid love - FT Alphaville]
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