Day: April 6, 2020

How to Make Wealth

May 2004

(This essay was originally published in Hackers
& Painters

If you wanted to get rich, how would you do it? I think your best
bet would be to start or join a startup. That’s been a
reliable way to get rich for hundreds of years. The word “startup”
dates from the 1960s, but what happens in one is
very similar to the venture-backed trading voyages of the
Middle Ages.

Startups usually involve technology, so much so that the phrase
“high-tech startup” is almost redundant. A startup is a small
company that takes on a hard technical problem.

Lots of people get rich knowing nothing more than that.
You don’t have to know physics to be a good pitcher. But
I think it could give you an edge to understand the underlying principles.
Why do startups have to be small?
Will a startup inevitably stop being a startup

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Dutch lacked empathy for southern virus plight, says finance minister | World

A man rides a bicycle by the Albert Cuypmarkt, after Amsterdam-Amstelland security region announced measures aimed at stopping/curbing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, in Amsterdam March 23, 2020. — AFP pic
A man rides a bicycle by the Albert Cuypmarkt, after Amsterdam-Amstelland security region announced measures aimed at stopping/curbing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, in Amsterdam March 23, 2020. — AFP pic

THE HAGUE, April 1 — Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra acknowledged yesterday that the Netherlands and some other EU countries had not expressed much empathy for southern Europe’s battle against Covid-19, but still declined to back common bonds.

Hoekstra spoke with private broadcaster RTLZ in reference to a meeting of eurozone finance ministers last Thursday where northern countries rejected a request by others for a common bond issuance to help countries like Italy and Spain weather the crisis.

“We were not empathetic enough, to the point that it has raised resistance,” Hoekstra told RTLZ.

“We did not succeed in conveying what it is we want to do,” he added.

Hard-hit countries including Italy and Spain called for eurozone

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Blended Finance – OECD

Blended Finance – OECD




Blended finance is the strategic use of development finance for the mobilisation of additional finance towards sustainable development in developing countries.

Understanding the indispensable role of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in financing the SDGs, the international community acknowledged the need for significant additional development finance – and accorded a prominent place to private sector participation. The vision underpinning the 2030 Agenda is broad and ambitious, calling for an equally broad and ambitious financing strategy. 


The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in February 2016 agreed to develop ‘an inclusive, targeted, results-oriented work programme’ on blended finance :

  • Evidence based: Collate evidence and lessons learned on blended finance with a focus on targeting private finance and the use

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John Locke > Some issues in Locke’s Philosophy of Mind (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Some issues in Locke’s Philosophy of Mind

In this supplement, we consider some of the most interesting and
controversial claims that Locke makes in the Philosophy of Mind. The
two most important of these are Locke’s remarks in Book IV,
Chapter 3 section 6 of An Essay Concerning Human
that for all we know God could just as easily make
matter fitly disposed to think as He could add thought to an
immaterial substance; the second is the revolutionary theory of
personal identity that Locke added in Chapter 27 of Book II of the
second edition of the Essay. These claims and suggestions,
along with a number of others, turn out to be connected in interesting
ways and raise important questions about the degree to which Locke is
willing to endorse substance dualism and the extent of his commitment
to Boylean mechanism.

Thinking Matter, Immateriality of the Soul

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Information and contacts to help you do business with DHS.

Industry Liaisons

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Professionnal Financial Translation Services in Switzerland

Finance plays a key role in the competitiveness and wealth of a country as it provides the economy with the capital it needs to operate.

Switzerland has not only been able to make the financial sector an important pillar of its economy but also to establish the quality of its services on an international level.

The Swiss financial hub features a very high density of large multinationals; there is always a strong demand for financial translations in the national languages (German, French, Italian and Romansh) as well as international languages such as English and others.

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Specialised in their fields, our translators only translate into their mother tongue.

Our senior translators and proofreaders all have many years of experience in translating the specifics of corporate financial management, investment, international finance, public and corporate finance (translations for institutions,

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Starting a Business as a Personal Shopper

Shopping isn’t just their passion; it’s their business. And it’s no job for an amateur. Learn how these fashion-forward pros make their living at the checkout counter–and how you can, too.

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When life feels overwhelming, many women grab their purse and head for the mall. But while Maggie McQuown also views shopping as entertainment, she gets paid for it.

“It’s just something I’ve always been good at–color, shopping, putting things together and knowing what someone else will like, what they can wear and what will make them look good and feel good,” she says. She applies her shopping skills as part of her image-consultant business, VisibleEDGE Resources in Addison, Texas. Her services range from assessing clients’ psychological profiles to giving lessons in etiquette. “But the shopping part is the fun part,” she says.


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Structured finance expert Rachel Kelly joins AG

Addleshaw Goddard has further strengthened its finance team by hiring structured finance expert Rachel Kelly from US firm McDermott Will & Emery.

Rachel brings with her three decades of experience at major international law firms, including as a partner at both Clifford Chance and Macfarlanes. Her work has been across the full spectrum of structured finance and debt capital markets transactions, public and private, national and international, advising the full range of market participants. Rachel will be joined at AG by Kerry Pettigrew, with whom she has worked since 2015. Kerry will join AG as a legal director.

These appointments mark another step in AG’s continued investment in its City finance practice. The recruitment of debt capital markets specialist Beth Collett in 2017 from Allen & Overy was followed by the 2018 addition of real estate finance expert Zak Ipkonmwosa from Clifford Chance, and then leveraged finance partner Peter Crichton

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4 Tips for Negotiating a Personal Guarantee

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How to Negotiate a Personal Guarantee

If you get a loan from a bank or private lender for your business, you will probably be asked to sign a personal guarantee that puts your own assets — such as real estate, savings, or other valuables — on the line should your business be unable to pay the bank back. Many business owners are so relieved to get the loan that they don’t read the fine print that puts them at risk. You should. And, you should attempt to negotiate.

To be sure, not every entrepreneur will be successful in negotiating the terms of the personal guarantee, especially if you’re just starting a business. “Those that will be most successful will be those who have three to five years experience and have survived this most recent [credit] crisis,” says Jim Coughlin, the chief underwriting officer for Asterisk Financial, a personal guarantee insurance company

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