Webinar

How the Quant Revolution Changed the World

as told by NYT bestselling author Greg Zuckerman

October 8th, 2020 11:30AM - 12:30 PM EDT

Moderator

  • Marta Lopata

    Chief Growth Officer
    @Thinknum Alternative Data

Speaker

  • Gregory Zuckerman

    Special Writer
    @The Wall Street Journal, Author

Come hear bestselling author Greg Zuckerman tell the inside story of how the famously media-shy Jim Simons, arguably the most successful trader in the history of modern finance, began a quant revolution that has since swept the entire world. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask any question they like during the Q&A session following Greg’s talk. And as a special souvenir, courtesy of Thinknum Alternative Data, all participants will receive a copy of Greg’s most recent book, The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched a Quant Revolution, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Soon after founding Renaissance Technologies, his world-beating hedge fund, Simons made a decision to dig through mountains of data, employ advanced mathematics, and develop cutting edge computer models. His pioneering methods have been embraced in almost every industry, and reach nearly every corner of everyday life. Today, as almost every kind of information is digitized and made available in huge data sets, the rage among investors is for alternative data.

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Moderator

  • Marta Lopata

    Chief Growth Officer
    @Thinknum Alternative Data

    Marta Lopata

    Chief Growth Officer @Thinknum Alternative Data

    Marta V. Lopata is the Chief Growth Officer at Thinknum Alternative Data and Kgbase - no-code knowledge graph tool. In 2019, Marta has founded External Data Conference - the world’s first annual conference bringing together leading minds in finance, business, media, government and sustainability to discuss the real-world applications for alternative data.

    Marta is also a co-Founder of Thinknum's media outlet which attracted millions readers with its alternative-data focused market insights about leading public and private companies.

    Marta is frequently quoted in the Business Insider, Institutional Investor, TechCrunch and other business publications; and is often a featured panelist at major market-related conferences.

    Marta speaks 4 languages (Chinese, French, Polish and English) and before immigrating to the US, she led product & growth teams in digital fabrication and sustainable materials in China and France.

Speaker

  • Gregory Zuckerman

    Special Writer
    @The Wall Street Journal, Author

    Gregory Zuckerman

    Special Writer @The Wall Street Journal, Author

    Gregory Zuckerman is a Special Writer at The Wall Street Journal, a 23-year veteran of the paper and a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb award -- the highest honor in business journalism.

    Greg is the author of The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched a Quant Revolution, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller published by PenguinRandomHouse’s Portfolio division November 2019. The book, which is being translated into 17 languages, was shortlisted by the Financial Times/McKinsey as one of the best business books of 2019.

    Greg also is the author of The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters, a national bestseller published October 2014 that describes how several unlikely individuals created an American energy renaissance that has brought OPEC to its knees. The Frackers was named among 2014’s best books by The Financial Times and Forbes Magazine. Previously, Greg wrote The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller published December 2010.

    Greg and his two sons wrote Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in their Youth to Become Stars and Rising Above-Inspiring Women in Sports, books that are aimed at inspiring young readers with stories of how stars in various sports overcame imposing setbacks in their youth. The books were chosen by Scholastic Teacher magazine as top picks in 2016 and 2017.

    At the Journal, Greg writes about big financial firms, personalities and trades, as well as hedge funds, the energy revolution and other investing and business topics. Previously, he was the lead writer of the widely read "Heard on the Street" column and covered the credit markets and private-equity beats.

    In 2015, Greg won the Loeb Award for a series of stories revealing discord between Bill Gross, founder of bond powerhouse Pimco, and others at the firm, including Mohamed El-Erian. The stories led to Mr. Gross’s surprise departure from Pimco. In 2012, Greg broke news about huge, disastrous trades by the J.P. Morgan trader nicknamed the “London Whale.”

    In 2007, Greg was part of a team that won the Gerald Loeb award for breaking news coverage of the collapse of hedge fund Amaranth Advisors and in 2003 he won the Loeb for breaking news coverage of the demise of telecom provider WorldCom. Greg was part of a team that won the New York Press Club Journalism award in 2008.

    Greg appears regularly on CNBC, Fox Business, Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg Television and various television networks. He makes regular appearances on National Public Radio, BBC, ABC Radio, Bloomberg Radio and radio stations around the globe.

    Greg gives speeches to business groups on a variety of topics. Over the past year, he has spoken to groups in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Calgary, Montreal and Niagara Falls.

    Greg joined the Journal in 1996 after writing about media companies for the New York Post. Previously, he was the managing editor of Mergers & Acquisitions Report, a newsletter published by Investment Dealers' Digest. He graduated from Brandeis University in 1988, Magna Cum Laude.

    Greg lives with his wife and two sons in West Orange, N.J., where they enjoy the Yankees in the summer, root for the Giants in the fall, and reminisce about Linsanity in the winter.

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