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Make it a million a year... (38.56)

Bobby: Seven fifty a year. That's double entry level for an analyst.

Taylor: I'm getting my MBA in Chicago under Eugene Fama, the Nobel Laureate.

Bobby: Come on. Fama's an egghead. Get an education right here. Make it a million a year.

Taylor: What? Three seventy-five or 750 or a million, it's all the same to you? It's an abstraction? I don't know if you can understand maybe me being the way I am, but just breathing the air here can be discomforting.

Eugene Francis "Gene" Fama (born February 14, 1939) is an American economist, best known for his empirical work on portfolio theory, asset pricing, and the efficient-market hypothesis. He is currently Robert R. McCormick Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In 2013, he shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences jointly with Robert Shiller and Lars Peter Hansen. The Research Papers in Economics project ranked him as the 11th-most influential economist of all-time based on his academic contributions.

Become antifragile, or die... (22.15)

Taylor: It is unfortunate, offensive actually, to even be talking about this, and that people have to live in near-poverty. But in many ways, a town is like a business. And when a business operates beyond its means, when numbers don't add up, and the people in charge continue on, heedless of that fact, sure that some sugar daddy, usually in the form of the Federal Government, will come along and scoop them up and cover the shortfalls, well, that truly offends me. People might say you hurt this town. But in my opinion, the town put the hurt on itself. Corrections are in order. There's a way to make this work, and that way is hard, but necessary. As Taleb says, become antifragile, or die. Once we do this, the town will face that challenge and come out stronger. Or it will cease being. Either result absolutely natural, as in, of nature itself.

Antifragility is a property of systems that increase in capability, resilience, or robustness as a result of stressors, shocks, volatility, noise, mistakes, faults, attacks, or failures. It is a concept developed by Professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his book, Antifragile, and in technical papers. As Taleb explains in his book, antifragility is fundamentally different from the concepts of resiliency (i.e. the ability to recover from failure) and robustness (that is, the ability to resist failure). The concept has been applied in risk analysis, physics, molecular biology, transportation planning, engineering, Aerospace (NASA), and computer science.

Taleb defines it as follows in a letter to Nature responding to an earlier review of his book in that journal: Simply, antifragility is defined as a convex response to a stressor or source of harm (for some range of variation), leading to a positive sensitivity to increase in volatility (or variability, stress, dispersion of outcomes, or uncertainty, what is grouped under the designation "disorder cluster"). Likewise fragility is defined as a concave sensitivity to stressors, leading to a negative sensitivity to increase in volatility. The relation between fragility, convexity, and sensitivity to disorder is mathematical, obtained by theorem, not derived from empirical data mining or some historical narrative. It is a priori.

Turns out I'm an introvert... (14.15)

Ben: What do you get a billionaire?

Mafee: God, I wish I had the stones to skip it. I hate these things.

Taylor: You love parties.

Mafee: Well, I recently took the Myers-Briggs personality test, and it turns out I'm an introvert.

Taylor: I'm not sure that test is rock-solid.

Mafee: I thought I like parties, but I don't. On a deeper level, it disturbs my equilibrium.

Ben: Is that why you woke up the day after the Christmas party in a yellow snow drift behind the strip joint? 

Mafee: Exactly.

The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective self-report questionnaire with the purpose of indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions. The MBTI was constructed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. It is based on the conceptual theory proposed by Carl Jung, who had speculated that humans experience the world using four principal psychological functions – sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking – and that one of these four functions is dominant for a person most of the time. The MBTI was constructed for normal populations and emphasizes the value of naturally occurring differences. "The underlying assumption of the MBTI is that we all have specific preferences in the way we construe our experiences, and these preferences underlie our interests, needs, values, and motivation.”

Ed Harris went too hard at Mitch McDeere... (9.55)

Bryan: I always felt Ed Harris went too hard at Mitch McDeere in that diner when they first met. Should've made him feel safe, not threatened, and here I went the other way, but I do want you to feel safe.

Taylor: Can't do that.

Bryan: How do you mean?

Taylor: Mix character and actor. You either go Ed Harris and Tom Cruise or Wayne Tarrance and Mitch McDeere.

Bryan: Right. Good point.

This is a nod to The Firm, a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom Cruise (as Mitch McDeere), Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook and David Strathairn. The film is based on the 1991 novel The Firm by author John Grisham. The Firm was one of two films released in 1993 that were adapted from a Grisham novel, the other being The Pelican Brief.

Your ego just wrote a check your body can't cash... (11.44)

Wags: You're not authorized to guarantee bonuses. Your ego just wrote a check your body can't cash.

Taylor: I appreciate you waiting until after the meeting to hit me with that one. I know holding back doesn't come naturally.

Wags: Well, I was so shocked you could quote Top Gun, it took me a second to respond.

Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film, directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. It is the first installment of the Top Gun film series. The screenplay was written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr., and was inspired by an article titled "Top Guns" published in California magazine three years earlier. The film stars Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt. Cruise plays Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a young naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrierUSS Enterprise. He and his Radar Intercept Officer, Nick "Goose" Bradshaw (Edwards) are given the chance to train at the US Navy's Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California.

Ever seen Eastern Promises?... (34.28)

Wags: Ever seen Eastern Promises?

Taylor: No. Have you ever been to one of these idea dinners?

Wags: No seconds in attendance.

Taylor: Ugh. 

Eastern Promises is a 2007 British-Canadian-American gangster film directed by David Cronenberg, from a screenplay written by Steven Knight. The film stars Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Sinéad Cusack and Armin Mueller-Stahl. It tells a story of a Russian-British midwife, Anna (Watts), who delivers the baby of a drug-addicted 14-year old Russian prostitute who dies in childbirth. After Anna learns that the teen was lured into prostitution by the Russian Mafia in London, the leader of the Russian gangsters (Mueller-Stahl) threatens the baby's life to keep Anna from telling the police about their sex trafficking ring. As Anna tries to protect the baby, she is enmeshed deeper into the criminal underworld, and she is threatened by the Mafia leader's son (Cassel) and warned off by the son's strong-arm man (Mortensen).

Have fun smashing shit apart?... (47.37)

Taylor: IoT, you know?

Bobby: Sure, Internet of Things.

Taylor: When companies that make appliances and digital thermostats contract with the firms that manufacture the microchips to make their products smart, the connected things inside, they force the chip companies to sign nondisclosures.

Bobby: They don't want their competitors to be able to mimic them.

Taylor: Right, so it's hard to know which chip companies are poised to dominate the market. My theory: If we could find a common component among a bunch of varied devices You could reverse-engineer it.

Bobby: You have fun smashing shit apart?

Taylor: A blast. And I found a component that matched the specs for a Quartes chip. So I called Quartes and claimed to be building an Internet-connected washing machine that sends a message to the owner when the laundry is done. Got the full specs on their latest chips.

Bobby: And they matched.

Taylor: That they did.

The Internet of things (IoT) is the network of devices such as vehicles, and home appliances that contain electronics, software, actuators, and connectivity which allows these things to connect, interact and exchange data. The IoT involves extending Internet connectivity beyond standard devices, such as desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets, to any range of traditionally dumb or non-internet-enabled physical devices and everyday objects. Embedded with technology, these devices can communicate and interact over the Internet, and they can be remotely monitored and controlled.

Quite the cotillion... (48.55)

Bobby: Tonight's a big one for me. The most important managers in the business will be there. Between them, they cover all the meaningful strategies currently in play.

Taylor: Quite the cotillion.

Bobby: It's the social event of the season.

The cotillion (also cotillon or "French country dance") is a social dance, popular in 18th-century Europe and America. Originally for four couples in square formation, it was a courtly version of an English country dance, the forerunner of the quadrille and, in the United States, the square dance. 

It was for some fifty years regarded as an ideal finale to a ball but was eclipsed in the early 19th century by the quadrille. It became so elaborate that it was sometimes presented as a concert dance performed by trained and rehearsed dancers. The later "German" cotillion included more couples as well as plays and games.

It's a focus exercise... (16.50)

Wags: If that bursts into flame, I'm denouncing you to Governor Danforth.

Taylor: It's a focus exercise. And Danforth is just in the play. At the real Salem trials, the judge was William Stoughton.

Wags: Careful, that sounds like something a witch would know.

The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. More than 200 people were accused, 19 of whom were found guilty and executed by hanging (14 women and five men). One other man, Giles Corey, was crushed to death for refusing to plead, and at least five people died in jail. It was the deadliest witch hunt in the history of the United States.

Brazil doesn't have tsunamis... (17.20)

Taylor: We're getting hit by a tsunami.

Rudy: Shit. Did the Fed hike?

Taylor: No. Actual tsunami. In Brazil.

Mafee: No way. Brazil doesn't have tsunamis. The worst they get is ressacas do mar. "Sea hangover.” Am I the only person here who's loved a Portuguese woman?

Taylor: Brazil does not normally have tsunamis. Black swan event.

Everready: How heavy are we in Brazil?

Wags: Jim Morrison at the end.

ressacas do mar. "Sea hangover”, according to Mafee. Literay translation is probably ‘back sweep.’ I have no idea what all this means, frankly.

The black swan theory or theory of black swan events is a metaphor that describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalized after the fact with the benefit of hindsight. The term is based on an ancient saying that presumed black swans did not exist – a saying that became reinterpreted to teach a different lesson after black swans were discovered in the wild.

The theory was developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb to explain:

  1. The disproportionate role of high-profile, hard-to-predict, and rare events that are beyond the realm of normal expectations in history, science, finance, and technology.

  2. The non-computability of the probability of the consequential rare events using scientific methods (owing to the very nature of small probabilities).

  3. The psychological biases that blind people, both individually and collectively, to uncertainty and to a rare event's massive role in historical affairs.

Unlike the earlier and broader "black swan problem" in philosophy (i.e. the problem of induction), Taleb's "black swan theory" refers only to unexpected events of large magnitude and consequence and their dominant role in history. Such events, considered extreme outliers, collectively play vastly larger roles than regular occurrences.

James Douglas Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) was an American singer, songwriter and poet, best remembered as the lead vocalist of the rock band the Doors. Due to his poetic lyrics, distinctive voice, wild personality, performances, and the dramatic circumstances surrounding his life and early death, Morrison is regarded by music critics and fans as one of the most iconic and influential frontmen in rock music history. Since his death, his fame has endured as one of popular culture's most rebellious and oft-displayed icons, representing the generation gap and youth counterculture. Morrison co-founded the Doors during the summer of 1965 in Venice, California. The band spent two years in obscurity until shooting to prominence with their #1 single in the United States, "Light My Fire," taken from their self-titled debut album. Morrison recorded a total of six studio albums with the Doors, all of which sold well and received critical acclaim. Though the Doors recorded two more albums after Morrison died, his death severely affected the band's fortunes, and they split up in 1973.

In 1993, Jim Morrison, as a member of the Doors, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Morrison was also well known for improvising spoken word poetry passages while the band played live. Morrison was ranked #47 on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," and number 22 on Classic Rock magazine's "50 Greatest Singers in Rock." Ray Manzarek, who co-founded the Doors with him, said Morrison "embodied hippie counterculture rebellion." Morrison developed an alcohol dependency during the 1960s, which at times affected his performances on stage. He died unexpectedly at the age of 27 in Paris. As no autopsy was performed, the cause of Morrison's death remains unknown.

Wags is obviously referring to the fact that by the time of his death, Jim Morrison had gotten fat. Not sure if that’s really the case though…

You're more Alton Brown... (22.24)

Taylor: Axe would be out on that floor screaming at them like Gordon Ramsay until they delivered.

Wendy: Hm. You're more Alton Brown.

Gordon James Ramsay Jr. OBE (born 8 November 1966) is a British chef, restaurateur, author and television personality. Born in Scotland and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, Ramsay's restaurants have been awarded 16 Michelin stars in total and currently hold a total of 7.[1][2][3] His signature restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, London, has held three Michelin stars since 2001. First appearing on television in the UK in the late 1990s, by 2004 Ramsay had become one of the best-known and most influential chefs in British popular culture. As a reality television personality, Ramsay is known for his fiery temper, strict demeanour, and frequent use of expletives. He often makes blunt and controversial comments, including insults and wisecracks about contestants' cooking and restaurant facilities.

Alton Crawford Brown Jr. (born July 30, 1962) is an American television personality, food show presenter, author, actor, cinematographer, and musician. He is the creator and host of the Food Network television show Good Eats, host of the mini-series Feasting on Asphalt and Feasting on Waves, and host and main commentator on Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen. Brown is a best-selling author of several books on food and cooking. On Alton's 2017 book tour, he stated Good Eats will have a "sequel", and it would be released in 2018 on the internet.[needs update]

What if we kept things the same?... (27.50)

Mafee: The quants, why? Why now? What if we didn't? What if we kept things the same?

Taylor: Think of the Pulaski Academy Bruins, Mafee. You read me?

Mafee: The high school football team that never punts?

Taylor: Right. They were pretty solid before, so why'd they do that?

Mafee: Because the coach deduced that, statistically, they'd be better off using all four downs on offense and not giving the ball back.

Taylor: Yes. And because the coach wanted championships.

Mafee: So it's about edge.

Taylor: Always.

The Pulaski Academy is a school in Arkansas. The school's football team, which has won seven state championships since 2003, is coached by Kevin Kelley, who has gained notoriety for his strategies, which include the total rejection of punting and returning punts, as well as a reliance on the onside kick.

What's in it for moi?... (29.31)

Cocky quant kid: I've heard about Taylor Mason. Love to see if you live up to the hype, but I've got options. So, let me put this in your language: What's in it for moi?

Wags: You Patrick Bateman/Bud Fox hybrid wannabe.

He was doing Spader in Wall Street. But I don't care about his insulting tone. I only care about his ability to think clearly and rationally under pressure.

Wags: You're not thinking of hiring him?

Cocky quant kid: She's no fool.

Taylor: No. But, sadly, though you may have a genius-level I.Q., you have no control over your emotional state. That's why you're lashing out in here, defensive, allowing your rage at yourself to manifest in boorish, childish behavior. He couldn't figure out the box, so he did that to it. Then he let the rest of his bullshit cloud his thinking. He has no idea why he had to resort to brute force, so he doesn't get to work here.

Wags: Take your feet off the table and get the fuck out of our office.

Patrick Bateman is a fictional character, the villain protagonist[1][2] and narrator of the novel American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, and its film adaptation. He is a wealthy, materialistic Wall Street investment banker who leads a double life as a serial killer. Bateman has also briefly appeared in other Ellis novels and their film and theater adaptations.

Wall Street is a 1987 American drama film, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, which stars Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, and Daryl Hannah. The film tells the story of Bud Fox (Sheen), a young stockbroker who becomes involved with Gordon Gekko (Douglas), a wealthy, unscrupulous corporate raider. James Spader plays the role of Roger Barnes.

So you're not gonna hire a quant?... (44.54)

Mafee: So you're not gonna hire a quant?

Taylor: I am not going to hire a quant. That's become clear to me. And you're correct. Billy Beane never won a World Series. But Theo Epstein did, using all the same strategies Billy came up with first, and we will, too. I accept I can't go outside to find what we need, so we're going to build our own. I'm going to oversee it.

William Lamar Beane III (born March 29, 1962) is a former American professional baseball player and current front office executive. He is the executive vice president of baseball operations and minority owner of the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB); he is also minority owner of Barnsley FC of EFL League One. From 1984 to 1989 he played in MLB as an outfielder for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, and Oakland Athletics. He joined the Athletics' front office as a scout in 1990, was named general manager after the 1997 season, and was promoted to executive vice president after the 2015 season. A first-round pick in the MLB draft by the Mets, Beane failed to meet the expectations of scouts, who projected him as a star. In his front-office career, Beane has applied statistical analysis (known as sabermetrics) to baseball, which has led teams to reconsider how they evaluate players. He is the subject of Michael Lewis's 2003 book on baseball economics, Moneyball, which was made into a 2011 film starring Brad Pitt as Beane.

Theo Nathaniel Epstein (born December 29, 1973) is an American baseball executive serving as the President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Epstein became the youngest general manager (GM) in the history of MLB, when the Boston Red Sox hired him at the age of 28 on November 25, 2002. In 2004, the Red Sox won their first World Series championship in 86 years and won another championship in 2007. On October 21, 2011, he resigned from his job in Boston to become President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs; in 2016, the Cubs won their first World Series championship in 108 years.

The papers want to know... (13.48)

Mafee: And the papers want to know whose shirts he wears. How did we ever think to short that smile?

Taylor: His charm is a liability. It means people believe whatever he tells them.

Mafee is quoting from Space Oddity by David Bowie, of course. "Space Oddity" is a song written and recorded by David Bowie. It was first released as a 7-inch single on 11 July 1969. It was also the opening track of his second studio album, David Bowie. It became one of Bowie's signature songs and one of four of his songs to be included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

Inspired by Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), the song is about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut, and was released during a period of great interest in space flight. The United States' Apollo 11 mission would launch five days later and would become the first manned moon landing another five days after that. The lyrics have also been seen to lampoon the British space programme, which was and still is an unmanned project. Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs "Ashes to Ashes", "Hallo Spaceboy" and possibly the music video for "Blackstar".

I'll take it... (48.30)

Taylor: Do you carry this model?

Watch shop guy: The 5270R in rose gold. We do have one. Perpetual Calendar chronograph. Silvery Opaline dial. Day, month and leap year in apertures. Moon phase Sapphire-crystal case back with hinged dustcover. Fold-over clasp in 18 carat rose gold. 164,400 dollars. You're welcome to try it on.

Taylor: I'll take it.


The 5270R wristwatch that Taylor buys is by Patek Philippe SA, a Swiss luxury watch and clock manufacturer founded in 1839, located in Canton of Geneva and the Vallée de Joux. Since 1932, it has been owned by the Stern family in Switzerland. Patek Philippe is one of the oldest watch manufacturers in the world with an uninterrupted watchmaking history since its founding. It designs and manufactures timepieces as well as movements, including some of the most complicated mechanical watches. The company maintains over 400 retail locations globally and over a dozen distribution centers across Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania, and in 2001 it opened the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva.

Patek Philippe is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious watch manufacturers in the world. Over the years, notable Patek Philippe patrons and timepieces owners include Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II, Pope Pius IX, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Pablo Picasso, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Leo Tolstoy and so on. As of 2018, among the world's top ten most expensive watches ever sold at auctions, seven are Patek Philippe watches. In particular, Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication, the world's most complicated mechanical watch until 1989, currently holds the title of the most expensive watch ever sold at auction, fetching 24 million US dollars (23,237,000 CHF) in Geneva on November 11, 2014.

Don't make me spend time with that guy... (3.25)

Taylor: Don't make me spend time with that guy VCs are just hedge fund managers who can quote the Tibetan Book Of The Dead.

The Bardo Thodol ("Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State") is a text from a larger corpus of teachings, the Profound Dharma of Self-Liberation through the Intention of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones,[1][note 1]revealed by Karma Lingpa (1326–1386). It is the best-known work of Nyingma literature, and is known in the West as the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The Tibetan text describes, and is intended to guide one through, the experiences that the consciousness has after death, in the bardo, the interval between death and the next rebirth. The text also includes chapters on the signs of death and rituals to undertake when death is closing in or has taken place.

Thick as Nicki Minaj... (13.37)

Taylor: Figure a fella flies out here, you'd show 'em something - they might be able invest in.

Oscar: He's got a solid pitch! 

Taylor: And so your position in it must be thick as Nicki Minaj.

Oscar: You didn't even hear it.

Taylor: Did I need to. Really.

Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982) known professionally as Nicki Minaj, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, actress, and model.[4] Born in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Queens, New York City, she gained public recognition after releasing the mixtapes Playtime Is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009).

Calling someone ‘thick’ - in the UK at least - used to mean stupid. But that is evidently no longer the case. Details here.

That's your thermal exhaust port... (25.58)

Pitch guy: The whole thing utilizes extant voice technology.

Oscar: All right. Thoughts?

Taylor: Strong concept. My only concern is: You don't own the tech you want to retool. That's your thermal exhaust port.

Pitch guy: My …

Oscar: Flaw in the Death Star. The two-meter wide gap that runs directly into the reactor system.

Pitch guy: Why I'm here. I need help to seal it before I get blown the fuck up.

Oscar: Let us talk. I think we can figure out something you'll like.

The Death Star is a type of fictional mobile space station and galactic superweapon featured in the Star Wars space opera franchise. The first Death Star is stated to be more than 100 km to 160 km in diameter, depending on source. It is crewed by an estimated 1.7 million military personnel and 400,000 droids. The second Death Star is significantly larger, between 160 km to 900 km in diameter depending on source, and technologically more powerful than its predecessor. Both versions of these moon-sized fortresses are designed for massive power-projection capabilities, capable of destroying multiple naval fleets or entire planets with one blast from their superlasers.

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