The first question Mike Merritt-Holmes gets asked when pitching his AI strategy is about his resume: which hedge fund did he work for? But Kvasir Technologies doesn't come from an established corner of finance. And neither does the man touting it. Merritt-Holmes founded the machine-learning fund with two fellow computer scientists who made their mark in the world of big data at analytics firm Teradata Corp. The trio subsequently harnessed their engineering acumen to power machine-learning stock investing in developed markets, financed by their personal savings. Before they crossed paths, only one had professional market experience. Emboldened by their trading successes, the team now expects to oversee around $135 million by December. Kvasir is among a cohort riding a wave of interest in artificial intelligence to uncover new investing riches -- empowering computer nerds and data wizards to take on seasoned money managers on Wall Street. "People are really keen to see fresh new thinking … [Read more...] about Little-known data wizards take on the pros at new AI hedge fund
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Fridges across Europe and the U.S. are filled with almond drinks, oat milk and plant-based meat substitutes. So where's the imitation cheese? Until it starts to taste more like the real thing, it's likely to stay out of the kitchen. The global vegan cheese market was worth $1.9 billion last year, according to Future Market Insights. That's just a tiny fraction of the dairy-alternatives industry and the $121 billion in real cheese. Much of it is mozzarella or cheddar-used in cooking where the taste and feel can be disguised, rather than enjoyed on its own or accompanied by a nice chardonnay. A new breed of entrepreneurs is trying to change that by ridding fake cheese of its rubbery reputation and getting in on the boom in plant-based burgers, milk, yogurt and ice cream. One of them is New Roots, headquartered at the foot of the Swiss Alps-the home of fondue and raclette. Founded only four years ago, the 15-employee company now supplies some 80 tons of imitation camembert, cream cheese … [Read more...] about Vegan cheese waits for its big moment. These companies want to make it happen.
HONG KONG - A protester shot an arrow into the calf of a police officer on Sunday as security forces pummeled a fortified university with tear gas and water cannon as the battle over Hong Kong's university campuses stretched into a week. Police confirmed one of their media liaisons was hit by an arrow outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University around 2 p.m. and was taken to the hospital. It condemned the attack, saying it "poses a grave threat to the safety of every person at the scene." Police fired tear gas Sunday morning PolyU in Kowloon as protesters tried to stop the clearance of major roads and a cross-harbor tunnel, which have been blocked since last week. Protesters huddled behind a row of umbrellas as confrontations escalated midday and they were blasted by two water cannons firing blue dye and a chemical irritant. Police also deployed a "Long Range Acoustic Device," which can be used for broadcasting messages as well as crowd control. There were reports of the device, … [Read more...] about Hong Kong police pummel university with water cannon, as officer is hit by arrow
In recent months, support for the government takeover of health insurance championed by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren has dropped, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Voters are now split nearly down the middle. Meanwhile, another form of government-run health care is gaining ground. Nearly three-quarters of Americans now support a “public option.” Advocates claim that a government-sponsored health plan can ensure that everyone has access to affordable coverage without disrupting the private insurance that millions of Americans currently have and like. But a public option would eliminate private health insurance as surely as Medicare for All would. It’d just do so more slowly. The public option seems straightforward. The government sponsors a low-cost health plan to compete against plans offered by private insurers. That extra competition, in theory, leads to lower overall costs for consumers. But the public option has two significant — and … [Read more...] about Don’t be fooled by public option for health care
Celebrating location's 10 years of service and success NEWTOWN, PA (January 2014) – Scott Bobowicz, one of WIN Home Inspection's top Strategic-Partners (that's WIN-speak for franchisee), with a location in Newtown, was honored recently at WIN's annual conference January 25, 2014 for his 10 years of service and outstanding performance in 2013. Bobowicz was one of only seven Strategic-Partners or S-P's honored at the conference for 10 years of service within the company that has been in business for 21 years. Additionally, Bobowicz was honored with a President's Circle Club SVO (Single Vehicle Operator) Award, having performed over 345 inspections in 2013. Bobowicz operates the franchise with his wife, Roxanne. The business offers radon testing, termite inspections, mold testing, water quality testing, and mold screening and sampling. Bobowicz is an ASHI Certified Inspector and can be reached via email at [email protected], via phone at 215.860.1972, or via his website at … [Read more...] about WIN Home Inspection Honors Newtown, Pennsylvania Franchisee at Annual Conference