Nassim Nicholas Taleb (born 1960) is a Lebanese-American (of Antiochian Greek descent) essayist, scholar, statistician, and former option trader and risk analy...
Nassim Nicholas Taleb (born 1960) is a Lebanese-American (of Antiochian Greek descent) essayist, scholar, statistician, and former option trader and risk analyst, whose work concerns problems of randomness, probability, and uncertainty. His 2007 book The Black Swan has been described by The Sunday Times as one of the twelve most influential books since World War II. Taleb is the author of the Incerto, a five volume philosophical essay on uncertainty published between 2001 and 2018 (of which the most known books are The Black Swan and Antifragile). He has been a professor at several universities, serving as a Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering since September 2008. He has been co-editor-in-chief of the academic journal Risk and Decision Analysis since September 2014. He has also been a practitioner of mathematical finance, a hedge fund manager, and a derivatives trader, and is currently listed as a scientific adviser at Universa Investments.
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Story of our new name – Upcarta
We changed our name to Upcarta (previously LindyFeed).
Upcarta is a social platform for discovering great content to read, listen to, or watch next. And to achieve it, it leverages the guidance of people whom we respect and trust.
The Lindy Effect was the inspiration behind the name LindyFeed. Lindy Effect means that the more some non-perishable thing – like a book – survives through time, the more chances of survival it has in the future.
This term inspired us because the stuff that has endured the test of time has higher chances of providing value than recent ones. And picking better books, podcasts, videos, articles can profoundly affect our lives and decisions.
Yet, the creation date of content was never a criterion on LindyFeed. People may recommend any content they deem worthy – which also helps with serendipitous discovery. People trying new things is the driver of progress.
Although some people loved the name, few others found it confusing, as some curations on the platform were not tested by time yet. We decided to change our name to end this confusion as we are still early on our journey.
The inspiration behind Upcarta is "Carta", a word that is etymologically related to "map". And Upcarta implies the social mapping of meaningful content – kind of like a social backlinking system.