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Can’t get traction with your marketing? Not sure how to turn your content into sales? Tune in for practical, education and advice on how you can attract, convert and keep your ideal clients using smart content marketing.
 
On this show we reveal some of the latest developments in the fast-growing Alternative Data sector. Satellite imaging, news-crawling, credit card data... and many more fresh new data sources are increasingly being used by investors to gain a competitive edge when making market decisions. We speak to data providers, asset managers, and anyone else in the sector to better understand this dynamic phenomenon. For more of an introduction to Alternative Data and its past, present and future, pleas ...
 
The Harry Potter Lexicon website has been in existence for almost two decades. Over that time, J.K Rowling thrilled us with her magical creation — in novels, interviews, on her websites, on Twitter, and more. And here at the Lexicon, a small group of dedicated fans have worked very hard over all those years to catalogue all the magical details she revealed. The Lexicon website has always been seen as the gold standard for careful research and faithfulness to Rowling’s created world, all beca ...
 
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In this episode I speak to Vivek Viswanathan of Rayliant Global Advisors, a US quantitative fund that focuses on the Chinese markets. In our conversation, Vivek and I explore the shape of the Chinese investment scene, and discuss the relative penetration of alternative data and its likely future in China. In other news, join me and other guests thi…
 
When you’re doing a lot of NEW things in your business it can be really taxing. So, while we do want to keep innovating and growing, it’s also important to realise the COST of doing something new. In this episode, your hosts, Suzi Dafnis and Michelle Falzon weigh up when it makes sense to do something new and when we might just be chasing the next …
 
In this episode I speak to Jason Hills, former Chief Revenue Officer of Facteus, an alternative data provider that sells synthetic data. In our conversation Jason and I explore his journey into synthetic data, and his next plans. In other news, join me and other guests on Wednesday 8th December at the delayed Leading Point event where we will be di…
 
In this episode I speak to Fabiana Clemente, Founder and Chief Data Officer of YData https://ydata.ai/ - the first data platform with synthetic data generation. In our conversation, Fabiana and I talk through a full introduction to synthetic data. In other news, join me and other guests on Wednesday 8th December at the delayed Leading Point event w…
 
In this episode, your hosts, Suzi Dafnis and Michelle Falzon share the results of a massively successful marketing campaign they’ve just completed making a high ticket offer that SOLD OUT and made $40,000 in just a few days. And what’s really cool about this is they did it without a website, without an optin page, without a ton of emails. It’s the …
 
In this episode I speak to Seth Leonard, winner of the hackathon at the most recent Eagle Alpha conference. In our conversation Seth and I talk through exactly how he won, combining multiple alternative datasets to forecast the next inflation figure. As a mild warning, this is more technical than other episodes. In other news, I will be speaking at…
 
In this episode I speak to Bradley Saacks, Hedge Fund Reporter at Business Insider. In our conversation, Bradley and I talk about the effect the GameStop story had on the hedge fund industry, the past present and future of alternative data, and how it feels to be a buyer at an alt data conference. Separately, I will be speaking at the HFM European …
 
In this episode I speak to Vinesh Jha, CEO and Founder of ExtractAlpha, a provider of curated alpha signals and alternative datasets to investors. In other news, I will be speaking at the HFM European Quant Summit on Wednesday 17th November alongside Rani Piputri of NNIP, where we’ll be discussing ‘Acquiring and Combining Alternative Datasets’ - ht…
 
For many brick and mortar businesses and other offline businesses that rely on people meeting up “in real life,” the last couple of years has been tough, especially with lockdowns and other restrictions. The need to future proof your business so that your model works regardless of whether you can do things in person or not, is greater than ever. An…
 
In this episode I spoke to Michael Watson, founder of Chained Metrics (https://chainedmetrics.com, discord channel: https://discord.gg/pXs9bJpE) and former Managing Director in Equities Engineering at Citadel. In our conversation, Michael and I talk about the engineering challenges faced by a major hedge fund trying to remain competitive with alter…
 
In this episode I speak to Cameron Brandt, Director of Research at EPFR. EPFR is a longstanding provider of fund flows data, and in our conversation Cameron and I track its development from Post-Soviet Eastern Europe in the 1990s onto the global stage today. Thank you to those who attended our event in London last week, it was great to see represen…
 
Imagine making $3 million in sales with your online program (already awesome!). Now imagine taking that SAME content and repurposing it into a range of NEW products and programs that brings in an ADDITIONAL $15 million in sales! Yep -- you read that right. Adding $15M and more than 500% in revenue with ONE Repurposing Strategy. In this episode, you…
 
In this episode I speak to Jeffrey Allan of Echo Ridge, a provider of US legislation alternative data. Echo Ridge’s unique dataset uses Jeffrey’s past experience as a lobbyist to predict the passage of the 250,000 pieces of legislation in the various US governments, and their likely effects on stocks. In other news join us this Thursday at Fora Bri…
 
In this episode I speak to Hinesh Kalian, Director of Data Science at Man Group, the London-based hedge fund that runs $127 billion of client capital. In our conversation we discuss Man’s relationship with alternative data, including how many datasets the firm can review in a year and how the task of uncovering alpha is changing. In other news, two…
 
In this episode I spoke to Adam Braff, formerly of McKinsey and Chief Data Acquisition Officer at Point 72. In our conversation Adam and I talked about some of the difficulties involved in extracting alpha from alternative data, including in how to set up your team most efficiently. In other news, I have written a blogpost about Alternative Data Di…
 
Have you ever tried to get into a popular restaurant only to be told they’re booked out but they’ll contact you if they have a cancellation? Or wanted to buy something from your favourite clothing store that was sold out, so you asked to be notified when it was back in stock? In this episode, your hosts, Suzi Dafnis and Michelle Falzon talk about o…
 
In this episode I speak to Francesco Filia of Fasanara Capital, a fund that has been buying loans from the market for over a decade. Over that time Fasanara has developed a substantial amount of alternative data around borrowers, creating an ever more advanced selection process for future purchases. In other news, an apology: Last week I mistakenly…
 
We've reached Episode 50! In this episode I speak to Jeremy Baksht, former Head of Alternative Data at Bloomberg, angel investor and general alt data celebrity. In our conversation, Jeremy and I talk about his introduction to alternative data, his time at Bloomberg, his investment priorities, what he sees happening in the fast-moving technologies s…
 
This is an Emergency episode prompted by the SEC’s recent judgement which resulted in a $10 million fine for alternative data provider App Annie. In this episode I first asked Jonathan Kay, CEO of App Annie rival Apptopia, to set the scene and explain what he thinks the judgement means for the market. I then spoke to alternative data lawyer Kelly K…
 
In our 6th Anniversary (wow!!) show, we’re talking about how you can make the SHIFT to a more Social Proof-led marketing philosophy where you stop talking about “the thing” you’re selling and start talking almost exclusively about the people who’ve already had success with the thing you’re selling! In this episode, your hosts, Suzi Dafnis and Miche…
 
In this episode I speak to James Kardatzke of Quiver Quantitative, a company with an innovative vision to bring alternative data to the retail investor en masse. In other news, please join James, myself and also Peter Bakker of Unhedged on Wednesday at 10am EST for a conversation about Alternative Data and the Retail Investor. Alt data lawyer Kelly…
 
In this episode I speak to Brad Schneider, founder of NoMad Data amongst many other things. Brad has had a long career with alternative data, going back to the early 2000s when he was doing pioneering work web-scraping data and using it to predict corporate earnings information. His latest project, NoMad Data sees Brad trying to solve the alternati…
 
In this episode we’re talking about one thing we do every year to grow our businesses. We make sure THIS is the FIRST thing that goes in our calendars when we are planning out our year… and we build everything else around it. It’s something we’ve been doing in one form or another for at least 20 years and we wouldn’t be without it. It keeps us on t…
 
In this episode I speak to Loften Deprez of Viscacha. Viscacha offers real-time sales data from retailers at an extremely high frequency. In our conversation Loften and I talk about how he happened to name his company after a depressed-looking rabbit, as well as how the company came about and what makes it attractive to investors. See acast.com/pri…
 
If you are looking to get out of your overwhelm and know with confidence, exactly what to do next in your business… or if you’re feeling overwhelmed or scattered or swamped (and who doesn't feel that way sometimes)… You are going to love this episode. If you’ve got way too many things on your to do list; if you feel confused by all the options arou…
 
In this episode I speak to Rani Piputri of NNIP, the investment arm of a Netherlands-based insurance company which was acquired last week by Goldman Sachs for €1.6bn. In our conversation, Rani and I speak about her past in various Alternative Data-related positions in Europe, and what some of the ways in which she has been seeking alpha using alter…
 
In this episode I speak to Evan Schnidman, founder of Prattle and now an investor in data companies. In the first part of this conversation Evan and I discuss how his company Prattle rapidly predicted market reaction to new central bank announcements, before then going on to discuss his views on alternative data and how he chooses his investment ta…
 
Creating an online challenge can be a great way to grow your audience, get clients and share your impact. They can be free or paid. They can be part of a marketing campaign for lead generation or part of the fulfilment of a larger program. In short, Challenges can be AWESOME. But coming up with the right idea and hook for your Challenge can be… wel…
 
In this episode I speak to Omer Har, co-founder and CTO of Explorium. Explorium is an automated data and feature discovery platform which in May closed a $75 million funding round. In our conversation, Omer and I discuss the differences between the corporate side and financial side of the alternative or external data world, and the innovative way i…
 
In this episode I speak to Louisa Nolan, Chief Data Scientist at the Office of National Statistics, about how the UK government statistics office has increasingly been integrating alternative data into its normal processes. In our conversation, Louisa and I speak about how the ONS is able to bring to bear proprietary national datasets, such as traf…
 
Between them, Suzi Dafnis and Michelle Falzon have done about a “hundred million” slide presentations. OK… maybe that’s a slight exaggeration… but they’ve done a LOT! In this episode, your hosts, share their top tips for great slide presentations. Listen to this episode to hear more about: How to find great content ideas “hiding in plain sight” - j…
 
In this episode I speak to Ed Lavery of Similarweb. Similarweb shocked the alternative data world in May with a $1.6bn IPO, which many observers took as a sign that more such flotations would soon follow in the space. In our conversation, Ed and I discuss Similarweb’s offering, the float, and wider implications for the alternative data space as a w…
 
In this episode I speak to Avi Rosenbluth, formerly a Portfolio Manager at AQR Capital Management, a systematic fund. In our conversation we run through Avi’s reservations around Alternative Data, and touch on what he thinks needs to happen before the sector can go truly stratospheric. Separately, join us on Wednesday at 10am EST for a discussion a…
 
Will Hamilton has sold literally millions and millions of dollars in online courses and education products in the tennis instruction niche. And when you bear in mind his products usually sell for less than $100 a pop, you quickly realise that’s a LOT of sales he’s made online! So he knows a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t. And for ma…
 
Welcome to The Alternative Data Podcast, powered by Exabel. I’m Mark Fleming-Williams. In this episode I speak to Alexey Loganchuk of Sidera Labs. Alexey boasts a wealth of experience in and around the alternative data sector which makes him a fascinating conversation partner, particularly on the subject of alternative data in private markets, wher…
 
In my last podcast, I talked about the first of two magic duels in chapter 36 of Order of the Phoenix, the one between Harry and Bellatrix. Now it’s time to move on to the main event, the massive duel between Albus Dumbledore and Voldemort. There is no other magical battle in the entire series to equal this one. The roller-coaster flow of spells an…
 
Umbridge is one of those characters the reader is supposed to hate and despise, but she isn’t a Death Eater, she’s just a nasty person. Sirius sums this up well by saying “The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters”, and Umbridge is the perfect embodiment of this maxim, showing the nuance that Rowling can give to her characters. Not ev…
 
In this episode I speak to Jonathan Regenstein of Truist Securities, the first sell-side guest to have appeared on the podcast. In our conversation we discuss the various ways Truist fits into the alternative data ecosystem, and the cultural challenges of integrating a technology team into the financial world, among other things. Jonathan will be l…
 
In this podcast we’re going to take a look at the incredible magical duels in chapter 36 of the Order of the Phoenix. Before we get to the main duel in the chapter, however, that between Voldemort and Dumbledore, we learn a bit about the Unforgivable Curses when Harry and Bellatrix have their own duel in the Atrium before Voldemort appears. After k…
 
Season Three is Here! Hello, everyone. Back in January, 2018, I created a new short-form podcast called The Harry Potter Lexicon Minute. I had planned on a shorter title — The Harry Potter Minute — but discovered that there was already a podcast with that name, so I added the Lexicon’s name. The podcast ran for over 160 episodes, through November o…
 
A question we get all the time is “I know I need to keep in touch with my customers, but what do I talk to them about? Where do I get my content ideas from?” So, in this episode, your hosts, Suzi Dafnis and Michelle Falzon share 3 content brainstorming ideas that can fast track your content creation and give you all the topics you need for a year! …
 
In this episode I speak to Chris Petrescu, former Data Strategist at WorldQuant and now founder at CP Capital. Chris is a familiar face around the alternative data world, and in our conversation we talk about the old days of sourcing datasets, how the data scouting and strategy market has moved on, and big trends for this year. See acast.com/privac…
 
In this episode I speak to George Mussalli of PanAgora Asset Management. In our conversation, George and I talk about how the use of alternative data has become increasingly sophisticated since the early 2000s, when George first began integrating it into his investment strategies. Separately, please join us on Wednesday at 10am EST for our weekly i…
 
Ever feel like you’re in a weird niche and therefore couldn’t possibly make money from an online course? I mean, who out there would want to learn how to do what you do? In this episode, your hosts Suzi Dafnis and Michelle Falzon chat to artist, Bonnie Christine who has grown a multi-million dollar business teaching surface and pattern design to ot…
 
In this episode I speak to Sayali Saste of Grandview Research. Sayali oversaw the production and publishing in 2020 of a document that has been highly influential in the Alternative Data space. The Grand View Research note valued the alternative data market at $1.64bn in 2020 and projected a 40% CAGR that would take it to $17.35bn in 2027. In our c…
 
In this episode I speak to Jeffrey Ryan, former Citadel quantitative analyst and now Founder of Quant-at-large. In our conversation, Jeff tells me about how solving his own investing problems using R led him to writing new packages for the coding language. These ended up being used extensively by the wider R community and landed him a job in his ho…
 
Being opportunistic is like a badge of honour we all need to wear as business owners, right? In today’s episode, your hosts, Suzi Dafnis and Michelle Falzon take a second look at what it means to be opportunistic and why jumping every time the window of opportunity opens could actually be COSTING you the opportunities you already have! Listen to th…
 
In this episode I speak to Abraham Thomas, co-founder of Quandl. In our conversation Abraham and I discuss his fascinating life, from being caught in the first Gulf War, to joining a hedge fund in Japan, to founding and building up Quandl, one of the key players in the alternative data space, to selling it to Nasdaq in 2018. In other news, I have w…
 
In this episode I speak to Michael Recce. Michael has had a varied career in the alternative data space, with a background in artificial intelligence academia and advertising technology before moving into the hedge fund space with Point72. Michael has created data science teams for a hedge fund, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, and the traditiona…
 
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