Just as football evolved with the introduction of the forward pass and basketball with the development of the jump shot, so too was handicapping forever changed by the use of speed figures--and it all started with Andrew Beyer's Picking Winners. This edition features a new foreword in which the author discusses the changes that have swept the sport since the book's original publication. Picking Winners remains a classic in the field of thoroughbred racing.
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd
Category: Business & Economics
If you are looking for the best market, industry or sector to invest in; the “best-in-class” companies to invest in or work with; and need good, current and objective insights to do so, then this is the book for you. Using ground-up fundamental analysis and two new analytical frameworks, you will be able to identify which market, sector or industry to get into and even compare companies at the ability and capability levels. Complemented by a website that will provide up-to-date information on the markets, sectors, industries and up to 1,500 key global companies, the book will be a valuable resource for any business and individual. Objective and quantitative analysis is made real and possible for SMEs, Start-Ups, corporate and individual investors
From Technology Catch-up to the Space Race in Japan
Author: Saadia M. Pekkanen
Category: Business & Economics
Using case studies and econometric analyses, the author finds that the postwar Japanese state engaged in industrial policy mainly based on economic and not—as is assumed in mainstream political economy theories—political criteria.
A Big Data Approach to Evaluating Startups and Making Venture Capital Investments
Author: Ajay Saini (M. Eng.)
We consider the problem of evaluating the quality of startup companies. This can be quite challenging due to the rarity of successful startup companies and the complexity of factors which impact such success. In this work we collect data on tens of thousands of startup companies, their performance, the backgrounds of their founders, and their investors. We develop a novel model for the success of a startup company based on the first passage time of a Brownian motion. The drift and diffusion of the Brownian motion associated with a startup company are a function of features based its sector, founders, and initial investors. All features are calculated using our massive dataset. Using a Bayesian approach, we are able to obtain quantitative insights about the features of successful startup companies from our model. To test the performance of our model, we use it to build a portfolio of companies where the goal is to maximize the probability of having at least one company achieve an exit (IPO or acquisition), which we refer to as winning. This picking winners framework is very general and can be used to model many problems with low probability, high reward outcomes, such as pharmaceutical companies choosing drugs to develop or studios selecting movies to produce. We frame the construction of a picking winners portfolio as a combinatorial optimization problem and show that a greedy solution has strong performance guarantees. We apply the picking winners framework to the problem of choosing a portfolio of startup companies. Using our model for the exit probabilities, we are able to construct out of sample portfolios which achieve exit rates as high as 60%, which is nearly double that of top venture capital firms
picking winners and losers : hearing before the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, first session, September 29, 2003
Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Government Reform. Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations
An Investor's Guide to Picking Winners in High Technology
Author: Geoffrey A. Moore
Category: High technology industries
Geoffrey Moore reveals the dynamics behind the market for high-tech stocks and outlines the forces that catapult a select number of companies to huge success. The Gorilla Game is a must-read for the thousands of high-tech managers and marketeers who made his first two books best-sellers, as well as for all investors looking for a reliable guide to the rapidly changing world of high technology.
Released for the 2004 Melbourne Cup, this guide provides astute observations and hilarious insights for both racing amateurs and seasoned racing and betting pros. Celebrating "the sport of kings," this insider's view explores the personalities, scandals, oddities, joys of ownership, social divisions, betting systems, and how it all began—blame King Charles II—while offering sound advice to newcomers.