I am a big fan of Nassim Taleb‘s books, in fact I have read and re-read all of his books, and the reference section from the Black Swan has become my shopping list so that I can get yet more insight into what Dr. Taleb has been exploring.
When I first envisioned the mechanism that is in the core of Rukuku.com’s class editing engine, I did not know that I essentially cooked up a system based on a fractal. I dug into the math of permutations and combinations, and this then led to the discovery that I was dealing with a fractal. Long story short, it was Nassim Taleb who spurred my interest in Benoit Mandelbrot’s research. We still do not know how the Rukuku fractal will develop when Rukuku opens its doors to the public, but the interface of the class editing tool is truly amazing: it is intuitive, simple and versatile at the same time.
My dream is that one day Prof. Nassim Taleb could author and teach something in the lines of “Antifragility 101” or “Non-Gaussian Finance zn+1 = zn2 + c” on Rukuku.com.
We will definitely invite him to use Rukuku, but for now we can just continue to learn in passive “observatory” mode, i.e. watch a video. Here’s his lecture on Antifragility filmed at his and my alma mater in 2011.
And stay tuned for Part 2 of the “What’s in the name of our company”—the post is coming out in 24 hours as announced.