Co-founder and CTO of Quid, part time physicist and sometimes decathlete. I'm based in San Francisco where I spend most of my time working at Quid building the next generation global intelligence platform. Not an easy task, but luckily I have a great team of quants and engineers coming along with me for the ride. I'm originally from New Zealand where I divided my time between, studying Physics, running, surfing and organizing political rallies. Back in New Zealand I ran for National elected office, helped start New Zealand's first Nanotech company and won two national Decathlon titles. I spent best 7 years studying at Oxford and trying to understand the mathematical patterns that underly insurgent warfare. This research has taken me all over the world from the Pentagon, to the House of Lords, the United Nations and most recently to Iraq. You can see more of the 'mathematics of war' research here on TED.com
TED2013, TED2011, TED2009, TEDGlobal 2005
Areas of Expertise
Quantative Analysis, Network theory, Online news, Decathlon, Mathematics of War, Physics, Nanotechnology, OSINT
An idea worth spreading
Despite all the chaos and unpredictability that surrounds modern war, war can in fact be characterized by a surprisingly simple set of mathematical equations. What is more these mathematical equations are consistent across dozens of different wars from around the world. This suggests that the fundamental dynamics of war are largely independent of the religious, political or cultural metrics that have traditionally shaped our understanding of conflict.
I'm passionate about
Predictive Analytics, understanding global conflict through mathematics, creating a platform for innovation, changing the way the VC system operates and running + jumping over things.
Talk to me about
Politics, technology, Mathematics, Physics, running, single malt scotch, the latest book I have to read or movie I should go see.
People don't know I'm good at
Pole Vault - if you want lessons let me know and I'll see if we can arrange some vaulting for TED 2011 ;)
My TED story
I managed to talk my way into TED global in 2005 - I've met some great people and told a few interesting stories.