I enjoyed reading this article by Tammer Kamel, founder and CEO of Quandl, an informational system I have found tremendously useful in my day job.
The bit about the French actors inquiring about wheat for Napoleon's army was especially entertaining.
Those who know my writing know that I follow the world of finance quite closely, and that I take a special interest in it. On top of this, investing in Russia is a particular delicious favorite, with my debut novel LIONS featuring a few adventures of this sort.
When I first started in the mutual fund world, I had to take a course at the New England College of Finance and wrote a paper about Russia's investment climate in the 90s. In the course of my research, I couldn't believe my eyes about some of what happened.
Today I’m happy to report that the first draft of Twenty Mysteries is done. Lions, my first book, took nine years to complete. This first draft has taken exactly nine months. Hopefully it won’t be much longer until I can get it into your hands.