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Ep.16: A Crisis Building in the Chinese Financial System and the Hard Landing of the Chinese Economy with Anne Stevenson-Yang

Episode Summary for the Chinese Financial System and the Hard Landing of the Chinese Economy In this episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Anne Stevenson-Yang. Anne is the co-founder of J Capital Research, which conducts ground-up, primary research for institutional money managers on stocks, the Chinese economy, and the Chinese financial system. She is also the co-founder of a group of online media businesses called Blue Bamboo Ventures. She also founded and operated the CRM software company, Clarity… Listen >>



Ep.15: Genetics, Genomics, and Big Data in Medicine with Eric Schadt

Episode Summary for Genetics, Genomics, and Big Data in Medicine In this episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Dr. Eric Schadt. Eric Schadt is founder and CEO of Sema4, as well as Dean of Precision Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. During the course of his 20-year career, Dr. Eric Schadt has built genetics and systems biology groups at Merck. He built the computational biology group at Rosetta. He has served as co-founder… Listen >>



Ep.14: Phenomenology, Design, and the Human Experience with Christian Madsbjerg

Episode Summary for Human Experience, Phenomenology, and Design: In this episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Christian Madsbjerg. Christian Madsbjerg is the founder of ReD Associates, a consultancy group focused on helping companies bridge the qualitative divide between themselves, their products, and their customers. The anthropologists, sociologists, economists, journalists, and designers who make up ReD employ the methods of social science to study human behavior. Instead of minimizing complexity, they embrace the non-linearities illuminated through human experience, helping… Listen >>



UPDATE: Plans for Video, Trip to SFI, and Fewer Episodes for the Summer

Dear Friends, It has been three months since I launched the Hidden Forces Podcast. The show has made it onto the Top Podcast Charts on iTunes out of hundreds of thousands of competing shows. It has grown steadily since, and we continue to gain awareness. I’ve often compared the launch of a show like this to the Gemini and early Apollo missions. The first step is in achieving escape velocity and viability in orbit. We have done this. The second step is… Listen >>



Ep. 13: James Grant reflects on the History of Interest Rates, the State of Markets, and the Future of Finance

Episode Summary for James Grant on Interest Rates and our Financial Future: In this episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with James Grant. James Grant is a legend of the financial newsletter industry. Once the editor of the yield column in Barron’s, he would leave in 1983 to found Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, two years after the sacred risk-free rate touched just under 20%. This is a level that seems nearly impossible to fathom in today’s world of… Listen >>




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Demetri Kofinas

Demetri Kofinas

What drives the changes we see in the world? What are the hidden forces that influence our lives? Markets, algorithms, the frontiers of physics, culture, technology, space travel, the human mind…

My name is Demetri Kofinas, and I’ve spent the better part of my life asking these questions. I built my career in media obsessing over them. For me, this has always been a quest to discover the true nature of my world, where I come from and where I’m going. This podcast is about uncovering and understanding the mystery of a world that is so rich and beautiful in its design and function, that to not wonder at its magnificence is to miss something profound.

Join me on a journey of discovery as we look to uncover the reality of our world. Where things come from, how they came to be, and what it all means for you.

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