Bess Levin

Posts by Bess Levin

  • 25 Jun 2014 at 8:45 AM

Marissa Mayer Is Sorry About The Ill-Timed Zzzz’s

She might’ve dozed off and missed a meeting with top execs, but it wasn’t, like, a hate-nap or anything. Read more »

…some argue that students who have completed all three levels and won the right to put the three letters CFA after their names and be called a chartered financial analyst have an advantage over those with an MBA. “I think there might be a crossing point soon – I think the CFA in the financial industry might soon eclipse the MBA,” says Mark Shackleton, professor of finance and associate dean of postgraduate studies at Lancaster University Management School…While it can be very difficult to get into a top-flight MBA programme, once accepted, students can be confident they will finish. “If people sign up for an MBA qualification, there’s an expectation that they are going to get through or be helped through,” says Prof Shackleton. [FT]

Paul Konigsberg will not have his good name dragged through the mud! Read more »

  • 24 Jun 2014 at 2:59 PM

New York’s Hottest New Club Is Gorman

This place has everything: 22 year-olds willing to work 100 hours/week, an exclusive location next to the Times Square M and M’s store, the attention of a Fox Business reporter who obsessively tracks the size of the CEO’s balls, a regular who looks like a zombie, $20/night Seamless allowance, 24 year-olds who don’t give a FUCK, and a bouncer who’ll throw you out for calling him Jim. Read more »

Apparently not everyone is interested in sticking around for the chance to manage Steve Cohen’s second cousins’ money, or for the new zip-ups and other assorted swag. Read more »

“…the more I think about it, the more I like the ‘yo’ concept. And it’s not because of the app’s latest feature: you can send a ‘yo’ to the username ‘worldcup’ to receive a ‘yo’ (and nothing else) anytime a team scores a goal. Rather, it’s because I’ve always thought that there is beauty in simplicity. I’m a minimalist. I like to sit in my scarcely furnished study with white-washed walls while I write this comment. I hate Christmas decorations. When on a vacation, I like to sit on the shore and stare at the sea in the summer, or climb up a cold, white mountain silently on skis in the winter. I loved to read the late Barton Biggs’s simple but beautiful prose about investing. Life is full of complexity –family, friends, work, politics, financial markets, the global economy. Coping with complexity requires filtering, sorting, reduction, concentration and, at least sometimes, simplification. Sometimes, a simple ‘yo’ can say and mean more to your ‘contacts’ than all the babble.” [BI, earlier]

Despite the clouds looming over billionaire Steve Cohen for “rampant insider trading,” he appears as cozy as ever with New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon. Cohen and Wilpon both shelled out money to sponsor a baseball exhibit now on display at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, according to the museum’s Web site. Questions have arisen over whether Cohen’s recent legal woes might force him to sell his minority stake in the Mets. After all, the baseball empire was recently burned by its ties to Bernard Madoff, another troubled hedge-fund manager. But Cohen and Wilpon’s names are at the top of the lineup card of sponsors on display at the exhibit, titled “Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American” — suggesting there’s a kindred spirit. [NYP]

  • 23 Jun 2014 at 2:42 PM

Bonus Watch ’14: RBS

Royal Bank of Scotland execs are going to receive bonuses, even though the UK government owns 81 percent of the place and it has only earned a profit six out of a possible 24 times since 2008. So this is cause for excitement. Read more »