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Imagine a work culture where people say what they think and where the company acts on the best ideas, regardless of who voices them. Ray Dalio, founder of the top hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, describes how an algorithm-supported “idea meritocracy” has driven Bridgewater’s success. getAbstract believes that investors, private-asset managers and business executives could benefit from this remarkable talk by the “Steve Jobs of investing.”

In this summary, you will learn

  • How “radical transparency and algorithmic decision making” can make your business or team more successful;
  • How to establish and run an “idea meritocracy”; and
  • Why data-based, collective decisions are good for business.
 

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Ray Dalio founded global investment firm Bridgewater Associates and is the author of Principles.

 

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Prepare for the rising tide of “radical transparency and algorithmic decision making” in business. Computer algorithms are recording your preferences to enhance your digital interactions. Yet, don’t be alarmed. Transparency and decision-making algorithms can make work and relationships more meaningful. Such has been the case for Ray Dalio, founder of the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates. As an entrepreneur and investor, Dalio has made many unsuccessful decisions. Yet he drew valuable lessons from each mistake and codified them into a set of principles, which he embedded into computer algorithms. Eventually, he and the computers made investment decisions in tandem. Because of quick, rational computing power, the joint decisions outperformed what Dalio would choose on his own. Eight years after Dalio founded Bridgewater, he made his gravest mistake: He miscalculated the market response to the 1980s debt crisis. The error devastated his business and his wealth. However, it taught him the importance of asking, “How do I know I’m right?” Thereafter, Dalio sought smart employees who were brave and honest enough to disagree with him: He envisioned an “idea meritocracy” for his business.


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