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The beauty of a human-level machine

I have always been fascinated by human psychology and how our thoughts differ. To me, exploring how different our minds work is not only joyful but also a journey that requires a lot of patience and sympathy. I grow to hate the coined terms of psychological...

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My social network dream, five years later

Very few people know about this story of mine. These narratives are indeed the stories less told, just because, who’d like to publicise their failures, right?   It was my first shot at entrepreneurship when I was still a final year student at LSE. I remembered a...

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My Personal Finance System – Part 2

Last month, I pondered over the idea of writing about the various systems I have in place in my life to automate and reduce its mundanity as much as possible; since some readers seem to be interested in the practical steps of how I manage different compartments of my...

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The beauty of a human-level machine

I have always been fascinated by human psychology and how our thoughts differ. To me, exploring how different our minds work is not only joyful but also a journey that requires a lot of patience and sympathy. I grow to hate the coined terms of psychological...

read more

My social network dream, five years later

Very few people know about this story of mine. These narratives are indeed the stories less told, just because, who’d like to publicise their failures, right?   It was my first shot at entrepreneurship when I was still a final year student at LSE. I remembered a...

read more

My Personal Finance System – Part 2

Last month, I pondered over the idea of writing about the various systems I have in place in my life to automate and reduce its mundanity as much as possible; since some readers seem to be interested in the practical steps of how I manage different compartments of my...

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Earn vs. Make

The vivid memories come back to me of a winter night in the Alps when I was skiing with a group of friends in finance and banking a few years ago. At that time, I wanted to apply for a Master in Computer Science but could not afford the international tuition fees. I...

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Follow The Money

The below is a guest article for the LSE blog. ***** I had a call today with someone who's in her final year at university, coming to doing an internship with GS this summer, but also working on her start-up venture. She was offered £50,000 for 20% of her company...

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$100,000 and the price of freedom

A long while ago, when I was on the first date with the Señor, I was admittedly quite tipsy because I had been in my boss' BBQ gathering for the whole day earlier. His wife was an excellent and charming host who kept pouring us more and more wine throughout the day....

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I made associate

It was in the middle of a busy afternoon last November when I had back-to-back calls on a live transaction. After I just hung up on a colleague, my dealer board rung of an internal number from Paris. “It’s Mai speaking. May I ask who’s calling?” I picked up the call...

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What would I do if I weren’t afraid?

I remembered the years of the 1990s when I grew up in a small village in Vietnam. In those years, one of our childhood’s trophies were Coca-cola - the soft drink. The soft drink was considered a “treat” to kids, reserved only for special occasions such as weddings,...

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100 Bullet Points For An Analyst

Recently, I have been asked for advice by a few people with regards to their incoming IBD analyst positions. For their benefit, I tried to find this helpful-but-lesser-known list. 1. First impressions last a long time 2. Never be late 3. Know your place 4. Believe...

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Not getting that job offer after the internship

The title, though painful, is clear. HR has either called or emailed you with kind words, wishing you the best, because you didn't receive the job offer you so ardently hoped for after your internship. The moment you heard the phrase "Unfortunately...", your future...

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How Can You Have A Lot Of Time And Money At The Same Time?

I have been traveling a lot lately. One observation I've made, especially true for long-haul and international flights, is that many elderly people travel. In fact, on most long-haul flights, you'll often find more elderly individuals (50 years old and beyond) than...

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(The Improved) “Student Seeking Advice”

The post below was originally written and published in April. I have since made editorial improvements and obtained the consent of those mentioned. I hope you enjoy this revised version. Having shared my email address online and actively cultivated an online presence,...

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Ambition, Discipline, Purpose

Written at Zurich airport I remember the day I left Vietnam for the UK 5 years ago: 8 September 2009. I was 16 and had never been on a plane before in my life. Although I had lived by myself for 7 years prior, since second grade, it was still somewhat frightening to...

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3 Months In The Job And This Is What I Learnt

Below are actual lessons I learned from the mistakes I made in the past 3 months as an investment banking analyst: Read or listen to the instructions carefully. When listening, note down word for word; when reading, read word for word. This prevents you from either...

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What Being Wealthy Actually Means

Wealth is one of the most prominent desires humans spend their lives pursuing. It is often paid for with blood, tears, anger, effort, personal happiness, and sometimes even one’s life. However, little has been discussed about why we sacrifice so much in this pursuit...

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5 ‘smart’ Tips For Spring And Summer Interns

During my three years at LSE, I completed numerous internships and work experiences. So many, in fact, that I've removed several from my LinkedIn profile because it was becoming too lengthy. The workplace turned into a genuine obsession for me. Consequently, some...

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