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A Lawyer, A Biorenewables Expert, And Other Musings From Friday's Contributor Convos

Jan. 31, 2014 8:44 PM ET
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Seeking Alpha Analyst Since 2011

Poli Sci undergrad. MBA. Repo (market) man. Geopolitics junkie.

It's not everyday that you get to speak with a lawyer who is finishing a PhD in biorenewables. Think about that for a second: You're a lawyer, and you decide you're going to get a doctorate in the economic feasibility of biorenewable pathways and try to quantify the impact of law and policy on that feasibility.

I've had what I consider to be a decent (and long) academic career, but I can't even fathom that. Well, Seeking Alpha contributor Tristan Brown is doing just that, and I had the pleasure of speaking with him today (check out his articles and book). I'm thrilled to say that he is very pleased with his experience here on SA and I'm grateful to have him as a contact going forward.

I also spoke with several other contributors today. Put simply: I'm blown away by the academic and professional accomplishments of our writers. I spoke with Nikos Theodosopoulos (provided some great guidance and sage advice), Jennifer Warren (spirited, exceptionally smart, and an expert on the Permian Basin), Dan Ravicher (patent attorney and all around great guy), and Retail Maven (who taught me, in 30 short minutes, the value of staying engaged after retirement). Also, I got some great feedback from my friend Eric Parnell on the risks of high yielding Chinese money market products.

That wraps up a great week of contributor engagement and interaction for me, and I'm looking forward to next week. For more on my interactions with our contributor community, see here.

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