In 2008 Gabe Newell contacted a Greek academic economist by the name of Yanis Varoufakis to see if he would be interested in consulting with Valve on how to create a successful shared economy as well as how to balance payments globally and between the real and virtual economies that Valve now has. He agreed and among other things started a Valve Economist blog which you can start reading here and which shows that he did contribute far more than just hats and the dreaded Steam Sale. In what seems at first to be a rather bizarre turnaround in his career Yanis has gone from author, blogger and Valve consultant to being appointed the Finance Minister of his home country of Greece. A closer look at his bona fides provide a good explanation, as he has been focused on how European economies interact since before the beginning of the economic downturns and austerity measures in countries like Greece. Follow the previous links for a look at what he has accomplished or if you prefer, head to Slashdot for more hat jokes.
"A turnover in the Greek government resulted from recent snap elections placing SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) in power — just shy of an outright majority by two seats. Atheist, and youngest Prime Minister in Greek history since 1865, Alexis Tsipras has been appointed the new prime minister and begun taking immediate drastic steps against the recent austerity laws put in place by prior administrations. One such step has been to appoint Valve's economist Yanis Varoufakis to position of Finance Minister of Greece."
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rm -rf “$GREEKDEBT/“*
rm -rf “$GREEKDEBT/“*
“How many economists does it
“How many economists does it take to change a lightbulb?
Answer: None the market will take care of it.”
All kidding aside, this is a
All kidding aside, this is a good move for Greece – although it’s doubtful the new PM will be able to be as bold as he should be with regard to reversing the Germany imposed austerity.
This is going to be a “you
This is going to be a “you broke it, you bought it” moment for them.
Hopefully they can fix it – i’ve listened to enough Yanis interviews to know he’s an extremely intelligent person – but it’s one thing to create policy and quite another to enact it. Yanis wisely said in a recent interview that winning was terrifying, and he couldn’t have put it better. I wish him the best, he’s going to need it.
Well… best of luck to him,
Well… best of luck to him, and I hope he gives middle figure to troika.
This and “Lies, damned
This and “Lies, damned lies and statistics“ articles are great, for sure.
BUT, if I’m someone from nVIDIA you will be on black list FOREVER…..and ever………ever………….ever
Samuel Clemens was such a
Samuel Clemens was such a genius. If I could meet any person in history it would be him.
Mark Twain was some bad ass
Mark Twain was some bad ass mofo.
Free Steamed Gyros and Ouzo,
Free Steamed Gyros and Ouzo, happy days are here again, Can not wait for Steam OS, and an operating system that leaves much more room, and processor cycles, for the games.
I’m going to use that MT
I’m going to use that MT quote on atheists, and they are legion… but I’d rather meet Jesus, and I will!
Enjoy yourself, just don’t
Enjoy yourself, just don’t expect others to share your expectations, I’ll be waiting for the great Pumpkin.
So this is the new greece
So this is the new greece financial minister.