Taxes and Cheating

Will Rogers once said that “The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf” and I worry that he was correct. During his confirmation hearing to become the Treasury Secretary, it was revealed that Tim Geithner failed to pay…

Gray Areas in Accounting

Every profession is bound by written and unwritten rules and policies; some of them are set by organizations while others are an integral part of the occupation you choose. For example, doctors have to swear by the Hippocratic Oath, lawyers cannot divulge…

Who cheats more?

This is a short video from a talk I gave on June 7th at the Booksmith in SF. The question here, is who cheats more and who cheats less…. Before you watch the video, think about a country that you have family…

How to commit the perfect crime

There is a certain perverse pleasure in contemplating the perfect crime. You can apply your ingenuity to the hypothetical issues of choosing a target, evading surveillance and law enforcement, dealing with contingencies and covering your tracks afterward. You can prove to yourself…

Fishing & cheating

I found this quote in a wonderful book called 3 men in a boat.  The book was written in 1889 by Jerome K. Jerome, and interestingly it does not seem that much has changed since then. I knew a young man once,…

My TED talk has been posted

These days when there are lots of financial related scandals and cheating this topic might be particularly relevant. I am not sure it is the best talk I ever gave, but if you have 17 min to spare… Take me to TED