The man who solved the startup

The story that unfolds in the Jim Simons biography seems less about mathematical revelation than about entrepreneurial execution.

VISION

TEAM BUILDING

DIRECTION

FOCUS

ITERATION

TESTING

DISCOVERY

Maybe it isn’t coincidental that before the major Renaissance Technologies breakthroughs in the 1990s, Simons had spent much of his time working closely with technology ventures.

A background in code-breaking and the geometry of curved shapes may have been less pertinent to the group’s success than the CEO’s experience with startups.