Interview: Nitish Sharma, InstarAGF Asset Management Inc.

Waterloo Business Review had the privilege of sitting down with alumnus Nitish Sharma to speak to him about his experiences in middle market infrastructure private equity, management consulting, as well as his time at the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF). Nitish graduated from the Mathematics and Chartered Professional Accountancy (Math/CPA) program in Fall 2013 and is currently serving as an Associate Vice President at InstarAGF Asset Management in the middle market infrastructure investments group in Toronto. …

WBR: All startups build their missions around a problem they first identified. Could you tell our readers more about your own story in entrepreneurship, and the mission behind Lumaki Labs?

It’s been an unconventional path for sure — I never knew what entrepreneurship was before entering university. Waterloo has a large focus on building entrepreneurial mindset, and what drew me in was the ability it offered to make a social impact. You should always build something that will help people, and something that is solving a problem. …

Research in AI has yielded models with complexities of increasing orders of magnitude to solve the world’s pressing machine learning problems. The current state-of-the-art ranges from Facebook’s M2M-100 model that translates over 100 languages to Google’s BERT embeddings and more. However, this also leads to the demand for increased processing power for the algorithms to learn a larger number of variables, requiring better hardware infrastructure. With the demise of Moore’s Law constraining speed-gains from the number of transistors on circuitry, to what extent does the future of AI research have a fundamental hardware bottleneck? …

Over the past year, TikTok has quickly become an integral part of pop-culture in many parts of the world, including the United States. The platform has provided a unique and trendy platform for comedy, activism and political satire. Recently, this growth has been challenged at the highest levels due to data concerns. Specifically, the US government has become a direct threat to the app’s expansion as Washington has cited security concerns pertaining to national security. This has led to a highly speculated and forced divestiture as the US administration has outright ordered a sell-off of American operations. When considering the…

The history of the gig economy can be traced all the way back to 1915 when jazz musicians used the term “gig”, referring to their performances. Since then, a lot of gig work has been mainly related to music and the performing arts. Fast-forward to 1995, data showed that 10% of all Americans were engaged in alternative employment; whether as temporary, contractors, or on-call workers. …

A Small Step for a Man, and a Leap Forward for the Space Industry

The space industry has evolved significantly since the first space program was founded in 1957. The technology used to launch rockets has advanced from intercontinental ballistic missiles to the International Space Station (ISS), advanced satellites and reusable rockets. Although the technological advancement that has occurred over time is impressive, there has also been a remarkable fundamental shift in the entities who are launching rockets, their philosophies, and their visions.

The original space programs were born out of World War II when Nazi Germany created the first…

WBR: Could you walk us through your story, and the background behind Red Oak?

Growing up I had several entrepreneurs in the family, and I was always a technical, geeky kind of guy. I enjoyed building remote control cars, boats, and things like that. Ultimately though, I wanted to be an entrepreneur. Coming out of business school at Schulich, I wanted to launch business, but at the same time I saw the opportunity students have when they’re finishing undergrad to get these high profile professional jobs like consulting and investment banking.

After seeing how interesting consulting could be, I started…

Leveraging Experience — An Interview with Alumnus; Ismail Mian
INTERVIEW: Ismail Mian, PJT Partners

Waterloo Business Review had the opportunity to sit down with alumnus Ismail Mian over the summer to speak to him about his work experiences, as well as his time at the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF), to gain insight into careers in capital markets. Ismail graduated from the Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) program in 2018 and now works in New York City as an investment banking analyst at PJT Partners in the Mergers & Acquisitions group within Strategic Advisory. …

Introduction
The emergence of electronic sports, most commonly known as eSports, has been one of the most influential disruptions to the entertainment industry. Its dominance has contributed to its increasing popularity that is expected to grow to 495 million viewers worldwide in 2020. eSports is becoming the new way of gaming during these unprecedented times. This industry has seen an emergence of viewership throughout quarantine which has helped their operations to remain largely unaffected and support their success in generating revenue. …

Building your Future — An Interview with Alumnus; Talha Siddiqui
INTERVIEW: Talha Siddiqui, CPP Investment Board

Waterloo Business Review had the privilege of sitting down with alumnus Talha Siddiqui over the summer to speak to him about his work experiences, as well as his time at the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF), to gain insight into careers in capital markets. Talha graduated from the Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) program in 2018 and now works in Toronto as an investment analyst at CPP Investment Board (CPPIB) in the relationship investments group. …

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