davveran
32 Manhattan, United States
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My self-summary
I was born and raised in NYC in a big, fun, and loving family of overachievers. I've had an unusually adventurous life so far, and I've spent about 10 years away from the city for school and work, including some time abroad in Argentina, Brazil, and Peru. I've kinda got a thing for Latin America, but I've also lived and done work in very different parts of the world, like India, Scotland, and Singapore. My frequent travel stresses out the older generations of my family, who are afraid of airplanes, exotic illnesses, lunatics on the subway, and most other things too. But I appease them with fabulous treasures (souvenirs) every time I return, and they always seem shocked and delighted that I've come back in one piece. They think I'm long overdue for calamity and have their money on Zika.

I'm very close to my family, especially my two younger brothers, and family parties and events are a big part of my life. Although I kind of like to dance, I've refused to dance in front of my family my entire life for absolutely no good reason. It's now gotten to the point that if I ever did dance at one of these parties, the old people might have heart attacks from pure shock. So I need to stay seated for their sake.

I have unusually fancy pretentious degrees, like a BA in Philosophy from Yale and an MBA from Harvard. But I have no arrogance about them and I'm convinced that almost everything that happens in life comes down to chance--or at the very least--things entirely outside of our control. I'm also convinced that the more success people have, the more likely they are to attribute it to themselves (erroneously). I don't make that mistake and have very little patience for elitists.

I live alone in Manhattan, in a fancy hotel-like building with 4 doormen who wear funny hats and gloves. My favorite one is the Brazilian, because he's one of the few people I know in NYC who is happy to speak Portuguese with me all the time.
What I’m doing with my life
My job involves traveling to faraway places to decide whether and how much to invest in private companies, and under what conditions (private equity). Think of the TV show "Shark Tank" but in exotic locations and with more mature businesses. It's a lot of fun, and over the years I've perfected my poker face and my ability to flip over large conference tables while screaming at people much older than I. It's very classy work and it pays a lot more than it should.

I like my job a lot, but my real passion is learning. I think everyone has something to teach me, and that life is full of amazing mysteries. I shoot for reading at least 20 books a year, mostly non-fiction and heavy on the science and philosophy, and I always appreciate new book recommendations. In my ideal life I would be a perpetual undergrad taking survey courses for no credit. Naturally, this would also come with the right to two nights a week of binge drinking and hooking up with strangers, but being an adult I would mostly refrain.
I’m really good at
Learning languages, writing, and playing pool. I've also been told I'm a good listener and that I make people feel comfortable. Apparently I'm also very good at first dates. I've literally never once been turned down for a second date. Maybe you can be the first! In fact, I'm so confident about this skill that if you are the first to turn me down for a second date, I will take you to a romantic candlelit dinner as a prize.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The Better Angels of our Nature, Gödel's Proof, Conjectures and Refutations, Infidel, Thinking Fast and Slow, Gödel Escher Bach, The Fabric of Reality, Pale Blue Dot, The Selfish Gene, Our Mathematical Universe
Movies: Pan's Labyrinth, Life is Beautiful, Avatar, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Aladdin
Music: Seu Jorge, Mariza (Fado), Cesaria Evora, Pavarotti, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Years and Years, Sean Paul, Hozier
Food: I like most foods
The six things I could never do without
Family
Friends
Books
Passport
Job
A difficult challenge
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The distant past and future of humanity, the relationship between math and the physical world, human nature, the brain and mind, my work. I have a plastic model of the brain, a bunch of M.C. Escher sketches, and a five-foot long painted reproduction of the Hubble Carina Nebula photo in my apartment. If you're interested in any of these things I'm sure I would enjoy talking to you.
On a typical Friday night I am
I usually try having dinner with my grandma on Friday nights (she's 84 and loves to cook for me). After that, sometimes I meet up with old classmates at a bar.
You should message me if
You're open-minded, driven, confident, and like to step outside your comfort zone. You believe money is best spent on experiences and loved ones, not luxury products or status symbols.

You agree that the worst thing that should ever come from an online date is a pleasant conversation with an interesting and respectful stranger.
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