In a new series of interviews conducted by Hedge Funds Club boss Stefan Nilsson, we are aiming to get under the skin of interesting people related to the hedge fund industry. The interviews focus on the people and the good life. Here’s our chat with Scott Treloar, Founder of Noviscient in Singapore.
From where and how do you get your daily general news updates?
BBC News, FT, WSJ, SCMP, Al Jazeera, NY Times – all via iPhone and iPad.
What do you do to unwind on a weekend?
Reading, Netflix/Prime/HBO, some running or weights.
Can you name a great book you have recently read?
I read a lot so I don’t want to give you just one. I tend to get reference books in physical form and story books on Kindle or Audible. Let me give you an eclectic list of books for readers out there: “The Murderbot Diaries” by Martha Wells, “Seven Brief Lessons on Physics” and “The Order of Time” by Carlo Rovelli, “Daemon” by Daniel Suarez, “True Names” by Vernor Vinge, “Why Information Grows” by César Hidalgo, “Robopocalypse” by Daniel Wilson, “Book of Proof” by Richard Hammack, “Odyssey Series” by Evan Currie, “Moonglow” by Michael Chabon and “Cryptonomicon” by Neal Stephenson.
What is your soundtrack of choice?
My favourite genre is Australian indie-pop. Currently, I’m listening to “Salt” by Angie McMahon.
What drink do you start the day with and what drink finishes it?
Long black coffee and water to finish.
What gives you energy?
Ideas give me energy. Other people tend to drain my energy. I used to have the nickname of Phantom because I would just disappear when my energy levels became too depleted.
How do you stay grounded and focused as a person in these turbulent and fast-changing times?
Personally, I know that if you fly too high and piss too many people off, when you inevitably come back down to the ground you will regret it. In a business sense, we try to remember that we are working to improve the investment management industry which is an important mission for anyone who has investments or savings.
Can you name a terrific restaurant that you love?
Not really. If I could take in my nutrients and energy needs efficiently by drip-feed I would.
What’s your favourite museum in the world?
I never quite got the museum thing of looking at actual historical objects. Instead, I prefer to understand historical perspectives through books. Examples are: “A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind” if you want to understand the Middle East, and the genesis of some of the major religions, and “War and Peace” and “Crime and Punishment” for the European/Russian perspective.
Are you active on social media and what do you actually use it for?
I use LinkedIn to try to communicate what we are trying to do at Noviscient and to try to communicate some ideas on how investment management should operate. Not as successfully as I would like! I also like Twitter to stay in touch with what is happening around the world – it provides good and rapid updates as things change.
Do you have any secret guilty pleasure that you are prepared to reveal here?
World of Warcraft, science fiction books and Kit Kats.
What kind of battle dress do you normally put on for work?
As an Australian, if there is a range of acceptable attire for a situation, I will generally be at or near the lower boundary. I suspect this is bad, but I can’t help it.
Do you celebrate your wins? If so, how?
Building a business from scratch is a series of challenges. Wins are less frequent, sadly. We do have the occasional dinner, but we should probably do more here.
What makes you happy?
Hanging out with my wife and son. And Kit Kats.