Introducing the Two Sigma

Collision Lab

A cutting-edge take on an idea as old as time: Create a special place at a cultural crossroads, where an eclectic mix of the brightest thinkers’ ideas and abilities can collide, cross-pollinate, hybridize, and come to life.

Wherever these conditions have found encouragement—from the bustling ports and libraries of the ancient world to the makerspaces, universities, and research campuses of today—knowledge and innovation have leapt forward and spread throughout the world.

Why Collision

Whether galactic or subatomic in scale, civilizational or intimately personal in scope, collision is the ultimate act of creation, deconstruction, and synthesis. The wellspring of all change, it yields new elements, forces new trajectories, and brings new ideas into being.

By definition, collision disrupts—but stagnation and lifelessness define its absence. Only by harnessing its potential can we move forward.

 

Elements of the Experiment

New York

Our hyper-connected metropolis is constantly reinventing itself with stunning energy, as if it were purpose-built to encourage collision of any and every type.

And it was.

That New York City is among the modern era’s greatest wellsprings of change is no accident. That’s been the point all along.

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Since Manhattan’s layout two centuries ago as a bare gridiron of 2,028 blocks, the city was and remains a radical exercise in making the imagined future real.

Fed by a never-ending influx of people, ideas, commerce, and perspectives, New York’s physical structure is itself, in the words of architect Rem Koolhaas, “a paradigm for the exploitation of congestion.”

Satellite map data @2017 Google

Elements of the Experiment

Technology powers the global economy and offers the promise of helping us overcome our most complex and intractable challenges.

Techne—meaning knowhow, as in a craft—colliding luminously with the rigor of the scientific method. It is the embodiment of free experimentation, restless curiosity, and the recombination of existing ideas and methods into something completely new.

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Innovation HUB

The seeds of many of the digital era’s most dominant technologies sprouted in the testbed of New York City, from the transistor and digital networking to UNIX and the C programming language. Today, the city of Bell Labs, Thomas Edison, and Nikola Tesla is not only home to thousands of tech startups, but continues to serve as a global epicenter for of finance, media, fashion, healthcare, higher education, advertising, and the arts.

Elements of the Experiment

Collision Lab

Founded in New York City by a computer scientist and a mathematician, Two Sigma uses advanced algorithms and innovations in computing to find value in the world’s data.

A melding of New York’s tech and banking heritage, we comprise more than 1,100 people—mostly with non-financial backgrounds—who believe the scientific method is the most effective approach to investing, venture capital, insurance, and more.

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All the elements for accelerated idea collision are intrinsic to our culture:

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Collision Lab

The collision tradition continues today inside The Bridge at Cornell Tech.

“Great ideas do not come out of a vacuum. Great ideas come from being exposed to a bunch of good ideas. Great ideas come from being exposed to a set of problems and challenges.”

David Siegel, co-founder and co-chairman, Two Sigma Investments

Photo by Iwan Baan
Photo by Iwan Baan