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To what extent is Paradigm Academy a front organization for, or a covert rebrand of Leverage Research? 2019-09-01T21:45:49.572Z · score: 18 (17 votes)
Where are Leverage research staff now? 2019-08-03T12:15:20.895Z · score: 16 (12 votes)
Did Geoff Anders ever write a post about the performance of Leverage Research and their recent disbanding? 2019-07-04T21:49:46.066Z · score: 36 (13 votes)

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Comment by anonymoose on Leverage Research: reviewing the basic facts · 2019-09-14T18:51:38.687Z · score: 6 (12 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks Larissa - the offer to write up posts from Leverage Research is a generous offer. Might it not be a more efficient use of your time, though, to instead answer questions about Leverage the public domain, many of which are fairly straightforward?

For example, you mention that Leverage is welcoming to new staff. This sounds positive - at the same time, the way Leverage treated incoming staff is one of the main kinds of fact discussed in the top-level post. Is it still true that: (i) staff still discuss recruitees on individual slack channels, (ii) mind-mapping is still used during recruitment of staff, (iii) growth-rates are overestimated, (iv) specific lists of attendees are recruited from EA events, and (v) negative rumours are still spread about other organizations that might compete for similar talent? To the extent that you are not sure about (i-v), it would be interested to know whether you raised those concerns with Geoff in the hiring process, before joining the organization.

For other questions raised by the top-level post: (a) are Leverage's outputs truly as they appear? (b) Is its consumption of financial resources and talent, as it appears? (c) Has it truly gone to such efforts to conceal its activities as described under the general transparency section? (d) How will Leverage measure any impact from its ninth year of operation?

From another post: (e) How many of the staff at Leverage Research are also affiliated with Paradigm Academy? (f) How much of the leadership of Leverage Research is also playing a leading role at Paradigm Academy?

Since your investigations give you much more information on this topic than is available to an interested outsider, it should be very easy for you to help us out with these questions.


Comment by anonymoose on Leverage Research: reviewing the basic facts · 2019-09-01T22:26:04.410Z · score: 28 (12 votes) · EA · GW
  • Leverage Research spent a further $388k in 2017.
  • At least 11 of 13 Paradigm Academy staff listed on Linkedin are known to have worked for Leverage Research or allied organizations.
  • The coin made by Reserve (one of the successor companies to Leverage Research) has returned -32.7% since its float at the time of writing. In the same time period, bitcoin returned 24%.
Comment by anonymoose on To what extent is Paradigm Academy a front organization for, or a covert rebrand of Leverage Research? · 2019-09-01T21:47:21.955Z · score: 29 (16 votes) · EA · GW

An analysis of personnel is an incomplete and non-definitive answer but ought to be a useful starting point.

Paradigm Academy does not list its team on its website. However, a quick search on Linkedin yields 16 results (13 with public profiles) for staff of Paradigm Academy. Of these 13, 7 indicate that they have worked for Leverage Research or allied organizations, and a further 4 are well-known to have worked for Leverage Research.

Leverage Research, Paradigm Academy and Reserve:

Michael Curzi

Leverage Research and Paradigm Academy

Emily Crotteau, Jean Fan [LR not cited], Jonathan Wallis [LR not cited], Mindy McTeigue [LR not cited], Cathleen Kilgallen [LR not cited]

Paradigm Academy and Reserve:

Kevin W, Henry Fisher, Daniel Colson

Paradigm Academy only:

Alanna Krowiak, Janelle Williams

Paradigm Academy and Bismarck Analysis:

Zack Lerangis, Brian Burns

Comment by anonymoose on Where are Leverage research staff now? · 2019-08-09T23:32:11.728Z · score: 16 (7 votes) · EA · GW

Also, did you end up posting the promised response on Leverage Research last year?

Comment by anonymoose on Where are Leverage research staff now? · 2019-08-09T23:29:35.744Z · score: 8 (4 votes) · EA · GW

For some reason, it's listed in archived conversations. But my question is:

Hi! Just drawing this question to your notice: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/KyMkDs3SBNpo85qvz/leverage-research-shutting-down
Would be great if you can share your thoughts.
Comment by anonymoose on Leverage Research shutting down? · 2019-07-04T21:49:46.069Z · score: 16 (8 votes) · EA · GW

Is Leverage core rebranding to Paradigm Academy? Are the other branches Reserve and Bismarck Analysis?