The first time hedge fund legend Paul Tudor Jones met quant maven John Overdeck was over a greasy meal of cut-price pepperoni pizza. It was January 2001, and the two were dining at the Pizza Hut in Greenwich, Connecticut — “my Sunday evening go-to restaurant,” according to Jones — to discuss a business plan for a new quantitatively driven hedge fund firm.
David Siegel, then the chief technology officer of Jones’s firm, Tudor Investment Corp., and Tudor president Mark Dalton had been hashing out the plan with Overdeck, then an executive at Amazon.
“I could tell you that I went to Pizza Hut with an HP12C hidden in my pocket for an on-the-spot calculus challenge, but I knew I would lose — even with the HP,” Jones recalls in an email interview with Institutional Investor. “The lights flickered for an hour on my pepperoni off John’s brain waves.”
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