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Real Options Meme

Options have value
Options expire
Never commit early unless you know why.

Chris used his extensive knowledge of financial derivatives to develop an approach on how to deal with decision making and named it real options. After Chris and Olav ran into each other in 2005 they have subsequently extended their model to incorporate applied psychology and various other disciplines. Unlike the "traditional" Real Options approach that is based on Black-Scholes, the approach that Olav and Chris developed avoids the complex mathematics and focuses on the practical implications of options.

Their real options model (also known as the real options meme) teaches us to understand the timing of decision making and help discover new options not appreciated before.

Olav and Chris have teamed up with Chris Geary to create the first business graphic novel about managing risk on projects. In the novel the main character (Rose Randall) learns how to apply the real options approach to the way she manages her new project.

Olav Maassen is an experienced project manager and consultant at Xebia in the Netherlands and has more than ten years of experience working mainly for financial institutions and big corporations.

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Chris Matts is a consultant who specializes in developing risk management and trading system for investment banks. He has studied for a masters degree in financial mathematics ( Mathematical Trading and Finance ).

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Chris Geary is a London-based, experienced graphic artist. He attended the London Cartoon Centre, mainly under the tutorage of David Lloyd. Chris has just finished working on a series of four historical graphic novels due for publication over the next few years.


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