Alcor actually published a quite detailed analysis of it's finances,
linked in the above comment. From what I can gather, it seems Alcor's
current pricing model isn't sustainable. It's worth a read.
On Wed, 4 May 2011 19:49:09 -0700, John Salvatier wrote:
> Hi guys,
> This is something I would like to discuss at the next meeting. I hope
> to eventually post this to the discussion or main, but I'd first like
> to discuss this with you guys.
> Judging by the number of upvotes, Brandon Reinhart's analysis of
> SIAI's financial filings is valuable to quite a few people
> (http://lesswrong.com/lw/5il/siai_an_examination/ ). Similar
> * Money is sometimes a good motivator, though in a social setting it
> can kill non-cash motivation. I am willing to contribute significant
> money to some projects, I've contributed small amounts in the past. I
> bet other people would be willing to pitch in too.
> * Karma is already have a system of conferring small amounts of
> status on people.
> What relevant issues do you see?
>  http://lesswrong.com/lw/5il/siai_an_examination/
> From what I can gather, it seems Alcor's current pricing model isn't sustainable.
On the other hand, their Patient Care Trust (i.e. the one part that must not fail) is extremely conservative, assuming a 2% real yield. In my retirement planning, where I'm trying to be very conservative, I assume that I can get a 5% real yield. Basically, the fact that they've gone with a "permanent endowment fund" model for this is extremely encouraging all by itself.
(Hi, I'm Luke's best friend. I live in Redmond without a car, though, which makes getting to Seattle obnoxious, on top of my busy day job. On LW, I'm playing the metagame of trying to get a ridiculously high karma/comment ratio - currently 5.82. Someday I may try to write a top-level post.)
I did it myself - I don't have a fancy way of automating it beyond grep.
This metagame encourages me to avoid making chatty and/or flippant comments, instead keeping my powder dry for comments that I think are valuable.
How important do the projects *feel* vs. how important are the actual jobs?
How interesting or intimidating do the projects look in a thought? (I mean that in the same way as "at a glance.")
Who are your targets for people who would be good at completing these problems?
Who can do what? What skills are needed?
How far should leadership and delegation be taken? Instigation vs. delegation.