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[26 Oct 2008 | 6 Comments | 1,194 views]
Twitter a Tool for Terrorists?

The U.S. Army recently mentioned in a report that Twitter, the popular microblogging service, could be used as a tool for terrorists. For example, the report explained how Twitter could potentially be used to detonate explosives and coordinate attacks. The analysts in the intelligence operations are thinking very creatively! Why do they publish these things? It isn’t likely that the Twitter community could recognize or decipher a terrorist conversation.  But now the military just gave the bad guys a new idea if they haven’t already thought of it, or at …

Hedge Funds, Investing, Trading »

[26 Oct 2008 | 4 Comments | 4,532 views]
Long Term Capital Mismanagement

Henry Paulson, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Treasury, recently announced a plan to purchase equity stakes in large public financial institutions to stem the tide of bankruptcies and failures brought on by the credit crisis. By buying shares in big banks, the government is essentially providing much needed cash to stabilize the companies and provide for some liquidity and credit stimulus. This is just one of many actions announced in an attempt to diffuse the credit crisis. Equally busy are Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve. Paulson swears …

Entertainment, Investing, Sports »

[24 Oct 2008 | No Comment | 25,794 views]
Dominance Postponed

It was another suspenseful postseason for my precious Boston Red Sox. Although the fat lady has shattered the Nation’s dreams and any glass in her vicinity, the Fenway Faithful were treated to another epic battle. You just cannot say that this team is boring. Even I was surprised that they tied the series after being down 3-to-1 to force the seventh game! The Tampa Bay Rays played well and showed how formidable a force young hunger can be. They won handily, but the last game could’ve been won by either …

Business, Investing, Leadership, Technology, Trading »

[9 Oct 2008 | 13 Comments | 3,221 views]
When CEOs Become the Soul of a Company

Have you ever wondered what could happen to the stock price of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A) when its amazing CEO, Warren Buffett, is no longer able to captain the ship or passes away? This topic has swirled atop investors’ minds for at least a few years now and consistently keeps getting addressed by the Oracle of Omaha himself during Berkshire’s annual shareholder meetings. Last year, I sent my wife Cynthia to the shareholders’ meeting and she reported that the continuity or succession topic was one of the most widely talked about.
Let’s …

Creativity, Entertainment, Sports, Video »

[5 Oct 2008 | One Comment | 28,394 views]
Post-Catharsis Dominance

It’s been a busy year and I haven’t been able to catch as many Red Sox games as I would have liked. Granted, the urgency has been diminished by two championships in the last four years after a near century of long-suffering from close calls and dramatic second-place denouements. The championship in 2004, which broke the slump, was highly cathartic and wonderfully expressed by this surprisingly sympathetic and understanding Nike (NKE) commercial. I cry every time I watch it. Since that 2004 campaign, I’ve watched the franchise grow in sophistication. …

Business, Features, Investing, Latticework, Randomness, Strategy, Venture Capital »

[1 Oct 2008 | 12 Comments | 9,939 views]
The Pareto Principle for Careers

My good friend Dan and I were talking shop about our recent business challenges. He works for Omniture (OMTR), the leading Web analytics software company, and is one of the top sales guys there. As an aside, we were both at the University Venture Fund when I sourced our Omniture deal and we had the privilege to co-invest with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and Scale Venture Partners in one of Utah’s shining technology successes. Every quarter, my friend handily beats his quotas and makes good money doing so. Life ought …