Michael Eisenberg is a venture capitalist with Aleph. I am also a partners Benchmark Capital, while blogging at Six Kids and a Full Time Job (http://sixkidsandafulltimejob.blogspot.com/) and at www.alpeh.vc. He adds a perspective -- often on Internet stocks -- from an earlier-stage professional investor. Disclosure: Benchmark Capital is an investor in Seeking Alpha
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Marc Andreessen proved back in the mid-1990s that he had technical chops as co-creator of the first consumer web browser, Mosaic. Then he learned how to lead companies through ups and downs at Netscape, Opsware and Ning. Now he is trying to out-venture the VC establishment as cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz, an investment firm modeled after Hollywood's Creative Artist Agency back in its 1990s heyday. He made seed investments in Twitter and LinkedIn, and bought into later-stage investments in Skype as well as 2011 IPOs Groupon and Zynga. Andreessen's street cred with entrepreneurs serves him well. Mark Zuckerberg asked him to join Facebook's board. Other investments include Airbnb, Fusion-io, Glam and Instagram. Andreessen also serves on the boards of Bump, eBay, Kno, Rockmelt, Stanford Hospital, TinyCo and Hewlett-Packard. Andreessen is nothing if not focused--he describes his travel routine: "I try my damnedest to never leave the 20 mile radius around my office."
For the past 30 years, I have been involved in startups, as a founder, and active investor. My first company was purchased by Johnson & Johnson, which set the foundation for future investments.
My level of trading escalated after graduating from college, primarily as a result of my relationship with the founder of the Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Institutional Venture Partners, (Netflix, Twitter, Oracle). By focusing on VC backed companies, I soon learned the advantage of investing in promising companies before they became household names. My interest in startups has never waned, and has become my primary focus today.
Edward Harrison is the founder of the blog Credit Writedowns (www.creditwritedowns.com) and is a finance specialist at Global Macro Advisors. Previously, Edward was a strategy and finance executive at Deutsche Bank, Bain, and Yahoo. He started his career as a diplomat and speaks German, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish and French. Edward holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/edwardnh. Contact him at edh at creditwritedowns dot com as that's the only mailbox he reads regularly.
As former COO of Seeking Alpha I worked with the marketing, growth, bus dev and technology teams to help drive the growth of the company. I am interested in a mix of low risk long-term investments as well as exciting growth opportunities. Prior to Seeking Alpha I helped found and build 2 technology startups (one in the security field www.camero-tech.com and one internet company www.mystudiyo.com) and worked as a Principal for a Venture Capital Fund. I started my career as an equities analyst working for a number of London-based investment banks including UBS & Flemings.
Michael Eisenberg is a venture capitalist with Aleph. I am also a partners Benchmark Capital, while blogging at Six Kids and a Full Time Job (http://sixkidsandafulltimejob.blogspot.com/) and at www.alpeh.vc. He adds a perspective -- often on Internet stocks -- from an earlier-stage professional investor.
Disclosure: Benchmark Capital is an investor in Seeking Alpha
Jeff Jarvis blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com (http://Buzzmachine.com). He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York’s new Graduate School of Journalism (http://journalism.cuny.edu/). He is consulting editor of Daylife, a news startup. He writes a new media column for The Guardian. He consults for media companies. Until 2005, he was president and creative director of Advance.net, the online arm of Advance Publications. Prior to that, Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News; TV critic for TV Guide and People; a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner; assistant city editor and reporter for the Chicago Tribune; reporter for Chicago Today. He says he is at work on a book.
Boaz Berkowitz has a unique interest being a Seeking Alpha contributor as he not only has a passion for writing and companies in general, but was also Seeking Alpha's Director of Contributor Relations from 2008 to 2011.
Boaz is currently the Founder & CEO of TalkMarkets, a first of its kind financial website. TalkMarkets is a smart site which covers the entire breadth of the diverse financial realm but is customized and tailored to each individual user. Your interests, preferences, and level of investment sophistication influence what content you see and in what medium. This ensures a browsing experience which is easy, quick and personally relevant. Additionally, we've made interacting easy by incorporating the best social media tools and creating a few of our own.
As the first ever contributor-owned website, TalkMarkets is truly unique and issues its founding contributors equity in the company.
Boaz has a diverse background, having begun his career at Bloomberg L.P. in Manhattan. Later he was lured into the world of e-commerce where for nearly six years he served as the Director of Online Operations for Saturn Enterprises. He has also consulted for several companies including Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW), the world's largest operator of 747 cargo aircraft, and GLX, the first global online financial community specifically for investors.
Boaz's interests extend beyond writing - he is involved with several charitable and community organizations. He sits on the Board of Directors for Binghamton University's Hillel and has served as an auxiliary police officer for the NYPD at Manhattan's 24th precinct. Boaz has an unusually supportive and understanding wife and four amazing children.
Mr. Denninger is the former CEO of MCSNet, a regional Chicago area networking and Internet company that operated from 1987 to 1998. MCSNet was proud to offer several "firsts" in the Internet Service space, including integral customer-specified spam filtering for all customers and the first virtual web server available to the general public. Mr. Denninger's other accomplishments include the design and construction of regional and national IP-based networks and development of electronic conferencing software reaching back to the 1980s.
He has been a full-time trader since 1998, author of The Market Ticker (http://market-ticker.org), a daily market commentary, and operator of TickerForum, an online trading community, both since 2007.
Mr. Denninger received the 2008 Reed Irvine Accuracy In Media Award for Grassroots Journalism for his coverage of the 2008 market meltdown.
In 2011 Wiley published his book "Leverage", detailing the causes of the 2008 financial collapse along with analysis and policy prescriptions for the future.
Mick was editor-in-chief and VP of Content at Seeking Alpha from November 2005 to April 2010.
He's now the head of content at Covestor.
Contact him by emailing mbweinstein (at) gmail.com or follow him on Twitter (http://twitter.com/mickwe) or on his Tumblog (mickw.com).
I am an IP/Corporate lawyer who represents established large companies, middle market and emerging companies in the interactive entertainment ,digital content, and tech spaces. I started my own firm in 1995 and built it with one partner up to 5 lawyers and 8 staff people in Los Angeles, CA. We merged it with Nixon Peabody in 2006 to become their interactive entertainment and new media team. Our practice really grew on the large firm platform and this year we launched the firm's IP Transactions Practice Group to focus on these areas across the whole law firm. In 2010, I joined Loeb & Loeb to chair their interactive entertainment practice. Today we represent some of the leading interactive entertainment publishers and developers in the digital and traditional media.
When I am not working, I am either kicking a soccer ball with my daughter or walking the dog at the beach in Los Angeles, CA.
I founded Seeking Alpha, and lead it for its first 10 years until I passed the CEO role to Eli Hoffmann. I started Seeking Alpha after working for five years as a technology research analyst for Morgan Stanley in New York. Seeking Alpha is now the dominant crowdsourced equity research platform.
I wrote the ETF Investment Guide (http://seekingalpha.com/article/15136-etf-investing-guide-one-page-summary-of-the-entire-guide), and I blog about startup best practices at http://davidjaxon.wordpress.com .
I have a B.A from Oxford University and an MSc from The London School of Economics, and am married with five children.
Andy Kessler is a former hedge fund manager turned author who now writes on technology and markets.
His first book Wall Street Meat: Jack Grubman, Frank Quattrone, Mary Meeker, Henry Blodget and me (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060592141/andykessler-20)was published in March of 2003, followed by Running Money: Hedge Fund Honchos, Monster Markets and My Hunt for the Big Score (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060740647/andykessler-20/), published by HarperCollins in September of 2004. Running Money was added to the New York Times Business Bestseller list on November 7, 2004. Then came How We Got Here (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060840978/andykessler-20) which you can find as a free PDF here (http://www.andykessler.com/hwgh.html).
July of 2006 saw the release of The End of Medicine (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/006113029X/andykessler-20), about Silicon Valley invading medicine and doing to doctors what ATMs did to tellers.
Andy is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal op-ed page and has also written for The New York Times op-ed page, Wired, Forbes Magazine, The Weekly Standard, LA Times, The American Spectator magazine and techcentralstation.com and thestreet.com websites. He has even written a piece of fiction for Slate - bet you can't find it.
Andy Kessler was co-founder and President of Velocity Capital Management, an investment firm based in Palo Alto, California, that provided funding for private and public technology and communications companies. Private investments included Real Networks, Inktomi, Alteon WebSystems, Centillium and Silicon Image.
In the early '80's, Andy spent 5 years at AT&T Bell Labs as a chip designer, programmer, and spender of millions in regulated last minute, use it or lose it budget funds. In 1985, he joined PaineWebber in New York, where he did research on the electronics and semiconductor industry and was an “All Star” analyst in the Institutional Investor poll.
In 1989, Andy joined Morgan Stanley as their semiconductor analyst, and following in the footsteps of Ben Rosen, he added the role of technology strategist and helped identify long-term, secular trends in technology. In 1993, he moved to San Francisco to join Unterberg Harris, where he ran a private interactive media venture fund, with investments that included N2K, Exodus and Tut Systems.
Andy received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1980 and an MSEE from the University of Illinois in 1981. K-12 was at Bridgewater-Raritan High School East in New Jersey. Every morning for 13 years, while heading out for the school bus, Andy looked to his left, up the hill, and checked out the flag flying at Middlebook Encampment, where George Washington and his troops spent winters watching the British troops in New Brunswick. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the Betsy Ross 13 star flag as the official flag, and it flew for the first time at the Middlebrook Encampment. Pretty cool.
He lives with his wife and four sons in the Bay Area and enjoys basketball, hiking, skiing, biking, Pininfarina designed moving objects and reminiscing about raising Siberian Huskies.
Scott Karp is the co-founder, President & CEO of Publish2, Inc (http://publish2.com/). He is also Editor, Publisher, and the creator of Publishing 2.0 (http://publishing2.com/about), a blog about how technology is transforming media. Folio: magazine named Scott one of the 40 most influential people in publishing (http://www.foliomag.com/viewmedia.asp?prmMID=7549) for 2007. Scott was previously the Director of Digital Strategy for Atlantic Media.
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Dr. Paul Kedrosky maintains a widely-read blog on technology finance at Paul.Kedrosky.com (http://paul.kedrosky.com). Earlier in his career, Dr. Kedrosky founded the technology equity research practice at HSBC James Capel. Dr. Kedrosky was one of the first analysts to cover Internet companies, as well as making early and timely calls in networking and communications. He currently sits on various boards, is a strategist for Ten Asset Management in Encinitas, California, and a Senior Fellow with the Kauffman Foundation.
He appears regularly on CNBC, and has also appeared on CNN, PBS Newshour, ABC Nightline, and elsewhere, as well as being quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, etc.
Roger Nusbaum is the ETF Strategist for AdvisorShares. This Arizona-based professional has over 25 years of industry experience. He is also a well-known financial commentator covering ETFs, retirement planning and portfolio management for AlphaBaskets.com and at TheStreet.com. We think Roger is particularly insightful on exchange-traded funds, risk management and investing in international markets. Visit Roger's work at Random Roger (http://randomroger.blogspot.com) and AlphaBaskets (http://alphabaskets.com)
David Fry writes a subscription newsletter focused on technical analysis of exchange-traded funds, called ETF Digest (www.etfdigest.com). Dave founded the ETF Digest in 2001 and was among the very first to see the need for a publication that provided individual investors with information and actionable advice on global ETF investing.
We particularly like the overview of financial markets that his work provides. Even if you're not a fan of chart analysis, Dave provides insight and commentary into which global markets are "working" and why.
Specializing as a market strategist and tactician, Fry focuses on evaluating, creating and implementing a variety of ETF portfolios for individual investors and financial professionals. His philosophy and approach incorporates fundamental with technical analysis in pursuit of risk management and capital preservation especially during uncertain and volatile times.
His new eBook, The Best ETFs: U.S. Equities,is now available on Amazon Kindle. Written as a cheat sheet to only the best ETFs for you or your client’s portfolios. For those that don't have a Kindle, you can purchase the pdf here: The Best ETFs: US Equities [https://gumroad.com/l/The%20Best%20ETFs]