LATEST INSTABLOGS POSTS

  • Quote of the Day
    “It’s very difficult to navigate a business through a paradigm shift. You must hard wire your system to second guess all the time, questioning what is next, and then what is next. You’ve got to retain optionality for both investment portfolios and the business you run to... More »
    Feb. 21, 2011
  • They’re Not Celebrating in Celebration
    A search for a nearby bank took me to the surreal suburb of Celebration, Florida, a city developed by the Disney people during the mid-1990’s. Created to evoke small town USA circa 1940, the berg tastefully replicates an America from the bucolic past, with wide parks, period street lights,... More »
    Feb. 21, 2011
  • The San Francisco Money Show
    I attended the Woodstock of investment conferences last week, the World Money Show at the Gaylord Palms Resort near Orlando, Florida. Run with military efficiency that only General George S. Patton could have appreciated, it offered a multi ring circus of traders, foreign exchange models,... More »
    Feb. 21, 2011
  • Orlando Strategy Luncheon Review
    Now is the greatest time ever to buy a Caterpillar D9 heavy bulldozer. That was my conclusion after visiting Ritchie’s Auctioneers, half way between Orlando and Tampa, Florida, which offers hundreds of these giant machines, along with enough steam rollers, backhoes, road graders, and dump... More »
    Feb. 21, 2011
  • Quote of the Day
    “Unfortunately, the guys who regulate are always regulating last year’s game,” said Mario Gabelli, CEO of Gabelli Asset Management.
    Feb. 21, 2011
  • The Inside Story on Apple’s Steve Wozniak
    I first spoke to Steve Wozniak via HAM radio when I was 12 and he was the 14 year old president of the Homestead High School Radio Club in Cupertino, California. With seven children, my dad was pretty stingy with allowance money. But when it came to electronic parts, I had an unlimited budget,... More »
    Feb. 21, 2011
  • Dinner With Joseph Stiglitz
    The great thing about interviewing Joseph Stiglitz over dinner is that you don’t have to ask any questions.  You just turn him on and he spits out one zinger after another. And he does this in a kibitzing, wizened, grandfatherly manner like one would expect from a character that just... More »
    Feb. 21, 2011
  • Looksmart will prove that the whole is far greater than the sum of the parts?
    .“This is a case where the whole is far greater than the sum of the parts and where each company’s unique experience, insights and perspectives will coalesce to create important, far reaching best practices.” The above quote is spoken by Marta Martinez, MediaMath - in an early... More »
    Feb. 21, 2011
  • Massive Protests Threaten To Topple New Regime
    Thousands of protesters gathered outside government headquarters this week, ultimately seizing the legislature building on Friday and Saturday. Estimates ran as high as 68,000 people crammed into the main square. Sunday marked the sixth day of protests organized by labor unions... More »
    Feb. 21, 2011
  • Forex Markets Looking for Direction
    Years ago there was a sarcastic balladeer who sang "The whole world is festering in one unhappy wound."  Now forty five years have flown by since the mid sixties, but the theme still prevails.  The latest shuffle in leadership seems to be occurring in Libya.  Muammar... More »
    Feb. 21, 2011