I worked for 40 years as a mainframe software developer for an agency of the Federal Government. Then, in 2004, I retired and returned to the same agency as a contractor, doing the same work. In 2009, I got fired for saying uncomplimentary things about the bosses in a public venue. It was a bracing experience. I'm an amateur investor of long experience, managing my own investments, full-time. Going into 2012, I own GOOG, COP, DE, C, OIH, ATPG and GLD. I'm 2% cash. I have a lot of free time.
Moderate to aggressive stock portfolio. Marketing VP for a Silicon Valley high-tech company. Apple evangelist for years and I am objective - when they do well, I cheer, when they don't, I say so. Economics undergrad. MBA.
Stephen L. Weiss is an active investor, markets expert, public speaker and author. His most recent book is a novel called UNHEDGED (see below). He has also authored two well received investment books: The Big Win: Learning from the Legends to Become a more Successful Investor (Wiley, 2012) and The Billion Dollar Mistake: Learning the Art of Investing Through the Missteps of Legendary Investors (Wiley, 2010) which has been translated into two Chinese dialects, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese. A 25 year veteran of Wall Street, he has held senior management positions at Salomon Brothers, SAC Capital and Lehman Brothers, where he built Wall Street's #1 ranked sales force, in addition to co-founding a hedge fund. Weiss is a CNBC Contributor with a regular role on Fast Money Halftime Report. He also frequently appears on The Kudlow Report.
Weiss maintains strong relationships with some of the industry's most highly regarded investment managers. During his tenure in sales, he was responsible for developing investment ideas for Soros Funds, Tiger Management, SAC Capital, where he subsequently worked, Omega Advisors, KIngdon Capital as well as many mutual funds.
Please visit: www.stephenlweiss.com.
Jeff is the President of NewArc Investments Inc., manager of both individual and institutional investments. Jeff is a registered investment advisor, and portfolio manager for NewArc's investment programs. Jeff is a former college professor with a hands-on, real world attitude. His quantitative modeling helped inform state and local officials in Wisconsin for more than a decade. A Public Policy analyst, he taught advanced research methods at the University of Wisconsin, and analyzed many issues related to state tax policy. Jeff began in the financial business as Research Director for trading firm at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He investigated anomalies in the standard option pricing models, taught classes for beginning options traders, and developed new forecasting techniques. In 1991 he established a general research consultancy, working with professional traders at all of the Chicago financial exchanges. In 1998 he started NewArc Investments, Inc. Jeff has a commitment to the specific needs of individual investors. It is not a one-size-fits all approach, but one that emphasizes the unique circumstances of each client. Jeff also serves on the board of two small technology companies (currently Chairman at one). He is occasionally as an expert witness in legal cases involving financial markets and hedging.
Will Richmond is editor and publisher of VideoNuze, a widely-followed online publication which provides daily industry analyses and news aggregation for broadband video decision-makers available at www.videonuze.com. Will is also president and founder of Broadband Directions LLC (www.broadbanddirections.com), a market intelligence, consulting and industry events firm specializing in broadband-delivered video.
Will has worked in the broadband, cable TV, content and technology industries for 20 years. He is an acknowledged thought-leader in the fast-growing broadband video area whose insights are sought out by C-level executives, venture capitalists, journalists and others.
Earlier in his career, Will worked at Continental Cablevision (then the 3rd largest cable operator), where he was VP Business Development and part of the founding team of Continental's pioneering broadband Internet access service "Highway1". Subsequently he served as VP Business Development for CMGI's iCast and for Narad Networks. He was also the founder of PoliticalWag.com, a popular political discussion/community site.
Will has spoken or moderated at numerous industry conferences and webinars. He currently serves on the CTAM New England and CTAM New York board of directors and American Public Television’s board of trustees. Will has a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Filmmaker, tech junkie, info sponge. On the cutting edge of DIY film distribution, I'm into helping bring about a new model of film distribution in the digital age. As DVD sales continue to decline and video stores continue to close, it's important to find new ways to get our films seen. I'm excited about new platforms like YouTube Rentals that will let filmmakers easily eliminate many layers of middlemen that historically have existed between content creators and consumers. It's an interesting time to be in the film production and distribution business.
Diane Mermigas is an award-winning business writer and analyst, consultant, speaker and adjunct professor specializing in digital media content, advertising, marketing, commerce and consumer behavior-related issues and trends. She excels in developing digital strategies for media content and marketing companies seeking new business models, revenue streams and consumer connections.
Her distinctive thought leadership and actionable business intelligence uniquely span traditional and interactive media, Hollywood and Silicon Valley, Madison Avenue and Wall Street. Ms. Mermigas leverages her extensive knowledge, skills and high-level industry contacts to provide clients and readers with a better command of interactive transformation, especially as it applies to social mobile platforms.
Ms. Mermigas has served as an advisor on digital convergence, interactive business plans and thought leadership to companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fuse Capital, Public Broadcasting, GE Capital and Akoo International. She has been a moderator and presenter at industry conferences, universities and think tanks such as World Economic Forum and the Monaco Media Forum, American University's Center for Social Media and Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
She continues her ongoing rapport with leading industry executives such as long-time NBC Universal chairman and CEO Bob Wright, with whom she is co-authoring a book. While teaching New Media Studies and business model creation to graduate students at Chicago's DePaul University, Ms. Mermigas is constructing a detailed, long-term forecast for the dramatic transformation of media industry economics, company structures, consumer relations, and content creation and distribution.
Her trademark column, big picture analysis and executive interviews can be found at The Hollywood Reporter, Advertising Age and other Crain Communications publications, Seeking Alpha, Business Insider, BNET and Mediapost. She has been a contributor to CNBC, CNN and other television news.
John Mauldin is a renowned financial expert, a New York Times best-selling author, and a pioneering online commentator. Each week, over 1 million readers turn to Mauldin for his penetrating view on Wall Street, global markets, and economic history.
Mauldin’s weekly e-newsletter, Thoughts from the Frontline, was one of the first publications to provide investors with free, unbiased information and guidance. Today, it is the most widely distributed investment newsletter in the world. Mauldin also offers The Mauldin Circle, a free service that connects accredited investors to an exclusive network of money managers and alternative investment opportunities. (In this regard, he is President and a Registered Representative of Millennium Wave Securities, member FINRA, please see legal disclosures).
Mauldin is a frequent contributor to publications including The Financial Times and The Daily Reckoning, as well as a regular guest on CNBC, Yahoo Tech Ticker, and Bloomberg TV. He also edits the free weekly e-letter Outside the Box.