Archive for February, 2011

  • Very Interesting Twitter Statistics
    Posted by on February 28th, 2011 at 4:11 pm, Comments: 0

    A great infographic of Twitter statistics was posted on my stream this morning and it’s worth commenting on.  It is linked at the end of this post, but here are the pieces I found to be noteworthy. Twitter users are now posting their bios, at the end of 2009 31% had bios, at the end [...]

  • RIAs Must Follow Testimonial Rules On Social Networks
    Posted by on February 24th, 2011 at 6:04 pm, Comments: 0

    I come across blatant disregard for the social media rules set by the SEC for RIAs every single day.  Look people, they are licking their chops to screw someone, and since this is the SEC we are talking about, they will probably go after a well meaning advisor who just happened to be ignorant of [...]

  • Watson and Twitter Were Meant For Each Other
    Posted by on February 24th, 2011 at 5:10 pm, Comments: 0

    IBM has created a Twitter account for their super computer Watson (@IBMWatson).  Thus far a human controls the account and is posting relevant news regarding the Watson platform, what types of practical applications they are working on for the technology, and generally engaging the Twitter community around the subject. It’s great, IBM obviously gets how [...]

  • Dictators Don’t Have Perfect Information
    Posted by on February 23rd, 2011 at 8:52 pm, Comments: 0

    Watching events in the Middle East and North Africa closely over the past few weeks, one has to wonder, are these dictators really this clueless?  We know that many of them are highly insular, but really? Based on direct reports from state department officials we know that Mubarak was highly confident that protests in Egypt [...]

  • How Investment Advisors Should Be Using Social Media
    Posted by on February 17th, 2011 at 11:23 pm, Comments: 0

    In this new era of social media, financial professionals are struggling to understand how they should be leveraging all of the new tools at their disposal.  Some know that they should be involved but don’t understand how to get started, some have started but are on completely the wrong path, others aren’t quite sure if [...]

  • Iran On The Ropes
    Posted by on February 16th, 2011 at 6:18 pm, Comments: 0

    In the realm of international relations, aggressive acts are often signs of true weakness.  This morning, Iran is sending two naval warships through the Suez canal towards Syria.  This is an unusual move by the Iranian regime putting their war ships in close proximity to Israel and Egypt where the military is still attempting to consolidate power [...]

  • Facebook Is Worth 100 Billion
    Posted by on February 15th, 2011 at 8:36 pm, Comments: 0

    Yup, 100 billion, at least, in the not too distant future.  And please, let me just preempt anyone out there who believes that things are worth something different than what they currently trade at.  An asset is worth what you can get for it today, unless you plan to hold it in perpetuity (not many [...]

  • VYou to Answer Questions With Video
    Posted by on February 10th, 2011 at 11:49 pm, Comments: 0

    Over a year ago I got a great early look at a product called VYou.  It was raw at the time, but I knew it had promise, although I wasn’t quite sure what the application was. VYou is all grown up and looking pretty spiffy these days.  If you’ve been to the about page of [...]

  • No More Waiting In Lines At The Stadium
    Posted by on February 10th, 2011 at 5:02 am, Comments: 0

    This post was origionaly published on 2/8/11 at The Post Game.  It is the second installment in my bi-weekly column which looks at the connection between stocks/business and sports. You’re at the ballpark and you’ve just found your seat when that sweet smell of beer and hot dogs hits you smack in the face. You don’t [...]

  • The Lion And The Gazelle
    Posted by on February 5th, 2011 at 11:09 pm, Comments: 0

    “Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up and knows that it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.  Every morning a lion wakes up and knows that it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.  It doesn’t matter whether you are the lion [...]