Archive for October, 2012

7 Things I Learned from Hurricane Sandy

Let’s clean up some myths first: Hurricane Sandy is not good for the economy. People in the media always claim hurricanes are good because of the rebuilding. This is bullshit.  Yes, people will be buying new furniture, etc. But if it were good for the economy I’d come and smash your house every other month […] Read On…

Steve Wynn and the Lost Diamonds of Africa

You know the movie I’m talking about. It starts off in some African village. Always in Africa. Women are doing the laundry. Men are either sitting around or doing some hard work with a rusty wrench. Kids are playing around a hose that wiggles its way through the only dirt street like a snake. Maybe […] Read On…

What You Can Do If You Are a Nobody

[an expanded answer from last week’s Twitter Q&A] CAN A NOBODY WRITE  A BOOK? Fonzi ‏@fonzib: Do you think it’s a waste of time for a spare nobody to write a book about their life so far? Answer: I’m sorry you think you are a nobody. There’s seven billion or so people on this planet. […] Read On…

Why I Won’t Vote

I was asked this during my last Twitter Q&A:  Bryan M. Smith ‏@bryanmsmith: Who are you voting for in the election & why? Answer: I don’t vote. I won’t vote. I have no political anti-establishment reason for not voting. I’m not  an anarchist. I just don’t see why I should vote. A vote is a […] Read On…

No Wonder He Hated Me

I used to think Mark was an idiot. He was a former managing director at CS First Boston and then we were partners at  venture capital fund from 2000-2001. We were horrible, maybe the worst investors in history. I can’t blame it on market conditions (the Internet Bubble collapsed) although I often do. I’m going […] Read On…

Six Things I Learned From Mick Jagger

My kids don’t know who the Rolling Stones are. They don’t care either. And why should they? Setting aside the common argument every generation makes with the generation after it (“our music is better than yours”) what can distinguish Mick Jagger from, say, Selena Gomez, who they admire? Or Adele? Or any of the other […] Read On…

How To Break Free From Prison

I was scared when I left the corporate job for the first time. I was even more scared when I was thrown out of graduate school and had to explain why to my parents.  When I was first separated and then divorced I was ashamed to tell people about it. When I lost all my […] Read On…