Archive | October 2006

good quotes

I normally ignore the junk that is displayed above my email messages in gmail, but today this quote caught my attention and I thought I’d post it: Read More…

One year later

We recently just passed the 1 year anniversary of one of the harder moments of my life. A year ago this past weekend while driving up to spend the weekend at Lake Erie with Julie and her parents I received the most difficult phone call of my life. Read More…


I know this is rare on this blog, but I couldn’t help myself in this situation. For those of you who know me well, you know I’m an avid investor in the stock market. I believe there is no better way to follow the pulse of the economy than to follow the market. You really get to see what’s working, and what is not. Google is working, and their earnings numbers yesterday were simply amazing. We’re talking about a 7 year old company valued at nearly $140 billion that grew revenues by 70% over the last year and profits by an amazing 92%! We’re not talking about boosting $100 to $180, we’re talking about profits going from $381 million to $733 million…real money. Can you imagine boosting your take home income by 93% in 12 months? How about if you were a giant company?

Google simply put has created one of the best business models ever by creating the world’s largest and most efficient advertising network. Their network is effective whether you’re spending $.50 or $5million. As more people move online (hard to believe more could), more advertising dollars will move online (it’s still only a fraction of overall ad spending), and they will move to google first. Point: That company still has room to grow, and the stock isn’t too bad either even at $455 a share. Simply amazing.

I will say, however, that 7 years from now we will be discussing another company that simply flew through the roof (maybe not quite on google’s scale) and we’ll be calling it something other than google. Just look at the history of the internet, the giants of tomorrow are not even created yet.

Do it now

So I’ve been missing for a few weeks on this site, and for that I apologize.  I have been very busy meeting with people, finding an apartment, and closely examining a few opportunities to grow my entrepreneurial skills.  New York really is an amazing place, and I’m grateful everyday that I get the opportunity to live here.  There are just so many fascinating things going on on, it’s so full of energy, and it’s so diverse.  I just can’t believe I’m here.

A lesson I’ve really been learning since I’ve been here is how to act.  I’d say I’m pretty good about progressing things along that need to be done, but I’m also not one who always gets things done quickly.  I especially struggle with making cold calls, but I’ve now begun to laugh all those off.  There is nothing more empowering, more educating, than acting now.  Never say, “I’d like to do that,” or “let’s figure that out then,” when you can do it right now.  I’ve really begun to feel this over the last few days, and am seeing just how powerful this is.

There really is no reason to not move forward with something you want or need finished right this second.  It feels great…I’ve got some really exciting news coming.

by the way, feel free to email me if I haven’t spoken to you in awhile or are looking to visit me in nyc.