Tuesday, February 5, 2008

O'Reilly Money:Tech Conference 2008

This week I look forward to Tim O'Reilly's Money:Tech Conference to be held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

The list of speakers is impressive and the topics to be covered should be equally provocative.

Speeches by Jim Cramer (The Street) and Paul Kedrosky (Infectious Greed) amongst others should provide some helpful insight into how our economy, the stock market and technology will change in the upcoming year. The horror that we are seeing in the market appears to be here for the near-term and its anyone's guess as to when it will be lifted.

It will also be good to see many of the investment professionals all located in one place for two days to exchange ideas and projections about the market and its direction.

Fred Wilson, Brad Feld, Howard and others are seeing a slow down in activity around the start-up finance sector as consumers tighten their spending habits.

Its been almost a year since I first met Jason Knight, CEO of Wesabe (whom O'Reilly and Union Square Ventures have investment). It will be good to see how his progress has accelerated since our first meeting. The field of online-personal-finance has grown significantly; as more and more companies are springing up to fill this void. Geezeo, Mint and Wesabe have positioned themselves as industry leaders ( Mint is doing damn well in my opinion).

Looking forward to it.

New Deep V Wheel with Phil Wood Hub

After last November's Cranksgiving crash it was only a matter of time (and money) before I built a new front wheel.

The results are impressive. Its pretty sweet to have a rock-solid front wheel. The roads of New York City are treacherous at best. Potholes, pedestrians, taxi's and broken glass adorn the streets I ride each day.

There is no space for compromise in the world of track bikes. Either you are in the zone riding or you are smacking your face in the back of someone's car door. Thats why its so important to be on top of your game at all times. These many considerations are quite worrisome, which is why I will only ride my bike when I know its in optimal condition. New tires, well-oiled hubs, cranks and a taut chain are necessities that can not be ignored.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Superbowl Monday: Don't be a Baby about it

The game was watched. The Giants won and I lost a dollar.

That was my big bet for the season, that the Patriots would have the perfect season.

Robert Kraft was the commencement speaker for the graduating class of 2005 at Columbia University. I am not really sure what he talked about. I think I was too excited to really care.

My friends and I really looked forward to the commercials. For me watching the Superbowl is like breaking into a bad habit. I do not have a television and have not been following sports or tv shows for the last 10 years. In essence, me watching football once a year is kind of like sneaking in a cigarette to a reformed smoker.

Growing up I watched way too much MTV, Nickelodeon and Columbo. Once I hit high school I pretty much stopped caring what was on the boobtube. There were too many fun things to do outside of the house that I just did not have time to sit around and veg-out.

To this day I am anti-television. I love watching good films, but asking me about LOST or American Idol will get you no where fast.

Back to the commercials:

They weren't really that funny. The only worthwhile ads that came on were for a little baby talking stocks. This was the most spectacular advertisement. I love hearing a one-year old talking about mutual funds. He even took some of his earnings and rented a clown for a couple of hours. Classic! Ironically, this was a commerical for E Trade. The most talked about failure of recent memory in the cheap, online trading sphere.

Talking babies won't save this one.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Superbowl Sunday

Yeah, its that time of the year again. Kickoff was five minutes ago and I have no clue who is winning.

If you have read my blog before, you know that I ride bikes frequently. Football not-so-much.

Therefore, like millions of other Americans I am taking to a comfortable sofa, drinking beer and paying attention to the multi-million dollar ads. I heard that Obama was going to have a spot. Looking forward to that.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for the half-time show. Hmmm... Last year it was Prince? How much worse could things get? Maybe next year it will be R Kelly. Thats what I am looking forward to.

Who's playing who again?