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Back in early December 2011, I wrote a blog post about Engagio, a new web service launched by our very own William Mougayar. For those who didn't read that post, Engagio is a service that aggregates your comment activity across many of the major social platforms and gives you a gmail style dashboard to see them and reply to them. A lot has happened in the past 45 days since that post and I wanted to bring everyone up to speed on this project. Fir...
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Facebook waited until the end of the business day in New York to file its S1 papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission — the prelude to what could be the biggest tech IPO of all time later this year. But who cares about the money? For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who's worth about $25 billion, it's all about togetherness. This is from his letter that accompanied the filing (thanks to Nicholas Carlson and Business Insider for the quick b...
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Jesse Eisinger and a ProPublic co-author, Cora Currier, along with NPR's Chris Arnold, have followed up on their original story about Freddie Mac allegedly betting against homeowners being able to refinance their mortgages. To summarize without getting too deep into risk-mitigation instruments and complex financial jargon, Freddie was using these things called "inverse floaters," and more or them than Eisinger originally reported ($5 billion), to...
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Thanks to ZeroHedge for providing the grouchy heads-up on this story from the Sacramento Bee. The state needs to find $3.3 billion and find it fast. Or it will run out of money in March. Here's ZH: If anyone is tired of the daily European soap opera with surrealistic tragicomic overtones, they can simply shift their gaze to the 8th largest economy in the world: the insolvent state of California, whose controller just told legislators has just ove...
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Pep Boys, the auto parts and service chain, is leaving the public markets and leaping into the arms of private equity firm The Gores Group, based in Los Angeles. This is from the LA Times: Manny, Moe & Jack are going private: Aftermarket auto parts chain Pep Boys is selling itself to Los Angeles investment firm Gores Group for $791 million in cash. Expansion-minded Pep Boys executives say the total enterprise value of the deal is about $1 billion...
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Cities are ideal platforms for service jobs. American needs service jobs. But what about family formation? Are cities ideal platforms for family building?
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Hey, really enjoyed your article for the Huffington Post. Would love to pitch you on a story. If you may be interested, my email is paulsonpetra at Gmail
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Facebook filed for an IPO with the SEC late today. I've had a chance to review the S1 document, although I didn't really dig deeply into it. That can come later. The CliffNotes version is that there aren't any huge surprises here, as far as Facebook's financials go. There are over 800 million users. The business is all about advertising, the source of almost all of Facebook's revenue. So what are the little surprises? 1. Facebook's future hinges ...
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The venture capital business has been under some stress for a while now. It's not that it's doing all that badly. It's just that it isn't doing as well as it has in the past. This is related to the overall weakness in the economy, not just in the U.S. but also Europe: it's tougher for VCs to raise money, and it's tougher for VCs to sell their portfolio companies to established firms or exit their investments via initial public offerings (IPOs). B...
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This information is all over the place, but I got it from the Globe and Mail: Facebook generated about $4.3-billion in revenue last year, according to estimates from the research firm eMarketer, with advertising accounting for nearly 90 per cent of that amount. This year, the company should post revenue of nearly $6-billion, eMarketer forecasts. And one assumes that 90 percent of that $6 billion will also come from advertising. And when Facebook ...
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Yesterday's NPR/ProPublica story about Freddie Mac's refusal to refinance mortgages so that it can make more money on some high-risk parts of its investment portfolio has divided the blogosphere. As I noted yesterday, Matt Levine at Dealbreaker thinks that Freddie was absorbing a refinancing risk that it would find difficult to pass on to investors. Felix Salmon at Reuters disagrees and disagrees profoundly, basically saying that we should call a...
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Just a quick update on the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The bids were submitted last week and already a few potential buyers have dropped out. Most prominent among these is Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who tried to buy both the Chicago Cubs and the Texas Rangers when they available were (he failed in both cases). Magic Johnson, the Lakers superstar and successful regional businessman, is still in the running, however. As are two of the ...
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  • Solve Associates
    Principal, 2012 - present
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Pasadena
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Los Angeles - New York - Chicago - Clemson - Huntington
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Journalist, driver, husband, father of three. DeBord Report blogger at KPCC.org 89.3.
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I run the communications consultancy Solve Associates and I've contributed to the the New York Times, the Washington Post, BNET, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, and the Huffington Post. I also write about wine and I'm learning to ride a bike all over again.
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I've written two books about wine.
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  • New York University
    English
  • Clemson University
    English and Political Science
  • New York University
    English
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