Oh dear God it was along time ago that I created and started Wallstrip. The first show was October 15, 2006…I have the blog post to prove it.
My pitch to investors…’Cramer with _____’!
I kid the Cramer!
Lindsay Campbell, our awesome host, continues to be offended by me today. I know this because she tweeted so this morning after one of my obnoxious comments.
In 2006, I was totally inspired by how little I needed CNBC and how much I liked Seinfeld, Larry David, Jon Stewart and Stocks. I was inspired by YouTube and $GOOG (long).
Nothing really happened though. Yes, deals have been done and thousands of companies have been started, even taken public ($BCOV), but it’s all pretty dull and boring.
It feels different though finally. I mean it.
Skype, Google Hangouts, $AMZN, YouTube, iPhone, Android and now today Twitter launching Vine (here is my first one). The social web, the mobile web and our addiction to sharing are just catching their stride.
Today, $AAPL was down $60 points and wiped out $60 billion, but maybe as importantly for the world of video and the market in general, Netflix was up $50. They were supposed to die a horrible death before a 90 year old angry white man named Icahn stepped in with an option trade. Amazon and Google did not blink.
I stand to lose a lot if I am wrong so take my bullishness with a huge grain of salt as usual. Disclosure out of the way…Tubemogul,a company we used in 2006 at Wallstrip (and I am an investor), is flat out rocking. I see their numbers. YouTube is opening up to companies like Blayze (yep I am an investor) to help creators understand their fan base. Google Hangouts has an API that has allowed startups like Colingo to catch fire (yes yes I am an investor). Check out Videolicious, a startup that helps anyone tap their way to awesome videos on their iphone. They have 1.2 million plus downloads and 1,500 businesses using their apps…with just 5 employees (wait for it….I am an investor).
Platforms, Products, API’s, Global Markets…what could go wrong?
1. Mostly Verizon and AT&T. They are the big gatekeepers to bandwith and you just never know with these peeps.
2. Brands could stop advertising. Ya right!
I think this is the year Mortimer!