Cult of Personality: How the New Breed of Entrepreneurs Build Their Brand
Moderated by Josh Brown with panelists Howard Lindzon, James Altucher and Henry Blodget.
The Reformed Broker
Drawing upon the ideas and popular talent featured in his well-regarded blog, The Big Picture (www.ritholtz.com), Barry Ritholtz presents The Big Picture Conference, a one-day, on-demand event that offers sharp insight into the financial markets, the economy and the dangerous intersection between government and Wall Street.
James Altucher has built and sold 3 businesses. And maybe failed at 16 others. He’s traded successfully for several hedge funds and ran a fund of hedge funds which he was fortunate enough to unwind right before the housing collapse. He makes angel investments with a group of other investors through Formula Capital. He’s written seven books, has written for the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal. He blogs at jamesaltucher.com where he confesses most of his sins and hopes that people forgive him.
His latest book, I Was Blind But Now I See was an Amazon bestseller, beating out Joel Osteen’s latest book, for fifteen seconds. But everyone in this audience gets it for free. He receives, on average, one death threat a week. He doesn’t have a driver’s license but in his pocket right now are the keys to his car. He has written about why nobody should ever buy a home but he owns a home. He has written why nobody should ever go to college but he went to college. He’s bullish on the stock market but advises people to never own stocks. He thinks Shakespeare is in the bottom 10% of all writers and should not be studied in school.
Henry Blodget is the CEO and Editor of The Business Insider, an online business media company based in New York. Blodget is also a host of Yahoo's TechTicker, an online finance show watched by more than 1 million people a month, and a contributor to Bloomberg TV.
He frequently contributes to MSNBC, NPR, The Atlantic, The New York Times, the Financial Times, and other organizations.
Josh Brown is a New York City-based financial advisor at Ritholtz Wealth Management. He helps people invest and manage portfolios for them. His clients range from individuals to corporations to retirement plans to charitable foundations. Brown is the author of the book Backstage Wall Street, from publisher McGraw-Hill. In March of 2012 he joined the advisory board of Brightscope, where he hopes to help usher in a new era of transparency for the financial advisory industry.
Howard Lindzon is co-founder and CEO of StockTwits – a social network for traders and investors to share real-time ideas and information. StockTwits was recently named “one of the top 10 most innovative companies in web” by FastCompany and one of the “50 best websites” by Time magazine.
Mr. Lindzon has more than twenty years experience in the financial community acting in both an entrepreneurial and investing capacity. With a unique vision for starting and successfully managing innovative companies, he is the Managing Partner of Social Leverage, a holding company that invests in early stage web businesses. Howard continues to manage a hedge fund he started in 1998.
He created Wallstrip, and more than 400 original web video shows, which was purchased by CBS Corp. in 2007. He is an active angel with many success angel investments including: Rent.com, (purchased by Ebay in 2005 for $415 million), Golfnow.com (purchased by Comcast in June 2008), and Lifelock (lead investors include Bessemer Venture Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers). Mr. Lindzon’s new media and internet business investments also include: Limos.com, Blogtalkradio.com, Buddy Media, Ticketfly, Assistly, Bit.ly and Tweetdeck (purchased by Twitter in June 2011).
Mr. Lindzon received an MBA at Arizona State University and an MIM from The American Graduate School of International Management.
Henry Blodget, editor and CEO of The Business Insider, and Howard Lindzon, co-founder and CEO of StockTwits, share advice about how to stand out in the sea of social media. "Speaking from the heart, attacking an issue," advises Blodget, who describes a recent post by a former broker against Bank of America that garnered over 100,000 views in the twittersphere.