When in doubt, I google.

Friday, March 03, 2006

It's been two weeks already!

It's been so long friend, too too long. I told you not to expect too much. I have two weeks worth of googles to remember, explain and write about.

Did you know that TVGuide publishes its TVGuide online for free! How did I find out, I googled it. Yup, that's right. They have gone from a purely publishing company to an "Internet content provider". A huge business decision. Like many companies they are finding that revenue from web based advertising blows away any revenue gained from paper publishing with its licensing and distribution costs, not to mention raw materials. Frankly, I'm not sure why anything is published analog any more given the paper thin margins (pun intended).

Today I googled "Diageo" to see if they were owned by LVMH. Partly owned. I also googled, "Buy side vs. sell side".

Simply stated, the buy-side refers to the asset managers who represent individual and institutional investors. The buy-side purchases investment products with the goal of increasing its assets. The sell-side refers to the functions of an investment bank. Specifically, this includes investment bankers, traders and research analysts. Sell-side professionals issue, recommend, trade and "sell" securities for the investors on the buy-side to "buy." The sell-side can be thought of primarily as a facilitator of buy-side investments --the sell-side makes money not through a growth in value of the investment, but through fees and commissions for these facilitating services.

A candidate of mine landed a job for an investment bank on the sell-side and I wanted to speak intelligently to him (read bull-shit my way through a conversation) about his new job.

I googled "fiduciary", "expatriate tax", "rocket-man", "tire tread life", "farts, chemical makeup", "professional recruiter networking", "FBI", "dumb dog names", "running technique", "Zegna suit", "best inventions", "national association of magicians". Results in order: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiduciary; http://www.escapeartist.com/efam5/expat_tax.html; http://www.the-rocketman.com/; http://www.coopertire.com/us/en/information/info-glossary.asp; http://www.heptune.com/farts.html; http://www.fbi.gov/; http://www.triathletes-uk.org/info/running.html; http://www.dogstory.net/dog_name.htm; http://www.menssuitsnewyork.com/; http://www.time.com/time/2002/inventions/; http://festival.lfchosting.com/festival/Magician%20Article.html

Hump-day cocktails was a little slow this week. Nina fell asleep, there are no crazy pictures but . . . Kevin decided to spend his entire tax return on perhaps the most complex (read expensive) scotch that is produced: Lagavulin 16 year (pron. Laga-voolin).

Islay whisky is the most dramatic and complex of all. Whilst many differents elements contribute to its distinctive, robust character, the effect of the peat on the water that flows over it is clearly evident in the whiskies taste. Lagavulin embodies all these attributes, but stands out from other Islay malts by its extra depth and silky dryness. Probably the most pugent Islay malt, Lagavulin is distinctive and robust with a heavy, powerful aroma. The smoky peaty taste is a delight to the discriminating drinker. Bottled with unusual maturity at 16 years, this is a malt to be sipped and savoured.

Needless to say, this is some serious stuff.

I googled "trollish activities" mainly to see if Hump-day cocktails would come up, this came up instead:

Trolls look for particular traits and situations which they can use to their advantage. There are common aspects to Pagan groups which make them attractive targets for trolls, and which make it difficult for such groups to respond to troll attacks.

If you are interested in fending off troll attacks, you can go to http://www.wargoddess.net/essay/trollcoven.php and find out for yourself what needs to be done to protect yourself.

My colleague was "let go" (fired, terminated, ended, discharged) today. He was at Winter, Wyman for 3 1/2 months. He didn't do so well.

A nice guy for sure. Headhunting isn't for everyone and it can be cut-throat, unfortunately for him, his throat was cut, and he was put out of his misery today at 5:00pm. I am going to miss listening to you fighting with and trying to gain control over your candidates. It just never worked out you and me, but there are better days ahead for the both of us, separately. Don't be upset Greg, we all tried to help you. We all reached out Greg. We all tried to help but it just never seemed to click, it just never seemed to click. Yes, your roomate does run the chic wine shop in the south end and yes, I'm going to miss the great Spanish wine you were going to get me for cost, but I guess the wine didn't make up for the lack of production on your part. I think you could have done well given another few years, but we didn't have a few years Greg, and our reputation in the Big Apple isn't great enough to save all of us. Two words: Man overboard. I wish you well friend.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

First Entry

My first post, how exciting. Since Kevin and my wife both have themes to their blogs I thought I would create a theme for mine. As you might guess from the title, many of my entries will be based on my adventures in Google. By all accounts I have a google addiction. I search for interesting tidbits on Google at least a few times a day (as you can tell I have no idea if this should be capitalized or not; there are so many sides to this argument that I can't even get into it right now). Usually I have to google companies and towns and cities in NY and NJ to figure out where candidates have worked or live. This of course is a great way to know what I'm talking about when speaking to candidates. For example, "I see you work at Instinet, I actually just read an article about them in the Journal (street talk for the Wall Street Journal), it looks like they are doing some reorganizing, is this affecting you in any way?" or . . . "Wow Bob, you come into the city from Melville every day, that has to be at least two hours each way (hi, google maps told me so) that has got to be wearing on you, are you looking to concentrate your search more east?" An even more detailed search would go something like this: I need to find a CFO coming out of a $25MM fashion company focusing on retail. I get a lead that the CFO from Bruno Magli (an Italian shoe company @ $22MM) has a great CFO in the U.S. So I put in "Bruno Magli, USA, CFO" and BAM, a gentleman comes up along with some other useful information like the fact that he was just promoted in 2004; Bruno Magli was made sort of famous by OJ Simpson who was wearing the shoe at the time he decided to murder or not murder his wife; I also learn that they are building a store in Hawaii; I also found his secratary's number. So I called him, congratulated him on his promotion, joked about OJ, asked if he gets free shoes, and wondered if he was going to be able to "oversee" the new store opening in Hawaii." Needless to say I magically (that was for Kevin) reeled him in as a candidate for my CFO search and hopefully his placement will provide a very nice commission. And I ask you, where would I have been without Google? So Google has pretty much saved my life in this regard but its also good for other things. Some notable recent searches include, "Lisa Rinna, Plastic surgery" . . . I was trying to find out who did her awful lips; or "walk off home run" I know a lot about baseball, but this was one term that I did not understand, I do now.

So, I've had a blog before and I have to say that I'm not a regular blogger. I can't promise that there will be something new here every day. I'm hoping once a week and anything more than that is gravy. As any good recruiter should, I'm setting my customers expectations low so that when I'm able to blow you away with what you think is a tremendous offer (based on your low expectations) that is pretty mediocre in reality, you will scream with joy and delight. So . . . as Joe Popper once said, "don't think or expect too much."

Of course I will also put other things in here other than my google adventures. I've been going through a pretty hardcore personal transformation lately as well that may get some attention. Although I'm not fully comfortable "putting myself out there" so to speak to the world just yet. Some highlights of the personal transformation include, losing a respectable amount of weight and the personal struggle to take off more and keep it off, trying to get back into the swing of things this running season (after a mildly depressing training failure for a fall marathon), the decision to finally slice the mole off of my forehead and if what I end up with will be far better or mildly worse than what I was given by God; my newfound dedication to spending time with the people that matter most, my family. Of course, in my world driven by sales, commissions, outdoing the people I work with, and trying to feed that family, this is ultimately my biggest challenge and the duplicity of the situation becomes evident and the age old question must be raised: is it good enough to work your guts out to achieve some uncertain level of success so that your family will be fed, warm and potentially living on easy street or . . . is it more noble to struggle so that more time can be spent at home with the family I love . . . or is there a balance between these two things? My answer to this question is that there is a balance and its my goal to find it. More to come on this subject I'm sure. And so, because my mother in law is allowed to quote herself, I'm going to quote myself here and say, "I hope this blog don't suck". Now that's profound.