Good reads

November 27, 2008 § Leave a comment

Lots of good reading material recently. A few good ones:

Is it a Terrible Time to Move? (Kedrosky) The Daily Beast

Anatomy of a Meltdown The New Yorker

Hitched to Someone Else’s Dream (Stonyfield Farms) Inc

The Lost Years & Last Days of David Foster Wallace Rolling Stone

Thinking Outside the Box (Costco) Fast Company

Obama and Chicago economics

November 10, 2008 § Leave a comment

The WSJ ran a short but interesting piece this weekend which focused on how Obama is perceived among Chicago School economists given his background with the University of Chicago. The piece focuses on the thoughts of Richard Thaler, one of the leaders in the school of behavioral economics which has largely examined the efficient markets theorized by the old Chicago School crowd and identified scenarios in which actors systemically fail to make efficient decisions. This line of study is an interesting glimpse into human behavior and is very important in the context of efficient market arguments which all assume decision makers behave in efficient ways (e.g. a person will take $2 in exchange for $1). « Read the rest of this entry »

Mary Meeker/MS Tech Trend Outlook

November 6, 2008 § Leave a comment

Very interesting presentation put together by Mary Meeker of Morgan Stanley and presented yesterday at the Web 2.0 Summit.

Expert networks and sell-side research analysts

September 24, 2008 § Leave a comment

The recent partnership announcement between the Gerson Lehrman Group and Credit Suisse sparked some commentary from research industry insiders who were surprised that GLG was letting sell-side analysts access the GLG network, even for what is sure to be a hefty fee. I was a bit surprised to learn they weren’t doing this already. GLG and other expert networks have tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of experts in their networks. Sell-side research operations, while they may be on the decline, still control 75% of the $5.7 billion in trading commissions distributed to research providers annually. At KnowledgeBid, our best customers are firms that sell research and services based on primary research.  Contact us if you’d like to learn more about our network and how we can help you meet your customers’ needs.  We’d love to help.

The classified puzzle

July 31, 2008 § 4 Comments

It’s a funny coincidence that Microsoft will be pulling the plug on their little known Live Expo classified service just three days after MySpace announced that they will be ramping theirs up with Oodle. These changes are indicative of the larger trend: the classified game remains elusive for large major new entrants. Facebook‘s classified service has been less than stellar (I can’t even find a link to it right now) and Edgeio has been shuttered while Craigslist and eBay continue to dominate the all-in-one classified scene. « Read the rest of this entry »

Import Genius + the value of information

June 17, 2008 § Leave a comment

ImportGenius is an innovating new company organizing the extremely valuable and historically unorganized world of import records. One of the first hedge fund managers I spoke to when researching KnowledgeBid mentioned that he liked to talk to shipping container brokers about utilization rates and import/export trends. I’m sure ImportGenius will have no problem finding customers in the investment community. TechCrunch coverage here (yes, Mac fanboys will like it too). Yet another company taking a unique approach to accessing information value. Good luck!

Investment Research + Massive Industry Shift

April 18, 2008 § 3 Comments

I had the opportunity to present KnowledgeBid at the Investorside Alternative Research conference in New York last week (conference agenda), attended by an interesting mix of independent alternative investment research providers and buy-side folks. The investment research industry has undergone massive change in the last 10 years, much of which is a result of the information technology explosion, Regulation FD, and unbundled commissions. The dominant groups at the conference last week primarily fell into three categories: 1) expert networks, 2) data mining, and 3) research management. Very few, if any, new players are producing traditional research reports with buy/sell recommendations or general industry analysis. Even fewer are associated with particular trading desks, something that never would have been seen 10 years ago. The recent explosion of the alternative research space has in large part been at the expense of traditional sell side research.

Alternative Investment Research Market Size

The sell side and other large financial service players are now actively partnering with, investing, and acquiring alternative research operations. There has been an explosion of activity in the space in the last six months, part of a larger trend that has been emerging since Reg FD was passed eight years ago. I’ve aggregated major announcements and milestones below (let me know if I missed anything interesting).

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