You Still Have a Mail Slot in Building 6…

Got this snapshot in an iPhone email from a friend of mine at eBay.  I don’t know why, but it brought a smile to my face.


It has been just over 10 months since I left eBay for LinkedIn.  Really loving Linkedin – for the people, the product, the opportunity, and just to be a part of building a great, new company.

But it’s fun to see these little sign posts of the past that say, “I was there”.

Of course, there are a few others lying around.  Like this one.

Investor Presentation for JPMorgan/Bear Stearns Deal @$270M

I love the web.  I can’t believe we live in a time where a guy like me can actually review the presentation behind something this momentus, in close to real time.

Credit to Paul Kedrosky’s Blog.

Slice the $270m JPMorgan just agreed to pay for Bear Stearns any way you want to and still it’s a horrible end for a storied brokerage firm. To end up paying $0.25 on the dollar for the company’s $1 in headquarters real estate, in effect, and to do it in equity, no less, is an embarrassment beyond embarrassment for people collectively incapable, at least until now, of being embarrassed.

Tragic, tragic stuff, and, we can only hope, a bottom, even if one we bounce along for some time,  to one of the worst periods in modern financial markets. But trust me, there is nothing in it for anything to be proud of, other than removing much of the Bear-specific counterparty risk that would have taken everyone in the financial market out in a major way during trading tomorrow.

Here is the NYT piece, from tomorrow’s newspaper, tonight, online.

Here is the PDF of the investor presentation.

Drat. Hope I didn’t miss Elizabeth Monroe.

Just found out that I missed the launch date for the 5th First Spouse gold coin (the first in 2008).  It is the coin for Elizabeth Monroe, and it officially launched on Feb 28th.

It really irritates me that the US Mint doesn’t support the subscription option for these coins.  To me, the subscriptions are exactly what you want as a collector.  You decide to commit to a series, and then, automatically, when they launch new coins, they send you the coin and bill you.

I have subscriptions for a few series over the past five years, and they’ve been excellent.  No problems, no issues.

I’m still not sure I have the willpower to jump every 2 months or so to try and get one of the first spouse coins.

Just for reference, here are the 2008 First Spouse Gold Coins: