On Dec 21, 1999 shares in Yahoo touched $400.00 for the first time.  Today shares in Apple touched $400.00 for the first time.  I’m sure the revenues and profits today for Apple at least justify this price but it is still a nice reminder that shares in Yahoo once traded at this level and are now trading at $13.70. 

Sure there have been some splits for both companies since, but the numbers still tell a story.  Yahoo’s problems these days are amplified by competition from Facebook who has better advertising statistics than Yahoo and they didn’t even exist at the time people were ponying up $400 for a slice of the Yahoo corporate pie.

So, 10 years from now will Apple still hold the current dominance they now hold or will it fade the same way Yahoo lost it’s dominance to Google and Facebook?  Chances are two or more companies will emerge in the next 10 years that will show us the next best way for personal computing.  And chances are the founders of these future companies are currently in some garage with little to no personal hygiene; might even be in China or India instead of America this time around.


Yahoo Back On Top After Purchasing Millions Of 13-Year-Old Girls’ Blogs

SUNNYVALE, CA—Finally overcoming competition from the likes of Google, Microsoft, and AOL, internet corporation Yahoo firmly re-secured its place as an industry leader after Sunday’s purchase of millions of blogs written by 13-year-old girls. “While Yahoo has seen its share of struggles over the years, the company’s acquisition of over 100 million blogs written by middle-school females before bedtime has already majorly revitalized the company’s brand,” said BCG consultant Timothy Shore, praising the $1.1 billion purchase of web pages filled with complaints about parents, speculation about cute boys in school, and photos of Robert Pattinson. “Yahoo is looking to the future here, and tying the entire life of their company to a bunch of pubescent girl bloggers was the smart move.” Yahoo has projected that 13-year-old Melissa Wheeler’s blog, mellisasworld.tumlbr.com, would eventually pull in over $2.3 billion for the company.

Very cool interactive graphic created by Simply Business and posted by TechCrunch showing the acquisitions made by 5 tech companies over the past 15 years.

The giant blue one at bottom right is WhatsApp’s $19 billion sale to Facebook earlier this month.

Its only available on TechCrunch so be sure to click through, hover, click and enjoy. 

Source: Visualizing 15 Years of Acquisitions Appl, Google, Yahoo, Amazon, and Facebook

Where Yahoo’s Tumblr Ranks Next to Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

Charting the growth of the big social networks that aren’t Facebook.

Yahoo announced they will acquire Tumblr for $1.1 billion this afternoon. The news comes about a year after Facebook snatched up the hot startup Instagram. In a post-Facebook world, that leaves two large independent social networks: Twitter and Pinterest, the oldest and youngest in the group, respectively.  I wanted to get a sense of the relative growth of these companies through time, so I put together this chart. DISCLAIMER: it’s really hard to get exact numbers on these companies and even harder to get exact times for exact numbers. I used company announcements, stats geeks inferences, and some good old Business Insider aggregations. That is to say, the quality of the numbers varies here, too. So, take this all with a grain of salt, and know that while the curves you see are generally correct, this only a rough approximation.  Looking at the chart, you can see the remarkable success that all of these companies have had getting to 50 million users, even though their usage models are all very different. Twitter’s the largest, Tumblr’s second, and Instagram is third. But Instagram’s growth stands out: building on the social graphs generated by earlier networks (and with a great product), they were in the big leagues within months, not years. Pinterest’s graph looks a little different, but it’s worth noting, the Pinterest and Tumblr numbers are the shakiest, and Pinterest is still early in exploring its own potential.  And just for some perspective, Facebook is more than five times larger than all these services and about twice as big as all of them combined.

How I started day trading!

By: Guy Gentile

It was 1997, and I had just opened a new bank account at Citibank, which at that time was one of the few banks that offered investment services and online trading. I was working for Coca-Cola at the time, so naturally my first purchase was in Coca-Cola, symbol: KO. I didn’t intend to day trade my account; in fact, I didn’t even know what day trading was. But I did notice my account value would fluctuate as the stock price moved and that KO was trading in a range. It would go from the low 50’s to the high 50’s and back again. So I decided the next time it went to the high 50’s, I would sell it and buy it back in the low 50’s. That’s how I discovered day trading.

After a few months of success, I made the biggest mistake any trader could make. I became too confident and bet the farm. I bought shares in YHOO fully margined at around $30 and watched the stock tank to the teens. I lost it all in one trade. If I hadn’t margined YHOO at that time and instead had held it into the internet bubble, it could have been worth millions.

  I didn’t give up on trading, but I was out of the game for a little while. I decided to do some homework and read a few books on trading. I focused on option trading and market patterns.


After my search was done, I discovered a market pattern in tech stocks that were splitting 3-to-1 or 4-to-1. They would rally right after the split. So using the option trading knowledge I gained from my research, I made a plan.

 I looked for tech stocks that were big movers and were about to have a 3-to-1 or 4-to-1 split. I came across Compaq Computer, symbol; CPQ. I bought around $15,000 worth of call options near the money. The stock split 3-to-1 and rallied strongly. I sold for around a $30,000 gain. I was so excited; I was hooked on trading for life. Fast forward 13 years: I have built very successful proprietary trading systems that are in use today by manual traders and high-frequency black boxes.

What I learned early on in my career as a trader is that you need to pick a trading style that fits your personality, and you need to learn from experts in that strategy.

Note: Market patterns do not last long. This pattern worked for me in 1997, but I would not expect it to work now.

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Over 100,000 Gmail accounts also exposed in Yahoo hack

If your Yahoo account was hacked earlier today, there’s a chance that your Gmail, Hotmail, Verizon, and other accounts are vulnerable as well.

The New York Times is reporting that among the over 400,000 Yahoo usernames and passwords that were exposed this morning were a number of login credentials for Gmail, Hotmail, Comcast, MSN, Verizon, AOL, SBC Global and Live.com accounts. Security Firm Rapid7 found that the dump contained over 106,000 Gmail account credentials, specifically.

you know what time it is?


big-ass coffee cup time.

it’s Yahoo! earnings call time, with video.

*** watch live here: http://finance.yahoo.com/topics/yahoo-q4-full-year-2013-earnings/ ****

marissamayr + co will talk all things $YHOO (and hopefully Tumblr), in 11 minutes, at 2PM pacific/5 eastern. 

If there’s any Tumblr news/info to chitchat about, I’ll probably be chopping it up on twitter: @bluechoochoo.

If you’re reading this waaaay later, I’ll update this with link to video recording.


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