My New Thing: Hoboken Dads

I just joined a fantastic new group called Hoboken Dads, which is pretty much what you think it is. It’s a great group meeting a very clear need in Hoboken, and the first event (a happy hour for dads) was nothing short of fantastic. So, I hope a few of my fellow dads in Hoboken sees this post and gets involved. By the way, I’ve signed on as the web editor, so I’ll be leaving some fingerprints in cyberspace again, after having been under the radar for a while.

The next Hoboken Dads event is coming up on February 9, an open gym afternoon at the Hoboken Boys and Girls Club, with two more to follow on March 9 and March 23.

A Big Mistake #WithMitt

Have you downloaded the iPhone app from the Mitt Romney campaign? I have, and full disclosure, I support neither Romney nor Obama. The app allows you to take photos that are framed with inspirational messages like “The America We Love” and state that you’re #withmitt. For supporters, this is a great way to spread the word. Take pictures of what you love about America, post them on Facebook and Pinterest, tweet them and so on. It really does sound great.

Until the wrong person starts to use it.

Continue reading

How Facebook Screwed It up for Spectators

The social media market used to be fun to watch. A palpable excitement pervaded it, as rapid growth turned the likes of Facebook, Twitter and many others into household names. Enormous venture capital deals were cut – not that the recipients need the money. It looks like many were taking periodic cash-outs instead of having to wait for the big day.

Continue reading

What’s Cooler Than a Million Dollars?

Facebook employees are about to find out what turned their boss on about a billion dollars. The company is looking to unload around $1 billion in employee-owned stock, as the worker bees who have sacrificed cash for years look for a bit of upside. And, Facebook is doing it in style.

The social media company is looking to help its devoted employees cash out of some shares at a valuation of $60 billion … that’s “cool” 60 times over. It’s also a 20 percent jump over the company’s previous valuation of $50 billion.

Continue reading

WOW: Deloitte to Open Baghdad Office

Okay, file this under WTF, zOMG and STFU. Deloitte, the top-shelf global professional services firm, is taking a big step and opening an office in Baghdad. Yes, that one – the one in Iraq.

The office will open in Q1 2011. According to Iraqi Directory, the firm is also “working on an add-on acquisition to grow its Middle Eastern presence.” That is pretty wild. I used to complain about gigs in Tennessee and Nebraska. I don’t think I could wrap my head around this one.

Continue reading