I have always made stock picks based on companies that I think are going to outperform on expectations-I know this seems obvious, but basically companies that will surprise on product development and user growth/adoption. Its hard for me to fully grasp how hidden financial metrics move stocks beyond positive earnings. That being said, here are three companies I like looking at it from a Buffet-like long term perspective (I know some are trading of very high multiples):
LinkedIn ($LNKD): just noticed recently that a lot of very talented/smart people are going to work for Linkedin. Tells me two things: 1) they are paying well for talent 2) the company will continue to be run and managed well and only be more successful. Also, love how diversified their revenue is. Also, their addressable market includes anyone between 18-65 years old who has any professional aspirations. They have a huge blank canvas for mobile and international. Finally, have you noticed recently a huge uptick in Linkedin Invitation requests from people you would have never thought would be on Linkedin?
Netflix ($NFLX): More tablets, more phones, more connectivity=more Netflix. Also, with House of Cards and some of the other original content they are creating, they are no longer beholden to the big studio/media content creators. If anything, it increases their negotiating power because they dont need the big content creators any more. If the price is right for the content, they will pay for it, but if its not, they dont need it. This trend will ultimately drive down the price/cost of the license of the content from the large studios improving their margins.
XPO Logistics ($XPO): My buddy sold me on this one. Next generation logistics provider on freight transportation. Solid management team with a huge forward momentum working for them-people will rely more and more on shipping as e-commerce continues to grow. Delivery becomes more and more important every day.
Click here to see job description. The Google Wallet/Offers team is hiring. If you are interested click the link. Note that the job is in NYC. Great role on an awesome team. Ideally someone with technology partnerships/business development/sales experience with a passion and understanding of e-commerce and payments. MBA/JD is preferred but people with several years relevant experience will also be considered.
We have our next New York Media Collective event on February 11th: http://nymc021113.eventbrite.com/.
Background on our group: We founded New York Media Collective (nymediacollective.com) in 2010 to be a networking group for digital media executives from established and emerging companies. NYMC hosts networking events each fall, winter, and spring in New York City. Our invitation only cocktail parties attract a broad range of senior-level professionals from the leading global media corporations to the most promising start-ups, as well as the advisors who guide them.
A good friend of mine is organizing an amazing standup comedy event (Comedy for a Cause) at the Broadway Comedy Club in midtown Manhattan featuring the famous Dan Nainan and eight other renowned comics from the New York area. The event will feature 100% clean comedy and will not contain any offensive material. The event will most likely get sold out so I encourage you to buy them online.
All proceeds from the ticket sales will go to Sahayta, a non-profit charity organization that provides financial support to unprivileged cancer patients in India. You can find out more about the organization here http://www.sahayta.org
Online: $12.50* link is http://bit.ly/SComedy
At the door: $15
For more details and to RSVP for the event please go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/348810645199951
More about Dan Nainan:
After leaving Intel to pursue comedy, Dan has toured as a feature act with comedians Robert Schimmel and Russell Peters. You may recognize Dan as the “guy in bubble wrap” from the Apple “Get a Mac” series of commercials.
Dan has appeared on network television including NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” as well as in feature films and on radio. A 100% clean comedian, he has performed for Hillary Clinton, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Howard Dean, Tony Blair’s wife Cherie, and for many other celebrities. Here is a link to Dan’s detailed bio: http://www.danielnainan.com
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Great Google Chrome Commercial….kind of cheesy but everyone likes a little cheese….
Generations of alumni from AGBU’s prestigious New York Summer Internship Program (NYSIP) will reunite on Saturday, July 21, 2012, to celebrate the program’s 25th anniversary at a special gala evening. The much anticipated event will give former NYSIP participants the opportunity to both reconnect and acknowledge the various individuals, who, over the years, have shaped the program and given it a reputation for excellence.
To date, NYSIP has produced over 800 alumni who have risen to the top of their fields, owing to the solid foundation they laid and valuable contacts they cultivated through the program. While participants are now established in various industries in different cities, during their two months living together in New York they formed a lasting bond. The celebration’s venue, Battery Gardens, which sits on the New York Harbor with iconic views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, is the ideal site for alumni to reminisce about summers spent exploring the city, and to bring each other up to date on all that has happened since. As the occasion draws closer, NYSIP co-chair Sarkis Jebejian comments, “We are very excited to see familiar faces, and to hear about all the ways NYSIP students have used their summer experience as a vehicle to advance themselves. Every year, we are proud to bring together the best and brightest students from around the globe, who demonstrate exceptional academic performance and a true motivation to contribute to their local community. As always, it will be a pleasure to learn about their numerous accomplishments following NYSIP.” His enthusiasm is shared by the many who have already confirmed their attendance for the event.
Throughout the evening, NYSIP will pay tribute to those who have played a key role in developing the program. As Serge Kassardjian, the chair of the anniversary celebration committee, a NYSIP alumnus, and a NYSIP committee member, remarks, “we are thrilled to celebrate this milestone, which reflects the impact that the program has on so many people’s lives throughout the world. We also look forward to announcing a few exciting initiatives we have planned for the future, and to honoring the supervisors who have been vital to the growth of this program.” During the event, the spotlight will be put on numerous NYSIP supervisors who have devoted more than five summers to nurturing the professional aspirations of the students, and have demonstrated a deep commitment to preparing them for post-graduate endeavors.
The honorees have carried on a strong tradition that was first envisioned by NYSIP founders Vartkess† and Rita Balian, who sought to provide university students of Armenian descent with professional experience and to create a global network of young leaders. After the couple established the program in 1987, it quickly took off and has not lost momentum since. Today, NYSIP enjoys strong relationships with over two hundred host institutions, from Fortune 500 companies to public sector organizations, including Citigroup, the New York Times, the United Nations, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each organization offers participants a rewarding learning experience, and insight into the inner workings of their future professions, while helping them forge their career paths. The success of NYSIP was such that it prompted AGBU to establish similar programs in Moscow in 2010, Yerevan in 2007, and Paris in 2003, which has since evolved to serve students from the French University of Armenia and is held year round.
AGBU NYSIP is supported in large part through donations by supporters who believe in the program’s valuable mission. Gifts are added to a scholarship endowment fund to help ensure that qualified candidates who need financial assistance are able to take advantage of the program. Raffi Balian, the NYSIP co-chair, attributes NYSIP’s success to both the generosity of program donors and dedication of its supervisors. He has also emphasized that this July’s gala is not exclusively for alumni and supervisors, stating “we welcome all who have supported NYSIP through the years at this exciting event so that they can see, firsthand, the result of their contributions and meet the many accomplished professionals who have directly benefitted from their support.”
The celebration is one of two events being organized by the NYSIP anniversary committee that same weekend. On Friday, July 20, the AGBU Young Professionals of Greater New York will co-host an evening mixer. Tickets for the Saturday gala are now on sale for $175 and tickets for the mixer are available for $25. Both can be purchased viahttp://agbuinternship25thanniversary.eventbrite.com, where information about accommodations at the W Hotel – Union Square is also available.
Established in 1906, AGBU (www.agbu.org) is the world’s largest non-profit Armenian organization. Headquartered in New York City, AGBU preserves and promotes the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, annually touching the lives of some 400,000 Armenians around the world.
For more information about AGBU and its worldwide programs, please visit www.agbu.org.
My friend Aram Tertzakian’s production company XYZ Films has a new film coming out in theaters this weekend, and I’d love if you could see it this weekend and spread the word to your friends. XYZ Films is a small start up in LA - they produced it and sold it internationally, and it’s a really really big one for them.
The film is called THE RAID: REDEMPTION, and it’s a pretty killer action film with a heavy martial arts component. Sony Pictures Classics is releasing it in LA, NY, DC, CHI, & SF this weekend, and will go wider the following weekend if it does well this weekend.
Here’s the Rotten Tomatoes page, and the trailer:
Here’s where you go to see theaters and buy tickets: