Changes in Latitudes (Part II)
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Minyanville launched the Buzz and Banter shortly after I got settled. Initially I simply provided occasional observations, questions, and ideas to Todd as I deemed relevant. My goal was obviously to build a voice. One day I had that chance and I took it. Todd went to the left coast to meet with Roy Disney's business partner, Stan Gold. "Do what you can to help with the buzz" he said with a sense of angst in leaving the keys to the castle with Fokker and I.
I prepared some analysis for the Buzz that day and I think surprised Todd, who up until that point had no real sense for my skills yet. From there I slowly worked my way into the content equation, contributing as I could, while juggling the operational aspects of the business. As I said in the first piece I penned for Minyanville "I'm looking forward to doing whatever I can to add value to the process."
From the technical comments, Chart Checks, Trading Radar, shaping of content, addition of contributors, editing, to ideas for the future of Minyanville, that was my sole mission over the past two years. Admittedly, I haven't always met the mark but I've tried as best as I know. The time spent battling in the trenches with Toddo, particularly early on with all of its ups and downs, remains a highlight of my career thus far.
A Sense of Accomplishment...
Minyanville has made tremendous progress over the past two years. We've established the credibility and quality of the content and attracted some of the finest people on Wall Street to the community.
Over the years, we've assembled an amazing team with exceptional passion and skill that will carry the torch. While there is much that remains left to do, I can say with confidence that I believe the best days for Minyanville lie ahead. So many wonderful people have walked through the virtual door and left a lasting impression.
Many have helped the effort but I think it's safe to say the puck is out of the corner.
Heartfelt Thank You's...
To Andrea for putting up with me and for being there every step of the way.
To Fokker for opening the door for me.
To Snapper - I can now reveal that you are my favorite critter.
To Casey Cannon for redefining the word commitment and for amazing me on a daily basis with your talent.
To Billy Meehan for stepping up when it counted and for your tireless, largely unsung effort that is truly at the heart of Minyanville. Your father would be proud of the way you have stuck with it. (Re-read this when you are sober.)
To Kevin Depew for his creative writing, bringing the Buzz to the next level and for saving my life at MIM I.
To Chaci for keeping things on track and for not being afraid to rock a skull cap in the office.
To Tony Dwyer and Brian Reynolds for your guidance, for supporting your analysis and for being bullish.
To Geoff Garbacz, Fari Hamzei, Rich Gula, John Roque and Jason Goepfert for all of your help and ideas.
To Laurie McGuirk for proving the best way to cure a hangover is to keep drinking as well as the fact that sleep is actually a state of mind.
To Vitaliy Katsenelson, Herb Greenberg, Greg Weldon and Sanjay Somaney for teaching me how to dig down to the real story.
To Jason Roney, Brad Sullivan and Dr. J for showing me what really goes on in Chicago.
To Scott Reamer, Neal Dingmann, Fil Zucchi and David Miller for: talking Phi at Scores, Apple pucker, a roofless RV story, and a softball uniform, respectively.
To Steve Shobin for providing something from Baltimore to be proud of; you are the Johnny Unitas of finance.
To Jeff Saut for clarifying what it means to truly become a student of the market.
To Michael Santoli for showing us all how it's supposed to be done every week.
To Kevin Wassong for highlighting the value of strong marketing.
To John Succo for re-defining not only my notion of what it means to be a trader on Wall Street but for also re-defining what it means to be a professional.
To Television'sJeffMacke © for your friendship, guidance, snarkiness, trips to CNBC and countless discussions (mostly you talking but still). I am a pair of claws scuttling along the sands of your genius.
To all of the Minyanville professors for providing the best daily lecture series anywhere. It's been a privilege to work alongside you in this role.
To all of the great people I've met via the Minyanville community for providing inspiration to attack each day with a sense of purpose and in the spirit of continuous improvement over the past two years. It has indeed been my honor to serve you all.
To Kevin Tuttle and all at TAM for the amazing welcome and for all of the things we will accomplish together.
To Toddo for the opportunity of a lifetime, for all of the lessons learned as a function of the experience, for your determination and inspiration highlighting that anything is possible, and for your friendship. I aspire to be what you write about and I will do my best to make you proud.
What The Future Holds...
My father always encouraged me to listen - to truly listen - to what's going on around me. (He never met Macke but I suspect the two would have agreed on that point: "Greg, listen".) Dad always said listening was the biggest edge in life and in business as most folks seem to like the sound of their own voice. It's a trait that has served me well during my time in this business. In fact, one of the biggest highlights for me has been simply acting like a sponge during the untold discussions both on the site and behind the scenes.
One such discussion began when Kevin Tuttle ironically began working at Minyanville around the same time I joined. As a student of technical analysis from my days at Lehman I was excited to have a skilled technician on board. I was unprepared though to his response when I asked him if we could exchange some ideas from time to time.
Kevin has given generously of his time, providing me with endless feedback and instruction over the last few years. He truly went out of his way on a daily basis to keep me focused on the markets even as the operational responsibilities of the role of Editor in Chief placed tremendous demands on my time. We talked a lot and made some money along the way. Each conversation built on the previous, strengthening a friendship over time, and culminating in the recent announcement.
Kevin Tuttle is the best pure technician in this business - period. Perhaps more importantly, he is one of the most genuine people I've come across in recent memory. You'll be hearing more from both of us in the months ahead.
There are two primary issues that are at the heart of my decision. From day one my focus and passion has always been squarely fixed on the financial markets. My motivation for joining Todd at Minyanville was to learn from this talented brain trust. The company has continued to press forward and the demands of managing the content have continued to grow proportionally. Increasingly I have found myself able to trade less and less on a daily basis. The other (and decidedly more important reality) is that I truly want to find happiness and build a life with my girlfriend. That simply wasn't going to happen in NYC.
Realizing I have shared way too much info, I wanted you all to hear the story behind my decision. We are a community built upon open communication and I feel I owe all of you that. Perhaps there is a lesson in all of this somewhere about what to do or not to do - only time will tell.
I will again contribute to the site upon settling into the new digs and the Trading Radar will continue to be a part of the weekly commentary.
There are great challenges ahead both for Minyanville as well as for myself. I'll be the first to admit I have a lot to learn. But one thing I do know is that it's been an amazing ride and I feel lucky to have shared it with you all. I hope you'll stay in touch (and thank you so much to all of you who have emailed me with best wishes) - it is the people that make Minyanville so amazing. This isn't an ending - it's an exciting new chapter. Stay tuned!
And absolutely look me up if you are ever in Orlando - the door is always open for friends...
By the way, here are my new contact details:
Tuttle Asset Management, LLC
201 S. Orange Ave, Suite 1510
Orlando, FL 32801
Tel: (407) 514-1229
Toll-Free: (800) 933-0652
Fax: (407) 514-1250
AOL IM: gc31402
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