I'm back and I'm bringing all my Flip It, my Revolutionomics, my blood in the streets approach and everything I've been missing with me.
I'm still not sure how I ended up hosting a TV show...a TV show from the Waldorf Astoria's Bull & Bear bar at that. It was a very cool job, that whole TV host thing I just did. I met a lot of really famous, rich and/or powerful people, many of whom were very sincere in their work and causes, some of whom were awe-inspiring and a few who gave me the creeps. Yeah, it was a real rush, but as many a commenter and more than one critic noted, my viewpoints, my look and my approach might not have really fit in too well all the time over at the company. I suppose I'll just leave it at that.
Anyway, when they canceled Happy Hour, I asked them to let me go even though I still have a lot of friends over at the Dow Jones-owned Fox News and FBN and even at the main Fox network and plan to continue working with them at times.
But I wanted to get out. Unshackle myself for a while. Call it faith, call it confidence, call it hubris, call it stupidity -- but I figure there's some more beer in my career taps. Hell, I sorta feel like a free agent (not quite King James, of course), and the last three weeks have been a wild whirlwind. Some of the things I'm working on and/or looking at range from working with a team to finish up a business plan for a venture I'm working on with Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead (I'll be posting a couple videos of us jamming at his place in coming days on http://TheCodyBlog.com) to fielding some TV ideas that have come my way too. Yeah, more TV, sigh. "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!" (You can't ever go wrong quoting The Godfather, you know - just ask Stevie Van zandt):
I'd like to say I'm headed to the movies, but that Chavista-apologist director Oliver Stone wrote me and all of FBN out of Wall Street 2. Surely that happening had nothing to do with capitalism, right? I've been spending a lot of time in Hollywood lately...maybe I should make the move! Ha. I will crank out a book finally and am also joining the speech-giving circuit.
My companies have got a few other Internet-content/media businesses (our latest venture...think App News & Reviews) that I've been working on behind the scenes that are starting to get going (we need some help -- if you're willing to do some high-profile work for free at first to get your foot in the door and prove yourself to us, send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org).
I've also been working with James Altucher on a new fund/investment vehicle under his Formula Capital umbrella that we're expecting to launch on October 1 (exactly eight years to the day since I last launched a fund). Investing, running money, finding another Apple or two to ride from $7 to $160 like I did before I took the TV job full-time and closed my old fund is probably what I'm really jonesing about. It feels like what I'm meant to do in many ways.
At any rate, you can still find me writing as much as ever here on my blogs (http://blogs.marketwatch.com/cody if you want to read only my business/political/investment blogs OR at http://TheCodyBlog.com if you want to read everything I write). You can also follow me on http://twitter.com/codywillard or find me on facebook.
"What are you trying to prove, what does it prove?"