Alessandro Di Benedetto straggled to the finish line in a round-the-world solo yacht race -- and emerged as a hero for the way he harnessed plastics, metal and the wind.
Alessandro Di Benedetto just finished last in the race of his life.
Not merely last, but dead last, one month and more than 5,000 miles behind the winner.
Wet, alone and injured, slogging along with piddly, outmoded technology, Di Benedetto brought down the curtain on the Vendée Globe solo round-the-world yacht race in late February when he sailed across the finishing line.
Which by rights, in our dog-eat-dog digital age, should make Di Benedetto a role model to exactly nobody. And most certainly not a bankable metaphor investors can use to suss out value in a complex marketplace that can be as unforgiving as the cold Antarctic seas.
But, over the past few months I and millions of others followed the exploits of this Franco-Italian sailor via his on-board Web clips, emailed messages and the wacky French media coverage of the event as Di Benedetto persevered. And it turns out this man is a veritable pirate's chest of investor inspiration.
A new report finds tablet users account for a steadily increasing amount of mobile traffic, and projects that the trend will continue in the months ahead.
Uptrending stocks that pay even a small dividend can build wealth quickly from the combined forces of stock gains and dividend payouts.
The search giant may 'dominate' the mobile market with its Android operating system, but there's not a lot of profit in it. Or in other of the company's non-core ventures.
Recently, at Seeking Alpha, I tried a thought experiment. I unloaded on Google (GOOG).
The reaction? There wasn't one.
The piece was mostly ignored, although there were a few drive-by comments to the effect that I had lost my mind. A few days later, a real estate investor predicted on the same site that Google would soon blow right by $1,000/share.
Google is a great company, but nothing goes straight up. When a stock gets too fashionable, when everyone's bullish about it, that's a danger sign. We saw that last year with Apple (AAPL).
I think we're seeing it now with Google.
The ex-Groupon chief isn't the first tech CEO to get fired from the company he created. And he may not be the last such executive to go on to have a memorable career.
Investors bid up Groupon (GRPN) shares by more than 12% Friday following the firing of 32 year-old CEO Andrew Mason. Personally, I would rather invest in Mason.
People like Mason may not run corporate America, but its people like him -- people with active imaginations and who aren't interested in playing it safe -- who create it.
Groupon isn't to be written off completely as an investment. The fact that it has fallen 83% since its initial public offering, in November 2011, doesn't change the fact that the company had 41 million active customers in 2012 and has worked with more than 500,000 merchants.
As RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney told Bloomberg Television Friday morning, "That's not just thin air. There is a business here that can be picked up."
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