Headline of the Day

August 31, 2007

Has a $100 million skull turned the art market around?

I’ll be honest, I clicked through.

“Hirst’s creation required $24m of raw materials…”

Gotta love art.


Fantasy Football Roster

August 30, 2007

Time to completely dominate the Overlook League.


Summer Beach Bumming

August 27, 2007

Tracy and I have been fortunate enough to have taken 3 different trips to beaches over the last 5 weeks, with both sides of our family and some great friends from college. Add these trips to our unreal California trip this summer, and you have quite a bit of time spent near the coast. I have to say, it’s been amazing.

Outer Banks with the Mansfieldsmansfield-beach.jpg

Myrtle with the Millers/Huitsingszack-jacob-small.jpg

Atlantic Beach with the Applegates, Walkers, and Iveysapplegate-beach-group.jpg

The summer has absolutely flown by. I can’t believe September is almost upon us. If its going this fast right now ( and it does feel like it’s flying by) how fast will it be many years later when there’s much more to worry about/care for/do/see/experience? Guess we better take time to stop and let it all soak in.

The Kite Runner

August 23, 2007

Just finished reading the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It’s an extremely powerful work of fiction that tells a 1st person story of an Afghan boy, his friendship with a childhood servant, the changing of the guard in Afghanistan, and the search of the young boy (who by this time is a man) to redeem himself from some future failings.

The writing is exquisite – the details rich and illuminating -and the story is gripping. I read a lot of it at the beach last week and had about 160 pages left on Sunday when we got back. I started to read before bed. Next thing I knew, I was at the end, having spent 2+ hours turning page after page.

Hosseini has a 2nd book out now – A Thousand Splendid Suns. I think I’ll be picking it up soon.

Back to Square One

August 23, 2007

A lot has happened since the ZM Blog was last updated. Without boring anyone with too many exact details, here’s a little third person play by play:

  • First week of January: ZM realizes that he’s completely miserable in his role as “inside sales guy” at Visitar. While the company has some good technology and a seasoned management team, there’s a big problem: no one wants to pay money for the software. Not good news for a guy who’s supposed to bang out 50+ calls a day.
  • ZM places an inquiry to a friend at Square 1 Bank to see if they have any openings in the analyst group. Within an hour, ZM has sent a resume and set up an initial interview.
  • Interview 1…week of miserable cold calling…Interview 2…cold calls…offer…immediately accept.

And that, my friends, is how ZM ended up walking into Durham’s American Tobacco complex on January 29th as the newest portfolio analyst for Square 1 Bank.

What followed was a 2-3 month “deep dive” into the wondrously exciting and pleasurable (compared to cold calling) world of venture banking. My days were spent re-schooling myself on the bits of accounting and finance that I learned at UNC and then learning what seemeded like millions of new things along the way. Then there’s the various systems, jargon, and internal processes that one has to learn in a new enterprise – and which are multiplied by the fact that this new gig is in a regulated industry.

In short, the first few months were a whirlwind. And I loved them.

Things are a bit more settled now, and the blogging bug is beginning to kick back in. In a way, it feels like I’m starting all over – time will tell if the bug will stick. Regardless, it feels good to be back at Square 1.