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January 12, 2010
The May Report: 1/12/2010: Advanced Equities faces its greatest challenge to
date; Groupon has one year anniversary party at Carnivale which draws 400; In
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Scoop section:
— Advanced Equities, Inc., having lost many brokers who sold a substantial
percentage of the funds raised in the last five years, faces financial
uncertainty, by Ron May
— Tarkus: Slowpoke Stimulus? The InformationSuperglcier(TM) notices something
— Tarkus: Winter thaw on the Information Superglacier(TM)
— A note that warms Ron’s heart
— More pearls of wisdom from Bob Geras
— A Note From Gary Teuber of Abacus Business Leaders
— Tom Flangan, former Partner in charge of the Deloitte office in Chicago,
tied to plenty of scandals?
— Tuesday, January 19: MIT-EF: Economic Outlook 2010
— Tuesday, January 19: ASP – Chicago
Presents “Annual Economic Forecast with David Hale and Andy Busch
— Briefly noted, by Ron May
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The Scoop section:
Advanced Equities, Inc., having lost many brokers who sold a substantial
percentage of the funds raised in the last five years, faces financial
uncertainty, by Ron May
* I got a call from an anonymous caller at about 1pm Monday afternoon, and for
this call at least we had a conversation. The caller said that he is “pi**ed.”
The reason is that he feels that Advanced Equities, Inc. has had some of the
best sales people and brokers in the business and nine of them have left in the
last sixty days or so, plus many more over the last nine months.
Independently I have confirmed that some of the brokers left of their own
accord and some did not.
The caller told me that the brokers who have left constitute about 90% of the
funds that have been raised by the firm in the last five years!
The caller also said he thinks I am wrong about the VCs having some kind of
sweetheart deal with Advanced Equities. The deals were often good deals, he
said, and Advanced Equities was just paying too much for them, he said.
The caller told me that the entire New York office walked out, the London
office and the San Francisco office and the Chicago office is just a shell of
its former self.
The reason the brokers are leaving and that includes high producers like J. G.
is that none of them saw one share of stock or one warrant on their deals which
is what they were promised.
All of the brokers are litigating and all of them are represented by major law
firms, the caller told me.
He added that he does not know how long Advanced Equities, Inc. can last but he
said we will know more in about thirty days. I gather that the courts may have
something to say about it.
He also said that Crain’s and Forbes are back in on the story.
Why the warrants and stocks were not paid, I do not know, except that this is
SOP at AEI, but the caller did say that they may have pledged those warrants
away to garner some kind of line of credit.
It is also my understanding that a VC firm may have lent AEI some funds in the
My information is that no one is happy these days and everyone is waiting to
see what happens. I have also found out that many of the previous cases brought
by brokers against AEI have been settled and are now history. The departure of
general counsel Erhard Chorle can’t be construed as good news by principals
Dwight and Keith.
I also got this note last Friday.
From: E-mail address withheld although not requested
Subject: (no subject)
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 20:14:12 EST
if you only knew what was going on at advanced equities these days…
Tarkus: Slowpoke Stimulus? The InformationSuperglcier(TM) notices something
From: Tarkus email@example.com
Subject: Slowpoke Stimulus? The InformationSuperglcier(TM) notices something
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 18:33:53 -0500
To: ‘The May Report’ firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, RONALDMAY@aol.com
Ron, unless my math is off, the FIRST announcement (below) for $183 M, to be
followed by other announcements over the next 75 days for another $2 b. The
second round was delayed and will be rolled into the third round (is that where
the other $5 B is released?). In Round 1, there were $28 B in requests and $10
B in matching capital (leverage, which is cash over match – was probably not
counted). It’s quite possible total project costs for round one represented
Seems to me that there are more good ideas seeking stimulus than all of the
available stimulus. I’m sure there are a few bad ideas in the mix, but I
choose to look at the more optimistic side of the story.
I owe you a few InformationSuperglcier(TM) stories in the New Year. I’m hoping
that each will begin their Illinois chapters by early to mid 2010.
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Vice President Biden today kicked off $7.2 billion in
Recovery Act broadband grant and loan programs, of which $2 billion will be
made available on a rolling basis over the next 75 days to bring high-speed
Internet to communities that currently have little or no access to the
technology. At an event at Impulse Manufacturing in Dawsonville, Georgia, with
Governor Sonny Perdue (R-GA), he announced an initial $183 million investment
in eighteen broadband projects benefiting seventeen states which has already
been matched by over $46 million in public and private sector capital. The
awards are not only expected to provide initial job opportunities in
infrastructure and manufacturing, but help bridge the digital divide and boost
economic development for communities held back by limited or no access to the
Tarkus: Winter thaw on the Information Superglacier(TM)
I’ll have a few more meetings to go before I can give you an update from the
I may have one or more articles of interest. At least one of the companies has
some data center / healthcare / public safety ideas that will also be offered
as services in Illinois under a Stimulus concept known as Sustainable
Speaking of Glaciers, the telecommunications stimulus is nearly completely
frozen, Although the first $ 2.x billion was announced last summer, Only the
.x portion of the $7.2b has been allocated. The next round of funding is
imminent, but they have not completed the announcements on the first round,
they extended due diligence on $28 BILLION dollars worth of requests and
another $10 Billion in match funds. The first round was for the $2.x. The
next (consolidated) round is for the remaining $5B. The rules for the
consolidated rounds 2&3 will change from round one.
I used to do grant writing as a part of business development. I started
working for educational, governmental and not for profit groups under
contract. Even these companies have taken on business clients (more fun to
write sustainability sections when the company has a profit motive and a
The work has actually accelerated my own knowledge curve. While the task may
seem one of carrying the water for others or reading instructions to very smart
people, I gain rapid exposure to the ideas matched to a particular project. I
spend a few weeks to a month developing the project into the terms of an agency
or charity which meets the objective of the requesting group. Most Federal
grants require sustainability and a strong focus on work plan, talent and
budget with a focus on deliverables, leading to evaluation and dissemination.
Add to that the added pressure of file completeness and strict deadlines and
you get a schedule for crazy hours.
When the year was over, my “you are only a grant writer” job crested a billion
dollars in total project costs. At the same time, my transportation (commute,
travel) costs diminished substantially. The educational position still
What little suit time I have had is in bringing some of the grant award winners
to the Information SuperGlacier(TM) to kick the tires on setting up a business
in the hinterlands. By the time that they complete a grant request, they have
already stated a business case for sustainability to be of interest to the
I have not figured out how to accomplish knowledge transfer to a 24x7x365
mechanical “brain,” so that I can get out and walk the dog. I wonder if there
is a grant for that.
Hope all is well.
A note that warms Ron’s heart
panic set in over the holidays when I didn’t receive the report.
More pearls of wisdom from Bob Geras
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for
others and the world remains and is immortal.” — Albert Pike
A Note From Gary Teuber of Abacus Business Leaders
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Tom Flangan, former Partner in charge of the Deloitte office in Chicago, tied
to plenty of scandals?
From: Name withheld upon standing request
Subject: RE: The May Report: 1/08/2010: Ophir Frieder, star comp. sci. prof. at
IIT, bolts Chicago for Georgetown; Abdur Chowdhury, his preeminent doctoral
student, is chief scientist at Twitter — did you know that the search engine
Summize came out of their lab?
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2010 18:05:43 -0600
To: ‘The May Report’ firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you written about Tom Flanagan, former Partner in charge of the Deloitte
office in Chicago? Lots of good stuff and scandal here. He really misbehaved
and has embarrassed Deloitte big time.
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Briefly noted, by Ron May
* Wally Cornett used to quip that an entrepreneur, in seeking funds, would go
to such extraordinary lengths as to find a Port Au Potty in Port Au Prince.
Well, tonight Wally, sadly, with news of the earthquake in Haiti, your words
come to mind.
* The Groupon party last Thursday night had great food, and the booze was paid
for by a sponsor, I hear. The party was held at Carnivale at 702 W. Fulton and
it was packed with no room to sit. www.carnivalechicago.com/
Very few of the people were recognizeable by Jeff Willinger who is obviously
well connected in the tech and social media space. Jeff told me that he
recognized only about ten people out of 400. So, it was not the ITA or TC
The attendees were by and large Groupon users — translation, bargain hunters.
As I understand it, Groupon is already in twenty to thirty cities and the staff
is well in excess of 100.
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* Late Sunday night, I got a call from Jackie Quinn of the AP Radio network and
she was trying to track down Paul Lasiuk whose name she had found while
googling on the TMR site.
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Chicago’s O’Hare airport which had to make an emergency landing because only
two of the three landing wheels on the Airbus A319 deployed as the plane was
making its final approach into Newark, New Jersey’s Newark Liberty
And Jackie Quinn found Paul on google appearing in TMR from his days at
Lifeserv which was way back in 2001.
My question is, does anyone know where Paul Lasiuk works today?
This is probably the umteenth time I have gotten a call like that and it only
underscores how powerful a tool Google is.
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A United Airlines Airbus A319, similar to the one involved in the incident.
Image: Bill Abbott.United Airlines Flight 634 made a very rough emergency
landing yesterday morning when only two of the three landing wheels on the
Airbus A319 deployed as the plane was making its final approach into Newark,
New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport. After multiple attempts to
fix the problem failed, the pilot decided that an emergency landing was the
only remaining choice.
Only the plane’s nose gear and left landing gear had descended. The right
landing gear would not release. The airliner made a go-around as the crew
attempted to fix the problem. Passenger Jim Falk knew something was wrong
saying, “Normally a big plane like that doesn’t do a bypass, so we knew
something was wrong.”
However, the pilot decided that nothing could be done to bring the gear, an
emergency landing was declared. “We are going to have an unusual landing,” the
pilot calmly announced to the 53 passengers seated on the plane, according to
passenger Moritz Loew. Another passenger, Paul Lasiuk said he was more shocked
than scared, telling himself, “You have no choice. You’re going to go through
“Brace! Brace! Brace!”, the pilot announced over the plane’s public address
system, calling for passenger to enter the brace position as the plane made a
rough touchdown on the runway at Newark. The plane touched down on the nose
wheel and left rear wheel before lurching to the right causing sparks to fly as
the right engine skidded along the runway. Eventually, the plane came to stop
at 9:27 A.M. EDT.
Afterward, passengers and crew evacuated the plane by sliding down the
evacuation slides and moving quickly away from the plane due to fears it might
explode. They were then taken by bus to the airline’s lounge were they told
their stories to investigators and waited for their luggage. Three passengers
reported minor injuries but refused treatment.
The emergency landing caused the airport to shut down for 20 minutes, but
service quickly resumed on two of the airports three runways. The plane
remained on the runway throughout the afternoon as investigators determined the
cause of the landing gear failure.
This is in contrast to last week, when the airport was shutdown for six hours
after a young man named Haisong Jiang breached security by passing through an
exit to kiss his girlfriend goodbye.
According to passengers, the crew remained calm during the ordeal. Jim Falk
said, “They did a great job. There was no yelling, screaming, panicking or
anything.” Falk said he wanted to buy a bottle of Champagne to the currently
unnamed pilot. Falk added, “The pilot did a beautiful job. He didn’t put it in
the water like the other pilot did, but he should be commended.”
What’s a great landing? One that you walk away from.
-Moritz Loew, passenger on United Airlines Flight 634
Martin Trebino, a spokesperson for United Airlines said they would not release
the pilot’s name on Sunday, but did not indicate when his name would be made
Paul Lasiuk said, “I’ve had a lot of worse landings at Newark before. It was
Moritz Loew joked with himself afterward saying, “What’s a great landing? One
that you walk away from.”
The flight, which left Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport early Sunday
morning around 6 A.M. reported no other problems during the flight up until the
incident. According to United Airlines spokesperson Robin Urbanski, it remains
unclear why the landing gear failed to deploy. Urbanski added that passengers’
tickets would be refunded and that they would receive vouchers and credit
towards any future flight.
* Well, this has been a red letter day for Ronald P. May. On this, the 53rd
year, eighth month and twenty ninth day of my life, I have now taken another
big step toward being dependent on technology to live.
As you know, I have been sick in some way since December 20th. I spent five
days in the hospital and was released on December 31st in the afternoon.
At the time of my discharge from NMH, 16th floor, we did not know if I had a
bacterial or viral infection and we still don’t. None of the blood cultures
showed any signs of growth.
That did not stop them from bombarding me with antibiotics, however.
We knew that I had fevers between 101 degrees and 103 degrees. We knew that I
had low blood pressure with typical readings being 75/40. We knew that I had a
bad hacking cough which was treated effectively with Robitussin and codine.
We know that these symptoms went away and we also know that the anti-biotics
may or may not have worked. I was given heavy doses of Zosyn and vancomycin.
The permacath in my groin was removed on Tuesday, December 29th and we still
don’t know if that tube contributed to the problem or not.
I got home and was wiped out. I had no energy and it took all my energy just to
stay awake for four or five hours.
I was constantly taking naps, and I also had no appetite. I was easily racking up about 14 hours a day sleeping.
I have also continued to have fevers, but low grade, and they have been mostly
between 99.5 degrees and 99.9 degrees. I sweated a lot and soaked four or five
T-shirts a day — or night — in sweat.
That brings us to today, January 12, 2010.
I could barely walk to the cab to get to dialysis. I have a huge problem
walking and am out of breath. When I got to the clinic, I asked for a wheel
I am back to coughing.
I’ve been having big trouble sleeping.
But now we have some real numbers to explain what is up.
My hemoglobin is 8.3 which is severely low.
That explains my fatigue, anemia, sleepiness, low energy, etc., etc.
But there is more. I am on Coumadin which is a blood thinner invented at
UW-Madison many years ago. My PT INR should be between 2.0 and 3.0. But it is a
That means my blood is very thin and there could be internal bleeding.
And there is more. My phosphorus is low, at 1.5 when it should be 3.5 to 5.5.
That means I am not eating much.
Because of my breathing problems, they put me on oxygen during dialysis today.
I could not have imagined at 11am that by 5pm my life would be changed and the
oxygen tube is now a 24×7 reality.
The chief technician from the pulmonary company whose name is also Ron
delivered the equipment and gave my helper Carlos and me all the gory details.
The portable canisters are good for four hours each. For long meetings, I will
carry two of them.
There are tubes galore, and things have to be changed every two or six weeks,
etc. Distilled water and absolutely no smoking.
There go the cigars which I have not been smoking much of anyway. My last cigar
was a few months ago.
After all this, there is good news.
I already feel much better and I have only been on the machine since 4:30pm.
So, don’t be surprised when you see at meetings with a tube in my nose and a
canister on my arm.
One day can be a life changer.
I already find it easier to get up from chairs and it is easier for me to walk.
I had always thought that my walking problems were due to high fluid retention.
But it turns out that the big problem is saturation, I believe the technician
said. Saturation refers to oxygen and every time you use your muscles, you
require energy and that requires oxygen.
In other words, it is all about oxygen.
Ain’t life grand! When you wake up in the morning, you have no idea what life
has in store for you.
One last thought. Had it not been for my getting the oxygen equipment at home,
I would probably be in the hospital tonight rather than sitting comfortably at
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