You don’t remember? The Internet Does!

A picture from my appearance on CNBC's "Power Lunch" - December 3, 2001

The Internet is a funny place.  As I wrote in a post recently, I’ve started becoming more cognizant of personal branding and what my ‘Google Search personality’ looks like.  I think a lot of us take it for granted that you can “just Google” something, but that doesn’t guarantee you’ll see everything about a person or a subject.  I typed my name into Dogpile this afternoon, a search engine comprised of the results of other search engines (including Google), and an interesting result turned up…

Towards the end of 2000 in my Junior/Senior year, I became involved with the University of Delaware Blue Hen Investment Club.  Founded in 1996, the aim of this university-sponsored club was to provide students an opportunity to learn about the stock market by trading with “real money”, under the watch of the faculty adviser.  Participating in the bull market of 2000 and early 2001, everything we picked pretty much turned to gold (like everyone else), with the portfolio doubling in size from the initial $500,000 in 1996 to near $1,000,000 in December 2001.  I don’t quite remember how that performance compares to the S&P 500, but I can say that my stock picking abilities after this experience are probably overstated.  Nevertheless, CNBC thought it made a great personal interest story, so they had a “College Week” on their “Power Lunch” program, and we were invited to participate.

I haven’t thought a lot about this experience since I left graduate school, which at this point was almost a full decade ago.  I never did see a replay of the show, but given that I didn’t speak, I didn’t try too hard either.  Which brings me to today…

The Internet doesn’t forget, even if we might.  As far as I can tell, other than the goofy pumpkin/corn/cow cutout pictures I’ve got on Facebook, there isn’t a whole lot of negative out there associated with my name.  That’s good for the future of my career…but even if I can’t think of anything now, I can be sure that the Internet will always be there to remember for me.

Original Press Release – 12/6/2001

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