Tomorrow is the 4th birthday for iBankCoin. For those of you who are new here, the journey originated from the time when I was blogging on some bullshit blogspot site.
Here was the introduction video crafted by Spydercrusher aka “Danny.”
It all started when “Jeremy the IT guy”, and Co-founder of iBankCoin, emailed me for some good book tips. Jeremy was in college and was interested in learning more about stocks. After a few months of back and forth and firing him from guest blogging on FOWS for posting gangster rap bullshit (that was my thing back then, hiring bloggers for the weekends and firing them on Sunday night), I proposed we mock TheStreet.com with a site that looked just like theirs, only orange.
After some back and forth, Jeremy agreed.
As far as compensation went, he was given a choice: 1. get paid by the hour for work done on iBC. 2. get paid nothing, but get a significant share of the newly formed company. He chose the latter and it was a wise decision.
Through the years, the site has undergone numerous design changes and content as well. We started off with just me, Woodshedder and Danny. Then Ragin’ Cajun came onboard. Shortly after him, Jakegint decided to convert himself from prolific commenter to tabbed blogger. We held elections to replace departing blogger “Gunners” and Alphadawg won. However, truth be told, we were forced to hack that poll for him due to the insidious manipulation of our polling system by none other BEAS.
Other bloggers who have donned the iBC armor include: Chart Addict, Coach Coffee, Henry Fool, Chuck Bennett, Gio and The Analyst Bomber. I may have missed one or two.
I brought Scott Bleier onboard after having lunch with him at The Four Seasons. I remember seeing Scott on the teevee when I was a young punk in the brokerage business. When we bumped into each other on Twitter, I knew he had to write for the site.
ChessnWine won his tab by defeating Caine Thaler in an election. Both Chess and Caine defeated all other contestants on iBC. The final vote was held inside The PPT and Chess won.
Caine won The King of the Peanut Gallery award more than anyone else in iBC history, due to his supreme command of the English language. Eventually, I offered Caine a tab because I knew he had earned one.
Cronkite used to blog under another name “GW.” And he used to post news under a different format. But it wasn’t successful, so I canceled it. After I launched The Financial News Network, it made perfect sense to put him in charge of it. He has done a terrific job.
Running a site is not easy. There are always #TECHISSUES and people are dicks. Personalities clash and I am not an easy person to deal with. Plus, so many of you out there are assholes. To date, we’ve banned over 1,100 fuckfaces who have disrespected the house that is iBankCoin. I ban people because they are dishonorable. Remember, iBC is my home. When you walk into my home by commenting, you are my guest. Should you choose to disrespect me in my home, I am going to pick you up by the collar and kick you out.
At any rate, I am very happy with the progress of the site, with traffic up 10 fold since 2007. We are on the cusp of launching a new site soon, which has nothing to do with content, however. Jeremy has come along way in developing his skills. He is an incredible programmer. Oh, I’d also like to thank Gappingandyapping for helping us with our servers. We could not have moved over to the cloud without him. He is a true friend of the site and is cordially invited to next years annual iBC dinner.
In closing, I intend to destroy all of the other financial sites out there. I know who you fucking are and your content is shit. Your advice is garbage and your grammar is atrocious.
Did you know? Aside from the original staff of Woodshedder and Danny, iBC had another blogger named Mr. Bilderberg. He lasted only two weeks. His name was HOWARD LINDZON.If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter