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.
But we’re just getting started here, as the site expands into different aspects of content delivery, specifically seen in The Blogger Network and The Financial News Network.
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
Rock on and Happy Birthday!
well happy b-day then
Thanks for all you do and the PPT…iBankCoin has kept me alive these last few months.
Wasn’t there a guy who wrote about wine and manicures?
JASON TREU- may favorite iBC blogger of all time.
This was the funniest unintended comedic post ever published online. Be sure to read the comments.
I couldn’t figure out if Jason Treu was just a goof at first. Then I read some of the responses to his columns and understood that you were doing a much needed community service for shut-in and social retards still wearing Ed Hardy shirts and wondering why even their own hands reject their sexual advances.
The comments are as hilarious as Anton’s here.
that was absolutely the most hilarious read ever… it still brings tears to my eyes!
YES! I remember that post, glad to have the link again.
Jason forgot to tell me what kind of shoes I need to go with my blazer, jeans, shirt and pocket square.
That guy’s post was interesting, Fly. The guy was right about the vizualizations, only he just went overboard.
You have to have some semblance of reality in your vizualizations. Being positive and goal-oriented is good within reason. Vizualizing in a way that is out of touch with reality is going too far with it. So he did make himself a laughing stock doing that.
The culture clash was hilarious
Holy shit that was hilarious. I almost threw up from laughing so hard while I read the comments. Mushroomz and Moober’s killed me. Bring JT back please.
Here were my thoughts.
July 25, 2009 at 5:15 pm
Feed me a stray cat.
Dyslexia is contagious.
Here’s Jason in the bathroom, ‘networking’.
Jason made it another couple of weeks until Fly said “Jason, this is awful” referring to insults thrown in Jason’s direction. However, we do have the legacy of new vocabulary such as indeud, agreud, etc…
Congrats, and keep it up. Drink some good tea.
Hey today is my birthday, don’t you dare try and steal the limelight lol
The bull trap is set and ready to get the greedy. Italian yields at 6.80% again and rising rapidly as the foam of a shaken coca cola….From today and until I go broke I am long VXX, Long USD, Short Gold, Short Silver, Short Tech. If my mother had a ticker symbol I would short MOM too….
LIAR. yields are still 6.45%
I will see your bullshit marketwatch link and raise you with the gold standard
Rumor is you’ve been shopping a 6% stake in iBC to GSVC at a $15bn valuation. Confirm/deny?
Happy Veterans’s Day as well!
Thanks you Vets, including Papa Fly and all of Jake’s sibs and uncles aunt’s muddahs and faddahs.
Happy Birthday guys. You’ve all done a great job over the years. Thanks for the laughs and the out-sized bags of coin.
iBC is really the perfect mix of “stuff” to get me through the day, while I slog away in front of multiple screens, trying to scratch out a few bucks.
Having been following almost from the beginning, I can honestly say that the site just keeps getting better, though I wish Danny was still around here and AlphaDawg would do regular guest editorials between black ops missions.
Posts by “The Fly” have always been beautifully written. Thanks for inventing this place.
And Happy Birthday to iBC.
Lovely video. Very classy. What is the gentleman drinking? Happy Birthday iBC.
Scotch with ice? If that was a single malt, you are going to hell.
Congratulations and thank-you.Job well done.
Happy Birthday IBC! Been a daily reader since FOWS days and have come to expect a high level of market discourse coupled with an entertaining format. Thanks and best wishes for the next year.
I, too, sip my scotch. Prolonged sips.
Always grateful for you financial knowledge and comedy. Note: I do not view you as a clown and you are not here to amuse me.-Goodfellas
what was the dude from Hawaii ? He was spot on with teh VIX.
Gio. How could I forget.
Congratulations on the milestone. This site is amazing!
congratulations on your 4th and thank you.
your command of the english language and ability to sever heads with it is admirable.
enjoy the day, btw chuck bennet was on the gsvc call yesterday asking questions claiming to be from ibc, is he back?
he is always around.
Chuck closed out the ATPG conference call with another stellar performance. I recommend tuning into the replay if you get a chance. From memory I believe Chuck came on the last three minutes or so.
Link to the conference call, Chuck comes in just after the 55 min mark.
Congratulations Fly and all those who contribute, keeping this place interesting and “alive”
oh and Thanks for not perma-banning me…so far
Best thing on the internets. Congratulations and nicely done Fly!
Congrats IBC. I have a random question I was hoping someone could help with.
Where do people park excess cash in their trading accounts that will generate at least some yield? I trade through IB and am talking mid six figures and would prefer something liquid like an ETF.
Two year UST bond funds.
Happy Birthday IBank Coin. I wish I could have been here since the start. I showed up in April of 2010 after Rev Sharks RM blog mentioned you. Many of the Stockpickrs are here too. Funny how a Great Party grows. For today, I am sort of disappointed that Italy turned out to be so pussy whipped, (I wanted more of a fight in selling out their future, land, etc). Anyway, comes back to big problem, world markets all trade together these days…how can we have a Spanish GDP at Zero, Hong Kong at .1%…French Govt, etc cutting cost everywhere and still believe we are at the bottom..oh well, Have to put on my Amore and go look for a Windmill to fight today. Happy Birthday Again..and thank you for being part of my Stock History too.
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Can’t believe I still can’t mention his name here. Anyways, you forgot to mention someone Master Fly. Judging by today’s 52 cent share price of MVIS, he won.
i sold it at 4. i won
Mario Monti, a former GS advisor, takes over as Italian PM. Mario Draghi, former GS guy, takes over as head of Euro Central Bank. Super Mario brothers. The blogosphere will love this. They could actually do a great job, they know the ropes.
I didn’t know that. Yep, they will love it.
new fly show would be cool!
Awesome site, Le Fly! My favorite on the internet BY FAR. IT’s my home page, first and last site I visit every day. And the addition of the news feed keeps me on here all day.
Hope it’s around for a long time to come!
I started learking here about two months before Cramer served the papers, good stuff then and now. Carry on Hamilton
I bought some AKS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDzvduOheTs&feature=related not anonymous anymore
it is you
u will have to wear stupid ray bans now…
Cheers to you Fly, the benevolent curator of internet greatness. And to all other iBC contibutors and partners, a humble tip of the hat.
I appreciate the opportunity to witness your dream come to fruition right before my eyes.
Nothing but admiration. Amazing accomplishments.
– Lurker since 2007
Howard got Tivo’d! Bwhahaha!!!
IBC dominance well deserved. No one even close in the finance community that is a better read than the Fly.
fly -congrats best site on the internet.
I too have been lurking since 2007 and must say congrats on all the accomplishments. I step in all throughout the day for the humor, insight, and distinguished gentlemanly ways. Thanks guys
Happy Birthday, Ibankcoin. I will play you a colorful accordion song for your birthday.
Finally I find out who Beas was– a blogger on the site, who seemed like he was not playing with a full deck, LOL, but amusing nevertheless.
Congratulations and another Happy Birthday. Your evolution has always taken the high road and impresses all who come to see. Continued success Broker A.
Glorious site. Long may you reign on these here intra-webs, Master Fly.
Good job Neighbor Fly. And by the way, I overheard a conversation between Mrs. Steve and Mrs. Fly and they were trying to guess the color of the car you bought for Mrs. Fly on your anniversary.
Congrats. to you and the staff.
And, of course, a Happy B-day to GrandPa Fly.
“You are a scholar and a gentleman and I thank you”
Was it you that got IMAX’d out of a tab? Unfortunate yet pretty funny stuff if I recall.
Mr. Partridge, AKA Mroil and Russian Saylor, and one of the finest traders in North America, first introduced me to The Fly in 2009. At first, the Old Turkey would send me your stories and attach numerous apologies to them for your ribald use of foul language. The past two years I have incorporated your website as part of my students’ research when they compete in the Stock Market game (www.stockmarketgame.org) with the caveat “There’s some very good bloggers on here with ideas for you to consider, just don’t let your parents know you are reading it.”
LOL, that’s great.
Oh well, thank you..
Congrats to the Dr., this site and all the bloggers…
The most entertaining financial blog for sure .. Happy birthday!
Fly you think I should sell $MVIS?
Happy Birthday Fuckers
Happy Birthday IBC
Been reading for probably 3 years. I appreciate the great writing, hilarious obscenities, and quality trades.
Also “quality tirades.”
Fly, what do you think of crack spread direction. It doesn’t look good on WNR even they hedged partially.
WNR has 35% hedged at 27. Spreads will blow out again in Feb.
so still 65% of wnr earning will be affected by lower spread.
why do you think blow out in Feb? seasonality again?
Many thanks for the first four years, and here’s looking forward to the next.
Good shit. Congrats.
Happy Veterans Day. Go Navy!
I’ve been coming here for a long time now, and this site is among the many things in my life for which I am grateful. Sage financial commentary, wonderfully irreverent content, and relentless innovation is an unbeatable combo.
I will celebrate by tying it on with some $20 tea from Teavana and waking up in Tijuana with no pants. FUCKYEAH!
Viva iBC, bitches!
(and from one IT/developer dude to another, congrats to Jeremy!)
YW. Catching a good one (e.g. equity stake, etc.) is so rare for guys in our line. Well done.
[email protected] Jemmy’s new avatar. Who is that creepy dude? Uncle Bizness?
It’s from this:
Glory is fleeting, IBC is forever….
Happy Birthday and Cheers…
i love this site so much, the fly was in my dreams last night. no joke. hahah.
thanks to all that make it happen.
Happy Birthday IBC
I remember that orange looking site…
Mazel tov meshugunah Fly! Such a mitzvah this whole ibc mishegas is. May it and you live for 120 years (or at least until you reach 47 1/2). I think I’ll have me a bissel of Manishevitz tonight in celebration. La Chaim to ibc, Le Fly and all its readers!
Such a byooteeful toast… I’m verklempt!
Mr. Jake, your comment is like buttah. I’m getting shpilkis in my genektigizoink.
Congrats on 4 yrs.
Is that Al Pacino, portraying the Fly?
I was thinking Robert Redford.
Happy Birthday IBC
Unlimited repeats of three fingers of Lagavulin 21 raised and swilled to a chorus of bravos and attaboys for Fly and IBC.
Pappy 20 year.
Happy Birthday iBC.
Jake Gint came out of the commenting section? Was it his market knowledge or his political savviness that got him the blogging tab?
ibc is simply the best. raised glass too internets domination!
Best read on the interwebs. Happy 4th!
Hard to believe it has been 4 years. Best to the readers! It has been a blast.
Ambly said, I know I’ll never reach your analyitic ability.
But it’s great knowing experts than moi self.
kayak.com commercial is takin the fly’s BANNED nationwide. hope your gettin a royalty.
A see a picture of a pelican, and an owl too, on the site. Great. I don’t know if all frogs like birds, but I certainly do.
BTW: it’s a VERY nice. Calm. Equinam… whatev’s… sitting in cash.
The world is funny when you have “time on your side.”
Happy Birthday ibankcoin.
Happy Birthday ibank. As my Grandmother would say: Here’s to 40 more!
Happy Birthday IBC. I hope you have many more.
BTW love Danny’s intro video. I come for the stock picks but stay for the tyranny