Friday, January 31, 2014


Matisyahu


Sometimes I lay
Under the moon
And thank god I'm breathin'
Then I pray
Don't take me soon
'Cause I am here for a reason
Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know some day it'll all turn around
Because
All my life I've been waiting for
I've been praying for
For the people to say
That we don't wanna fight no more
There'll be no more wars
And our children will play
One day x6
It's not about
Win or lose
'Cause we all lose
When they feed on
The souls of the innocent
Blood drenched pavement
Keep on moving though the waters stay ragin'
In this maze you can lose your way (your way)
Might drive you crazy
But don't let it faze you no way (no way)
Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know some day it'll all turn around
Because
All my life I've been waiting for
I've been praying for
For the people to say
That we don't wanna fight no more
There'll be no more wars
And our children will play
One day x6
One day this all will change
Treat people the same
Stop with the violence
Down with the hate
One day we'll all be free
And proud to be
Under the same sun
Singing songs of freedom like...

One day x2

All my life I've been waiting for
I've been praying for
For the people to say
That we don't wanna fight no more
There'll be no more wars
And our children will play

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Brainteaser

Jackson had been playing football the previous three days and he always left his football in the same part of the yard, in the grass where he could find it.  This morning, he woke up to find his father making a fire in the fireplace.  He opened the local newspaper and his eyes darted to the headline, “All schools closed!”  Well Jackson screamed in delight!  No school!  Oh boy!  He ran outside to get his ball and exclaimed in disappointment, “Oh no!” As he realized that he would not find his ball. Why could Jackson not find his ball?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

This is what happens when people decide to divert water supply from natural resources in the name of money.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Ol' Man on A Mountain - Heartfelt, Beautiful and Touching

My father recently published Ol' Man on a Mountain, a memoir about his experiences on a new farm with my mother, Jan.  I am so proud - I would be proud no matter what, because my dad is my dad.

But, this really is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read.  And, the critics agree also, now with 25 Amazon reviews all five stars.  I highly recommend this book to anyone.  It is touching and will have you laughing and crying from the first page to the last, literally.

If you are looking for an emotional and touching true story of love, kindness, and what it means to be a human being, I highly recommend this memoir.  It really is one of the best books I've ever read and happens to written by my dad.

Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Ol-Man-Mountain-Stuart-Omans/dp/1626600325/ref=tmm_pap_title_0




This is about sharing and investing in kindness. How we CAN eat our landscapes?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Learning to welcome difficulty in the interest of growth

I grew up with little training on the benefits of difficulty and failure.

I was a very good basketball player as a young child.  In fact, I was the proud winner of the Most Valuable Player Award at the Rollins College Basketball Clinic at age 10 in Winter Park, FL, my home town.   When it came time to try out for the Junior High Basketball Team, I was cut in the first round of tryouts.  I cannot overstate how difficult of a moment and period this was for me at the time.  This was a devastating blow to me, and I would not touch a basketball for at least 10 years.  Even now, at age 44, as I rarely pick up a basketball, I am forced to remember an astonished despondency of being cut from that team.  As a 12 year old, I was crushed and embarrassed by this important event in my life - and I remember the intricate details of it so clearly today 32 years later.  Yet, I learned nothing from it at the time, did not try out again, did not work harder.  I just quit.

A few successes and many failures have come and gone since then, and over the years, I have learned that those difficulties are actually the gifts which allow us to learn.  When we are confronted with a difficult moment, by confronting it head on, with a humble disposition and a focused mind, we are able to move through the difficult moment with renewed accomplishment.  This has been an important lesson for me - albeit one that has taken three decades to learn.

Sometimes, the difficult moments are presented in different forms - confusion, lack of clarity of direction, question of purpose, and other forms.  This usually is followed by a spark of idea, clear direction and understanding.  The difficulty, or confusion, is simply a precept to prepare one self for answers, knowledge and growth.

The difficult moments will always be in front of us - so, by welcoming them openly, we are able to grow, develop and learn in an optimal way.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Team

Below are my sincere sentiments about the Trusted Insight Team as of January 29, 2013, spoken at the Trusted Insight Reception at our offices at 1501 Broadway, 12th Flr, NY, NY 10036.

I’d like to thank the Trusted Insight team.

Alex Bangash - None of us would be here today if it weren’t for Alex Bangash. His uncompromising vision and never-ending energy is an inspiration. We are thankful to Alex for creating Trusted Insight, providing all of us the opportunity to work on such an interesting project and company, and for pushing us to improve.

Joe Omansky – I am Joe Omansky – I work with Alex on Product, Community and Operations, and feel lucky to have been able to spend the last two years of my life working on building Trusted Insight. I can honestly say that these last two years have been the most rewarding of any in my career.

Sean Auriti – Our CTO – Sean is a leader, hacker, and quintessential entrepreneur. I have truly witnessed genius as Sean has single-handedly, with Alana’s faithful help, transformed the site to where it is today.

Alana Treimanis – Front end – Alana is responsible for the beautiful design of the site and we are so fortunate to have her on the team.

Natasha Boehm – Head of Community – Tash has led our email campaigns and is largely responsible for the beautiful emails you receive today. And Tash did most of the work arranging this reception. Thank you Tash.

Daniel Khalaf – Head of Data – Daniel has managed the growth and design of our data, which is the essential underpinning of the content you see online. We are so appreciative of Daniel for his focused hard work on growing and managing our data and user base.

Richard Anderson – Community – Rich has helped Tash with the emails and has been a valuable asset to the improved design of our emails and presentations. We really appreciate Rich as an integral part of the team.

Al Capulong – Al is VP – Head of Direct Sales and led the growth of sales at Fundspire and Pertrac, both of which were recently sold to EVestment, an Insight Ventures company. We are so fortunate to have Al on the team.

Taylor Fichtman – Taylor was Al’s assistant at Fundspire and joins us as well as a valuable part of the sales team. 

Katrina Dideriksen – Katrina recently joined us and is a valuable part of the sales team.

Please say hello to the Trusted Insight team when you have a moment. We hope you enjoy the evening!