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The Wallstrip (TM) Edge: Using Trends to Make Money -- Find Them, Ride Them, and Get Off Hardcover – February 18, 2009

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About the Author

Howard Lindzon is the creator of In June 2007, Howard sold the site to CBS but remains a key and integral part of the business. The site attracts readers who appreciate his comedic yet informed investment advice. He currently manages two hedge funds, one of which, Biltmore Venture Partners, focuses on the Internet and blog entrepreneurship.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus (February 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446508640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446508643
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,963,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Howard Lindzon is co-founder and CEO of StockTwits® - a social network for traders and investors to share real-time ideas and information. StockTwits was recently named "one of the top 10 most innovative companies in web" by FastCompany and one of the "50 best websites" by Time magazine.

Mr. Lindzon has more than twenty years experience in the financial community acting in both an entrepreneurial and investing capacity. With a unique vision for starting and successfully managing innovative companies, he is the Managing Partner of Social Leverage, a holding company that invests in early stage web businesses. Howard continues to manage a hedge fund he started in 1998.

He created Wallstrip, and more than 400 original web video shows, which was purchased by CBS Corp. in 2007. He is an active angel with many success angel investments including:, (purchased by Ebay in 2005 for $415 million), (purchased by Comcast in June 2008), and Lifelock (lead investors include Bessemer Venture Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers). Mr. Lindzon's new media and internet business investments also include:,, Buddy Media, Ticketfly, Assistly, and Tweetdeck(purchased by Twitter).

Mr. Lindzon received an MBA at Arizona State University and an MIM from The American Graduate School of International Management.

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Format: Hardcover
"The Wallstrip Edge" is exactly what you expect if you have met the author: an open, helpful, empathetic effort to demystify important stuff. This is less a textbook and more a pep talk with some good context and helpful "how to" examples. If you're looking for a step-by-step system to tell you exactly what to do, that is NOT what Lindzon is trying to do here. But if you realize such systems are probably not all they claim to be, this is a good book from which to gain a healthy perspective on investing and some insight into a particular approach that has gained many adherents in recent years -- an approach particularly compatible with schedules (and personalities) not suited for trading in and out of stocks every minute. Highly recommend as an informal read for the beginning, part-time investor.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jon Steinberg on February 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Whereas most pundits would advise you to buy "cheap stocks," Howard details how money can be made in stocks like TASR, CROX, HANS, CME, etc. When I was on Wall Street, these were the very stocks that my hedge fund clients made their most significant profits in.

While market conditions as a whole make individual stock picking difficult at best, quarters from now, individuals will return to the market. And they will do so with a lost confidence in the large insitutions to protect and grow their savings in funds that were previously called "safe."

In this new market, I think individuals will be required to be more self-sufficient. This book arms people to pick stocks with basic research and simple guides. Howard debunks concepts such as "Averaging down," which can be really dangerous to individuals, and "being too late," which can prevent individuals from getting in on winners.

There are also interesting comparisons and learnings from the venture market with quasi interviews from leading VCs such as Fred Wilson and Brad Feld.

The book only has passing references to Wallstrip; it is very much a simple and straightforward guide to research followed by technical analysis. The technical advice boils down to trend following with an introduction to Average True Range (ATR). ATR is a valuable metric that allows investors to sell out of positions when a stock moves down below a typical average move

The book is great...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Soren Macbeth on February 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Wallstrip was all about trend following and how to profit from it in the stock market. Lindzon's book expands on the background and practical implementation of this strategy which he has employed successfully in both the public and private markets for over 10 years.

Full of hard earned wisdom and humor, the book is both entertaining and informative. Highly Recommended!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kristian Hansen on February 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Wallstrip Edge is a great book to learn about how successes and failures build/destroy companies.

It is also a place to learn about trending following and how stocks should be evaluated.

Howard Lindzon has done a great job of showing how to find stocks, how to hold them and finally how to build liquidity once a company has had its run.

Through his personal experiences and interviews with other start-up entrepreneurs and venture capitalists you can gain some great insight as to how great companies are constructed. Equally, you can see why other companies have failed.

When you start to look at the stock market as something you use everyday (like Amazon, Starbucks, Ebay, etc.) than you can start to realize that stocks are not just pieces of imaginary paper, but living products.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Hoffman on July 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have long said that the underlying theme to all the greatest investment ideas is simplicity. Railroads connect geographic locations to facilitate commerce and travel. Cars get us from one place to another. Energy powers everything we need. Microsoft Windows makes computers functional for the masses. Google is our guide to searching the Internet.

In Howard Lindzon's The Wallstrip Edge: Using Trends to Make Money-Find Them, Ride Them, and Get Off, Howard adds practical investing strategies to this core investment philosophy extolled by other world-class investors including Warren Buffett, George Soros, Peter Lynch, and Carl Icahn. The book is easy to read, full of fun stories, and Howard has an entrepreneurial spirit which will leave you excited and inspired to apply his advice.

If I was forced to summarize Howard's book, I would say:

Ignore distracting opinions in the financial media so you can better see true trends as opposed to hyped noise. Once you spot genuine trends, follow up with due diligence on the company and stock. When the stock exhibits certain characteristics (you must buy the book for Howard's secret recipe -- see below), jump aboard and ride the train while using professional risk management techniques to take profits and cut losses.

The last part of the book is like bonus material. Howard offers his seasoned view on which trends he thinks are timeless, and others that seem to be on the cutting edge. This section gives readers a feel for Howard's trend-spotting framework and sets the stage to find your next great investment candidates.

Most investment books claim to be for investors of all skill levels, but they are truly more suited for either beginners or pros.
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