About

Michael GracieThis site is the domain of one Michael Gracie.

The Proprietor

Publicly

{note to self: for originality, insert something impressive here that isn’t stretching the truth}

Meanwhile, the unimportant but still factually correct stuff … previously:

  • Manager in Arthur Andersen’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group;
  • COO of Tango Communications – company sold;
  • Co-Founder and COO/CTO of Registry Services International – company sold;
  • CFO of Rivenet.com – I left early, but it flopped anyway;
  • Co-founder of TotJot.com – company folded within a year;
  • Co-founder of Privacy Technologies, Inc – presently on hold.

I’ve also done strategic, financial and technology consulting for dozens of businesses. Meanwhile, I’ve become a perpetual novice at catching fish with fly rods, and a feeble (now semi-retired) skier/snowboarder. Formal education came via University of Florida, I’m a former CPA, and previously held six securities/commodities licenses (Series 3, 7, 24, 27, 30 & 66) as well as multiple state insurance licenses. My golf handicap is in the triple digits, but I’m good entertainment on the course.

For a time spent a few hours a week plying the fly-fishing retail trade, in the hope of building some credibility in the space. That plan didn’t work, but only because I’d already been labeled The Deion Sanders of the sport and figured there was no place to go but down thereafter. Next stop is the PGA Tour (probably seniors because my game needs serious work), but I’ve been told by folks they’d rather watch me on television than Phil Mickelson.

Presently

I consult in the arenas of financial and operation restructuring, small/middle market strategic planning, business continuity, and information technology integration. Services include creating the finest GAAP-compliant financial models imaginable, providing hands-on assistance with acquisitions and divestitures (including liquidations), advising on company structure for long-term survival, and providing purposeful expertise (and elbow grease) on content, customer relationship, and supply chain management systems, e-commerce platforms, and data crunching exercises – in other words, I construct models and systems that make money, for people that like money.

Finally, I occasionally conjure written content, primarily for the information technology and outdoor sports realms. I’ve been published in Military Information Technology, Angling Trade, Fly Rod & Reel, and Pulp Fly, the last of which I also edited and produced.

The Site

Origin

I doubt this method is patentable (heh), but I wanted to outline where the posts came from:

  • Notes – Links of interest, with limited commentary.
  • Office – From the desk…usually boring.
  • On The Fly – Most everything related to fly fishing, even if it wasn’t actually posted while on the water.
  • Spamroll – Almost everything from the now defunct internet security blog Spamroll.com.
  • Thoughtmarket – Almost everything from my old personal blog at Thoughtmarket.com.

Reading Lists

The reading lists (or blogrolls, if you will) aren’t very long, probably because I actually read most everything on the list, every day. Any more would be too much, and sources will come and go over time. The lists are divided between the business, finance and technology subjects (the “necessary evils”) and the truly important stuff (the outdoors blogs).

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