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Praise for Broadbandits
"Om Malik’s spread of blame for the Internet bubble shows there’s plenty to go around. For my part, I am sorry and promise almost never to do it again. Malik holds a special place in hell for Salomon stock promoter Jack Grubman. But then Wall Street should have weeded him out way back when they caught him lying about going to MIT."
Bob Metcalfe, MIT graduate, Ethernet inventor, 3Com founder, InfoWorld pundit, and Polaris partner
"Broadbandits weaves together a story of greed, money, power, and crime to reveal to the millions of people who lost their investments in telecom stock where, and to whom, their hard-earned dollars went."
Charles Dubow, Executive Editor, Forbes.com
"Om Malik has the courage to write that instead of reporting EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization) the CEOs he calls broadbandits reported their own style of EBITDA (Earnings Before Irregularities, Tampering, and Dubious Accounting). His pen is as wicked as Mark Twain’s."
Blaise Zerega, Managing Editor, Wired magazine
"Rare, for a book in its field, Broadbandits is an attractive, stodge-free read. Accessible, even mischievous, it should prove instructive not merely to geeks, (disgruntled) venture capitalists, and bankrupt telecom tycoons, but also to that species most neglected of allthe lay reader."
Tunku Varadarajan, Editorial Features Editor, The Wall Street Journal
"Broadbandits is a fast-paced tale of the key players responsible for inflating the telecom bubble. Many were fools, many others rogues, some managed to escape with riches, some were ruined. With an unforgettable cast, Broadbandits is a sobering account of monumental financial waste and the derailment of hundreds of thousands of lives."
Andrew Odlyzko, Director, Digital Technology Center and Assistant Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota
Broadbandits: The Most Wanted List.
PART I: THE FIBER BARONS.
1. Bernie’s Bad Idea.
2. Rocky Mountain High.
3. Once a Junkie, Always a Junkie.
4. Billionaire versus Billionaire.
5. The Attack of the Clones.
PART II: THE MILE NIGH CLUB.
6. Fresh Prince of Hot Air.
8. Teddy Gets Taken to the Cleaners.
9. The House (of Cards) that Jack Built.
PART III: THE LIGHT KNIGHTS.
10. Canadian Rhapsody.
11. The Dan and Desh Show.
12. Just an Illusion.
13. The Swami of the Broadband Boom.
Epilogue: The End Game.
Appendix A: Cash & Carry.
Appendix B: Bank Balance Buildout.
Posted May 5, 2004
If you¿ve even glanced at your retirement account balance or brokerage statement in the past few years, you no doubt have felt the effects of the broadband bubble. Less publicized than the tech wreck of 2000, the broadband meltdown was every bit as costly. Journalist Om Malik gathers the varied tales of telecom shenanigans anddf then adds up the stock sales so you can see just how much the broadbandits took. Malik¿s engaging and vitriolic writing style is fun to read, and he makes the intriguing assertion that the telecoms outdid the dot-coms in terms of sheer greed and gall. We suggest this book to any investor who hopes not to get burned, and to any executive responsible for safeguarding shareholder value.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 18, 2003