The Mojo Channel is Super Nice
If you live in the U.S. and have high-definition cable service, there’s a good chance you have a channel way up in the nosebleed section of your dial called “Mojo”. If you haven’t checked it out already, you should. It’s full of all high-definition programming and includes three great weekly shows I have now set Tivo Season’s Passes for:
Startup Junkies — A documentary about a fledgling startup called “EarthClassMail” and the ups and downs of its everyday operations. Having just gone through the entire startup experience with Newsvine, this show hits home for me in many ways. Number one, it’s set in Seattle. Number two, it nicely covers the highs and lows of startup life, from the stress of procuring your financing, to the thrill of launching your service, to the interpersonal issues that often crop up around the office. Someone asked me a few days ago if I would have ever let cameras into Newsvine for this sort of thing, and my response was “hellllllllll no”. I wouldn’t recommend most startups do it either, but watching someone else expose themselves like that sure is fun!
Wall Street Warriors — A documentary about several people with various jobs on or around Wall Street. The cast here is extremely diverse. There’s the 28 year old superstar manager of a hundred million dollar investment fund who probably has five times the energy of any normal human being. The guy is nails. Awe-inspiring to watch at times, although not someone I’d trade places with due to his non-stop, high-stress lifestyle. There is a recent NYU graduate just getting into currency trading. There are two commodities traders who do the yelling in the pits that you always see in stock market stock footage. And finally, there are two schmucks who work at a downtown investment brokerage who take pride in getting rich people to hand over their money to them. These two jerks then pay back their clients by putting all of their eggs in one basket (in this case SanDisk) and losing most of their money. Good times. Makes for healthy skepticism towards all investment brokers.
Bobby G: Adventure Capitalist — Bobby Genovese is a venture capitalist/entrepreneur who lives the high life and invests in such interesting businesses as the Neptune Society; a service which cremates your remains, mixes them with cement, forms the mix into statues, and then sinks the statues to the ocean floor so divers can swim around the underwater memorial. Bobby is also in the process of reviving the Clearly Canadian brand of sparkling water which has fallen out of favor in the last several years. I hope he succeeds. I loved that stuff.