The stock stars beyond Club 1700's velvet rope
Less than zero
Our technical director, Keith Falcone (above), helps us build our "Hair Nation" segments for this blog. (Plus, once in a while he does actually help us in the control room to get the show on the air.) But he is helpless on Twitter at @keith_falcone.
It's become an embarrassment for the "Squawk" brand. After weeks of free promotion on this blog, Keith has frittered away that opportunity and still has a mere six followers. This may be my last effort to help the helpless. If he can't get to double digits by this time next week, we may officially start the "Falcone less than zero" campaign and drive his Twitter account into oblivion.
Brian: "Eric Lefkofsky has been named the new CEO of Groupon. There is a picture of him, he looks very … well … mercurial.
Andrew: "Mercurial ... is that an insult?"
Brian: "We'll its better than calling him Venetian, Martian or Uranus."
But two minor observations: One, as Becky pointed out, it already picked the winner and it's not letting customers vote, which ruined it for her. Two, by showing everybody 30 logos, you now almost guarantee a majority of your users will have liked a different logo than the one you eventually chose. Yahoo!?
And Brian joked: "The logo most Yahoo employees voted for … Google!"
The cutting edge
I read this great story over the weekend about pensions on CNBCNetNet. Wow! It's a really awesome site!
(Damnit! Hacked by @carney again!)
The CEO of Quirky @benkaufman stopped in the studio again with more very cool summer products that inventors have pitched on his site.
In this episode: A beach bag that won't bring the sand back with you and a custom "wiener slicer."
And when Kaufman spontaneously bolted off the set to do the product demo, thankfully Andrew got up and followed him.
Tweets of note:
Breakfast Tacos! @NYMag wrote:
(Unlike last week's stem cell burger story, "Squawk" co-host Joe Kernen will tell you, @TacoBell can do no wrong, so this has to be a good idea.)
Check out this tweet from @SeemaCNBC:
In the CNBC newsroom, this is very exciting because any war with Apple or Google is solid gold for us. We can make new "WAR!" graphics, a new heart-pounding animation, call a few extra news planning meetings, draft a prime-time special. It has great potential!
And let's throw in a new upstart just to complicate the battlefield.
Check out our interview this week with the co-founders of Misfit Wearables, which was co-founded by former Apple CEO John Sculley. It's another "disruptor" that wants in on this soon to be fought "Wearable War!"
Must follow them @
Time to throw some bones to all our Squawk contributors this week. So please follow them to give the appearance that we have some juice and maybe they'll consider coming back @morningmoneyben, @jeffcoxCNBCcom (again, we don't know what Jeff contributed this week, but @CNBCNetNet stole our password), @SullyCNBC, @ScottWapnerCNBC, CNBC contributor @tonyfratto. (Tony didn't contribute this week either, but he'll re-tweet us so we'll include him anyway!)
And here's a shout-out to "Squawk" video editor @dmeelarp because he cuts all the clips for this blog and it's not part of his official job description so I'm afraid one day he'll quit in protest.
Joe and Becky love to play the word jumble in the paper after the show. They've been doing it for seven years running, and Becky has the weekly handwritten scores to prove it! Two weeks ago was a complete disaster for Becky. Joe swept her five to nothing. Now with Joe on vacation for two weeks, followed by Becky for two weeks, the word jumble contest won't resume until September, which means Becky has to sit on that brutal sweep for a month.
Let's give her a practice word to try to rebuild her confidence: SLLPCEAO
*Answer at the end
Mark your calendar (or set your DVR) for guest hosts
- Monday: James Woolery (Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP)
- Tuesday: Tom Barrack (Colony Capital LLC)
- Wednesday: Oscar Schafer (Rivulet Capital)
- Thursday: Matt Miller (Center for American Progress)
- Friday: Jason Trennert (Strategas Research Partners LLC)
Next week's 8:30 a.m. EDT economic calendar
- Tuesday: Retail Sales and Import/Export Prices
- Wednesday: Producer Price Index
- Thursday: Jobless Claims and Consumer Price Index
- Friday: Housing Starts and Building Permits
The "Corny-Sappy Motivational Business-Based Inspirational Quote" for the weekend
"There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else." —Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart
I'd be remiss if we didn't say goodbye to our star intern John Torrisi (follow him @jctorrisi) who's returning to George Washington University for his senior year. This is his second tour with "Squawk" and we're hoping it won't be the last we see of him.
(Great, now I have no one to keep my kid's hermit crabs alive—which I keep in my office at work—when I travel.)
Looking forward to the weekend because ...
It's the last major golf tournament of the year, the PGA Championship!
*Becky's Jumble Bonus Word answer: SLLPCEAO=collapse