Talking Squawk, the official "Squawk Box" blog, provides tidbits, insights and some sarcastic reflections on the WEEK THAT WAS and the WEEK TO COME from the notepad of the show's senior executive producer.
The Oracle of Omaha (in his own words)
It's one of the coolest things we do here on "Squawk Box."
The Oracle also takes it one step further. He doesn't just respond to the questions from co-hosts Becky, Joe Kernen and Andrew Ross Sorkin, he opens up the discussion and asks our viewers to email or Tweet their questions to be answered live on TV. It's our way of giving you access to the most famous investor in the world and we're thankful he agrees to do it every year!
It would be way too much to link each story, each video or each segment, but for people who consume all things Buffett, here's a link to the entire three-hour transcript for your enjoyment ... to read over and over again.
Among the topics covered (this is the "CliffsNotes" version)
Icahn on the line (here's how it went down in the control room on Wed., March 3 at 7:35 a.m. ET)
Ring ... Ring ... (Squawk Producer Dave Evans picks up the phone) "Hello, Mr. Icahn. Good morning. Yes sir, hold on and we'll put you right into the system and connect you to the anchors live on the air."
A day after Icahn's Squawk interview he tweeted:
Disruptors: The rise of Airbnb
We had a "Disruptors Summit" this week courtesy of venture capitalist Ben Horowitz, author of the new book "The Hard Things About Hard Things." One of the many companies Horowitz's firm (aka Andreessen Horowitz) brought to the world is Airbnb—the website that allows people to rent out their homes and apartments. Co-founder and CTO Nathan Blecharczyk joined us to explain his business model and his tax concerns.
Foursquare is another disruptor hand-picked by Horowitz and team. Dennis Crowley, CEO of the place-picking site, stopped by this week with his plan for growth. But first he had to explain to Joe exactly what Foursquare actually does.
Call me Elon!
We enjoy our relationship with AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson (@CEOMikeJackson on Twitter). On the show Tuesday, he talked about the idea of selling Tesla electric vehicles one day (if given the chance) and stood by Tesla's business model of direct sales even though it cuts out dealerships.
Jamie DINAN ... not Dimon!
He's a powerhouse in the hedge fund industry. James "Jamie" Dinan is the founder, chairman and CEO of York Capital Management, a hedge fund with $21 billion of assets under management. We got him all the way to New Jersey on Wednesday for a rare exclusive and he told us right now, it's a stock pickers market. He also gave us his thoughts on European stocks and his overall investing approach that allows him to continue to "deliver alpha."
Dinan's funds have returned on average 14 percent a year (after fees!) since 1991. Now that's a track record (compared with the S&P's return of 9 percent over that same period).
What have you done for me lately?
On air, Joe has repeatedly ribbed Apple CEO Tim Cook that his Christmas card didn't make it this year (context: Andrew's and Becky's cards did make it this year and Mr. Cook emailed into the show promising that he did send one to all three, after Joe called him out on air).
But Joe wasn't satisfied with that answer and kept pushing. So this week, after multiple on-air complaints, a new Christmas card was FedEx-ed to Joe's house.
Joe's on air reaction Thursday morning? "That's fine, but he did also miss my birthday on Jan. 6."
That will teach you Mr. Cook!
From Joe Kernen on solving bitcoin security concerns: "Why can't we just use those token you get at Chuck E. Cheese?"
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Get ready for Jack Welch's guest hosting gig this coming Thursday on "Squawk Box" from 7 a.m. ET to 9 a.m. ET! @Jack_Welch (the ultimate management guru!) is bringing two "disruptors" who we can't wait to meet!
Overheard on the set
Anchor No. 1: (Sighing) "Ugh, I'm exhausted. What a week. Is tomorrow Friday?"
Anchor No. 2: "Um, tomorrow is Wednesday."
Anchor No. 1: "Oh."
(We sure know how to bring the energy on Squawk!)
Travel kept the Word Jumble from really getting going this week. Only two days to report and Joe and Becky were knotted at one win apiece. Joe's bonus Jumbled word of the week is TUUYOB. And Becky's word is PTCRAE. Find the answers at the end of the blog.
Mark your calendar (or set your DVR)
Next week's economic calendar
The Corny-Sappy Motivational Business-Based Inspirational Quote
"A bull market is like sex. It feels best just before it ends."
—Warren Buffett, quoting the late Wall Street money manager Barton Biggs
*Joe's Jumble bonus word answer: TUUYOB = buyout
*Becky's Jumble bonus word answer: PTCRAE = carpet