Overstock

  • Overstock, Patrick Byrne

    Patrick Byrne Goes Undercover Again

    In an Overstock.com quarterly conference call yesterday, CEO Patrick Byrne said he does not post anonymously on internet message boards like the detestable Rahodeb Mackey, a claim Gary Weiss proved fallacious long ago. What’s interesting about yesterday’s call, which ran for over an hour in the late morning and early afternoon, is that Byrne actually […]

    / Aug 1, 2007 at 3:59 PM
  • Gary Weiss, Overstock, Patrick Byrne

    Overstock CEO Admits To Anonymous Message Board Posts

    Although Gary Weiss has been on to him months, Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne admitted to “pulling a Mackey” last night, writing on the Overstock website that, like Whole Foods CEO John “Rahodeb” Mackey, he posted on company-related message boards pseudonymously. Byrne’s admission comes in response to this New York Times article, where he told reporters […]

    / Jul 23, 2007 at 1:39 PM
  • CEOs, Companies, Overstock, Patrick Byrne

    Chief Audit Director Jumps Ship From Overstock

    Against all odds, the story of Overstock continues to get worse. The company has been a laughing stock to almost anyone who can be bothered to think about it anymore. It’s the focus of an SEC investigation. It is run by a chief executive whose name—Patrick Byrne—long ago became synonymous with wacky conspiracy theories. It […]

    / May 29, 2007 at 1:10 PM
  • Overstock

    Sleazy McSleaze So Consistently Sleazy He’s Starting To Bore Us/Gary Weiss**

    Overstock.com’s Judd Bagley is now waging smear campaign agaisnt Bloomberg’s Susan Antilla for calling him a liar, speaking truth, etc. This one is typical of the tactics that Bagley and his boss Patrick Byrne deploy, in their frenzied campaign to keep people from writing about or criticizing their actions. I call it the IAS — […]

    / Feb 22, 2007 at 1:35 PM
  • Overstock

    Sleazy McSleaze Still Sleazy, Gradient Analytics Not Litigious, Confirms SEC

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Gary Weiss. The SEC has dropped an investigation into Gradient Analytics, a research shop previously accused of “deliberately skewing its research to benefit short-sellers,” and has offered to issue Gradient a “rare” “No Action” letter, reports the Post. Gradient has been embroiled in a legal battle with saintly people at Overstock.com (accused […]

    / Feb 14, 2007 at 11:30 AM
  • Overstock, Patrick Byrne, short selling

    Sleazey McSleaze Admits To Sleaziness

    You remember AntiSocialMedia.Net, right? No? Yeah, we were doing out best trying to forget it also. It’s the website hosting what the New York Post describes as “bitter attacks … on the message board critics, accusing them of participating to various degrees in a conspiracy to malign the anti-naked short selling movement that Overstock.com supports.” […]

    / Jan 12, 2007 at 4:02 PM
  • Overstock

    Overstock.Com’s Enemies List

    One of the great non-mysteries of the internet was (kinda, sorta) resolved today when the New York Post‘s Roddy Boyd revealed that senior executive’s of troubled online retailer Overstock.com were connected to a new website attacking the company’s critics and shortsellers. Actually, the story behind AntiSocialMedia.net is still a bit conjectural. While Boyd notes that […]

    / Jan 2, 2007 at 11:32 AM
  • Overstock, Patrick Byrne

    Gary Weiss Reads Patrick Byrne So You Don’t Have To

    Gary Weiss, the author of Wall Street Versus America, picks some choice excerpts from Overstock.Com CEO Patrick Byrne’s blog and issues a promise to be the internet’s personal Patrick Byrne watchdog. Rest assured that there is no need to actually visit Byrne’s blog or stay up late to follow his fave message board (where he […]

    / Aug 7, 2006 at 9:06 AM
  • Overstock

    Google Cache Means Your Deep Thoughts Are Forever

    Overstock.com’s CEO Patrick Byrne was one of the few CEO’s we know who regularly wrote essays on the internet. And by “essays” we mean defensive, semi-paranoid rants attacking short sellers and his company’s detractors. Sometimes this stuff got so batshit insane overheated that some readers thought it was a prank or doubted Byrne was actually […]

    / Aug 3, 2006 at 8:51 AM
  • Earnings Reports, Overstock, Patrick Byrne

    Jedi Knight Patrick Byrne Has A Way to Beat the Sith Lords

    Gary Weiss, author of Wall Street Versus America, listened to the Overstock.Com conference call so you wouldn’t have to. Not surprisingly, CEO Patrick Byrne found time to talk about things other than his company’s $0.78 per share net loss in the second quarter. Things like dastardly short-sellers and how shareholders might prevent them from pushing […]

    / Jul 28, 2006 at 3:02 PM
  • Board of Directors, Overstock, Patrick Byrne

    OSTK Directors: Board or Bored?

    Jeff Matthews asks a completely reasonable question: what is going on with the Board of Directors of Overstock.Com? At least a few of the directors seem to be sensible, well-regarded folks. Are they celebrating yesterday’s subpoena news with CEO Patrick Byrne? Or are they just bored with being directors and not really paying attention? I […]

    / May 11, 2006 at 2:23 PM
  • Overstock

    LiveBlogging Overstock’s Conference Call…

    RECAP: The OSTK call was less eventful than what we’ve come to expect from Byrne, but there was the usual hint of conspiracy and gratuitous media bashing (see Roddy Boyd, swipes at; Wall Street Journal, accusations of fabricated quotes). Byrne also says that one of the “big three” bulge bracket banks has been calling up […]

    / Apr 28, 2006 at 11:02 AM
  • Companies, Google, Hedge Funds, Overstock, Patrick Byrne, Riggs Bank, Yahoo

    Write-Offs: 03.29.06

    $$$ Credit where credit’s due: we all have Overstock’s Patrick Byrne to thank for making conference calls fun again. But let’s face it: they’re even better when you record them and have them read by monkeys in wigs and sunglasses. (See also here and here.) $$$ What’s the first result when you type “finance” into […]

    / Mar 29, 2006 at 3:41 PM

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