Joseph Collins had a novel reaction to "Blood on the Street: The Sensational Inside Story of How Wall Street Analysts Duped a Generation of Investors." The 2005 book by Charles Gasparino, now of Fox Business News, inspired Collins to create a potentially revolutionary Internet communications tool. "I was reading Charlie's book and I thought it was very unfair that Eliot Spitzer could just walk into companies and demand their email," Collins recalled. Spitzer was New York's Attorney General when the Internet busted, and he exposed a steady stream of embarrassing emails from Wall Street cheats. Some of the most memorable were from Merrill Lynch's former star Internet analyst Henry Blodget calling a company he was publicly hyping "a pos." That stood for "piece of" something I can't even spell in this column. What the world really needed, Collins decided after reading Gasparino's book, were emails that couldn't be copied, forwarded or saved. That way, people could speak candidly without worrying about overreaching snoops like Spitzer.Collins, 32, a Northwestern University graduate, was struggling to build a chain of gas stations amid rising real estate and gasoline prices. He saw a brighter future in designing disappearing emails. The result is VaporStream electronic conversation software, which is available on a free-trial basis at www.vaporstream.com. "It's just a new form of instant messaging or email," Collins said. "We like to think of it as the natural evolution of online communications."
Cigars 'n' Such: The Secrets To Charlie Gasparino's Success
Some people are such founts of generosity that on their birthday, they think not of themselves and what they will receive, but rather of how they can brighten the days of others. Charles Gasparino is one such selfless, gallant human being. On this special day, January 28th, the 50th anniversary of his entrance into the world, Mr. Gasparino has chosen to present us with a priceless gift: the secrets of his success. Print them out, mark them up, use them to advance your own cause, or simply give thanks to the god of journalism for his magnanimous spirit.