Guest Post, Peter @Newton Bell on CEO.CA

In April 2015, I penned a wildly popular interview of Mr. Tommy Humphreys’s new baby, “CEO Chat.”  Today, Tommy is the proud father of a vibrant, feisty Millennial app.  Who the mother was/is, we may never know.  It was a bold move,  but, it paid off.  We chatters are the prime beneficiaries.  
Chat is the best font of company news, but also investment / financial / commodity / economic news & analysis. All really great stuff, and only one Village Idiot. 
Several months ago, I was hours from participating in a private placement, and the company was going to sponsor EpsteinResearch.  The stock price had doubled from the placement price, and the capital raise was about to close.  Luckily, I jumped onto Chat and mentioned the Company’s name.  I was instantly berated and quickly convinced to run, not walk, to the nearest exit.  That company’s shares now trade 25% below issue price. But enough about me,   
The following two articles were written by Peter Bell, or @Newton on Chat.  Click on this link to see what he’s up to.  Or feel free to email Peter:
Why I use CEO.CA
By Peter @Newton Bell, October 4, 2016

At its best, CEO.CA is full of timeless market wisdom and timely news on issues that are important to me.  At its worst, it’s “somebody is wrong on the internet!”  Your daily experience may vary depending on who and what you give your attention to.  For what it’s worth, the ability to chose who I give my attention to is a big reason that I enjoy the site – confirmation bias be damned!

For me, CEO.CA combines the open and edgy world of Reddit with the easiness of twitter.  The site works!  The people are great!  What more can you ask for?  The conversations on CEO.CA are always moving, but they connect back to important things that came before – just like good stand-up comedy.

At the 2016 Sprott Symposium, Beaty, Friedland, Smallwood, and Quartermain joined Rule for the “Living Legends” panel.  Rick asked them the pointed question: “what do you do with your money?” I recall that one of them answered by pointing to the others on the panel and said that he is a dedicated backer of his fellow leaders in the industry.  It seems simple enough, but I think us mere mortals can learn from that attitude.  I believe in the people at CEO.CA and want to contribute to their success.

Ours is a small community and the opportunity to meet or work with others is important.  Whether traders, analysts, or executives, CEO.CA provides me with a great way to interact with a broad group of people that is otherwise very hard for me to access.  I get to interact with these people on my schedule, review their statements, and determine if I find any of them sufficiently compelling to give them more attention.  The site makes it easy to keep tabs on everything a user does by “subscribing” to their channel and I liberally follow other users, with email updates and all!

Another reason I stay active on CEO.CA is that it is a great venue to work yourself into a job.  Be warned, I think you can also work your way out of a job there too.  I have seen several people achieve success through their work on CEO.CA and I believe this is an important idea in our current era.  I saw Ben Hunt do something similar with Epsilon Theory, which started as a free newsletter but then helped him a land great job where he acts as a public intellectual for a large asset manager.

For all the inspiring stories of other people on CEO.CA, I use it because it allows me to write my own story.  Literally, in some cases.  The platform for interactions and posting original content is unique.  I find it to be more open than anything else in the junior mining finance space.

Plus, I have to keep coming back to CEO.CA because I can only imagine what will happen on the site in a veritable mining bull market.

How I use CEO.CA

By Peter @Newton Bell, October 4, 2016

Sometimes I joke that, “I am not a nice guy, but I play one online.”  Why?  Because the internet is forever.  
I am an active and long-term user of CEO.CA.  I love the fast pace of conversation, high-quality of participants, and allure of the junior mining industry.  When I post on CEO.CA, I expect that no-one will read anything I write on the site but act as if everyone who matters in my future will know everything I write.  I grew up in the digital age and figure it’s prudent to act as if everything is being recorded at all times.

Approaching CEO.CA in this careful way allows me to be more comfortable in using my legal name online.  I have some idea of the risks, but I take it as an exercise in personal branding in the digital age.  I believe that my activity online will help build an identity that will be important in my lifetime.

A critical aspect of branding on CEO.CA is what kind of “footprint” you leave on the site.  I use a lot of tags: # for ideas, @ for people, $ for stocks, and others.  Every post that I make has at least one tag.  Without these tags, the posts just sit on a single channel, unconnected to the site.  You may get an immediate response from someone who actually read your post, but you risk being lost in the long run.  
The reason I use so many tags on the site is that I want to be a connector, talking about and creating relationships between ideas like #gold and #nirp, for example.  Not only do I work as a connector on the site, I do so off the site too.  I am active on twitter and try to share the fruits of our community with others there.  I also bring stuff back to CEO.CA from the big, bad internet.

I even go so far as to advocate foCEO.CA in person.  I believe there is something of value on the site for most people that I interact with.  Students, retirees, professionals, and others can use the site to get a glimpse into the strange world of junior mining.  Better still, they can get involved.  We’ve all heard the statistics about future shortfalls of skilled workers and I think our site can help attract talented new people to the industry.  I believe there are jobs to be created around here. 

Allow me to conclude by pointing out that CEO.CA was of critical value to me in preparation for my recent research on Aton Resources.  I started by digging through all the posts on the #AAN channel since the site started.  It had all of the news releases, like other sites, but it also had humanity.  I got a better sense of the story by reading all of the chats than anything else.  The channel brought the company to life in a way that no other site has done for me; it helped put the past news releases into a frame that I could understand intellectually and emotionally.  
Like anything, the site can be dangerous.  I use it in moderation (even though it doesn’t seem like it from all my activity) but, when I am there, I am ready to work.  I appreciate when others take it seriously, too.  I appreciate the ongoing debate around whether someone or something is ‘ruining the site’.  I appreciate when people correct my errors or challenge my claims.  I also appreciate when they support my success and I try to do the same for them.  I know it’s lame, but I try to approach everyone on CEO.CA with the “Golden Rule” in mind; I may not be a nice guy, but I play one online.