Joe Weisenthal’s Profile in the NY Times Magazine Gets the Business Insider Treatment

May 10, 2012
J. Webster
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It’s hard not to like Joe Weisenthal, he works tireless from morning to night, posting and tweeting what he thinks is important in the world of the stock market and the global economy, and does it all with a certain savvy coolness. Weisenthal is profiled in the New York Times magazine and we gave the piece the Business Insider treatment, just pulled out the key details and golden nuggets for you to enjoy.

  • Joe Weisenthal wakes at 4 am.
  • He tweets about 150 times per day.
  • Weisenthal is 31 years old and still a bit baby-faced.
  • He likes bacon.
  • During the course of an average 16-hour day, Weisenthal writes 15 posts, ranging from charts with a few lines of explanatory text to several hundred words of closely reasoned analysis.
  • Previously he worked as junior analyst at an investment firm for a while but felt stifled.
  • Joe says he gave up online poker because he kept getting bored and opening other browser windows.
  • Weisenthal wanted to come to New York as a playwright. In college at the University of Texas, he wrote the lyrics and music for a satire of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, and after graduating in 2002, he submitted it to the New York International Fringe Festival.
  • He holds a Keynesian view that the government should borrow and spend massively during a recession.
  • He was raised vegetarian and became a vegan in college, at one point eating nothing but brown rice for 10 days.
  • He’s obsessed with authentic Chinese food.
  • Weisenthal goes to the bathroom much more often than the average 31-year-old.
  • It is an odd fact that Weisenthal, so focused on speed, gets most of his economic data from his Bloomberg terminal at the same time as anyone else.
  • Writing about the markets is like playing fantasy football; it’s a simulacrum of Wall Street. Weisenthal’s money is not at stake; investors aren’t paying him.
  • Every month or so, Weisenthal says that he just completely crashes and can’t muster the energy to do anything else but watch a full day of television.
  • Weisenthal’s wife, Brooke Moreland, is philosophical about his work habits. They met in college when she auditioned for the Ayn Rand musical, and she followed him to New York, where she now runs an online fashion start-up, Fashism.com.
  • Joe worked 17 hours the day this piece wasn’t written from 4am to 9pm.

Two questions that weren’t asked: 1) How much does he make or does have a stake in Business Insider? (He certainly should based upon how hard he works.) 2) Does he or has he traded stocks? 3) And then how much longer does he stay at Business Insider? He’s starting to make more and more appearances on CNBC. Is he destined to go there?

The first question was alluded to, as he could have made more money as an analyst at an investment firm, but he said he felt stifled and bored. The second question though wasn’t addressed. The third question, I think he’s leaves within the year.

Full piece in the NY Times magazine is here.

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