DanaFBlankenhorn

Dana Blankenhorn

Dana Blankenhorn was raised on Long Island, educated at Rice University in Houston, and got his MS.in Journalism from Northwestern's Medill School in 1978. Since then he has been a business reporter, covering technology since 1983, and the online world since 1985. Employers include the Houston Business Journal, the Newsybytes News Service and CMP Media, for whom he created the first web news service to debut with a magazine, the Interactive Age Daily, in 1994. He's also written several books, a newsletter and, since 2003, has been blogging for himself and several employers, including ZDNet and TheStreet.Com. He lives in Atlanta.

General Information

Name:
Dana Blankenhorn
Fool Since:
January 19 1999

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Medium High
Risk Tolerance:
Medium High
Investing Style:
Long-Term Buy to Hold
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Technology, financial, manufacturing, transportation, retailing, consumer,
Stocks I Own:
AAPL, AFL, AIG, BAC, COST, DDD, GE, GOOG, GPN, IBM, KO, MCD, PB, SCHW, YHOO

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
AFL, IBM, GOOG, KO, COST, PB
Industries:
technology, finance, large cap
Blogs:
SeekingAlpha, TheStreet.Com, DanaBlankenhorn.com
People:
Rocco Pendola, Richard Saintvilus,

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Futurism
Greatest Investment:
S&P 500 mutual fund
Worst Investment:
I actually lost money on AAPL during the 1990s
Money I Manage:
My own

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, MSJ 1978 Rice University, BA, 1977 Massapequa, NY public schools
Job Title
Writer
Company / Organization
Dana Blankenhorn
Former Jobs
ZDNet, Open Source and Medical blogger, 30 years as technology reporter, 35 years business reporting

Interests

Personal Quote:
There is no energy shortage. The Sun shines, the wind blows, the tides roll, and we live on a molten rock
My Interests:
Reading, Cooking, Bicycling, family
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Rice Owls, Sheffield Wednesday, Atlanta
Favorite Movies:
The Americanization of Emily
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Mark Knopfler

DanaFBlankenhorn is following 2 Fools

An Interview with DanaFBlankenhorn

Last updated: 3/6/2013
The Fool:
Briefly explain how you select stocks.
DanaFBlankenhorn:
I mostly play long-term momentum. I like new technologies, but I prefer companies with some experience weathering downturns.
The Fool:
Your greatest fear? Any neurotic ones (agoraphobia, triskaidekaphobia, etc.)?
DanaFBlankenhorn:
Losing my dear wife Jenni. We've been together since 1975, day and night. She's my rock, my reason, the great love of my life.
The Fool:
Briefly review your favorite book.
DanaFBlankenhorn:
Haroun and the Sea of Stories. What is the sense of stories that aren't even true? Salman Rushdie's classic, written while he was on the run from the fatwa, is the ultimate defense of free thinking and the importance of writers.
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My Story

Dana Blankenhorn is a lifelong writer and journalist, whose beat is whatever is around the next corner. He grew up on Long Island, was lucky to get into Rice University, and there met the love of his life, Jenni. They married in 1977 while he got his journalism degree at Northwestern. Dana and Jenni have raised two great kids in their Craftsman home in Atlanta.

How I Invest

I look for solid companies in areas that are growing. Sometimes I get in way too early. Sometimes I quit way too early. Diversification is good.