thought I’d use an old “Tucows Games” graphic to introduce this entry,
which is, as you might have guessed, about my place of employment,
Exercising Our Options
The announcement was made yesterday, but in case you hadn’t yet heard, I’ll repeat it here:
Tucows Inc. completes closing of over-allotment option
over-allotment option associated with its recent public offering has
been exercised in full, resulting in the issuance by Tucows of
2,889,250 shares of its common stock
at a price of U.S. $0.90 per share for aggregate gross proceeds of U.S.
Ruby Spoken Here
The Ruby programming language is getting a considerable amount of
attention in the programming world. It gets a lot of love from a number
of “geek rock stars” including:
- Dave Thomas: No, not the founder of Wendy’s hamburger chain nor the comic actor, but the author of the must-have programming book The Pragmatic Programmer, the software world’s equivalent of David Allen’s Getting Things Done.
- David Heinemeier Hansson: Creator of the Rails web application framework, the application that put Ruby in the spotlight.
- 37 Signals: The web design/usability consulting company that created the simple and useful applications Basecamp, Backpack and Ta-Da List using Ruby and Rails.
- why the lucky stiff: This guy, who actually goes by that name (at least when he publishes) is a hero of mine. He’s the creator of Why’s (Poignant) Guide to Ruby,
which is a work in progress and the best candidate for the title of
“Most whimsical-yet-useful programming book ever”. He’s probably Ruby’s
You’d never see Microsoft’s Visual Studio team or Sun’s Java team do
this — at least not without turning it into a mostly-fluff
Now that you’ve met some of the cool people who work with Ruby,
let me point out one more: Tucows! As for seeing Ruby in action, as
implemented by us, you’re looking at it right now.
under its codename, Skydasher). With a small development team and
schedule pressures like you wouldn’t believe, the developers behind
Blogware and Start chose Ruby because it helps you be more productive,
doesn’t require as much “scaffolding” as other languages and just
doesn’t get in your way.
I have to commend The Powers That Be here for actually trusting in the
developers to choose the language that they feel best for the job
rather than dictating it according to “what everyone else is using” or
following some manager’s dictum. I’m glad that I work at a place where
the culture is still willing to take some smart chances and follow Guy
Kawasaki’s advice: “Challenge the known and embrace the unknown”.
Yes, I’ve Heard
As part of a programming exercise to get myself more familiar with the
Ruby programming language, I have a little script that I constantly
refine that scours “the usual suspects” on the web for information
about Tucows. I also have a couple of investor- and biz-dev-type
friends who very kindly email me the latest “word on the street” about
this fine company.
So yes, I heard about the company that made the announcement that they
were going to buy us at nearly three times our current share price (my
response: “If it’s real, I have only two questions — How Much? and Give to it me!“). I am aware that Mark Cuban owns about 9% of us and a slightly larger fraction of one of our esteemed competition. I have heard all kinds of rumours.
However, I don’t know much else. I am privy to some of the
technological and product development plans, but I don’t get invited to
directors’ meetings. I can infer a lot based on the path our CEO takes
to his office — he’ll either zig-zag through the aisles and chat for a
little bit or make a beeline for his office (in line-of-sight of my
“office”) — but blogging that is probably a violation of his privacy,
common sense and my non-disclosure agreement.
My point: Sure, feel free to use this blog (as well as the other Tucows
blogs for which I write) as a data point in your investment research.
Disseminating information about the company falls under my job
description. However, it shouldn’t be your sole data point. I have no
special insight into the wheelings and dealings on the business side of
the operation, nor do I have any insight into Mark Cuban’s plans. I
most definitely do not get instant messages from him containing useful
Fictionalized IM chat between me and Mark Cuban. IT DID NOT HAPPEN, PEOPLE!