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Porsche’s Short Squeeze

The CFO over at Porsche must be a genius.  He practically cornered the market on Volkswagen stock, making a move that caused the VW stock price to jump from 210 Euros/share to 918 Euros/share in less than a week.  In 2008, Porsche booked $11.6B in profits with only $10.2B in sales revenue.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Porsche profit exceeds 100%!

There is a dark side to this story, however.  German billionaire Adolf Merckle lost at least a half a billion Euros as a result of being caught in Porsche’s short squeeze of VW stock.  He recently committed suicide and some are claiming that his financial losses were a key factor.

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Walter Pinson is the Chief Software Architect at SMBLive; whose IAmFound social marketing platform helps SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses) get discovered online and generate inbound sales leads. In his role as CSA, Walter manages a globally distributed product development group and has SaaS products deployed at major telecommunications channel partners in the US, UK, Switzerland, Canada, and Mexico. Additionally, Walter is a co-founder and principal of Pinson3 Systems; a boutique software engineering concern serving the intelligence and defense sectors with solutions ranging from enterprise web-based multi-modal biometric analysis systems to information warfare training systems. Prior to his role at SMBLive and founding Pinson3 Systems, Walter was a Senior Strategy Consultant with Microsoft focused on SaaS, SOA, and .NET adoption in the telecommunications sector. Walter has published articles for Cloud Computing Journal, is a member of ACM and IEEE, and currently has one patent pending. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering at George Mason University, where he focused on distributed and parallel computing. Walter is currently working on his MBA at the GMU School of Management.