Woodcock, who hasn’t held a job since leaving Network Appliance three years ago with $250,000 in stock options, devotes hours a day to the message boards — answering questions, quashing rumors, and sparring with short-sellers. His goal: to explain why Network Appliance, one of the fastest-growing and, until recently, hottest stocks in the data-storage sector, is worth owning long term.
On July 7, one writer responded this way to one of Sir Bruce’s cheerleading messages: “Shut up. Die.”
He has diversified his holdings a bit into other technology and growth stocks and is pursuing other early stage investment opportunities. He recently invested in a gaming site through a private placement. “I’m looking for a company that will basically do the same thing all over again,” he says.
Full time message board trolls – it’s a growth industry!
Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,
Welcome to your gory bed, Or to victorie!
— from “Scots Wha Hae” by Robert Burns