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My Holiday Gift: DFCI’s Patient Assistance Program

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dana-farber-logoThroughout the year, my wife and I support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston. With your help, we raised nearly $12,000 for DFCI via my Pan-Mass Challenge ride this year. My wife also helped to raise over $5,000 as she ran the Boston Marathon on DFCI's Marathon Challenge Team in April. Team Silver will continue these fundraising events next year.

I joined the Dana-Farber Leadership Council this year, and my wife and I participate in various DFCI events throughout the year. Our objective is to help Dana-Farber doctors and staff find a cure for cancer and help people who are battling cancer. Dana-Farber is one of the leading cancer organizations in the world.

One thing I learned earlier this year is that Dana-Farber has a way for supporters to directly help patients and their families who have a financial need. While donating funds to Dana-Farber helps the organization with its mission, many cancer patients and their families are also in need. Fighting cancer can cause a person to miss work, and loved ones may → Read More


Happy Thanksgiving

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I know that many of you aren't in the US, but I want to wish those who are a happy Thanksgiving. I hope those of you in the US are celebrating this holiday with family or friends (or both).

This year, I have more to be thankful for than other years. Some events that have transpired so far this year have given me pause and made me realize just how fortunate we have things. Even when things aren't as good as they could be or deals aren't going through, it is important to keep things in perspective. I am trying to do that more these days.

Business might not set a record for me this year, but I have a healthy and happy family, and that is the most important thing to me.

I am very thankful to have caring friends and supportive family. I am also thankful to have good business friends and colleagues. I am especially thankful for the people who read my blog and for the companies that support it with their advertising.

With the holidays and end of the year fast approaching, I wish you all well. Stay in good health and enjoy the → Read More


What’s Your Favorite Baseball Team?

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If you follow my Twitter account, you probably noticed I am a Red Sox fan. I would bet almost half of my photos are from various Red Sox games.

When I lived in New York City, I wore my Red Sox hat all the time. I survived because I was smart enough to not make any smartass comments to the wrong people and I wasn't really much of a trash talker! 2003 was a killer, but 2004 and 2007 were great times to be in the City.

Now that we live in the Boston suburbs, my wife and I have a weekend season ticket package. We have great seats in the front row of the right field roof boxes, and it almost always makes me happy sitting in Fenway Park to watch the Sox. With the kids, we don't get to Fenway Park to watch the Sox play as often as I would like. I think I went to something like 8 games this season, including opening day and the last game of the season yesterday.

If you are going to be at Fenway Park for any playoff games, (more…) → Read More


My 2016 Pan-Mass Challenge Recap (and Tips)

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Thanks to the support of my generous domain name industry friends and colleagues, I went into this year's Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) ride having already hit my fundraising goal. As I have mentioned over the last several months, my wife and I support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its mission, and seeing friends and colleagues donate to help their efforts is very meaningful to me. Your support now would still be appreciated!!

For those of you who have never participated in the Pan-Mass Challenge before, I want to share a recap of the ride and experience with you. For those who are thinking about doing the  PMC in the future, I shared a few tips at the end of the article. There are several PMC routes from which to choose, and I did the Wellesley to Provincetown (163 mile) route. For the previous two years, I did the Wellesley to Wellesley 50 mile route.

Elliot PMCFor me and a couple thousand other cyclists, PMC weekend started off at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts early on Saturday morning. There was a huge tent for → Read More


Check Out My PMC Jersey

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I've had quite a bit of support as I raise funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its Jimmy Fund. We have raised over $7,500 for this great organization, and I sincerely appreciate all of your support - both financial and social.

I created a special TeamSilver.Rocks cycling jersey for my Pan-Mass Challenge ride, and I want to share it with you. My fundraising goal for this year is $10,000, so I still have about 25% more to raise to achieve this goal. Any additional support would be appreciated!

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This weekend, I have two long rides scheduled - 90 miles on Saturday morning followed by 55 miles on Sunday morning. After this weekend ride, I will be tapering down my riding until the weekend of the PMC (first weekend in August). I am doing the two-day ride from Wellesley, Massachusetts to Provincetown, Massachusetts. The total distance for the two days is 163 miles. → Read More


Want to Name a Football Stadium?

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Hilco Streambank is working on an interesting marketing opportunity. After successfully finding a buyer for the intellectual property of bankrupt retailer Sports Authority, Hilco Streambank is now working on selling the naming rights for Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the home of the Denver Broncos NFL team.

According to an email I received this afternoon, here's what is being offered for sale:



  • Unique opportunity to own the naming rights to the stadium of the Super Bowl Champions

  • 5 Seasons remaining on the contract (Through 2020/21 season)

  • Contract terms from 2001 at below current market rates

  • Prominent signage on both interior and exterior of the stadium.



Proposals for the naming rights (more…) → Read More


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