By now most of you — yes, even the dad-joke-slinging boomers who hang around here — have seen the headlines about the Redditors who took on Wall Street, put their pennies into failing GameStop, and are currently locked in the weirdest game of chicken you’ll see this year. As we were strongly reminded when this site was founded in 2009 by the same people who bring you Dealbreaker, this site is about accounting not Wall Street, so we’ll avoid getting into the details of the plan to take GME “to the moon” (a goal that is usually marked by excessive rocketship emojis when expressed on the Wall Street Bets subreddit) and rather stick to what we learned about the man behind the surge to save GameStop: he’s on Team Accounting.
From the Wall Street Journal profile of u/DeepFuckingValue a.k.a. The Guy Who Brought Wall Street to Its Knees With Memes:
In high school, Mr. Gill was a distance runner, and he earned national honors on the team at nearby Stonehill College, where he graduated in 2009 with an accounting major. He ran a four-minute mile until sidelined by an Achilles injury.
Mr. Gill moved to New Hampshire for a few years and found a mentor, an investor and software developer his aunt introduced him to. He holds a designation as a Chartered Financial Analyst and said he was drawn by the complexity and challenge of stock picking, which became an outlet for the energy he once put into running. He started working at MassMutual in 2019.
I mean, I do always say “go embezzle something then” whenever one of you moans about some bullshit article we just wrote and how it must be a slow news day around here. I just never expected anyone to actually take me up on the offer to go out and make some news.
Godspeed, young man. Safe travels to the moon 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀.
Photo credit: u/SassyScully on Reddit