Walter In April I renewed my subscription to Gilder Technology with the hope that if I could glean at least one good stock I would recoup the cost many times over. Alas, I am still waiting and am getting a little long in the tooth. I do plan to buy some Avanex but expect it has not found bottom. It is distressing to see Gilder roll out "new" newsletters for every sector. It makes one feel he is not getting 100% attention on what he purchased. I definitely do not have $3995 to waste on a seminar. Right now I'm primarily using Value Line since their concept is more comfortable for me.
Gilder has always presented himself as a futurist never as a short term stock-picker. IMO the networking value of the seminars is huge and pays for the seminars many times over.
Imagine what a stock thread like YAHOO would be like if all the posters were CEOs & PhDs specializing in the subject and there were no bashers or "nutcases" looking for free entertainment or whatever around -- the seminars are an upgrade of that. Or it would be like attending a several day meeting with all of IRF's top management, engineering staff and a few competitors and customers CEOs attending - that's a Gilder seminar. Again IMO!