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January 16, 2011

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John Needham

Elizabeth Edwards has died. Please donate to her late son’s foundation.

December 8, 2010

I learned today via Twitter that Elizabeth Edwards has passed away.  I want to encourage everyone to consider a donation to the foundation the Edwards family founded to honor their son Wade, who was killed at age 16 in a car crash.

Via HuffPo I learned that the family is asking that in lieu of flowers or donations to the American Cancer Society, people consider donating to her family’s foundation.

We here at Needham Consulting are going to do exactly that.

We’ll match the first $500 in donations made by friends on Facebook and Twitter. If you make a donation, please let us know through the usual channels: Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, or commenting here. Once we’ve received word that $500 has been donated to the family’s foundation, we’ll match it.

The foundation was started in 1996 to honor Wade, the Edwards’ 16-year-old son who was killed in a car crash.

The website.

Donations can be made to the Wade Edwards Foundation can be made online, through a PayPal account, or checks can be mailed to 714 St. Mary’s St. Raleigh, N.C. 27605.

So make your donations, let us know, and we’ll match it, dollar for dollar, for the first $500 donated.

New Weblog, New Logo: REVEALED

November 6, 2010


Welcome to the Needham Consulting weblog.  I have not decided yet what the purpose of this weblog will be, nor even whether it will be maintained. Perhaps reader engagement is called for on this front.

What I did want to do here, with this post, is get started.  I suspect this weblog will evolve over time.  What it will be eventually will likely surprise us all.

What this weblog will most definitely not be for now is this: a place where I talk in specific detail about my work.  That is not really possible since my private consulting does not lend itself to a lot of public disclosure. Specifics about my consulting projects will be notable in their absence. Specific mention of clients will be similarly absent.

What I can talk about is trends in the industry in which I work: back-office technology for exchange-traded and over-the-counter products.  I have a fair amount of experience and expertise in that space.  I can talk extensively about topics in this area without disclosing client details, and I’m happy to do so.  Excited, even.

So, if there is a topic on which a reader would like for me to expound, please ask.

You can contact me via e-mail, or find me on Twitter.  Details are below.

E-mail Address:

Twitter: @johnpneedham

Also, worth noting: my wife, Carolyn, is the one who worked with a design team and came up with the new logo for Needham Consulting, Ltd.  I think she did a pretty fabulous job, and I’m happy to have new business cards, notepads, and this website to show off her work.  Carolyn has plans for other promotional material featuring the new logo: golf shirts, golf balls, other items.  I can’t wait to see what she cooks up in this area.  I hope you all enjoy it too.

That’s all for now.

John P. Needham

Needham Consulting, Ltd.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

4:15 PM CST