|Walnuts or Wall Street?|
"I was part of the team that took Google public. We know what Google means."
Yes, we all know what Google means. What we don't know is what Kasich means. Does he mean he was an important investment banker at Lehman Bros., the Wall Street company whose collapse in September 2008 helped pull down the U.S. economy? Did he mean he was a player? There is just not much information available about Kasich's role. We do know that Lise Buyer was the investment banking guru at Google who was charged with taking the company public. She would have known Lehman Bros. and Kasich's role. I've not been able to contact her, but I do know she has a low opinion of the investment banks, and said firms like Lehman "emulated Audrey, the man-eating plant from 'Little Shop of Horrors,' demanding ever larger revenues to sustain their mass . . ."
Here's what Lise Buyer said about the investment banks on Feb. 9, 2009 in a column for All Things Digital: