How does one marry personal finance and money advice to celebrity news and current events? Mainstreet.com, the mass consumer-focused Web property, launches today. FishbowlNY asked Caroline Waxler, the Managing Editor, via email, about the venture.
FishbowlNY: How did you get this interesting gig? I’m trying to trace the line — like Doric columns — from Classics scholar, VH1’s Best Week Ever writer, to managing editor for Mainstreet.com?
Caroline Waxler: Between Classics and Best Week Ever were years at Forbes. I also wrote an investing book called Stocking Up On Sin (Wiley, 2004) about investing in vice stocks. This job was a good combo of my career so far.
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FishbowlNY: Bad financial choices played a part in the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Americans, as evidenced by the boom in financial advice gurus, are looking for financial guidance. Mainstreet.com strikes me as a fun way to bone up on financial intelligence. Thoughts?
CW: Yes! And it’s not boring — at least I hope not. We’re trying to make finance a lot more entertaining. And the more people know about finance the less likely they are to get themselves into trouble.
FishbowlNY: What’s Jim Cramer like as a boss?
CW: Great! I appreciate his enthusiasm. He has some terrific ideas and is very interested in the site.
FishbowlNY: Where do you see Mainstreet.com in 5 years?
CW: Being even bigger than Thestreet.com!