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ABOUT RONIN SOFTWARE

Company and Author Information

ABOUT THE COMPANY. Ronin Software publishes useful, timely, and authoritative business information with a tax, legal and financial emphasis. We author and publish software programs with business-oriented content, as well as authoring (by Michael D. Jenkins) a million-selling series of small business self-help books for each of the 50 states, which were published by Oasis Press until 1998, and republished in 1999 as a single book with state tax and legal information for all 50 states and D.C. chapter on CD-ROM, entitled Starting and Operating a Business in the U.S., through Running 'R' Media Group. The print versions of the books have been out of print for several years, but we have fully updated and revised the entire series constantly since July, 2005, in e-book/software formats, now published under the Ronin Software imprint. We began publishing all of the e-books as Kindle books in 2011 (all are now in 2015 or 2016 editions). However, Amazon arbitrarily removed 18 state editions from sale in 2013, because the federal information in them is the same as in the other state editions -- an absurd decision, but they are the 800-pound gorilla, so we decided to stop updating those 18 state editions after 2013, since we can no longer publish them in Kindle format.

We also publish the highly sophisticated (and addictive) stock market and corporate financial simulations called Wall Street Raider and Speculator: The Stock Market Simulation. We began publishing the Wall Street Raider program (through our former book publisher, Oasis Press/PSI Research) way back in 1986, and have continued to develop and enhance it ever since, as a Windows program in recent years. It has become somewhat of a "cult favorite" over the years, with registered (paid) users in 101 countries, ranging from Greenland to Paraguay to Angola to the Sultanate of Brunei to Malta.

"Speculator" is a recent (2016) spin-off from Wall Street Raider, and is focused on trading any of up to 1500+ stocks, or bonds (including convertibles), options, or commodity futures, as a small or "middle-class" investor with only $100,000 to start with -- unlike Raider, in which you start off rich, with up to a billion dollars, and use that wealth to take over and manage companies (and try to increase their stock price), building your corporate empire like a Carl Icahn or Warren Buffett.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR.  The author of Wall Street Raider and Small Business Advisor is Michael Jenkins, is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the Harvard Law School. His background includes several years practicing as an economics and financial consultant in D.C. and L.A. with Economics Research Associates; then as a CPA in Los Angeles and Newport Beach with Peat, Marwick and Mitchell and later as a tax attorney in San Francisco with the large law firm of Cooley, Godward, Castro, Huddleson and Tatum. He went on to become a senior tax partner for several years in the large Bay Area CPA firm of Kimbell, McKenna and von Kaschnitz, in Alameda, California, prior to practicing solo as an attorney/CPA in his own firm in Oakland, California.

Along the way, he published his first book, Starting and Operating a Business in California, during a sabbatical in 1980, initially just as an adjunct to his law practice, but when the California book and similar editions for Texas and Florida became highly successful, he worked in partnership with the CPA firm of Ernst & Young to develop similar book editions for each of the 50 states and D.C., which in the aggregate sold over 1.2 million copies in the 1980s and 1990s, as noted above.

In 2010, Mr. Jenkins retired from formal membership in the California Bar, after ceasing active CPA practice several years earlier. He continues to keep the book series up to date and develops and publishes the three business software programs, Small Business Advisor (legal, tax), Wall Street Raider (a corporate financial game and stock market simulation), and Speculator: The Stock Market Simulation (a stock, bonds, options and futures trading game).

An incorrigible bachelor, Mr. Jenkins now resides in a scenic area of Southern Utah, near Zion and Bryce Canyons and has engaged regularly in adrenalin-secreting, slightly insane activities such as sea kayaking, white-water rafting, mountain biking and the occasional parachute jump or paragliding misadventure, for relaxation, terror, and inspiration. However, he has drawn the line and refuses to engage in certain riskier activities, such as base-jumping, alligator wrestling, or slandering the Koran.

(Oh -- In case you're wondering about our company name, "Ronin", it's an old Japanese term used to describe feudal Samurai warriors whose masters had been killed, and who thus became renegades or mercenaries. We thought the name aptly described our company, when we began self-publishing our software as shareware back in 1991. Not that we are that mercenary, of course....)

Ronin Software relocated in 1998 to the beautiful red rock canyon country of Southern Utah. ("Utah -- It's a great place to hide out.")

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Click on the e-mail link below to contact us by e-mail.

Or click here to see the owner (the good guy in the white hat), hard at work....(7/98, in the Taos Box Canyon of the Rio Grande)

For a few mind-altering pictures of some of our local Utah/Arizona landscape (plus a dash of Tahiti, Iceland, theFaroe Islands, Shetlands, and Glasgow), click on any of the following image links below:


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