Capital Allocators
Capital Allocators
Oct 19, 2020
Carrie Thome – Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained at WARF and beyond (Capital Allocators, EP.160)
56 min

Carrie Thome is the longtime former CIO at WARF, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, a $3 billion pool that arose from monetizing technologies developed at the University of Wisconsin. She recently left to start a venture capital firm called NVNG, or Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained.

Our conversation covers Carrie’s Wisconsin roots, her early experience at SWIB, the State of Wisconsin pension fund, and investing at WARF over the last two decades.

We discuss WARF’s unique structure, technology transfer, and an all-weather portfolio for the Foundation, including separation of alpha and beta, portfolio construction, and manager selection. We then turn to Carrie’s new adventure NVNG, a venture capital firm seeking to bring the benefits of entrepreneurial activities in Wisconsin to local firms and national venture capitalists.

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The Acquirers Podcast
The Acquirers Podcast
Tobias Carlisle
Smart Money: Steve Clapham on forensic accounting for hedge funds with Tobias Carlisle on The Acquiers Podcast
Stephen Clapham, the forensic accounting expert and founder of Behind the Balance Sheet, on his new book The Smart Money Method: How to pick stocks like a hedge fund pro  Stephen Clapham runs Behind the Balance Sheet https://www.behindthebalancesheet.com/  Stephen's Twitter account: https://twitter.com/steveclapham ABOUT THE PODCAST Hi, I'm Tobias Carlisle. I've launched a new podcast called The Acquirers Podcast. The podcast is about finding undervalued stocks, deep value investing, hedge funds, activism, buyouts, and special situations. We uncover the tactics and strategies for finding good investments, managing risk, dealing with bad luck, and maximizing success. SEE LATEST EPISODES https://acquirersmultiple.com/podcast/ SEE OUR FREE DEEP VALUE STOCK SCREENER https://acquirersmultiple.com/screener/ FOLLOW TOBIAS Firm: https://acquirersfunds.com/ Website: https://acquirersmultiple.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Greenbackd LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tobycarlisle Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tobiascarlisle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tobias_carlisle ABOUT TOBIAS CARLISLE Tobias Carlisle is the founder of The Acquirer’s Multiple®, and Acquirers Funds®. He is best known as the author of the #1 new release in Amazon’s Business and Finance The Acquirer’s Multiple: How the Billionaire Contrarians of Deep Value Beat the Market, the Amazon best-sellers Deep Value: Why Activists Investors and Other Contrarians Battle for Control of Losing Corporations (2014) (https://amzn.to/2VwvAGF), Quantitative Value: A Practitioner’s Guide to Automating Intelligent Investment and Eliminating Behavioral Errors (2012) (https://amzn.to/2SDDxrN), and Concentrated Investing: Strategies of the World’s Greatest Concentrated Value Investors (2016) (https://amzn.to/2SEEjVn). He has extensive experience in investment management, business valuation, public comp
54 min
This Week in Intelligent Investing
This Week in Intelligent Investing
MOI Global
Questions to Ask CEOs | Industry Research | Hindsight Bias and Overconfidence
In this episode, John Mihaljevic hosts a discussion of: Questions to ask management; doing industry research: Elliot Turner responds to a listener question on the investment research process -- how to talk to management teams, how to utilize industry experts, and how to develop industry-specific knowledge. We discuss some of our favorite questions for CEOs and how we try to get smarter on various industries. Hindsight bias and overconfidence: Phil Ordway observes that the exuberant market environment has led many investors to become overly confident, thereby displaying both hindsight bias and unwarranted certainty about the future. We discuss some of the causes and pitfalls of overconfidence and the need to maintain a common-sense approach to investing. Enjoy the discussion! The content of this podcast is not an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security in any jurisdiction. The content is distributed for informational purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice or a recommendation to sell or buy any security or other investment, or undertake any investment strategy. There are no warranties, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness, or results obtained from any information set forth on this podcast. The podcast participants and their affiliates may have positions in and may, from time to time, make purchases or sales of the securities or other investments discussed or evaluated on this podcast.
53 min
Invest Like the Best
Invest Like the Best
Patrick O'Shaughnessy
Daniel Gross – Finding Undiscovered Talent - [Invest Like the Best, EP.202]
My guest today is Daniel Gross. Daniel is the founder of Pioneer, an extremely unique company which he describes as a “fully remote startup generator” that helps talented people around the world figure out if their idea has legs. You can learn more about it at pioneer.app. Our wide-ranging conversation covers the art of asking great questions, the use of predictive modeling and psychometrics to identify talent, and why psychometrics are probably overrated and not that scientific. We then dive into exciting new frontiers for tech investing ranging from GPT-3 to satellites. I really enjoyed this conversation and I hope you will too. This episode of Invest like the Best is brought to you by Tegus. Tegus has built the most extensive primary information platform available for investors. With Tegus, you can learn everything you'd want to know about a company in an on-demand digital platform. Investors share their expert calls, allowing others to instantly access more than 10,000 calls on Square, Snowflake, or almost any company of interest. All you have to do is log in. Visit https://www.tegus.co/patrick to learn more. This episode of Invest Like The Best is also sponsored by Assure. Assure is changing the way investors manage private transactions. With Assure, investors can eliminate nearly all the admin cost of private investment. On top of that, they handle all the backend, legal, taxes, accounting, and compliance. All of it, with a straightforward one-time fee. Learn more and try Assure for yourself at https://www.assure.co/patrick. For more episodes go to InvestorFieldGuide.com/podcast. Sign up for the book club and new email newsletter called “Inside the Episode” at InvestorFieldGuide.com/bookclub. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_oshag Show Notes (3:15) – (First question) – His passion for Crank and Whiplash and why movies are great screeners for interviews (6:15) – Overview of Pioneer (7:56) – Defining talent (10:02) – The equivalent page rank when it comes to people (14:10) – Psychometrics and matter to him (18:13) – The importance of persistence (20:23) – The concept of insecure overachievers (22:48) – Fast twitch vs slow twitch capitalism (24:31) – Importance of memes as it relates to human behavior today (26:14) – The landscape of the type of businesses being formed (29:25) – Overview of GPT3 (33:33) - The Power of Ten Playbook (38:08) – Technologies going from a frontier to a utility (42:45) – Why something like a Starlink can’t be regulated (44:58) – Seed vs leech ratio in capital funding (49:10) – Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success (49:15) – Dissecting Patrick’s usual closing question and good questions for screening people (52:56) – What questions help him get to the bottom of (55:58) – Kindest thing anyone has done for him Learn More For more episodes go to InvestorFieldGuide.com/podcast. Sign up for the book club and new email newsletter called “Inside the Episode” at InvestorFieldGuide.com/bookclub. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_oshag
59 min
Value Hive Podcast
Value Hive Podcast
Brandon Beylo
How To Find Life-Changing Stocks w/ @FromValue (Episode 53)
This episode is brought to you by TIKR. Join the free beta today at TIKR.com/hive. They're constantly releasing new updates that make the platform better including a new Business Owner Mode that hides share count, market cap and enterprise value. I couldn't be more excited to partner with TIKR. Kris (@FromValue on Twitter) is the author of From Value To Growth premium research service on Seeking Alpha. Kris has grown his audience to >21K followers on Twitter and Seeking Alpha each. Kris' job is simple: he tries to find stocks that he can own for the next 10-20 years. Then he wants to hold them for the long-term. Some of his most recent winners include Shopify (up >1,000%), Livongo (up >400%) and Okta (up >200%).  Here's Kris' investment thesis from his Seeking Alpha page: "That means that I look for stocks that have either growth or value or combine the two. It has been proven that the group of dividend initiators and fastest dividend growers outperforms the markets by far in the long run. So I select stocks from this group, although I also select high growth non-dividend payers that I believe will grow out to great multibaggers." I loved this conversation as it got to the heart of why we invest: to create life-changing wealth through high risk-adjusted compound returns. Here's the time-stamp:  * [0:00] Who is Kris? * [10:00] Kris’ Investing Style * [14:00] Potential Multi baggers * [18:00] Portfolio Management * [22:00] Kris’ Exclusive Metrics * [30:00] Is Value Investing Market Timing? * [35:00]  How to Cope with Drawdowns? * [44:00] Multi Baggers can Change Lives * [50:00] Conviction in your Investments * [56:00] Beginners Mistakes * [59:00] More from Kris and Closing Questions If you liked this conversation, check out some more @FromValue resources:  * FromValue Twitter * From Growth To Value Seeking Alpha
1 hr 6 min
Value Investing with Legends
Value Investing with Legends
Columbia Business School
Howard Marks - Successful Investing Through Buying Things Well
The most successful investors combine a profound analytical understanding of financial markets and the economy at large with the ability to act on those ideas. My guest today has these two attributes in spades. Today’s conversation is with Howard Marks, the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Oaktree Capital Management, which is one of the largest credit investors in the world and certainly the largest investor in distressed securities. Howard started his career at Citicorp as an equity research analyst and then Director of Research, Vice President, and Senior Portfolio Manager overseeing convertible and high yield debt. After leaving Citicorp, he moved to The TCW Group, where once again, he was responsible for investments in distressed debt, high yield bonds, and convertible securities. In 1995 he and another group of partners from TCW founded Oaktree, where he remains today. Howard is known for his penetrating mind and his memos are a must-read for any serious student of the market and I can’t think of anyone better than him to discuss the many complexities of markets and the economy of today. On this episode, Howard and I discuss how he ended up in the high yields space, why running research at Citicorp was a low point in his career, the concept of “efficientization”, why Graham and Dodd called bond investing a negative art, why complexity and early adoption are your friends, the dominant challenge for investors today, Howard’s prolific writing, and so much more! Key Topics: * Howard’s early life from working adding machines in an accounting office to studying finance at university (3:30) * How Howard ended up working at Citicorp for his first job out of school (5:39) * Why running research at Citicorp was an extremely unsatisfactory role for Howard (7:25) * Howard’s involuntary transition from analyst into the high yield space (9:01) * The big difference between the market being efficient and being right (11:37) * The concept of “efficientization” (13:14) * Two main causes of mistakes in the market? (14:04) * Howard’s holy grail in investing (15:12) * Why Howard doesn’t use macro forecasting in his decision making (17:24) * The dawn of the high yield bond era (18:55) * Different approaches to the analysis of equities versus high yield bonds (20:07) * Why Graham and Dodd called bond investing a negative art (21:03) * Howard’s early days at The TCW Group (23:18) * Complexity and early adoption as an investor’s friends (24:53) * Why you must work at a firm that is in alignment with your investment philosophy (28:05) * Howard’s love for writing (31:49) * Using memos to shape the company culture (33:30) * Why you should analyze your winners (34:47) * The “I know” school versus the “I don’t know” school (36:01) * The dominant challenge for investors today (38:46) * What Howard thinks is behind consistently low yields (42:13) * What surprises me about the politics of populism and financial markets (46:43) * The rise of populism as a response to the shifting beliefs of the working class (48:16) * And much more! Mentioned in this Episode: * Oaktree Capital Management * Memos from Howard Marks * Howard Marks’ Book | The Most Important Thing Illuminated: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor * Benjamin Graham & David Dodd’s Book | Security Analysis * Howard Marks’ Memos: * * Us and Them * Coming into Focus * Mysterious * Economic Reality * Political Reality * Political Reality Meets Economic Reality Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on Apple, Google, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at valueinvesting@gsb.columbia.edu. Follow the Heilbrunn Center on social media on Instagram, LinkedIn, and more!
53 min
The Intelligent Investing Podcast
The Intelligent Investing Podcast
Eric Schleien
#127: I wrote a book! | Principles of Power: The Art & Wisdom of Badassery
My New Book After 7 years in the making, my book Principles of Power has been released! ***THIS WEEK ONLY*** CYBER MONDAY SALE.... 90% off the Kindle Book...just 0.99 cents :) Summary "Principles of Power can be related to as an advanced Coaching Handbook for Leaders. If you are a leader, an aspiring leader, a coach, consultant, or program facilitator, this book is designed for you. The material is delivered inside of a modern leadership context of service and contribution. Eric features many partnerships in Principles of Power. His inclusion of useful quotes from Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Werner Erhard, Nassim Taleb, Seth Godin, and many other leaders attests to the thinking and the research that went into the writing of this book. It is now undeniable that the understanding and implementation of powerful Listening, authentic Relationship, and a recognizable Permission to Lead, are cardinal distinctions of effective leadership. The word, ’cardinal’ has a Latin root and means ‘hinge’ – like a hinge on a gate. So, like a hinge, cardinal distinctions are connected to every nuance of leadership. You will see these distinctions in action in the background of Eric’s many leadership conversations. Authentic Relationship, for example, is essential to the effectiveness and empowerment of the participants and the leader. If authentic Relationship is missing, any outcome or result devolves to the result of domination or force, and is not an outcome of effective leadership. Consider this: Leadership is granted by the permission of those being led. Take a moment and allow that to sink in.The job of the leader is that of an environmentalist, providing the space for people to collaborate, flourish, and create. These two different activities, management and leadership are often commingled, especially in business schools and in the workplace. They are distinct and operate under different rules and measures. It’s like Checkers and Chess – Same game board, different games with different rules and outcomes. Disentangling and distinguishing the two arenas of activity grants power to both managers and leaders. So, the fundamental exercise of listening for people’s greatness is in the background of every sentence in this book. And there is much more… Principles of Power is strongly influenced by the transformational work of Werner Erhard. Much of the author’s thinking is also grounded in the classic distinctions of Tribal Leadership and the thinking of Warren Buffett and his partner, Charlie Munger. Those, plus Eric’s own extensive practical experience renders Principles of Power to be an extremely useful ‘go-to’ resource, filled with useful, implementable information, sprinkled liberally with memorable quotations from intelligent diverse sources – all apt and worth adding to YOUR leadership lexicon."- John King, co-author of Tribal Leadership ABOUT ERIC SCHLEIEN Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. HELP OUT THE PODCAST If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page! You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: * Apple Podcasts * Stitcher * TuneIn * Spotify * Podbean * iHeart Radio * YouTube CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com
13 min
Excess Returns
Excess Returns
Jack Forehand & Justin Carbonneau
Why Eliminating Discretion from Quantitative Models is Harder Than You Think
There is a tendency for those of us who support quant models to talk about them as if they are these things that just run on autopilot over the long-term that are free from all the decision-making issues that plague us as human beings. That just isn’t the case, though. There are many decisions that go into the development, optimization, and evolution of quant models that require human intervention and a thoughtful, nuanced approach. In this episode, we discuss the human decisions that go into quant models and how to develop a thoughtful framework to make them.  JACK'S ARTICLE When Quantitative Becomes Discretionary – Validea's Guru Investor Blog ABOUT THE PODCAST Excess Returns is an investing podcast hosted by Jack Forehand (@practicalquant) and Justin Carbonneau (@jjcarbonneau), partners at Validea. Justin and Jack discuss a wide range of investing topics including factor investing, value investing, momentum investing, multi-factor investing, trend following, market valuation and more with the goal of helping those who watch and listen become better long term investors. SEE LATEST EPISODES https://www.validea.com/excess-returns-podcast FIND OUT MORE ABOUT VALIDEA https://www.validea.com FOLLOW OUR BLOG https://blog.validea.com FIND OUT MORE ABOUT VALIDEA CAPITAL https://www.valideacapital.com FOLLOW JACK Twitter: https://twitter.com/practicalquant LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jack-forehand-8015094 FOLLOW JUSTIN Twitter: https://twitter.com/jjcarbonneau LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jcarbonneau
14 min
Panic with Friends - Howard Lindzon
Panic with Friends - Howard Lindzon
Stocktwits
TubeMogul Founder and Entrepreneur Brett Wilson On His Full Circle Journey from Entrepreneur to Investor (EP.121)
Spoiler Alert: There’s no panic this episode. Why? Because I had Brett Wilson on, someone who doesn’t panic, but rather finds solutions and different ways of doing things. I first met Brett back in 2007 and quickly became a seed investor in his company, TubeMogul. He’s a special guest, and not just because he’s made me some money. Brett is an amazing investor, entrepreneur, board member and thought leader. No one has been at the center of video (specifically digital) quite like Brett. Since selling TubeMogul to Adobe and leading advertising efforts there for a bit, Brett is now an angel investor, partner at Swift Ventures, and board member at companies such as Tubi, WeTravel and, more recently, Arize AI. In this episode, Brett and I had a great discussion about being at the center of the video bomb, TikTok, Netflix, Tubi, life as a CEO and entrepreneur, company pivots, TubeMogul’s journey, resurfacing trends, AI and what excites him as an investor as of late. We talked about a lot of great companies, trends, industries and the types of people who make them great. Hope you all enjoy it!  Guest - Brett Wilson, Entrepreneur, Founder of TubeMogul  howardlindzon.com, swift.vc, tubemogul.com  Twitter: @howardlindzon, @bjwilson34, @knutjensen  linkedin.com/in/bjwilson  #fintech #invest #investment #venturecapital #stockmarket #finance
44 min
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