Update on Match and Tinder

When I first wrote about Tinder’s parent company, Match, I believed there were two risks. I know I made a mistake with the first risk, and I believe there are lessons to be learned from both risks I identified. First, Tinder operates a freemium network user business model. Users can

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Facebook’s Stadium

Facebook’s one day drop on July 27th was impressive.  It marked the largest ever loss of equity value for a U.S. listed company.  However, to achieve such a feat requires a large market cap before such a day, quite an impressive feat on its own.  This feat was only accomplished

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Bad Blood and Schrödinger’s Cat

Bad Blood is a great book.  It’s a fast read, it’s interesting and you should read it.  I want to only discuss one aspect of investing with regards to my takeaways from this book. In November of 2006, Theranos raised money at a valuation of $165m.  Approximately 8 years later,

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The Other Side

“I never allow myself to have an opinion on anything that I don’t know the other side’s argument better than they do.”— Charlie Munger “We all are learning, modifying, or destroying ideas all the time. Rapid destruction of your ideas when the time is right is one of the most valuable qualities you can

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The FAA Inspector as an Investor

Imagine you are an airplane inspector for the FAA.  You job is to certify the flight-worthiness of a plane. You check the planes annually and certify that they are flight-worthy until the next inspection.  This particular day you happen to be flying in the plane you are inspecting and therefore

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Buffett’s Information Advantage: Then vs. Now

When Buffett first started out, he had a true information advantage.  Other investors just didn’t know that Sanborn Map had an investment portfolio worth more than the entire market valuation of the company.  This was an incredible opportunity and he took advantage of it. This doesn’t exist anymore. (If you

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Return on Brain Damage

Hidden Figures is a great movie.  It’s a great story about women, but also a story about math.  The continual discussion about the endless calculations (note: these calculations are basically done by hand) that go into sending people to the moon is amazing, truly spectacular.  The Imitation Game is another

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Leadership and Off The Beaten Path Ideas

I want to write about two quick ideas.  I will keep them brief because I hear something slightly more interesting came out this past Saturday morning.  You can read that here. (Buffett Annual Letter) First, leadership matters.  It’s difficult to quantify this idea, but it is sort of like the

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Bitcoin, Psychology and Munger

If you have been under a “financial news” rock for the past few months, I thought I would welcome you with a story you are likely to have missed…Bitcoin, or more broadly Cryptocurrencies.  I generally read about things that I find interesting or at least relevant to the modern finance

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Buffett’s Blind Spot

I started re-reading Snowball over the holidays.  If you haven’t read it, you should and if you haven’t read it in a few years, 2018 might be a good time to pick it up again.  I joke with John that reading Snowball annually is similar to a Christian re-reading the

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