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Great Inspirations in Finance: My Phil Fisher Story

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While in high school, I recall my dad talking about the great growth stock investor, Phil Fisher. Phil lived in San Mateo, California, and was famous for investing in the greatest growth stocks of his era, including: Motorola Texas Instruments FMC (Food Machinery Corp.) Rogers Communications After a tough 1991 on the short side (betting   …Continue Reading


Why Differentiation in Life and Marketing is So Cool

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“Think Different,” by Steve Jobs, is my favorite marketing campaign of all time. It inspires self-confidence, creativity and individuality. The campaign’s success also informs as to what people really care about: to be thought of and treated as unique. To me, the message speaks to the person as a spiritual being – not the DNA   …Continue Reading


What I Learned About Marketing From Al Ries

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Marketing is my avocation. It reminds me of basketball when I was growing up–it was my best sport, but not the one I competed in. What was I thinking? I became interested in marketing around 1974, when I read the book Positioning the Battle for Your Mind, by Al Ries and Jack Trout. One of   …Continue Reading


The Journey of an Investor Turned CEO: Part 1

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It has been said that if you don’t tell your story, someone else will tell it for you. And I might add that when it is told by others, it isn’t likely to be accurate—even if positive. I decided to tell my story here so those who want to get to know me better could   …Continue Reading