Yearly Archives: 2013

Robert Lanza’s Theory of Biocentrism and the Afterlife

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Most scientists would laugh at the idea of proving the existence of an afterlife. All but one, perhaps. Robert Lanza is a highly regarded stem cell research pioneer whose theory of biocentrism (the concept that life creates the universe—not the other way around; from a Greek word meaning life center) has garnered quite a bit   …Continue Reading


Inspiring CEOs, Disappointing Biographies

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The Disappointing Misrepresentation of Visionaries Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos Are journalists really worthy biographers, or do they think that controversy sells books just like it sells “news”? Brad Stone’s The Everything Store emphasized conflicts, mistakes and perceived personality flaws of Jeff Bezos (CEO and founder of Amazon) rather than his vision and the tremendous   …Continue Reading


Jeff Bezos’ Business Book Recommendation

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It was a gratifying surprise to hear that Jeff Bezos (CEO and Founder of Amazon) had selected The Innovator’s Solution by Professor Clayton Christensen as one of three books for his senior team to read as part of an Amazon book club he hosted. Prof. Christensen (pictured here) coined the term “disruptive technology” when he wrote   …Continue Reading


A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Economy

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In many years of following the markets, economy and individual companies I have noted that biases tend to guide forecasting. For example, if someone feels strongly that having a gold-based currency system is their idea of “sound money,” they will forecast higher inflation at the first sign of money printing. Likewise, if an individual is   …Continue Reading


15 Tips for Successful Investing

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What’s good for an investor is good for a business—and vice-versa! Having invested in many companies and followed thousands more (plus the market as a whole) for over three decades, I have come to realize that what is good for a business is always what is good for an investor. When I hear the management   …Continue Reading


A Lesson in Business from Rafael Nadal

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Last night was the final match of the U.S. Open, Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic. Both are ridiculously talented players who can pound the ball with unimaginable accuracy—compared to when I taught tennis in the ‘70s. As I watched the third set, commentator John McEnroe pointed out that Djokovic had 40 “unforced errors” (a mistake   …Continue Reading


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


Wombmates

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“Happy Birthday, Matt and Joe” is what I generally heard on July 28th, our birthday. Today I am happily reminded of all the fun my twin brother Joe, who fondly called us “wombmates,” and I had together throughout our lives and on our birthday. We had awesome wines like Grand Cru burgundies and First Growth Bordeaux, too.   …Continue Reading