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...

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...

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...

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,...

Facebook

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.  Einstein How simple or complex should an investment thesis in Facebook be? John and I made an investment in Apple a little over two years ago.  It was the first time that I felt like I had departed...