This was my first portfolio.
Not knowing what to do for my high school senior project I decided to use my Scottrade portfolio as a learning opportunity. Articulate my thought process and communicate what I was learning in technical terms.
As of today I’m starting from scratch.
Below is a list of financial advisors, newsletters and resources I take financial advise from. I’ve also included current trends and startup investment opportunities I would invest in.
Ritholtz Wealth Management
Rose Capital Advisors
Dr. Michael Burry
WSJ The Future of Everything
WSJ Secrets of Wealthy Women
This Week in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
The Crazy One
Newspapers, journals and quarterlies
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Worth Financial Intelligence
Being open and curious in general. I’ll pretty promiscuous when it comes to information then curate through it.
Textiles and manufacturing
Carbon 3D printing
Butterfly HQ handheld ultra sound
Microsoft Inner Eye
FlexFoil by Flexsys
Privacy Labs watching
Emotion Recognition and Eyetracking Software
Eyefluence purchased by Google
Beyond Verbal watching
New Story 3D printed homes nonprofit
AbiliTrek “Yelp” like app to help people with disabilities
Accomable acquired by Airbnb
Divvy Homes watching
Everledger watching Everledger is an open ledger for tracking hard assets like diamonds in addition to current proof of provenance. Houses of luxury have to craft their own products. They can’t claim expertise if they don’t do this. Everledger, a SAAS company, compliments this authenticity adding another layer to the microscopic laser inscription found in high end stones.
Community Sourced Capital closed shop
MicroVentures platform for investment opportunities
Climate and Food
National Young Farmers Coalition nonprofit
Harvest Returns watching
Good Food Jobs
Climate Corporation, FieldView acquired by Monsanto
Growing Veterans nonprofit
Restoration Hardware I remember coming across them before they become “popular”
Something similar to Kettle Chips just not owned by the Moonies
Other investment areas I’m watching
Airlines as software companies
Consent driven biometrics – voice, eye and biomechanics
Thermohaline Circulation e.g. climate change
Lab grown food – This space is interesting to me considering my background in big fish. The concept of organic products who has the right to use the word “meat”, “organic” and who has vertical protection under the Capper-Volstead Act.
Insurance and logistics of food – Food is essentially a logistics business. Looking at insurance and logistics through climate change. Climate volatility and food variability.
Carbon sinking and additive manufacturing
Desalination both large scale and modular
Working farmland with access to water
Virtual instructions and hardware – Lets bring Kim Kardashian and other influencers and Youtube stars into my bathroom for a makeup tutorial.
And, cooking instructions of course.
Medical mixed reality – I’d pay a fair amount of money to see and interact my disease. Lesions on my brain and spinal cord. Project Inner Eye from Microsoft Garage is a good example of this.
Machine Learning – Open ended evolution, and anchoring simple concepts to contexts and building complexity through chronobiology and reproducibility.
Function and demographics E.g. Blossom finance is crowd sourcing Shariah compliant finance option.
Net brand perspective I really love Wealthsimple’s online magazine and video archive. The cinematography (creative direction) comes in controlling what the viewer sees through layering of color, music, and character archetypes.
Simple bank, and Triodos Know Where Your Money Goes map is also pretty great.
Open Bionics – In the movie Wonder, a young boy with a deformed face is having lunch with a new friend. The friend asks why the young boy doesn’t get plastic surgery, and his response is “Dude, this IS what my face looks like after plastic surgery.”
If you’re watching the assistive technology space there’s a lot of great companies doing great things. Open Bionics caught my attention as a designer because it acknowledges the mental hardship of being disabled, and designed something special into it.
Bungalow Living – If a homeowner wants to rent an investment property and doesn’t want to deal with the details, Bungalow takes care of it. Applicants, credit checks, etc.
As a rentee, Bunglow checks for roommate compatibility, sets up Wifi, and supplies designer furniture plus basic kitchenware.
My concern with Bungalow is that they over retrofit the houses to fit more people in them. Adding a 10’x10′ bedrooms in living rooms and basements, often where they shouldn’t be.
The question for me is, would I as a rentee want to be there? Do the makeshift walls change the air flow and light dynamics in the house? Does forcing proximity between transient people create tension in the house? How does this affect turnover and the company’s bottom line?
Blossom Finance – Taken from AngelList:
“Blossom enables investors to grow their wealth by helping micro-entrepreneurs in emerging markets.
Muslims make up 27% of the world’s population but are prohibited from dealing with interest-based lending products. . . that mean 27% of the world can’t charge or pay interest but still needs capital to buy cars, run businesses and grow companies. Blossom brings p2p lending platform best practices to an underserved market. The business model is proven and the success of p2p finance in the non-muslim world proves that the market is ready. Matthew understands fintech and is a compelling founder. This is a huge opportunity.”
I try to be aware of contemporary events and conversations. Including fashion and cultural appreciation and appropriation. I’ve lived an immensely lucky life and know that comes with some sheltering.
Be it business, sports, music, food, fashion, culture or banking. Let’s make you more you. Let’s honor you.