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 my equity portfolio from scratch.
In my free time I also keep a list of startups I think are interesting. Below is the a short list.
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
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
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 breakdown.
Carbon sinking and additive manufacturing
Desalination both large scale and modular
Working farmland with access to water
Virtual instructions and hardware – Cooking, makeup tutorials.
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.
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 “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.”