Business vs. Investing, w/ Jason Zweig and Morgan Housel – [Invest Like the Best, EP.50]

My guests this week are both veterans of the podcast, Jason Zweig and Morgan Housel. They are two of the best in the world at making the complicated simple, and in that spirit, I’ll keep this introduction short. Morgan shifted from public markets to the private markets a year ago when he joined the Collaborative Fund, so we begin with what he has learned about venture capital in his first year on the job.

Books Referenced

The Devil’s Financial Dictionary

Modern Monopolies: What It Takes to Dominate the 21st Century Economy

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Life and Fate

Online References

A Rediscovered Masterpiece by Benjamin Graham

Rishi Ganti podcast

Small Companies Are Gone, But Should they Be Forgotten (Zweig Column)

Show Notes

1:43 – (First question) – Morgan on why he got disenchanted with the investment industry and shifted to venture capital

 

4:05 – Jason’s thoughts about investing in the private markets

5:19 – A Rediscovered Masterpiece by Benjamin Graham

 

7:57 – Morgan’s thoughts on how private market investments differ from public market investments

 

10:24 – Exploring valuations of businesses and what they say about broader trends in the market

 

13:21 – How much does Jason think about individual companies when exploring the overall market trends

18:41 – The Devil’s Financial Dictionary

 

19:28 –What does it take to be a successful founder

 

23:40 – How does Jason look at activities that are work related vs just for pleasure

 

25:33 – If Jason had to start a business, what would he do

 

27:22 – What business would Morgan start

 

29:18 – Problems with the financial planning industry

 

30:56 –  The role of stress in personal and business development

31:04 – Modern Monopolies: What It Takes to Dominate the 21st Century Economy

 

38:17 – Are there signs that let you know when to cut and run vs when to keep slogging along with something

42:02 – Thinking, Fast and Slow

44:03 – Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

 

44:20 – Principals to approach learning

 

 

50:10 – The idea of keeping your identity small in a world where social media encourages one-upmanship

 

53:56 – Last significant thing Morgan changed his mind about

 

55:23 – Why Morgan chooses passive investing with stocks, but as a VC, essentially is a stock picker in private markets

1:00:44 – Rishi Ganti podcast

 

1:02:14 – What major thing did Jason change his mind about

1:02:30 – Small Companies Are Gone, But Should they Be Forgotten (Zweig Column)

 

1:06:33 – What was the most interesting idea Jason and Morgan have been tackling and what data helped to spark that interest

1:09:32 – Life and Fate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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