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Ian is a full-time microcap investor. He is the founder of MicroCapClub, CIO of Intelligent Fanatics Capital Management, and co-founder of IntelligentFanatics.com. Ian started investing as a teenager and learned from losing his money over and over again.
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The Bonanza King
John Mackay and the Battle over the Greatest Riches in the American West
Gregory Crouch - 2018-06-19
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This biography tells the story of John W. Mackay, a self-made Irish immigrant who rose from poverty to control Nevada's Comstock Lode. Overcoming thousands of rivals, Mackay took on the pernicious "Bank Ring" monopoly to claim the legendary "Big Bonanza," a stupendously rich body of gold and silver ore discovered beneath the streets of Virginia City. Gregory Crouch's well-researched and well-written book is a dazzling tour de force, featuring great period photographs and maps, and is a riveting history of Virginia City, Nevada, the Comstock Lode, and America itself.
Ian Cassel
2022-04-09T20:16:49.000Z
A great book: In 1872, right before he hit the big bonanza, Mackay warned his wife that the Consolidated Virginia could easily consume all of their money. His wife asked what would happen if it did. Mackay replied, “We’ll go broke and start over.”      source
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Driven to Succeed
How Frank Hasenfratz Grew Linamar from Guelph to Global
Rod McQueen, Susan M. Papp - 2012-10-20
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"Driven to Succeed" tells the inspiring story of Frank Hasenfratz, who fled his war-torn home country and gambled everything on a one-man operation making oil pumps for Ford in Ontario. Today, his company Linamar has 15,000 employees in eight countries and is the second-largest maker of auto parts in Canada. Hasenfratz stayed ahead of competitors through visionary leadership, a cost-conscious regimen, and a skilled workforce. The book also explores Hasenfratz's dedication to preparing his daughter Linda to succeed him as CEO through a prolonged apprenticeship. Discover what one daring entrepreneur can achieve with dreams and determination.
Ian Cassel
2022-03-13T12:21:35.000Z
Good book about the origins and founder of Linamar Corp $LNR.TO, $3b market cap. I love these lesser known founder books. #IntelligentFanatics H/T @canterbury_sid Book:      source
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Pappyland
A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last
Wright Thompson - 2020-11-10
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Discover the incredible story of Julian Van Winkle III and his fight to protect his family's heritage and preserve the taste of their legendary Kentucky Bourbon whiskey. As the third-generation head of his family's business, Julian is now known as the Booze Yoda of Bourbon, with people swarming him for the chance to taste his rare and coveted Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve. But things haven't always been easy - Julian had to fight to preserve the legacy of his grandfather in a world where authenticity is in short supply. Join him and award-winning journalist Wright Thompson as they explore the challenge of living up to your legacy and the rewards that come from knowing and honoring your craft.
Ian Cassel
2021-06-13T18:02:38.000Z
Such a great book “We make fine bourbon at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but always fine bourbon.”      source
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The Emotionally Intelligent Investor
How self-awareness, empathy and intuition drive performance
Ravee Mehta - 2012-08-24
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Discover how to develop an investment approach that works with your unique personality traits, motivations, and biases. The Emotionally Intelligent Investor challenges traditional beliefs and teaches you to harness your emotions for investment success. Learn the importance of self-reflection, empathy, and intuition in the stock market, and how to utilize these skills to make better investment decisions. With helpful examples and a framework for success, this book provides a fresh perspective on investing.
Ian Cassel
2021-04-14T11:15:47.000Z
This is a great book by @ravee_mehta "Every gain is an opportunity to overcome greed and overconfidence. Every loss is an opportunity to build resilience." - Dr. Brett Steenbarger Each decision is a chance to learn something valuable about myself.      source
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Confessions of a Stockbroker
Andrew A. Lanyi - 1992-08-27
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Discover the captivating world of Wall Street's most successful brokers and their secrets to picking the right stocks. This entertaining and amusing book delves into the tics, methods, and strategies of one of Wall Street's best-known stockbrokers. With an expertise in picking undervalued stocks set for explosive growth, this book offers insights into the world of successful stockbroking.
Ian Cassel
2021-04-10T16:39:49.000Z
@smallstockfocus @MoneyandHonor That is a great book      source
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Killing the Market
Legendary Investor Robert W. Wilson
Roemer McPhee - 2016-05-14
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"Killing the Market" delves into the incredible success story of Robert W. Wilson, the greatest investor of all time based on percentage return on capital. From a $15,000 investment in 1958, he accumulated a staggering $800 million by 2000, and then gave away $700 million of it to charity. This book aims to uncover his secrets to success and explore his transition from the investing world to philanthropy. Discover the inspiring journey of a man who made a difference with his wealth.
Ian Cassel
2021-01-31T18:39:08.000Z
This was an excellent book that profiled the legendary investor Robert Wilson, who famously turned a small inheritance of $15,000 into $800 million before giving it all away.      source
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The Great Beanie Baby Bubble
The Amazing Story of How America Lost Its Mind Over a Plush Toy--and the Eccentric Genius Behind It
Zac Bissonnette - 2015-03-03 (first published in 2014)
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Discover the extraordinary story of the Beanie Baby craze that took the world by storm in the 1990s. This book explores how eccentric college dropout Ty Warner became a billionaire in just three years thanks to collectors, and delves into the devastating end of the craze. With hundreds of interviews conducted by the author, including a man who lives with 40,000 Ty products and an imprisoned killer, this book is a fascinating and gripping read for anyone interested in the world of consumer crazes.
Ian Cassel
2021-01-16T17:09:43.000Z
One of my favorite books      source
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Greenlights
Matthew McConaughey - 2020-10-20
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An Academy Award®–winning actor shares raucous stories and outlaw wisdom in this unconventional memoir. Filled with lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction, this book covers how to get relative with inevitable challenges, hurt people less, get hurt less, and have more fun. With fifty years of sights and seens, felts and figured-outs, graces, truths, and beauties of brutality, this is a guide to catching more greenlights and realizing that yellows and reds eventually turn green too.
Ian Cassel
2020-10-30T12:24:58.000Z
Amazing book      source
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Sam Walton
Made in America
Sam Walton - 1993-06-01
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This book tells the story of the entrepreneur Sam Walton, who successfully turned a single dime store into the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart. Through hard work, risk-taking, and unwavering belief in his ideas, Walton achieved extraordinary success. In his candid and humble style, Walton shares the secrets of his achievements, providing inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Ian Cassel
2020-08-16T22:50:52.000Z
@investing_city And probably the best book on entrepreneurship ever written      source
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100 Baggers
Stocks That Return 100-to-1 and How To Find Them
Christopher W Mayer - 2015-12-10
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"Discover how to turn a $10,000 investment into $1 million with this practical guide to finding 100-baggers in the stock market. Author Chris Mayer studied past 100-baggers and has identified key characteristics and techniques anyone can use to find success. You don't need an MBA or finance degree to implement these strategies. Packed with entertaining anecdotes, this book will help you turn up big winners and avoid losers. Get energized about the possibilities of investing with this must-read guide."
Ian Cassel
2019-11-18T17:50:03.000Z
@BoyarValue @chriswmayer Agreed. He spoke at our event three years ago. An amazing book and Chris is a generous person.      source
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