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Ian Cassel

entrepreneur
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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 Emotionally Intelligent Investor
How self-awareness, empathy and intuition drive performance
Ravee Mehta - Aug 24, 2012
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The Emotionally Intelligent Investor challenges several long-held assumptions and beliefs, by asserting that a good investment approach starts with introspection. Too many investment gurus tell you to emulate their techniques despite the fact that you may have very different personality traits, motivations and biases. Would Shaquille O'Neal tell a ...
Ian Cassel
Apr 14, 2021
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
Confessions of a Stockbroker
Andrew A. Lanyi - Aug 27, 1992
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In amusing and entertaining style, one of the most successful brokers in Wall Street's history reveals his tics, secrets, and methods. His specialty: picking undervalued stocks about to experience explosive growth....
Ian Cassel
Apr 10, 2021
@smallstockfocus @MoneyandHonor That is a great book      source
Killing the Market
Legendary Investor Robert W. Wilson
Roemer McPhee - May 14, 2016
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Robert W. Wilson is the greatest investor of all time, on the only criterion that counts: percentage return on capital. What you make with what you have, what you started out with. Wilson would be the first to point out that there are investors richer than himself; but on a percentage-return basis, he is unmatched, and untouched. He received $15,00...
Ian Cassel
Jan 31, 2021
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
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 - Mar 15, 2016 (first published in 2014)
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In the annals of consumer crazes, nothing compares to Beanie Babies. With no advertising or big-box distribution, creator Ty Warner - an eccentric college dropout - become a billionaire in just three years. And it was all thanks to collectors. The end of the craze was just as swift and extremely devastating, with "rare" Beanie Babies deemed worthle...
Ian Cassel
Jan 16, 2021
One of my favorite books      source
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Greenlights
Matthew McConaughey - Oct 20, 2020
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From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction I’ve been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. Notes...
Ian Cassel
Oct 30, 2020
Amazing book      source
Sam Walton
Made in America
Sam Walton - May 01, 1992
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As Sam Walton himself said, this is "...a story about entrepreneurship, and risk, and hard work, and knowing where you want to go and being willing to do what it takes to get there. And it's a story about believing in your idea even when maybe some other folks don't, and about sticking to your guns." It's the story of how Walton parlayed a single d...
Ian Cassel
Aug 16, 2020
@investing_city And probably the best book on entrepreneurship ever written      source
100 Baggers
Stocks That Return 100-to-1 and How To Find Them
Christopher W Mayer - May 22, 2018 (first published in 2015)
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This book is about 100-baggers. These are stocks that return $100 for every $1 invested. That means a $10,000 investment turns into $1 million. Chris Mayer can help you find them. It sounds like an outrageous quest with a wildly improbable chance of success. But when Mayer studied 100-baggers of the past, definite patterns emerged. In 100-Baggers...
Ian Cassel
Nov 18, 2019
@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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Open
An Autobiography
Andre Agassi - Aug 10, 2010 (first published in 2009)
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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERFar more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life.Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight...
Ian Cassel
Apr 27, 2019
Such an amazing book      source
The Rebel Allocator
Jacob Taylor - Oct 17, 2018
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Good capital allocation is the secret sauce of business success and investment returns. How could what you spend money on inside a business NOT be of utmost importance?I looked for a business person’s guide to effective capital allocation for years. I thought, “What a nice gift to send to the CEOs of my portfolio companies!” as visions of outsized ...
Ian Cassel
Dec 31, 2018
A wonderful book by @5_GQs      source
Free Capital
How 12 private investors made millions in the stock market
Guy Thomas - May 18, 2011
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Are you interested in investment? Would life be better if you had no job, no boss, and succeeded or failed purely on the merits of your own investment insights? Free Capital gives an insight into this life. Based on a series of interviews, it outlines the investing strategies, insights, and lifestyles of people who have left the world of employment...
Ian Cassel
Sep 11, 2018
One of my favorite books      source
Cable Cowboy
John Malone and the Rise of the Modern Cable Business
Mark Robichaux - Mar 23, 2005 (first published in 2002)
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An inside look at a cable titan and his industry John Malone, hailed as one of the great unsung heroes of our age by some and reviled by others as a ruthless robber baron, is revealed as a bit of both in Cable Cowboy. For more than twenty-five years, Malone has dominated the cable television industry, shaping the world of entertainment and communic...
Ian Cassel
Sep 19, 2015
@MikeDDKing I just finished reading Cable Cowboy, great book covering the business tenure of John Malone. I added it to the shelf today.      source