David Gardner – An Investing Fool

Hosted by
Bill Brewster

Bill Brewster is a private investor. He cohosts the podcast Value: After Hours with Tobias Carlisle and Jake Taylor. Tobias, Jake and Bill met at a Berkshire Hathaway meeting and formed a lasting friendship. And, as it turns out, people really like the podcast.

While Bill tries to replicate Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger’s thought processes, he is heavily influenced by Bill Miller III, Stan Druckenmiller, and others. This podcast is his attempt to dig deeper into other investing/business philosophies and share the knowledge with the world.

The one and only David Gardner stops by The Business Brew for an interview Bill has been looking forward to for over a year. David is a Co-Founder of The Motley Fool. He is best known for his Rule Breaker investing strategy but Bill knows him as a person that forced Bill to contemplate how he looks at investing.

You can find David’s Rule Breaker podcast at https://www.fool.com/podcasts/rule-breaker-investing/, follow him on Twitter at @DavidGFool, and sign up for The Motley Fool at https://www.fool.com/.

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  • 5:24 – David’s minimum investment time horizon
  • 8:30 – What running a business did for David’s investments
  • 14:30 – Rule Breaking for the long term
  • 19:30 – David’s thoughts on investing vs. trading
  • 27:40 – Interest rates and how they impacted Rule Breaker returns
  • 33:56 – Remarkable CEOs that can scale public companies
  • 40:40 – The importance of teams in investments
  • 42:50 – The Snap Test
  • 48:50 – How Paul Gardner helped the Motley Fool get started
  • 53:00 – David points out that he picks a lot of losing stocks too!
  • 55:00 – The importance of the willingness to hold
  • 62:50 – Spiffy pops
  • 66:45 – What is an New and Important Industry?
  • 71:21 – Adding to winners
  • 77:44 – Being comfortable with concentration
  • 83:00 – Chasin’ Teenies (this is a stock term)
  • 86:45 – Winner math
  • 91:17 – Live backwards and pick stocks today
  • 94:34 – The risk that private equity and venture capital capture returns that used to be available to public market investors.
  • 96:30 – What is next for David Gardner?
  • 105:00 – The difficulty of internet advertising

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