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Paul Orfalea is a revolutionary entrepreneur widely renowned forhis success in growing Kinko's from a single copy shop to anindustry leader with 1,100 branches worldwide. Less well known ishis long history of successful investing, which dates back to hisearly teens, when Orfalea would skip school to spend afternoons atthe office of his father's stockbroker. In 2000, Orfalea and LanceHelfert cofounded West Coast Asset Management (WCAM) on the sameprinciples of value investing that Warren Buffett used to becomeone ...
Paul Orfalea is a revolutionary entrepreneur widely renowned forhis success in growing Kinko's from a single copy shop to anindustry leader with 1,100 branches worldwide. Less well known ishis long history of successful investing, which dates back to hisearly teens, when Orfalea would skip school to spend afternoons atthe office of his father's stockbroker. In 2000, Orfalea and LanceHelfert cofounded West Coast Asset Management (WCAM) on the sameprinciples of value investing that Warren Buffett used to becomeone of the world's greatest investors.
Now, in The Entrepreneurial Investor, Orfalea—along withLance Helfert, Atticus Lowe, and Dean Zatkowsky—reveal how youcan use their version of this approach to achieve unparalleledsuccess in your everyday investment endeavors.
Through solid examples and a light narrative, Orfalea andcompany skillfully explore the essence of the entrepreneurialinvestor, which includes balancing the art and science of thisdiscipline, and viewing investing itself as a business. Along theway, they also examine how the elements of focus, opportunism, andinvolvement can improve your overall investment results.
Divided into four comprehensive parts, this reliable resourcewill put you in a better position to make profitable investmentdecisions. Some of the issues addressed include:
Foreword By Neil Cavuto.
Introduction. Is Investing An Art Or A Science?
Part I: Think Like An Owner: The Art of the EntrepreneurialInvestor.
Chapter 1: Eyes Believe What They See; Ears Believe Others.
Chapter 2: Others' Irrationality Is Your Opportunity.
Chapter 3: Dirty Harry's Investment Philosophy.
Chapter 4: Adversity In Diversity: Portfolio Concentration.
Chapter 5: Just Buy The Best (Which Does Not Include Most MutualFunds).
Chapter 6: Inspirational Figures: Benjamin Graham.
Part II: Companies Worth Owning.
Chapter 7: Who Really Manages The Brand? (Hint: It's Not TheCompany).
Chapter 8: What Makes You So Special?
Chapter 9: Company Culture Is More Important than Ever.
Chapter 10: Bogie & Bergman Explain Elasticity ofDemand.
Chapter 11: Red Flags and Roaches.
Chapter 12: Inspirational Figures: David Packard.
Part III: The Owner's Manual.
Chapter 13: Televised Advice: No Worse than Drilling Your OwnTeeth.
Chapter 14: Lies, Damned Lies, and Financial Statements.
Chapter 15: How To Be an Annual Report Detective.
Chapter 16: How Inventory Can Skew The Financials.
Chapter 17: Great First Impressions: 10 Signs of a StrongCompany.
Chapter 18: Inspirational Figures: Bernard Baruch.
Part IV: What's It Worth—To Me?
Chapter 19: The ABCs Of Market Inefficiency.
Chapter 20: "Wait Till the Moon Is Full".
Chapter 21: Today's Price for Tomorrow's Growth: The XFactor.
Chapter 22: The Long View, and Why Women Are BetterInvestors.
Chapter 23: Intrinsic Value: Putting It All Together.
Chapter 24: Inspirational Figures: Howard Hughes.
Epilogue: The Fortune Cookie That Ate Wall Street.
About The Authors.
Notice and Disclosures.
Posted September 30, 2008
I recommend this book because it was written with humor, but invaluable information for strategies to view any company that is worth considering your investment. I have rarely read a book that is so packed full of solid business considerations for investing. I especially liked the chapter that gave 10 signs of a strong company.
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