I'm a well-informed retail investor and post on SA in order to expose my thought process to critical examination and comment from readers. It makes me a better investor. I'm particularly proud of bullish macro articles posted in 2009 and later, in which I presented ideas that encouraged me to invest very profitably in a rising market. I also did articles on individual stocks, many of which contained insights not available elsewhere. Finally, I wrote a number of thoughtful articles critical of financialism and the lack of ethics on Wall Street. I do not post for compensation, as I am concerned that editorial policy encourages and pays a premium for articles that invite the reader to speculate on the short term movements of microcaps, penny stocks, and controversial issues. The best way for me to monetize my insights is to invest accordingly. As a retail investor, I don't give investment advice. I write about what I'm investing in, and the thought process involved in decision making and stock selection. Hopefully some of what I write is of benefit to others, by sharing my experience as I interpret it and helping them improve their investment thinking and process.
Self-directed private investor. Formerly a executive in a public company with a background in finance. My focus is dividend growth investing and the purpose is to create and maintain a growing cash flow to pay my living expenses.
I have launched four successful companies and have the good fortune, (for over the past 20 years) of freedom from working at a regular job for a paycheck. But, I have found that I must use my God given entrepreneurial talents to keep myself occupied during my retirement.
1. My original background was in electronics (a specialist in passive chip components) and advanced technical ceramics. My entrepreneurial career started when I resigned a long term position as VP of Research and Development for an electronic component company in Connecticut called Vitramon Inc.
2. I raised several millions of dollars from a consortium of venture capitalists and founded a chip capacitor company in San Diego called Monolithic Components Corporation. After 3 years of operations, my successful company was acquired by my largest competitor, the AVX Corporation, resulting in a handsome profit for my investors.
3. I went on to form 3 other successful companies that were capitalized by using my own financial resources. One of these companies has been in continuous operation in Massachusetts for over 20 years and is now managed by my eldest son Bill. (www.ragantech.com ). As an example of our business strategy; we secured a long term licensing contract with a company (among several others) which is now part of the Schlumberger Corp. We developed and licensed a unique new technology which enables the manufacturer of oil well drill bit teeth made with a continuous diamond ceramic surface. This drill bit innovation was one of the key factors enabling horizontal oil well drilling. These drilling techniques are used today to release tight oil deposits by using fracking techniques.
I have a dozen issued patents and was recently (2 years ago in May) invited to speak at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce in Saudi Arabia.
My current project, SecurEmergency Corporation of California, creates disruptive new technologies to protect firefighters and improve fire fighting efficiencies.