I'm a self-directed investor seeking financial independence. I am currently in the accumulation and growth phase. I am an engineer by training and profession, and I tend to approach each investment and overall portfolio as a mathematical hypothesis with quantifiable risk and return potential.
Hi - I'm a database analyst and web site designer by trade, but I've been forced into an early retirement by health issues. (Fortunately I live in Canada, so I am not bankrupt.)
I invest in tech because I know something about it. I cut my programming teeth on FORTRAN, PL/1 and APL, and learned BASIC on an Osborne (I was young and strong back then). I missed MS-DOS completely and first encountered Microsoft with Win 3.1. I switched to Apple about 10 years ago. Oh, yeah, Unix, too, throughout my career.
If I sold my SUNW at $75 (or whatever it was) and my Nortel at $120, I'd have bought myself a small island or a helicopter by now. Alas, I am still trying to recreate my past unrealized glory.
Nearly 35 years in Real Estate development, marketing, sales, property management in Georgia, SC, Florida. Day trader, interest in energy, politics. Believer in the immeasurable strengths of free people seeking market driven solutions for personal gain and improvement.
I founded Seeking Alpha, and lead it for its first 10 years until I passed the CEO role to Eli Hoffmann. I started Seeking Alpha after working for five years as a technology research analyst for Morgan Stanley in New York. Seeking Alpha is now the dominant crowdsourced equity research platform.
I wrote the ETF Investment Guide (http://seekingalpha.com/article/15136-etf-investing-guide-one-page-summary-of-the-entire-guide), and I blog about startup best practices at http://davidjaxon.wordpress.com .
I have a B.A from Oxford University and an MSc from The London School of Economics, and am married with five children.