I am the founder and CEO of a successful NYSE company that returned 22% annually to its IPO investors over a 13.5 year life as an independent company. I have been a director at three public companies, a trustee of a major college and of a science museum. I manage my own investments, and tend to be a contrarian. I try to look at companies from the perspective of their ability to grow long term cash flows and also whether they are efficient in using capital. I have been successful as a trader, but prefer investing to trading.