In evaluating investment opportunities, I consider a company's management, products, customer relationships, competitive positioning, financials, the macroeconomic climate, social media response and other sources. I arrive at my own conclusions, tuning out the noise of the marketplace. My investment choices are typically based on a holding period of at least two to three years. Influences include Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Howard Marks, Joel Greenblatt, Steve Romick and Warren Buffett. My academic studies were in literature and psychology; I've supplemented this with extensive reading in business, economics and investing.