About a year ago, a company asked me to write a daily blog for them. I told them that I’d never read a blog and had absolutely no idea how to write one but sure, if you want to pay me for it, I’ll give it a shot. It was either my good or bad fortune to start at the beginning of the credit crisis. Good because there was a lot to write about, bad because they didn’t really want me to chronicle and opine on the disaster of the day. Guess who won that standoff. But I was hooked on blogging, so I started my own blog, called it But Then What and here we are. I’m not sure that credentials mean much when it comes to writing about things but people seem to want to see them, so briefly here are mine. I have an undergraduate degree in economics from an undistinguished Midwestern university and masters in international business from an equally undistinguished Southwestern University. I spent a number of years working for large banks lending to lots of different industries. For the past few years, I’ve been engaged in real estate finance – primarily for commercial projects. Like a lot of other finance guys, I’m looking for a job at this point in time. Given all of that, I suggest that you take what I write with the appropriate grain of salt. I try and figure out what’s behind the news but suspect that I’m often delusional. Nevertheless, I keep throwing things out there and occasionally it sticks. I do read the comments that readers leave and to the extent I can reply to them. I also reply to all emails so feel free to contact me if you want to discuss something at more length. Oh, I also have a very thick skin, so if you disagree feel free to say so. Enjoy what I write and let me know when I’m off base – I probably won’t agree with you but don’t be shy. Visit my blog http://www.butthenwhat.com or follow me on twitter at twitter.com/tomlindmark.
I have been in small business most of my life. I have degrees in Anthropology and an MBA, 7 years in corporate management, and then a most exciting 22 year period in history building my own export business focused on the former Soviet Union, Europe and Africa. A significant part of my life was spent traveling on business to over 40 countries evolving from the Cold War - communist era into a brave new world of capitalism.
I've grown weary of constant business travel and having my investment in my business be relatively illiquid and subject to risks that are difficult to mitigate. Time for a new approach toward investing.
I am shifting my focus and investment of time and money into the equity markets, specifically seeking smaller companies with outstanding growth opportunities and solid technical and fundamentals that will generate amazingly superior returns. This is a dynamic time and there are excellent opportunities all around us. Stars and dogs and cash cows and money pits.
Life is short. We all invest our time in something, and our money too. Be enthusiastic and passionate, and when you get to the point you don't love what you are doing, when you can't wait to get out of bed in the morning and get started, then it's time to reinvent yourself and change where you are investing your time and energy. Time is too precious to waste. Carpe diem!