I've been investing for 30 years as a hobby. An engineer by training, I prefer fundamental analysis with a healthy dose of technical signals. I have made every mistake in the book, but am still way ahead due to very aggressive saving. As retirement approaches, I am finally recognizing the wise words of my accountancy class professor back in 1991. Namely that "all that matters is the expected stream of dividends that a company will pay over its lifetime ". Therefore, I have a Core portfolio of dividend growers, CEFs, MLPs and REITs. Also, I have a Trade portfolio to experiment with "good" ideas. I use options, occasionally, to initiate or increase a position, or generate income. My nemesis is emotion.
I've built businesses all my life.
In my 20s I joined my family liquor store Wine Library and helped grow it from $3-$60 million dollar revenue business in only a few years. During this time, I launched winelibrary.com, one of America's first wine e-commerce sites.
In 2009, I started VaynerMedia along with my brother AJ. We're a social-media-focused digital shop that helps Fortune 500 brands tell their stories and drive their business results. We currently have five locations: New York, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and, Chattanooga, TN.
In 2014, I launched VaynerRSE, a $25 million seed fund that invests in and launches the next generation of world-changing technology companies. In 2015, I launched VaynerCapital. More on that very soon.
In 2014, I also launched The #AskGaryVee Show, a YouTube show and podcast that answers your questions on business, entrepreneurship, marketing, and more.
Along the way, I've written four NYT-Bestsellers. Whenever I can get a scrap of free time, I'm answering the tens of thousands of tweets and messages from the Vayner Nation, and showing up on TV in places like ABC News, ABC Nightline, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, CNN, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
I was named to both Fortune and Crain's 40 under 40 lists in consecutive years, and have been profiled in the New York Times, Fortune, and Inc.