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Being A Father

As I get older I find that I value material things a lot less. I am still partial to gadgets, but soft things like conversations, walks – experiences – have started to matter to me a lot more than things. My writing was supposed to be about investing, how to make $2 out of $1, […]

London Value Conference Presentation (Q&A)

I had the pleasure of speaking at the London Value Conference, which was a terrific, first-rate event. I did not make a formal presentation; instead I did Q&A with my friend, the wonderful David Shapiro.   On the morning of the conference (which happened to be midnight in Denver), I found I had a hard time […]

Public Speaking. London. Laguna Beach

A few years ago, after I read Tim Ferriss’ Tools of Titans, I made a deliberate decision to maximize doing things I love and minimize doing things I am indifferent to or simply hate. I outsourced low-value daily tasks that had gradually slipped into my schedule to my very capable and awesome assistant, Barbara, who actually loves […]

Be Kind

I am back from TX. In Dallas my brother Alex and I had the pleasure of spending four hours with John Mauldin. Our visit with him started in John’s apartment in downtown Dallas and continued in a bar at a nearby hotel. A lot of my readers are familiar with John, but for the few […]

I Left My Heart …

I had a short meeting in San Francisco on Sunday. I absolutely hate travelling alone, and this time I was joined by daughter Hannah and my aunt. I always look for an excuse to visit San Francisco. We arrived on Sunday morning. I had a business lunch meeting in Sausalito and then we had the […]

Bat Mitzvah Speech

My daughter Hannah had her bat mitzvah this Sunday (see below). It was one of the most important days of her life. For a Jewish girl it ranks somewhere close to getting married or having a firstborn. You really don’t know what true emotions are until you become a parent. As I am writing this […]

Perspective

My father is deeply plugged into the Russian-Jewish email superhighway. He probably receives a hundred emails a day from his friends, who share what their friends shared with them. Emails range from articles on politics and culture to YouTube videos to scary fake news like “Don’t update your current version of Skype – Microsoft will […]

Little Moments, or How to Give a Great Speech

I was supposed to give a presentation at the GuruFocus conference in Omaha, a day before Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. I was more nervous than usual. I agreed to give this presentation because I wanted to push myself to explore a brand new topic. I wanted to zero in on the investment process. GuruFocus seemed […]

Life – 2017 Edition

This article will be quite different from my previous ones. I am not going to talk about the stock market, particular stocks, the economy, or the new president. Instead I’ll talk about life. If the following is of no interest to you, no worries, skip this one. I promise you I’ll discuss the regular stuff in […]

Why Do I Torture My Kids … With Classical Music?

Lately I’ve been pondering on this question. At first, it was a subconscious decision. Somewhat by inertia, I was following in the footsteps of my parents. That’s what they did, and that’s what I’m supposed to do. However, I realized recently that I am re-gifting a gift. Instilling a love of classical music is one […]