What companies do you respect?

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In a recent class discussion, we shared which companies we would like to work at upon graduation, and the reasons for choosing these companies. Common answers for respectable companies were Google, Apple, Spotify, and Deloitte. My favorite is probably Google, because of they way it treats its employees and the unstructured work environment which allows for creativity. What are your favorite companies? Why? They don't have to be large corporations, but I would love to hear about what makes a company great.

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Jan 26, 2017

To answer your first question, I really respect Mars, or, more specifically, their corporate HQ. It's a small, 80-person office at the end of a residential street in the suburbs of Washington, DC. It's notoriously private (the owners refuse to have their photos taken) and for years, it's been run by the Mars family. But God, is the firm doing well -- $30B+ in revenue alone, global brand, bought Buffett out for control of Wrigley, and the family supports a lot of causes that are overlooked by more high-profile donors (e.g., the opera). The people I've interacted with there have been very impressive and interesting individuals as well.

As to my favorite company, I'm afraid I'm limited to places I worked at in my response. In that respect, I really enjoyed my time at a BB that gets a bum rap on here. Everyone there was very professional, from the secretaries to the MDs, and was able to keep calm in some very chaotic times. It was one of my earlier exposures to the professional world and set a standard for me on what a good workplace should look like.

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Jan 27, 2017

Philip Morris
Monsanto

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Jan 27, 2017

GM crops are poison!!!!!!

Jan 26, 2017

Goldman fucking Sachs. No reasons necessary, prestige speaks for itself.

I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing.

See my Blog & AMA

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Jan 26, 2017

I agree wit GS to a certain extent, but company prestige is earned and I was looking for reasons how comapanies achieve this status.

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Jan 27, 2017

Goldman Sachs has the same initials as George Soros. Immediate ding!

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Jan 27, 2017

They're both in the illuminati!

Feb 1, 2017

Guys, stop mentioning Goldman Sachs, all it does is create a monkey shit storm

I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing.

See my Blog & AMA

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Jan 26, 2017

Koch Industries. I highly recommend the book Good Profit to learn more about this remarkable company and its principles. Bring the monkey shit.

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Jan 27, 2017

F*ck Koch Industries

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Jan 27, 2017

Oh really? Why?

Jan 27, 2017

I can understand how on the surface people would respect them, but I have some people pretty close to me that work that work at one of their companies and lets just say I don't think so highly of them anymore. Always remember, perception and reality are usually two different things.

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Jan 27, 2017

I am throwing Cargill in with this. I respect companies that resist going public.

Only two sources I trust, Glenn Beck and singing woodland creatures.

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Jan 27, 2017

From the people I met there, seems like Cargill has a great culture.

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Jan 27, 2017

That is also part of the reason why I mentioned it. I have yet to hear someone mention anything bad about working there.

Only two sources I trust, Glenn Beck and singing woodland creatures.

Jan 27, 2017

Completely agree with this. Forgot to add it to my list for Mars, but definitely a factor.

For the flip-side of OP's question, beyond going public for the sake of going public, I can't a respect a company that's a cultural Silicon-Valley-circa-2003 wannabe (i.e., the ping-pong table crowd who paint their offices such bright colors that the offices look like kindergartens designed by mental patients).

I always want to ask, "where were you for the last ~15 years?" These guys will always be playing catch-up.

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Jan 27, 2017

Interesting - as outside of the U.S most haven't even heard of it!

Jan 27, 2017

Agreed. I've been looking at some Software Sales jobs and a lot of those companies have that atmosphere or "culture" towards them. I want to work not play foosball and drink craft beer...disgusting.

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Jan 28, 2017

So you want to be an adult?

Only two sources I trust, Glenn Beck and singing woodland creatures.

Jan 26, 2017

I have respect for any company that doesn't have their logo on the building or on the sign when you walk in. Ultimate power move.

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Jan 31, 2017

All good until you're that nervous kid on the superday who's irrationally afraid that he'll fear end up in a different building.

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Feb 1, 2017

I actually didn't recognize the building at first when I went there.

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Feb 1, 2017

Always make sure to give yourself a 15-30 minute window before the 15 minutes before you're supposed to be there. That way you give yourself time to still show up early even if you get lost.

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Jan 27, 2017

patagonia, you get to take surf breaks during the day. don't agree with all their political stances and shiite environmentalism, but it's a pretty sweet company

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Jan 27, 2017

Have you seen 180 degrees south? It's about this guy basically follows a journey taken by two men: the founder of Patagonia and the founder of North Face. Pretty good and I am a sucker for adventurer docs like this.

Jan 27, 2017

have not, will def watch it though

Jan 27, 2017

big fan of former ceo michael crooke

Jan 27, 2017

Airbnb, they've managed to make an extremely personal and sensitive business idea relatively hassle and scandal free.

Jan 27, 2017

This seems like the perfect thread for the thirty-something grandpas of WSO to play bingo on.

Sample squares:
-Blackstone
-Goldman
-Harvard
-Ferragamo
-Hermes
-Rolex
-Armani
-Swarovski
-Ferrari
-Bugatti
-McKinsey
-Lazard
-1OAK
-HBS
-Stanford

Ok in all seriousness, kudos to everyone discussing the non-cliche stuff like Patagonia, Mars, etc.

Personally my favorite company is Berkshire Hathaway-- the thrifty Midwestern miracle that Buffet built with his bare hands.

Back to my rusty Honda. Gotta collect my bingo winnings and get home before Lawrence Welk comes on.

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Jan 27, 2017

No KKR?!?!?!!

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Jan 28, 2017

Why the 1OAK obsession for most? I thought Marquee was the better club?

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Jan 31, 2017

Makes jokes about replying with cliche answers.
Answers with Berkshire Hathaway.

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Jan 31, 2017
zanderman:

Makes jokes about replying with cliche answers. Answers with Berkshire Hathaway.

When was the last time someone on WSO said they wanted to go to Omaha, Nebraska and work for Buffett, despite him (along with Peter Lynch) being one of the greatest investors of the 20th century?

Feb 1, 2017

would you do it?

Feb 1, 2017
yeasko:

would you do it?

If I had to do it all over again at 22, with what I know today at 31, absolutely.

Jan 27, 2017

I could choose some companies that I think are very well-run, but I'd rather articulate a couple of principles that these companies stick to:

  1. Focus on organic growth, i.e. any acquisitions are small and strategic. Major M&A is a huge source of corporate value destruction (for the acquirer) and is often a sign of CEO overconfidence/ego.
  2. Stability, i.e. CEOs stay in place for years at a time along with core strategies.
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Jan 27, 2017

I'm a big fan of the successful large-scale cooperatives that are member-owned by a rather homogeneous set of individuals (the producer-members). They perform a balancing act between the corporate infrastructure/culture needed for a multinational company and the often tricky (and sometimes counterproductive) business of making their producers happy. There are tons of them in agriculture: Ocean Spray, Land O'Lakes, CHS, Agri-Mark (Cabot Cheese), etc.

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Jan 27, 2017

I AM THE LIQUOR

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Jan 27, 2017

Zappos. They recognized the biggest problem with online shoe sales (what if they don't fit) and solved it (free returns). This has become so commonplace with online retailers that i think a lot of people forget they were the first major company to do this.

I also respect Four Seasons / Ritz because their culture of customer service is incredible in its consistency across properties

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Jan 27, 2017

Brazzers Inc.

You killed the Greece spread goes up, spread goes down, from Wall Street they all play like a freak, Goldman Sachs 'o beat.

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Jan 27, 2017

I'm more of an evil angel guy myself

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Jan 27, 2017

Fake Taxi is one of my fantasies. I really feel I should do a NYC version of it, considering I have the looks for an Italian taxi driver.
Next thing you know, Business Insider's going to publish an article on how The Frank is going to make a porno.

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Jan 27, 2017

EJ Entertainment

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Jan 27, 2017

Leaving the circle-jerking-monkey-shit-magnet "these are my favorite Banks / PE Funds" post aside.

  1. GE - Strategy, visionary leaders, leader in recent wave of supply chain changes, nimble despite scope, successful use of M&A.
  2. BHI - Innovation, effectively compete on their expertise over their scale
  3. Shell - One of the oldest companies in the world, I think they are the only super-major making the right move into LNG.
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Jan 27, 2017

I knew GE would come up somewhere in here. GE's past is certainly to be admired, efficient operations, largely successful M&A, cost management, etc...

I guess you could admire their current moves for being bold, but moving to Boston and chasing data/IoT seems like a stretch to me. It very well might pay off and there is an argument to be made that it's necessary for them, but this all-in feels a little bit desperate to me.

twitter: @CorpFin_Guy

Jan 27, 2017

Netflix: I use their service a lot and, to be honest, they have forever altered how we consume television and the trend will not be reversed. Additionally, their pivot from a mail rental service to the streaming giant it is today was extremely well executed.

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Feb 5, 2017

Wow, I, I agree with you...

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Jan 27, 2017

Lehman Bros

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Jan 27, 2017

Chik Fil A

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Jan 27, 2017

Amaranth Advisors
Knight Capital Group
Barings Bank
MF Global
Midwest Federal Savings & Loan
Drexel Burnham

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Jan 27, 2017

Prestige Worldwide

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Jan 27, 2017
CRE:

Prestige Worldwide

Underrated comment. Boats & Hoes was a ground-breaking contribution to society.

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Jan 27, 2017

I'll throw out Burger King (now RBI I guess).

I remember reading an article a while back (that I can't find now) about the 3G Capital buyout and how the new management team that was put in place was all <35 years old. Most had prior PE experience I think, CEO actually worked at 3G. Really interesting piece about how they revamped the corporate culture and structure etc.

Probably a cool place to work at actually that most people wouldn't necessarily think of.

Jan 27, 2017

Met a lot of that ownership team personally. Can confirm they are good people. Treated me like I mattered when, as a guy in his first job out of college, I very much didn't.

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Jan 27, 2017

Toyota; incredible that it still flies below the radar here. Kaizen, The Toyota Way, Toyota Production System, etc., with due credit to W. Edwards Deming. The product has become synonymous with quality, longevity, and great value.

Also, In-N-Out. Great quality, incredible value, ridiculous consistency across all of the storefronts, still private/family owned, consistent values, well-paid staff, efficient supply chain. Yeah, and clean bathrooms. In-N-Out, eff yeah.

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
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Jan 27, 2017

would second the In-N-Out comment, never had a bad experience there.

Jan 27, 2017

Lehman

Jan 27, 2017

Great topic. So, Luxottica, GE, BCG, Lamborghini, Goldman Sachs, Evercore and many more.. Yeah

Nicest haircut than Bateman

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Jan 27, 2017
Steve Castle:

Great topic. So, Luxottica, GE, BCG, Lamborghini, Goldman Sachs, Evercore and many more.. Yeah

Woohoo! I just won WSO Bingo!

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Jan 27, 2017

In no particular order:

1.) Toyota - There approach to manufacturing is still practiced and taught in every supply chain class throughout the world. They found a way to be efficient and produce cheap cars that last a long time despite the US government doing everything it could to protect the Big 3 automakers from the foreign invasion.

2.) Schlumberger - Outside of O&G very few people know about this behemoth OFS company but there approach to OFS goes beyond hiring a bunch of West Texas rednecks. They have an army of software developers, data scientists, and leading researchers and scientists who have revolutionized the O&G industry...essentially the "GS of OFS."

3.) Uber, AirBnB - Two companies that created a simple concept and managed to make it work in the shared economy. If your name as a company becomes a generic trademark for a concept you've clearly made an impact (more so in Uber's case).

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Jan 27, 2017

Schlumberger... IDK... I feel like revolutionized is a bit of a stretch. They are certainly the biggest, but at the end of the day they are still French. And besides, does all that extra cost that they have in their business really provide much more value? My answer to myself would be, only if you are a super major who is planning to us SLB for a majority of your projects... Which granted is a huge amount of the market but the revolution in oil markets is moving the other direction, smaller regional players at harder to get at reserves.

Although SLB has used M&A pretty effectively.

Jan 29, 2017

@realjackryan by revolution I am referring to techniques and technologies they have created and processes they've established to increase production on wells as an example.

To your other point they may have been a French company but are truly global and maintain 3 HQs around the world and do not view themselves as a French company.

Lastly there "Rig of the Future" is supposed to simplify the project management aspect of E&P. You have a company that will not only perform geophysical analysis but can also drill a well (onshore with Rig of the Future), handle all the subsurface work required, and basically complete the E&P aspect of the process short of delivery via pipelines and refining.

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Jan 29, 2017

Thanks, informative as always @RedRage I will need to look into the Rig of the Future.

Fully Integrated OFS has its benefits for sure, but I would still argue that they are going against the trend, and as reserves get smaller and harder to get at their model will be less profitable. Obviously, they know much better than me though.

Jan 31, 2017

+1 on Toyota. If you are ever in San Antonio I would highly recommend checking out their Tundra plant. They give free tours. It's pretty amazing seeing the assembly line and robotics in action. Just imagining the logistics and capital required to pull that off is mind blowing.

Jan 27, 2017

1.) Google/Microsoft - Actually innovating across various tech spaces using a massive warchest. Also, because while they pursue profit, they see to it that the entire tech ecosystem can benefit from their innovation. And remember Microsoft's investment in Apple when those hipster turds were nearly bankrupt? What did Gates say then?

2.) Tesla/ Solarcity/ SpaceX - Musk fan here, and you've got to give credit to the guy who's trying to save the planet.

3.) Amazon - They've been taking convenience to a whole new level from the humble bookstore they were.

4.) Lehman - Intense entrepreneurial culture, and that underdog mentality never discouraged them from punching higher. Kudos to @DickFuld for at least retaining that culture after the spinoff.

5.) Blackstone - Great guys in the firm, great culture, and I am yet to hear any news of them doing any messed up shit like some of the other PE firms.

6.) Four Seasons - Great service in all of their hotels around the world.

7.) Sinaloa Cartel - Innovative firm, great culture, amazing CEO. Sometimes I think he's my long lost brother. It will be interesting to see their work in the years ahead.

Companies I give a ding: Facebook, HP, the current Apple, Twitter, the FBI (especially under Comey - read my biography for more)

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Jan 27, 2017

@Frank Quattrone" speaking of the Sinaloa Cartel have you had a chance to read Narconomics by Tom Wainwright? If not or you haven't heard of him I recommended reading or listening to the following:

www.npr.org/2016/02/15/466491812/narconomics-how-t...

In all seriousness drug cartels like the Sinaloa and even Pablo Escobar operated a sophisticated empire and managed to do so without needing a bunch of Harvard MBAs running around.

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Jan 27, 2017

Thanks! Cool read!

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

Jan 27, 2017

Blizzard (Now Activision Blizzard) - The gamer in me loves how they have managed to develop their core product line and keep a very old line-up fresh. They essentially transformed the gaming world with the MMORPG format, executed perfectly. People I have met there all love the culture.

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Jan 27, 2017

Seconded! Those guys excel at serializing some really great franchises. Not to mention the WoW impact on gaming.

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

Jan 27, 2017

least respected:

ashley madison
AXA
Northwestern Mutual
crossfit
hot topic
donda
herbalife
cnbc

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Jan 27, 2017

My least favorite: Facebook (dislike Suckerberg, also programmer's sweatshop), HP (only because of Meg Whitman), EA (shit remakes), AMEX (for aggressive marketing after so many requests not to do so)

Also, drawing from our previous conversation, I'll include Spanx and Tory Burch too for favorites.

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Feb 3, 2017
Frank Quattrone:

My least favorite: Facebook (dislike Suckerberg, also programmer's sweatshop), HP (only because of Meg Whitman), EA (shit remakes), AMEX (for aggressive marketing after so many requests not to do so)

Also, drawing from our previous conversation, I'll include Spanx and Tory Burch too for favorites.

What do you have against Zuckerberg? Also, I've never heard that FB is a sweatshop, do you have a source?

Feb 5, 2017

It's definitely not... I have a lot of friends there. They only stay there for so long because of free food, basketball court, alcohol etc.

Feb 8, 2017

Making tiny widgets that are really irrelevant to the stuff on the site - like a widget for adding new smiley collections to your chats and shit (from an actual experience of a friend). Compare that with another friend of mine at Google, who was given entrepreneurial freedom to develop his own widget. I believe many of you might have used/ be using it very commonly now - it's the email delay functionality in your Gmail.

Also Zuckerberg tries to play a good-two-shoes character everytime, while we all know how he's just positioning himself for a gummint job aka POTUS. The freebasics and net neutrality debate, the recent FB board issue, not taking culpability on Facebook's shortcomings, his 'philanthropy', not to mention the current dearth of innovation in facebook. Every success story (in making) of FB recently has been its acquisitions - WhatsApp, Insta, Aquila, Oculus, Face. Can't believe people justifying its high valuation when they haven't been able to translate that into quantifiable returns. Where are hyper targeted advertising, VR movies and perpetual internet? Nope, they ain't gonna happen because Facebook doesn't innovate to take up social problems or challenges. I've seen Google going 'loony' by pressing on with a lot of far-fetched bets such as Loon, or Boston Dynamics, or Calico. For all I know, Jarvis may not have been created by Zuckie at all as he claims it, but rather by Yann, a prodigious researcher for whom I have immense respect.

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

Feb 8, 2017

What's your beef with crossfit? Too litigious? Libertarian? Evangelical?

People tend to think life is a race with other people. They don't realize that every moment they spend sprinting towards the finish line is a moment they lose permanently, and a moment closer to their death.

Feb 8, 2017

I like crossfit because it reintroduced compound barbell movements to the masses, like the squat, bench, dead, and OLY movements as well, but I think it's become a victim of its own success. the lack of emphasis on form and the cultlike devotion to all things crossfit without tolerance for deviation is just asinine.

on the form thing, I'm sure there are boxes out there that teach form like a legit strength coach would: you start with the bar or a broomstick and you don't move up until your form is perfect. I can vividly remember my high school strength coach having the entire team do sets of 10 cleans with a broomstick in front of our teammates, and getting yelled at if there was the slightest imperfection.

yes, I know there is crossfit foundations, and that you see bad form at your local gym, but here's the difference: my local gym is not a group setting, it's DIY. you do bad form, that's on you. sure, you may catch some weird glances if your back turns into an upside down U for your bench, but that's on you. you hire a trainer, they'll correct you. crossfit is a group setting, and in group settings the participants rely on the coaches. it's my opinion coaches should not tolerate bad form whatsoever, and stop someone right in the middle of a fran or a murph if they're at risk of injury.

I also think that things like OLY movements are not meant to be done for time & the subsequent volume that comes with that. if you look at any OLY training regimen, it's lots of sets with not a lot of reps, rather than throw 135 on the bar and power clean for 90 seconds AMRAP. if you can do that with perfect form, I'd argue you're better off just running wind sprints because all you're doing is getting your heart rate up. if you're stimulating your muscles for that long with a complex lift, I'd argue your form suffers after about 30 seconds, if not sooner, and you're at risk for injury.

all of that being said, as a capitalist and an investor, they're a great brand, and I'm sure if the stock WOD ever came out, I'd definitely look through their s-1

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Jan 27, 2017

ENRON

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Jan 27, 2017

WisdomTree was one of the first enhanced indexers and on their first-ever earnings call the CEO compared market-cap indexing to black-and-white televisions and said that the future was enhanced indexing and ETFs. His vision was right although the execution may have been a bit off. I respect it because the Asset Management industry is one where going with the herd prevails and it takes courage and conviction to do something different.

Jan 27, 2017

Entertainment 720

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Jan 27, 2017

in & out. i have wet dreams LBOing them

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Jan 27, 2017

Pierce & Pierce. Have you heard of it?

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Jan 28, 2017

Hear there's a lot of M&E activity in there. But I don't think their exit opps are any good.

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

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Jan 27, 2017
Jan 27, 2017

NASA (if that counts) or Lockheed Martin.

Quand on veut, on peut.

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Jan 31, 2017

Curious why Lockheed.

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Jan 27, 2017

Softbank - You have to be a badass company to raise a $100B fund. I'd shit myself in excitement if I had $100B to play with. Also, it's one of the very few Japanese tech companies not in the toilet.

PayPal - PayPal has given rise to the most successful group of entrepreneurs in history (3 billionaires, LinkedIn, YouTube,

AirAsia - Have to give credit to Tony Fernandes for building an amazing low-cost airline that also offers excellent service. The US airline industry should take note.

DJI - For spearheading the drone revolution.

There are many others. These are just a few that come to mind.

Feb 20, 2017

Tony Fernandes comes across as a pretty chilled dude as well

Jan 28, 2017

Landry's- I would love to work for Tilman Fertitta, sole shareholder of a billion dollar hospitality company.

Making it in one of toughest and lowest margin businesses.

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Feb 20, 2017

Pierce & Pierce

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Jan 28, 2017

favorite fictional companies

brewster keegan
initech
dunder mifflin
Duff
vandelay industries

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Jan 28, 2017

https://www.linkedin.com/company/brewster-keegan-llc
Not fictional anymore.

I'll add Abstergo, Pierce & Pierce and the Umbrella Corporation to that list.

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Feb 20, 2017

I respect Microsoft more than any of those companies.

It's not about respect when owning a stock. Just because it's a good company, doesn't mean it's a good stock to own.

Feb 20, 2017

Why is McD rated so high?

Feb 20, 2017
AstonMartin:

Why is McD rated so high?

My guess is that the Ronald McDonald House has something to do with it. Also, they are the 4th largest employer in the world.

Feb 20, 2017

I would agree that I respect Microsoft - and its leadership - more than others. I think IBM and UPS are also very respectable companies, and I think Intel is definitely up there. I mostly base this on employee compensation, benefits, treatment, culture, etc. -- all of these companies treat their employees really well and are purported to have fantastic culture. That's what's up.

Feb 20, 2017

Proud IBMer representing! Consulting by degrees baby! Hahahah. <3

Feb 20, 2017
Xepa:

Proud IBMer representing! Consulting by degrees baby! Hahahah. <3

IBMer here too!

Here to learn and hopefully pass on some knowledge as well. SB if I helped.

Feb 20, 2017

In general, this year's results show an investor appreciation for pedigreed U.S.-based multinationals, which echoes the dramatic outperformance of domestic stocks amid the past year's global tumult, and the more recent outperformance of quality mega-cap shares as global growth expectations have softened.

Half the time it's things like these that are what actually makes companies a good buy...

Feb 20, 2017

As long as GS tops the "most feared" list, I don't care if Apple leads this one.

Jan 28, 2017

Brunello Cucinelli SpA - I would genuinely rather work here as a tailor than work at google as an engineer.

On google: I don't think I will ever understand why "top-level" computer scientists fetishize the kindergarten work environment. I would never want to work around a bunch of type A computer scientist/ Standford MBA drones. Google seems like the perfect place to work if your parents made all your life decisions for you (Wiped your ass until you were 22), and you are looking for a company that will emulate the experience.

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Feb 20, 2017

Michael Steinhardt. I don't think I need to expand on his badassery.

Feb 20, 2017

i see him in the mirror every morning

Feb 20, 2017

Sidney Weinberg. Guy goes from knife fighting in the streets -> shoeshine boy at GS -> mailroom -> military -> back to GS -> trading -> saves the firm from bankruptcy -> CEO -> turns them into a global powerhouse. My hero.

He also changed his family legacy, and his kids grew up to be worthwhile people who served as partners at GS. Not saying they didn't have a direct connection, but they weren't the Paris Hilton type slobs either.

Get busy living

Jan 29, 2017

YETI

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Jan 29, 2017

Bain Capital. Politics aside and regardless of how you feel about him, Mitt Romney took a salary of $1 per year just to save his company and pay his employees when the company was in trouble. Pretty honorable for a CEO to do that.

Jan 30, 2017

Koenigsegg - Built his firm based on a stop-motion film about a cycle repairmen who built his own race car. Minuscule size firm in a very heavy R&D business, constantly being one car from profitability. And, also, he builds cars which opens like this | |, not like this / .

Netflix - A lot of firms in dying industries often only pursue cost cutting strategies or other types of performance management activities. Therefore, I have a great deal of respect for Netflix for innovating their way out of a crisis, taking a truly well calculated risk.

Jan 30, 2017

Virgin Group

Jan 31, 2017

Zara; their supply chain is the gold standard. Unreal how fast they respond to market changes

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Jan 31, 2017

Tech: I'd have to go with google, purely because they constantly release kick-ass tech that's open to the public.
Fashion: Raffaele Caruso. Hands down the best bang for the buck menswear clothing company. Fantastic consistency, quality:price ratio, and they make fantastic looking apparel if you're into Italian tailoring. For shoes, I'd go with Vass, a small company from Budapest.
Consumer goods: Huawei. good phones at affordable prices. Though there's been an explosion in that market the past 2 years or so.

Jan 31, 2017

Charmin - Ultra Soft.

They save my a** on a daily basis

26 Broadway
where's your sense of humor?

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Jan 31, 2017

Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce
Pearson Specter Litt

Jan 31, 2017

Vitol, Glencore, Cargill, Soros, Renaissance...

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Jan 31, 2017

Blaze Pizza and Shake Shack

Feb 1, 2017

Stratton Oakmont - a company that our clients can believe in, a company that our clients can trust. A firm whose roots are so deeply embedded into Wall Street that our very founders sailed over on the Mayflower and chiseled the name Stratton Oakmont right into Plymouth Rock.

Feb 1, 2017

Wolf Cola - the official drink of Boca Raton