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David Gardner

General Information

David Gardner
Fool Since:
April 2 1997
TMFBreakerDave (4/22/2010), TMFDavidG (9/14/2004), DavidGardner (10/20/2000)
Where I Live:
Washington, DC
Where I Grew Up:
Washington, DC

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Risk Tolerance:
Investing Style:
Long-Term Buy to Hold
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
I am focused most of all on identifying companies that are using innovation -- whether in technology, business model, or cultural practices -- as an innovative weapon. It's called Rule-Breaking.
Stocks I Own:
AAPL, AMBA, ATVI, AX, BIDU, BKNG, CNI, DIS, FDX, GOOG, GOOGL, IPGP, ISRG, LOW, MELI, MIDD, NFLX, NTES, NUVA, PRLB, SBUX, SSYS, SWIR, TSLA, TTSH, WB, YNDX, Z, ZG — caveat emptor: some of these are picked by my children

Investing Favorites

My specialties are probably the Internet and entertainment sectors. I also look for strong brands across all of my stock research. But I'm not industry-focused, per se.
The Art of Game Design, by Jesse Schell
Don't read 'em.
Bill James, Jack Bogle, Clayton Christensen, Peter Lynch, Tom Gardner

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Rule Breakers
Greatest Investment:
AOL & & Intuitive Surgical & Priceline
Worst Investment:
Money I Manage:

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
UNC-Chapel Hill '88; St. Mark's (MA); St. Alban's (DC)
Job Title
Co-Chairman & Chief Rule Breaker
Company / Organization
The Motley Fool
Former Jobs
Writer/Researcher for "Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street"; Minnesota Twins batboy


Personal Quote:
(1) "So if you care to find me, look to the western sky...."; (2) Sir Philip Sidney: "'Fool, said my muse to me, look in thy heart and write.'"; (3) Gandalf: "Fly, you Fools!"; (4) Elphaba, "Wicked": "Something has changed within me/Something is not the same/I’m through with playing by the rules/Of someone else’s game."
My Interests:
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Sid Meier, John Lassiter, Billy Beane, Roy Williams
Favorite Restaurants or Foods:
paleo diet
Favorite Vacation Spots:
South Pacific, Europe, South America
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Minnesota Twins; North Carolina Tar Heels
Favorite Movies:
Schindler's List
Favorite Board Games:
Agricola, Dominion, Castles of Burgundy, Android Netrunner, Magic
Favorite Video Games:
Last of Us, Uncharted series, Diablo, Skyrim
Favorite Music or Musicians:
45+ different Pandora stations plus a diverse iTunes mix that includes "Defying Gravity" (see Rule Breakers intro, June 2011)
Great Books Read Recently:
*Do More Great Work *The Why of Work *Conscious Capitalism *Chivalry
Book Currently Reading:
[8/2013] Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
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