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David Gardner

General Information

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

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
High
Risk Tolerance:
High
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, ALKS, AMBA, AMZN, ATVI, AX, BIDU, BKNG, CMG, CNI, DDD, DIS, ECL, EDIT, F, FB, FDX, FEYE, GOOG, GOOGL, IPGP, IRBT, ISRG, JOBS, LOW, LPSN, MASI, MELI, MIDD, MTCH, NFLX, NTES, NUVA, PI, PRLB, RNET, SBUX, SINA, SSYS, SWIR, TSLA, TTSH, VAL, WB, YNDX, Z, ZEN, ZG — caveat emptor: some of these are picked by my children

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
Find out at rulebreakers.fool.com or stockadvisor.com! :)
Industries:
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.
Boards:
Stock Advisor & Rule Breakers service boards are where I spend almost all my stock research time here at the Fool.
Books:
The Art of Game Design, by Jesse Schell
Newsletters:
Motley Fool Stock Advisor Motley Fool Rule Breakers Motley Fool Pro Motley Fool--, yeah, you get the idea :)
Magazines:
Don't read 'em.
People:
Jack Bogle, Clayton Christensen, Peter Lynch, SarahGen, Tom Gardner

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Rule Breakers
Greatest Investment:
AOL & Amazon.com & Intuitive Surgical & Priceline
Worst Investment:
Enron
Money I Manage:
Family

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

Interests

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:
Games
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

An Interview with TMFSpiffyPop

Last updated: 2/11/2015
The Fool:
Make a confession.
TMFSpiffyPop:
I have high cholesterol. I have 26 speeding tickets. I sometimes randomize my decisionmaking, and sometimes it even works!
The Fool:
Your greatest fear? Any neurotic ones (agoraphobia, triskaidekaphobia, etc.)?
TMFSpiffyPop:
Insects.
The Fool:
Tell us about Your Dumbest Investment... and the lesson you learned from it.
TMFSpiffyPop:
Styles on Video, detailed in "The Motley Fool Investment Guide" on pp. 156-8. "Accounts receivable are not sales, stupid." :)
[Read the full Interview]
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