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Happy day before Halloween! This is a very special episode of The Intelligent Investing Podcast. I bring Brian Langis back on the show to discuss Brookfield Asset Management which we have discussed before. We go into some of the slides from Brookfield Investor Day 2019 on both Brookfield Asset Management and also some of their subs such as Brookfield Business Partners. We discuss larger trends, low and negative interest rates, valuations, and culture.

Cultural Activism

We spend quite a while on the cultural activism going on at Brookfield Business Partners led by their COO, Denis Turcotte. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Brookfield Investor Day and noticed he wasn't just giving lip service to culture but actually doing it and knew he didn't learn this from business school. Many of you don't know this but I have a 10 year background in transformational coaching and a 7 year background specifically on organizational culture- not just understanding it but actually empowering organizations to elevate it. Brookfield Business Partners is actually working with businesses to elevate culture not just talk about it and no surprise, profits go up!

Better Culture Equals Greater Profits

One of the things I have discussed with my colleagues John King and Scott Forgey is that greater culture equates to greater profits. John King is the inventor of Tribal Leadership which is the most cutting edge and leading cultural transformation technology on the planet. Scott Forgey is working with me on empowering organizations to elevate their culture, except we are focusing on public companies. When an organization goes from what is known as Stage 2 to Stage 4, profits go up by an average of 300% - 500%.

Relevant Links For This Episode

  1. Eric Schleien interviews John King on Tribal Leadership | Thrive Global
  2. Cultural Activism: A New Model For Activism | The Intelligent Investing Podcast
  3. Netflix, Sears, Tribal Leadership | The Intelligent Investing Podcast
  4. How To Keep Large Companies Innovative | The Intelligent Investing Podcast
  5. The Oaktree / Brookfield Transaction | The Intelligent Investing Podcast
  6. 2019 Brookfield Investor Day Slides | Brookfield Asset Management Investor Relations
  7. Getting Into The Weeds: Recap on Brookfield Asset Management | The Intelligent Investing Podcast

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Eric Schleien sits down with fund manager, Christian Olesen to discuss his largest position, Cambria Automobiles, based in the UK.

Christian is a value investor who is not afraid to go anywhere and everywhere to look for value. He's invested in many obscure markets and obscure securities and we discuss some of those themes on this episode as well. For any hardcore value investing junkie, this episode is one you will surely not want to miss.

About Christian

Christian Olesen is the investment manager of the Olesen Value Fund. Previously, Christian worked in a dual role of Analyst and Trader for Xaraf Management, a group within Paloma Partners that focuses on a variety of equity and credit strategies. Before that, Christian was Senior Associate in the research department of DebtTraders Group, a New York-based broker-dealer specializing in distressed and high yield bonds, and Senior Financial Analyst in the corporate finance advisory services group of Stern Stewart & Co., a New York-based financial advisory firm best known for its proprietary EVA® (Economic Value Added) concept. Christian holds a B.S. in Economics, with concentrations in Finance and Accounting, from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He also holds the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation.

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Episode #55: Eric Schleien sits down with Gautam Baid to discuss his new book, The Joys Of Compounding.

The Joys Of Compounding is a celebration of the value investing discipline. It takes investors beyond stocks and business fundamentals to give them a valuable and compelling life philosophy. All lifelong learners will find this book immensely useful as a timeless source of insight and inspiration.

“Compound interest,” Albert Einstein reputedly said, “is the most powerful force in the universe.” So what happens when you apply such an incredible power to knowledge building? You become a learning machine.

In The Joys Of Compounding, Gautam Baid integrates the wisdom, strategies, and thought processes of over 200 preeminent figures in history whose teachings have stood the test of time. Distilling generations of investment and life lessons and compiling it with his personal experiences into a comprehensive guide on value investing, Baid demonstrates their practical applications in the areas of business, investing, and decision making.

Gautam Baid, CFA, is Portfolio Manager at Summit Global Investments, an SEC-registered investment advisor based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Previously, he served at the Mumbai, London, and Hong Kong offices of Citigroup and Deutsche Bank as Senior Analyst in their healthcare investment banking teams. Gautam is a CFA® charterholder and member of CFA Institute, USA; an MBA in Finance from Nirma University, India; and an MS in Finance from ICFAI University, India.

He is a strong believer in the virtues of compounding, good karma, and lifelong learning. Gautam’s views and opinions have been published on various forums in print, digital, and social media. In 2018, he was profiled in Morningstar’s Learn From The Masters series.

Learn more at and connect with Gautam on Twitter @Gautam__Baid.

You can order The Joys Of Compounding on Amazon & The Book Depository 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by Gautam Baid are solely his own and do not reflect the views of Summit Global Investments. Any recommendations, examples, or other mentions of specific investments or investment opportunities of any kind are strictly provided for informational and educational purposes and do NOT constitute an offering or solicitation, nor should any material herein be construed as investment advice.


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In this episode, @EricSchleien interviews @DavidYarus who is the founder of mllnnl, a millennial marketing agency that helps global brands and non-profits understand and engage the modern consumer. David is also the founder of JSwipe, the world's largest and fastest-growing Jewish dating app, with more than 1 million users across 70 countries - acquired by Spark Networks in 2015. He is passionate about human connection, millennial empowerment, and all things #future. Previously, David was the general manager of Mr Youth, where he ran the youth marketing for brands like Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and Spotify. David spends his free time thinking about Facebook ad strategy, studying consumer behavior, and exploring the interplay of presence and hustle.



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In this episode, Radu Bolohan co-hosts with me to interview Matthew Sullivan who is the CEO & Founder of QuantmRE which seeks to disrupt the real estate industry by putting it on the blockchain. I don't believe I've ever been so tough on a guest. Radu & I asked Matthew some tough questions and to say we poked at him would be an understatement! This show is filled with lots of meat & substance & isn't some pump for another coin. This ended up making for a fascinating interview (IMO anyway).

To learn more about Matthew's company, you can go to the link here:



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In this episode, I interview Danielle Strachman who is the general partner of the 1517 fund. What is the 1517 fund you might be asking? Well, it’s pretty rad, hence why I wanted to bring Danielle on the show. 1517 supports teams with grant, pre-seed, and seed funding for technology startups. Their focus is on makers, hackers, and scientists interested in working outside tracked institutions because they believe that the path geared towards higher education is not for all. And unlike Shark Tank, where it’s all about the hot marketing pitch, they have a very different philosophy on how they find their founders - one which I believe makes for a much more “Intelligent” & rational investment framework for this space.

For more about their philosophy and how they do things, I HIGHLY recommend reading what Danielle wrote on Medium called The 1517 Anti-Pitch Playbook. The link is here:

Danielle also has a very fascinating background. In 2010, during the founding of the Thiel Fellowship, she joined the organization to lead the design and operations. She is the visionary behind the Thiel Summit series that has been attended by some 2000 young entrepreneurs. Previous to her work with Peter Thiel, Danielle founded and directed Innovations Academy in San Diego, a K-8 charter school serving 350 students, with a focus on student-led project based learning and other alternative programs.

Basically, this woman is a total badass and it was an honor to have her on the show.

For more info on the 1517 Fund you can go to:

To read some of their articles you can check out their Medium page here:

To get in contact with Danielle directly (do you have a tech idea that’s scalable and think it can change the world but nobody will listen to you?…then def email her!!):

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Eric Schleien

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Interview with Whitney Tilson

In this episode, I interview Whitney Tilson who is the founder of Kase Learning and someone I have known since I'm a teenager. Before starting Kase Learning, Whitney founded and, for nearly two decades, ran Kase Capital Management, which managed three value-oriented hedge funds and two mutual funds. He is also the co-founder of Value Investor Insight, an investment newsletter. Whitney has co-authored two books, The Art of Value Investing: How the World's Best Investors Beat the Market (2013) and More Mortgage Meltdown: 6 Ways to Profit in These Bad Times (2009), was one of the authors of Poor Charlie’s Almanack (2005), the definitive book on Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, and has written for Forbes, the Financial Times, Kiplinger’s, the Motley Fool and He was featured in two 60 Minutes segments in December 2008 about the housing crisis (which won an Emmy) and in March 2015 about Lumber Liquidators, was one of five investors included in SmartMoney’s 2006 Power 30, was named by Institutional Investor in 2007 as one of 20 Rising Stars, has appeared dozens of times on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Fox Business Network, was on the cover of the July 2007 Kiplinger’s, has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, and has spoken widely on value investing and behavioral finance.

He served for two years on the Board of Directors of Cutter & Buck, which designs and markets upscale sportswear, until the company was sold in early 2007. Prior to launching his investment career in 1999, Mr. Tilson spent five years working with Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter studying the competitiveness of inner cities and inner-city-based companies nationwide. He and Professor Porter founded the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, of which Mr. Tilson was Executive Director. Mr. Tilson also led the effort to create ICV Partners, a national for-profit private equity fund focused on minority-owned and inner-city businesses that has raised nearly $500 million. Before business school, Mr. Tilson was a founding member of Teach for America and then spent two years as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group.

Mr. Tilson received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he was elected a Baker Scholar (top 5% of class), and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, with a bachelor’s degree in Government. Mr. Tilson is an avid mountaineer and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Eiger. He also competes in obstacle course races regularly and is the all-time record holder in the 50+ age group at the 24-hour World’s Toughest Mudder, having completed 75 miles and nearly 300 obstacles in 2016. Mr. Tilson spent much of his childhood in Tanzania and Nicaragua (his parents are both educators, were among the first couples to meet and marry in the Peace Corps, and have retired in Kenya). Consequently, Mr. Tilson is involved with a number of charities focused on education reform and Africa. For his philanthropic work, he received the 2008 John C. Whitehead Social Enterprise Award from the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York. He was a member (and, for two years, served as Chairman) of the Manhattan chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Mr. Tilson lives in Manhattan with his wife and three daughters.

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Eric I. Schleien

Granite State Capital Management, LLC

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Hello, it's Eric Schleien again! On this episode, I interview Tom Jacobs of Huckleberry Capital Management. We discuss special situations investments and unravel a very interesting financial mystery as it relates to a relatively unknown investment manager many decades ago.... Maurece Schiller.

{the sound is a little weird at the beginning and I did my best to fix the sound here}


To find out more about Tom and Hucklberry, visit the website:





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Eric Schleien interviews Tobias Carlisle.

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The websites The Acquirer’s Multiple® and Greenbackd

The books:

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In today's episode, Eric Schleien interviews Scott Thompson, Chairman & CEO of Ameritrust Group based in Tampa, Florida.

Scott Thompson, MBA, was previously managing director of Intrinsic Value Capital. Scott is a disciple of value investors Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Ben Graham, and Phil Fisher. Scott implements rigorous quantitative and qualitative value investing strategies, minimizes risk, and is an expert at identifying undervalued assets. 

Scott graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1991 with his Bachelor of Science Degree. Then, graduated summa cum laude from Aspen University with his MBA, earning the “Graduate Student of the Year” award. After college, he worked with several Fortune-500 companies including Merrill Lynch/Bank of America and served as Vice President of an investment bank.

Like Buffett, Scott is committed to philanthropy and has donated financially as well as thousands of volunteer hours to help those in need. Scott served on numerous boards and charity organizations, including Allina Health’s “Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute,” which is the 5th largest healthcare rehabilitation organization in the United States. He has organized and attended large charity events across the country with friend Peter Buffett (author, musician, philanthropist, and son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett). Scott enjoys authoring books, hosting book-signing events, and running his successful investment partnership AMERITRUST GROUP based in Tampa, Florida.  For more info visit:

Links mentioned in the show:

VIDEO #1: WARREN BUFFETT recommending to invest into residential real estate, similar to Scott Thompson’s AMERITRUST GROUP investment strategy:

VIDEO #2: FOX BUSINESS NEWS mentions Scott Thompson’s book during Bill Gates & Warren Buffett interview.
VIDEO #3: PETER BUFFETT & SCOTT THOMPSON acoustic jam session in Scott Thompson’s office boardroom:
Weblink to Scott Thompson’s book: ART & SCIENCE OF VALUE INVESTING, with the foreword by PETER BUFFETT son of billionaire investor WARREN BUFFETT:

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