We believe that people matter. A lot.
We want to invest alongside people who have a track record of success, have significant “skin in the game”, and have incentives closely aligned with our own (as shareholders).
Founders Are Different
The person who gave birth to a company is often best equipped to nurture, lead, and inspire the people who comprise the company. Founder CEOs are more likely to have the will and the power to make tough decisions that go against conventional wisdom. This can lead to bolder product innovations, more inspired team-members, happier customers, and even better capital allocation decisions.
Some Good, Some Not
Research shows that founder-led public firms have historically invested more in capital expenditures and generated more patents. They have also generated better long-term stock returns historically.*
However, not all founders are created equally. Some are past their prime. Some don't have "skin in the game". Some run unprofitable businesses.
Skin & Soul
It is not just skin in the game that matters. Soul in the game matters too. Founder-CEOs are more likely to have it. They are often driven by a longer-term vision and sense of legacy. When a CEO has skin and soul in the game, we trust that their interests are better aligned with ours as shareholders.
Investing in founder-led public companies also aligns with our personal values. We want to invest in businesses that are innovating - that are creating new and better technologies and services that make all of our lives longer, safer, easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable.
Fielder Capital has developed a proprietary strategy that invests in a diversified portfolio of founder-led companies. This is one of several strategies that we may employ within a client's portfolio (when appropriate).
To receive our report on founder-led companies, including a list of the most notable research we've identified on the subject, click the "Get the Report" link below.
Zook, Chris; Allen, James. The Founder’s Mentality. Harvard Business Review Press. 2016.
Fahlenbrach, Rüdiger. “Founder-CEOs, Investment Decisions, and Stock Market Performance.” 2007 (revised 2009).
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HISTORICAL RESULTS ARE HYPOTHETICAL. Past performance discussed in most of the above referenced research on founder-led companies is from back-tested hypothetical results. They do not reflect actual trading in real accounts. Future performance may be materially lower in actual client accounts. Since backtested performance does not represent actual performance, it should not be interpreted as an indication of such performance. Actual future performance of the strategies referenced in the text and links above may be materially lower in actual client accounts. There are inherent limitations with such hypothetical backtested results. For instance, such results do not reflect the impact of alternative market and economic scenarios. Nor do such hypothetical results reflect how an investment adviser's decision-making process managing actual client money might negatively impact actual results. Furthermore, backtested performance has the advantage of the benefit of hindsight, which actual portfolio performance does not.
MAY BE RISKIER. A portfolio of founder-led stocks may invest in far fewer stocks than a traditional market index, such as the S&P 500 (“the market”). Further, such a portfolio may typically have a higher percentage allocation in smaller and/or higher risk stocks. Accordingly, a portfolio of founder-led stocks will likely experience substantially more price volatility than a traditional market benchmark. It may thus not be suitable for certain investors.
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