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All Great Companies Started As Small Companies

In 2015, I gave this presentation at Google on microcap investing.

Microcap companies (<$300m market cap) represent 48% of all public companies in North America. The ~11,000 microcap companies in North America have a combined market value of $490 billion, smaller than the current market capitalization of Google. Some of the best investors ever, including Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, Joel Greenblatt, and many others started their careers investing in microcaps. Some of the best performing public companies ever, including Berkshire Hathaway, Wal-Mart, Amgen, Netflix, and many others started as small microcap companies. The key to outsized returns is finding great companies early because all great companies started as small companies.

“How do you get into these great companies? One method is what I’d call the method of finding them small – get’em when they’re little. For example, buy Wal-Mart when Sam Walton first goes public and so forth. And a lot of people try to do just that. And it’s a very beguiling idea. If I were a young man, I might actually go into it.” – Charlie Munger

I am humbled and honored to say I’ve been a full time private microcap investor since 2009. “Full time private microcap investor” is just a fancy way of saying I support myself by managing my own capital, and I only invest in small microcap companies. I don’t run a fund or manage other people’s money. Last week I was invited to present my story at Google, explain my strategy, and the case for microcap investing. They seemed to enjoy the presentation, so I thought others might find the presentation useful as well.

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