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Ep. 992: Amos Schwartzfarb and Trevor Boehm Interview with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio

Amos Schwartzfarb and Trevor Boehm
Amos Schwartzfarb and Trevor Boehm

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Want to build repeatable revenue for your business? Amos Schwartzfarb and Trevor Boehm shows you step by step how to identify and move the levers that unlock growth and create predictability across every aspect of your business.

Built on decades of experience across hundreds of companies, Amos Schwartzfarb and Trevor Boehm condense the essentials of creating a metrics-driven company into five core workshops and puts them directly into your hands so you and your team can get to work. Spanning sales and marketing, product, operations, and finance, each workshop puts you one step closer to finding a model for growth that is repeatable and controllable.

Whether yours is a company with several million in revenue or you’re just starting out, Amos Schwartzfarb and Trevor Boehm give you the tools you need to create the alignment, clarity, and control that will maximize your company’s potential.

Bridge the gap between tactics and vision in your business.

Bio: Amos Schwartzfarb has been growing businesses for twenty-five years and investing in startups for the past ten. Since 1997, he’s helped build companies that sold to Yahoo!, R.H. Donnelly, The Home Depot, plus over sixty more as Managing Director of Techstars Austin. He’s also the bestselling author of Sell More Faster.

Bio: Trevor Boehm was a writer before finding his way into building companies. A serial founder, he has also invested in more than forty startups, many of those through Techstars’ first Impact accelerator and as Managing Director of Alexa Next Stage, a program run with the Amazon Alexa Fund. He is currently at the venture fund Saturn Five.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio:

  • The Venture Capital
  • Business Problem Solving
  • Free Speech
  • Levers Definition
  • Who, What and Why
  • Planning and Prioritization
  • Moving to Austin
  • Repeatability in Your Business
  • Focus on the Business Fundamental

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Ep. 991: Tom Basso at Collin Seow Event with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio

Tom Basso
Tom Basso

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Trend Following Mindset brings to life the timeless conversations between Tom Basso and Michael Covel originally featured on Michael’s renowned Trend Following podcast. In these profound and enlightening exchanges, Tom shares with Michael his deep wisdom on trading, business, life, and the how and why of his mindset.

Our conversation today was hosted by Collin Seow in Singapore. Sit back and enjoy some Trend Following Mindset as I throw every question at Tom!

Bio: Tom Basso bought his first mutual fund at 12 from funds received from delivering newspapers. From those early days, covering over 50+ years, Tom has extensively traded stocks, bonds, options, commodities/futures and FOREX.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio:

  • Trend Following Definition
  • Trend Following Trading
  • Trading Lumber
  • Trend Following Mindset
  • Cryptocurrency Trading
  • The Trend Market
  • Position Sizing in Investment
  • Eric Crittenden

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“I have been a reader and podcast follower for some time now. I have an idea for a podcast topic that will help explain “why we humans are so irrational”.

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I have been a reader and podcast follower for some time now. I have an idea for a podcast topic that will help explain “why we humans are so irrational”.

There are some 15 or so fallacies of logic. The fallacies are used to lead and mislead us. They are common in so-called journalism and most every other facet of media. Yes, we are irrational beings and use our own logical fallacies to create and follow and justify our biases.

Once such fallacy has to do with the correlation of causation to sequence. “B happened after A, therefore B happened because of A”. In latin: “Post hoc; ergo propter hoc”. The concept is better explained here.

Michael would do a great job of finding an academic, a professor of logic, I suppose, who could explain the fallacies and give real insight into how they impact our thoughts, beliefs and actions, even our financial decisions. It would be a fantastic interview and Michael could relate the concept to trading and investing.

Keep up the great work, Michael!

Dennis H.


“My biggest challenge is I have too much emotion tied to gains & losses…”

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Great Day,

I am reading your book The Complete TurtleTrader. I heard about Richard Dennis from the Market Wizard series. I preface my response to your question in this way because initially I couldn’t say what my “Biggest” challenge is–I have several but if I boiled it down to one I would say I have too much emotion tied to gains & losses. The losses I take when I am following my system are more acceptable than the losses I take when I jump ahead of my system and take trades prematurely before my system gives a trade signal – THIS is my 2nd biggest challenge–getting ahead of my system. Listening to the story about the Turtles and the discipline required to carry out their system is helping me resolve this challenge. Thank you for such a great body of work and the sincerity you exude through your commentary.

All the best,

Al W.

Jump in here. And avoid the day trading stuff!

Ep. 990: Ali Tamaseb Interview with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio

Ali Tamaseb
Ali Tamaseb

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Ali Tamaseb has spent thousands of hours manually amassing what may be the largest dataset ever collected on startups, comparing billion-dollar startups with those that failed to become one—30,000 data points on nearly every factor: number of competitors, market size, the founder’s age, his or her university’s ranking, quality of investors, fundraising time, and many, many more. And what he found looked far different than expected. Just to mention a few:

  • Most unicorn founders had no industry experience;
  • There’s no disadvantage to being a solo founder or to being a non-technical CEO;
  • Less than 15% went through any kind of accelerator program;
  • Over half had strong competitors when starting–being first to market with an idea does not actually matter.

Tamaseb tells the stories of the early days of billion-dollar startups first-hand. He includes exclusive interviews with the founders/investors of Zoom, Instacart, PayPal, Nest, Github, Flatiron Health, Kite Pharma, Facebook, Stripe, Airbnb, YouTube, LinkedIn, Lyft, DoorDash, Coinbase, and Square, venture capital investors like Elad Gil, Peter Thiel, Alfred Lin from Sequoia Capital and Keith Rabois of Founders Fund, as well as previously untold stories about the early days of ByteDance (TikTok), WhatsApp, Dropbox, Discord, DiDi, Flipkart, Instagram, Careem, Peloton, and SpaceX.

Tamaseb provides counterintuitive insights and inside stories from people who have built massively successful companies. His book Super Founders is a paradigm-shifting and actionable guide for entrepreneurs, investors, and anyone interested in what makes a startup successful.

Bio: Ali Tamaseb is a partner at DCVC, a VC firm in Silicon Valley with over $2 billion under management. He holds several leadership and board positions at companies across the U.S. and globally.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio:

  • Silicon Valley Startups
  • Collecting Data
  • Super Founders
  • The Unicorn and the Non-Unicorn
  • The Domain Expertise
  • College Degree Doesn’t Matter
  • Eric Yuan and Zoom
  • Social Media Companies

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