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The Babe Ruth Effect in Venture Capital and Trend Following

Consider from The Babe Ruth Effect: Frequency vs Magnitude (PDF):

“Building a portfolio that can deliver superior performance requires that you evaluate each investment using expected value analysis. What is striking is that the leading thinkers across varied fields — including horse betting, casino gambling, and investing — all emphasize the same point. We call it the Babe Ruth effect: even though Ruth struck out a lot, he was one of baseball’s greatest hitters.”

Chris Dixon adds:

…about ~6% of investments representing 4.5% of dollars invested generated ~60% of the total returns. Let’s dig into the data a little more to see what separates good VC funds from bad VC funds.

Further from Dixon:

The home runs for good funds are around 20x, but the home runs for great funds are almost 70x. As Bill Gurley says: “Venture capital is not even a home run business. It’s a grand slam business.”

Speculation is not about a consistent 1% a month. That’s fantasy.

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The Babe Ruth Effect
The Babe Ruth Effect

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Ep. 354: The Babe Ruth Effect: Frequency v. Magnitude with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio

The Babe Ruth Effect: Frequency v. Magnitude with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio
The Babe Ruth Effect: Frequency v. Magnitude with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio

Michael Covel discusses one of Michael Mauboussin’s white papers, “The Babe Ruth Effect”. This paper first caught Covel’s eye over a decade ago. It makes the critical point that big wins can pay for small losses (expected value thinking). Covel discusses the expected value mindset and how it relates to other fields, especially venture capital through a blog entry by Chris Dixon. Next, Covel connects a podcast episode titled “Good Bubbles, Bad Bubbles, and Where Unicorns Come From” with Bill Janeway, a venture capitalist and partner at Warburg Pincus. Covel shares a few excerpts covering liquidity and survivorship bias (all in this frequency v. magnitude mindset and all relating back to the Babe Ruth effect). Covel brings these topics to trend following as well.

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