Capital Allocators Monthly - October 2021

November 1, 2021 by Ted Seides

“One of the best rules anybody can learn about investing is to do nothing, absolutely nothing, unless there is something to do.”

– Jim Rogers


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What Ted’s Thinking Sample: Wash U and Kim Lew, Part Two

In the first half of “Wash U and Kim Lew,” I suggested the not-so-shocking revelation that what gets reported in the media isn’t quite right. Scott Wilson led Washington University of St. Louis to an extraordinary 65% return in 2021, but the news missed the real story. Scott’s novel approach to concentrating positions drove the return and may well continue to shine for years to come.

In other news, Institutional Investor bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award on Kim Lew last month. Yes, Kim is a superstar and worthy of the accolade, but the timing of the award is a bit bizarre. Kim’s career trajectory recently rose to her biggest stage yet. What transpires from here is likely to blow the doors off anything she has done so far…

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Ordered by reading time: tweets first, books last, and blog posts and articles in between.

1. Sequoia Shifts to Permanent Capital. Legendary venture capital firm Sequoia Capital is evolving the fund structure to a permanent capital vehicle that blends its venture investing with the potential for long-term holdings in the companies it takes public.
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2. Why Web3 Matters, Chris Dixon. “Web3 is the internet, owned by the builders and users, and orchestrated with tokens.” In this blog, Chris breaks down why Web3 matters, the role of tokens, and the implications for blockchains and NFTs.
Read Why Web3 Matters

3. How to Build a $100 Billion Money Manager. Paul Black penned this thought piece about the impact of culture on success in money management. Check out the sidebar where he offers the factually correct (and never to be duplicated) path to WCM’s rise over the last decade.
Read Why Money Managers Fail

4. David Epstein. David is the author of bestseller Range and recently created a thought-provoking weekly newsletter for generalists where he helps expand your personal range.
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5. Daniel Kahneman and Major League Baseball. Resurfacing in honor of the World Series, Kahneman’s teachings have spread throughout MLB’s front offices in evaluating talent and making decisions.
Read NYT Story


Past Capital Allocators Episodes

EP.216: Barry Sternlicht – Masterclass in Real Estate in a Post-COVID World

EP.217: Matt Brown – Democratization of Alternatives at CAIS

EP.218: Erik Serrano Berntsen – Backing Alternative Founders at Stable Asset Management

EP.219: Paula Volent – Star Endowment Manager’s Next Act at Rockefeller University

Past Manager Meetings Episodes

EP.14: Jon Brolin, Edenbrook Capital – Interviewed by Ellen Ellison

EP.15: Hamish Corlett, TDM Growth Partners – Interviewed by Ethan Berman

EP.16: Stefan Kaluzny, Sycamore Partners – Interviewed by Kim Lew

EP.17: Rashmi Kwatra, Sixteenth Street Capital – Interviewed by Ellen Ellison