In my “What Makes a Great Investor" thread, I mentioned using both sides of your brain. Bridging quantitative and qualitative

To add, I think having an interdisciplinary skillset is an underrated asset; studying not only finance and accounting but tech, psychology, history, etc.
Society trains us to be specialists in certain things. From a young age, we're asked what we want to be when we grow up and are expected to have an answer (choose a major in college), which will determine our career, without getting any actual real-world experience in said field
In controlled environments like chess, the 10,000-hour rule often does hold true.

However, the real-world does not function this way, and it often rewards those who are agile, creative, and able to form connections across domains that those with narrower experience sets cannot.
In the natural world, the most successful species are also the ones that are most adaptable, the "generalists": rats, cockroaches, and of course, humans

The ones that depend too much on one food source or habitat have gone extinct as they could not adjust to climate change, etc.
The same applies to companies themselves, we look for ones that are antifragile, that can not only survive in chaos but thrive in it.

These ‘generalist’ companies oftentimes have significant optionality, a culture that rewards experimentation, and a large TAM.
When the top management consulting firms came to do interviews at my school, few were hired. The main complaint was that everyone sounded the same, everyone was trying to apply the same frameworks to each problem.

When all you have is a hammer, every problem is a nail.
The real world does not function like this, that's why a lot of firms like to ask ‘Fermi Problems’. Questions like "how many windows are there in Manhattan" are impossible to answer. No one has all the information, but we do have enough disparate facts to make an educated guess.
If you don't acknowledge human biases and trade off emotion then you're going to be in for a rough time regardless of your stock picks.

Also, although history doesn't repeat, it does rhyme, so understanding the past can help you to imagine how things can play out in the future.
Likewise, if you don’t understand the products your companies sell, the competition, or industry, then you probably shouldn’t be investing in them regardless of the numbers.

The most important criteria I look for in companies is whether they have durable competitive advantages.

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Whoever is selling / at these levels hasn’t been paying attention.

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As every company is becoming a software company, it has never been more important to have a fast and secure software release cycle. DevOps enables this by integrating the planning, coding, building and testing done by devs and the deploying, operating, and monitoring by operators
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And if there’s anyone who can do it, I think it will be Amwell $AMWL:…

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$LVGO + $TDOC – 39.5%
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$ZM – 7.7%
$API – 6.1%
$ROKU – 5.4%
$FSLY – 4.5%
$AYX – 4.2%
Chainlink – 2.6%
$TWLO – 1.7%
Cash – 3.4%

+176.1% YTD
Initiated: TDOC, TWLO
Trimmed: AYX, ZM
Sold Out: GH, WORK
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Some initial thoughts:

I liked Roku's account and streaming hours growth, stabilizing platform GMs, and don’t mind the platform revenue deceleration considering the poor climate for ads
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Forward guidance pegs them at 51% growth for the next quarter, a similar 6% beat would mean 60% growth, a slight deceleration from the 62% growth this qtr
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Here’s the QoQ growth for enterprise:
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