Short 2012 Bloomberg profile of Chase Coleman

"A descendent of Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch governor of New York. He had grown up with Robertson’s son. Soon after Robertson closed his fund in 2000, he handed Coleman more than $25mm to manage. Coleman was 25 at the time"
“Chase got whacked in the head with a two-by-four in 2009,” Yusko says.

"His worst years were 2008, when he lost 26 percent, and 2009. Coleman was short financial stocks and mortgage companies because his research told him they were money losers."
"Then the government banned short selling in many stocks and bailed out the banks. Tiger Global ended the year up just 1 percent."

“There were folks in 2009 who said Chase is done, he’s gotten too big and he’s lost his nerve,” Yusko says.
"Coleman told him he had decided to refocus his investing where he had an edge: in technology. He would lighten up on finance, an industry susceptible to government meddling."
"During the great downturn and dot-com crash, they were aggressively following a thesis that the consumer Internet was going to grow and that an enormous part of that would happen outside the U.S.,” Hartz says. “They were absolutely right.”
Yuri Milner, the Russian entrepreneur who started Mailru and bought a $200 million stake in Facebook in May 2009, just before Tiger Global, says Coleman is “a visionary guy. I have learned a lot from Tiger.”
'Tech entrepreneurs praise Coleman for his willingness to make quick decisions about large investments. Ilja Laurs, founder of GetJar says Tiger studied his company for less than a month before putting up most of a $25 million funding round in February.'
One month DD was considered unbelievably fast.

“That was a total surprise because I didn’t think any investor was capable of moving that fast,” Laurs says.

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