Introduce Yourself


My name is Jason Hirschman and I live in the American city of lights, Las Vegas, Nevada. Happily married for more than 20 years and the proud father to two growing young men.

In addition to being a small businessman and a parent I also invest in the stock market, including the microcap space. From time to time I post on MicroCapClub under the handle EightTrack.

I’ve been fortunate enough to see Charlie Munger in person at both Berkshire Hathaway and Wesco annual meetings. So I’m particularly pleased to be a part of a community that pays homage to one of the great man’s wonderful phrases.

Looking forward to learning more about identifying Intelligent Fanatics leaders and avoiding TurdRaisin CEOs.


Hi all, my name is Spencer Menken, I’m a 25 year old from Toronto, Ontario in Canada. I currently manage a crew of workers as a foreman for a construction company installing underground infrastructure here in Toronto. Investing caught my attention 2 years ago when potstocks started becoming more popular and I dove right in, doubling my investment in just 2 short months. After that I got hooked and started trying to learn more and more, reading everything from the Yahoo Finance chat rooms, Investopedia, blogs, books and eventually hopped on Twitter, where I started following Ian Cassel and heard about Intelligent Fanatics. I got lucky one more time before getting burned by various different bad investment decisions and that led me to realize how little I actually know about investing and so I’ve set about searching for proper educational material.
This past year I’ve focused on becoming more knowledgeable and disciplined and have gotten to the point where I often contemplate leaving my job for good in order to pursue investing and trading full-time. The “Burning Bridges” article was particularly inspiring, because I’m often frustrated at the lack of time I have to sit down and properly focus on learning due my job taking up a solid 14 hours of my day. Financial Independence is a goal I’m very passionate about, and in order to do that one has to be in complete control of their finances and be able to make calculated decisions. Charles Munger and Warren Buffett are huge inspirations for me, however due to the importance of being able to make a living while waiting for long term investments to come to fruition, I’m also studying up on technical trading and options. Once I feel ready to cut the cord with my construction career, I’d like to seek out a mentor to help me develop my investment skills.

I look forward to learning a lot from this community, and a big thanks to Sean and Ian for making this possible!


Hello Everyone

I am Gurjeev Anand from Rajasthan India. I am a 3rd generation entrepreneur in stone mining industry. We are a group engaged in Limestone Mining excavation from last 40 years. This is natural stone from earth crust which usually went into flooring. But the tile industry has made competition tough over the years for natural stone. Natural stone is basically in single color and does have some variance in sizes made by machines. Tiles are made by mixing up of different substances which are normally in even square sizes and goes in for wall elevation and flooring.

I also manage my family portfolio here in India where i am fortunate to have business purchased by my ancestors at IPOs which they never sold. Here to enhance knowledge and gain wisdom. As buffet said I am better investor because I am business and i am a better businessman because i am an investor. I am fortunate to have both connections in my life.

Happy to be in this forum



I am based out of Mumbai and a sell side analyst. I do not invest in stocks directly anymore (compliance) but advise institutional investors and also work with research analysts (teammates) in their research of small/mid/large companies. Passion to build a research team which provides investors with an intelligent analysis of business and some imagination for valuations. An avid reader/researcher of businesses, managements and investors. Let me know how can i help



Hello everyone,
I was born in Indore and have lived in various small towns of Maharashtra (India). When I was in college, I had visited my uncle who runs a distribution biz. He explained to me the difference between margins and ROE. My interest in understanding businesses took off. Passion for investing was a offshoot of my interest in business and my job.

Nassim Taleb and Capital cycle have had significant impact on my investment thought process. I have taken inspiration from various thinkers on different aspects of investing a) Valuations - Prof Mauboussin & Prof Damodaran, b) Behavioral investing - Prof Bakshi, c)Investing principles- Wisdom from Omaha. I am more comfortable with research driven bottom up investing.

There are many favorite investing quotes but my favorite life quote is from Harry Potter - " It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities"

Thanks Ian and Sean for forming this community.


Jay Kakkad


Hello Everyone,

I am glad to have found such a tremendous resource/community. I am an officer in USAF currently stationed in England. Father of four (three boys, one girl). Married almost 16 years. Just finished the Intelligent Fanatics book.

Watson Hilaire


Hello everyone,

I am based out of Mumbai, and work with an investment bank as a sell-side analyst covering Biotechnology sector. I’m 25 currently, and been investing in the markets for ~3 years now. I come from an Engineering background, but got hooked to investing after reading about Buffett and Munger. I try to read as much as I can about markets via books, forums, research blogs, etc. Prof. Sanjay Bakshi is one of my favorites in this field, and his thought process and ability of understanding businesses is supreme. I’ve read quite a few books, but now wish to understand great companies from veterans in the field and what better place than this forum. I am a long term investor, and wish to continue doing so by investing in companies run by Intelligent Fanatics.

I’ve been following @iancassel on Twitter for quite some time, but recently, came across a presentation by him at the Indian Investing Conclave and his philosophy really intrigued me, and that brought me here. Also read the book ‘Intelligent Fanatics of India’, and found it absolutely impressive. Eager to learn more about great businesses and cultures around the world. Excited to be a part of this community and contribute.



Hi All, My Name is Raju and very young at investment. started my exposure from 2006 …was flowing with the wind and not really paying attention to what I was doing for a quite some time. Majority of my exposure is through mutual funds (as I figured out that I did not had enough capability to go direct). Then I started reading about investors and that made good sense. I have a taste for philosophy and vedanthas and when I read “standing on the shoulders of the giants” @iancassel and @seaniddings - it attracted me to this website. It is a great work.
I started to see if I can beat a good multi cap Indian mutual fund by my own stock picks - which I could (Luck is a huge factor in that though) in the last 10-12 years.
Now I wants to improve my return and reduce my exposure to mutual funds (which I feel is less efficient and affects the compounding effect) . I am reading on behavioral aspect (@Sanjay_Bakshi - i am a fan of him) and read articles written by late : Parag Parikh sir. Listen or read many sensible realistic investors to improve my understanding.
Good luck to each one of you in which ever area you are putting your energy on. Let there be success for you and peace all across the universe.

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