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Ignore Trends and Predictions

This first appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Accelerator series last week under the title Don’t Believe the Hype. Every year, at this time, I get a flurry of requests for my “predictions for 2013” or “exciting, hot, new trends for 2013 that I’m looking at.” I respond with “I don’t care about trends and my only…

Being Contrarian Is About To Be Mainstream

Over the past two weeks I’ve heard the word “contrarian” more times than I can count.  Suddenly, to become a successful investor in any segment (angel, venture capital, public markets, debt markets) you have to be contrarian.  The assertion that a “contrarian strategy” always wins seems to be in the air. When I ask people…