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Bestselling author Michael Covel is the host of Trend Following Radio with 15+ million listens. Investments, economics, psychology, politics, decision-making, human behavior, entrepreneurship and trading -- all passionately explored and debated. Guests include Nobel Prize winners: Robert Aumann, Angus Deaton, Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Hart, Harry Markowitz & Vernon Smith. More guests: Jack Canfield, Howard Marks, James Altucher, Dan Ariely, Jean-Philippe Bouchaud, Kathleen Eisenhardt, Marc Faber, Tim Ferriss, Jason Fried, Gerd Gigerenzer, Larry Hite, Sally Hogshead, Ryan Holiday, Jack Horner, Ewan Kirk, Steven Kotler, Michael Mauboussin, Tucker Max, Barry Ritholtz, Jim Rogers, Jack Schwager, Ed Seykota, Philip Tetlock & Walter Williams. 1200+ episodes.

Aug 14, 2012

My guest today is Howard Getson, an entrepreneur and president & CEO of Capitalogix. Getson is an associate of Stendahl. Getson has a degree in psychology and philosophy from Duke University, an MBA and law degree from Northwestern, and has practiced corporate law. Getson is running a hedge fund today as well as a quant research shop, and he's in the business of systematically finding edges through all sorts of different approaches - not only trend following. Getson started his first business in the sixth grade, and he has always had the mind of an entrepreneur.

The topic is entrepreneurship.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio we discuss:

  • Getson's legal background and how being a practicing corporate attorney influenced his trading and other business practices - as well as how a diverse background can help
  • "E-gene", and how entrepreneurism is at the core of what both Getson and Covel practice
  • How hunches can be dangerous
  • Turning your hobby into your business
  • Recognizing patterns
  • The "three levels of mastery" - cognitive, emotional, and physical
  • How minimum standards can define your life
  • How systematic trading can define your minimum standards
  • Controlling emotions through automation
  • Importance of travel with a focus on Southeast Asia in particular and why this area of the world is so important to keep an eye on

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