Erik Kobayashi-Solomon

General Information

Erik Kobayashi-Solomon
Fool Since:
November 30 2011
Where I Live:
Chicago, IL
Where I Grew Up:
Houston, TX

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Risk Tolerance:
Investing Style:
Motley (i.e. Anything goes!)
Portfolio Size:
Small (1-3 Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Anything that I understand that other people don't.
Stocks I Own:
ORCL, Long Jan 2015 $20 calls on ORCL, Long Jan 2015 $37 calls on ORCL

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Semiconductors, option pricing, and Japanese equities.
Greatest Investment:
Short Puts in Tessera (TSRA) during the great crisis
Worst Investment:
Long OTM calls on Ford (F) as the economy started to pull out of the Great Recession.
Money I Manage:
My own.

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
Thunderbird (MBA-Finance) University of Texas (BA-Asian Studies, Japanese) Middlebury College (Intensive Summer Language Program in Japanese)
Job Title
Managing Director
Company / Organization
Former Jobs
Market Strategist (Morningstar), Editor of OptionInvestor (Morningstar), Senior Manager (Morgan)


Personal Quote:
"Molon Labe" -Leonidas II of Sparta
My Interests:
Kendo (Japanese sword fighting), long-distance running, archery, reading, travel
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Keira Knightley ('nuff said)
Favorite Restaurants or Foods:
GM Steakhouse (now closed-Austin, TX)
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Favorite Sports or Teams:
FC Barcelona
Favorite Movies:
Being There (Peter Sellers, Shirley Maclaine)
Favorite Board Games:
Favorite Video Games:
I hate them all
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Janos Starker
Great Books Read Recently:
Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy)
Book Currently Reading:
Hunting with the Bow and Arrow (Saxton Pope)

An Interview with ErikKoSo

Last updated: 9/20/2013
The Fool:
Who's the meanest person you've ever met? What was so mean about 'em?
I had a portfolio manager, whose name I will not mention, that reveled in screaming at people about how stupid and useless they were. Seven analysts at the fund. Five of us left within one year...
The Fool:
What is your favorite techno gadget?
My new Windows 8 phone--an HTC and my first smart phone. I'm basically a Luddite, so am a little embarrassed by how much I like the darn thing.
The Fool:
Tell us a joke (bear in mind this is a family site.)
Three experts were asked to prove that all odd numbers are prime. This is how they did it:
Physicist: 1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is bad data, 11 is prime, 13 is prime. End of data set.

Mathematician: 1 is prime, 3 is prime, the rest follow by induction. (QED)

Engineer: 1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is prime, 11 is prime, 13 is prime, 15 is prime...
[Read the full Interview]