I started investing in 1999 with the "Foolish Four" and some tech stocks recommended by a coworker. After the tech stock bubble popped in 2001 and the Foolish 4 was discredited, I lost around half of my early portfolio value.
I started over, and now I own all companies from around the Fool universe of recommendations. I joined Stock Advisor in 2006, Income Investor in 2012, and MDP 360 in 2014. At one time, I was a freelance writer for the free part of the Motley Fool website and a Ticker Guide for Berkshire Hathaway within Stock Advisor.
The name Gordogato means (loosely) "Fat Cat" in Spanish, and it has double meaning for me. (1) One day, I hope to be one of those rich Fat Cats everyone is always talking about. (2) My cat used to be a bit heavy, and got the nickname "Gordogato"; I started using it here and as an avatar name for online gaming. Contrary to what you might think, I'm not "gordo" myself, nor do I speak Spanish (I do know a little French, though).