Maxx Chatsko

Pittsburgh is my base of operations. While I like to concentrate my investing efforts in companies that are contributing to the bioeconomy -- industrial biotech, biotech crops, biopharmaceuticals -- I'm open to any growth opportunity that emerges. I take a rigorous approach to research and logic to find the relatively few great companies worth owning for the long haul, although I'll take smaller positions with more speculative companies from time to time. Take a walk over to SynBioBeta if you're interested in learning more about the synthetic biology industry and the game-changing startups disrupting the status quo.

General Information

Maxx Chatsko
Fool Since:
September 21 2009
BlacknGold (1/2/2013)
Where I Live:
Pittsburgh, PA
Where I Grew Up:
Everywhere on the East Coast

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Medium Low
Risk Tolerance:
Investing Style:
Motley (i.e. Anything goes!)
Portfolio Size:
Medium (4-12 Stocks)
Types of Investments:
In the process of building my portfolio, but open to any and all opportunities.
Stocks I Own:

Investing Favorites

Primary focus: Synthetic biology, bioeconomy industries. Secondary focus: Renewables, nuclear.

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Biomanufacturing of chemicals, materials, and pharmaceuticals and emerging biotechnologies. My goal is to help people invest better with science.
Greatest Investment:
ATHX run-up.
Worst Investment:
URA (week before Fukushima! lost about 40%)

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
B.S. Bioprocess Engineering, SUNY-ESF 2012
Job Title
Writer, Editor-in-Chief, Thought Donor, Game Changer
Company / Organization
The Motley Fool, SynBioBeta
Former Jobs
Bus boy, bag boy, golf caddy, laborer, application science at ChemImage Corp., blogger for TMF


Personal Quote:
"A country without idols is nothing." -Roberto Clemente
My Interests:
Reading, running, DIY synbio, completing my arm sleeve, drinking lots and lots of tea, kayaking the Three Rivers
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Neil Tyson, Michio Kaku
Favorite Restaurants or Foods:
Golden Corral (it's all about value, right?).
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Pirates, Penguins, Steelers. You're blindsided. I know.
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Yury, Black Milk, Skyzoo, Phonte, Illmind, Macklemore

An Interview with TMFBlacknGold

Last updated: 12/5/2012
The Fool:
In what way would society be different if bears had become the dominant sentient species?
Charmin Ultra would be the lowest grade toilet paper.

How I Invest

Keep it simple, stupid.