TMFBwithbike

Brian Withers

General Information

Name:
Brian Withers
Fool Since:
November 25 2004
Aliases:
bwithbike (3/13/2014)
Where I Live:
NJ
Where I Grew Up:
IBM (I've been moved!) - East coast mostly
Gender:
Male

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Medium
Risk Tolerance:
Medium High
Investing Style:
Motley (i.e. Anything goes!)
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Technology, Rule Breakers, Things I like to spend money on.
Stocks I Own:
ALGN, AMBA, AMZN, ANCX, ANET, APPF, APPN, ASR, ATHN, ATVI, BABY, BLX, BOFI, BRK-B, BZUN, CAMP, CGNX, CMG, CPF, CRSP, DHIL, DIS, EBAY, EGOV, EIG, EPAM, F, FDX, FEYE, FIT, GHDX, GIMO, GNTX, GRUB, HAS, HD, HUBS, INTC, IONS, IPGP, IQ, IRBT, ISRG, ITIC, JD, JNJ, LGFA, LGFB, LHCG, LOPE, MA, MB, MDB, MELI, MIDD, MKL, MMYT, MSA, NFLX, NKE, NVEE, NXTM, OLED, OLLI, OKTA, PAYC, PJT, PRLB, PYPL, QTWO, RRGB, SAVE, SBUX, SFIX, SHOP, SINA, SPLK, SQ, SRCL, SWIR, SWKS, TCX, TDOC, TEAM, TECHY, TLND, TMFC, TMFEX, TRIP, TSLA, TTD, TWLO, TWOU, TWTR, TXRH, UA, UAA, V, VRNS, WAB, WB, WD, WIX, YTRA, Z, ZG, ZOES Kids stocks, AAPL, AMZN, ATVI, CLB, CMG, DDD, DIS, EA, EBAY, FDX, FEYE, GOOG, GOOGL, HAS, HEI, IBKR, KO, LFUS, NFLX, NKE, NTDOY, PYPL, RCL, RST, SBUX, SNE, TGT, TSLA, TWC 401k: VINIX, TISBX, VWILX 529: Franklin Growth Allocation Age 17+ Years Options: Short Sep 2018 $50 Calls on RRGB, Short Sep 2018 $52.5 Calls on INTC, Short Aug 2018 $55 Puts on SQ, Short Sep 2018 $35 Puts on JD

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
Top ten holdings (updated 7/5/18): AMZN (15.6% of portfolio), MELI (5.8%), UAA/UA (5.3%), CMG (5.1%), NFLX (4.1%), Z/ZG (3.7%), SHOP (3.4%), SBUX (3.1%), SQ (2.8%), ANET (2.6%) = 51.9% of my overall stock portfolio
Newsletters:
Stock Advisor (my first and most recommended), Rulebreakers (from the first issue!), MF One, Million Dollar Portfolio
People:
David & Tom, Shelby Davis

Investing Expertise

Greatest Investment:
NFLX, AMZN
Worst Investment:
Selling Netflix in 2010
Money I Manage:
Mine and my kids

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
Virginia Tech undergrad, NC State grad school
Job Title
Assoc. Director, Change Management
Company / Organization
Allergan Inc.
Former Jobs
Dell & IBM

Interests

Personal Quote:
From Apollo 13 movie: Marilyn Lovell: "Naturally, it's 13. Why 13?" Jim Lovell: "It comes after 12, hon."
My Interests:
Both kinds of biking (mountain and road), racquetball and investing with the Motley Fool
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
I've met Tim Cook and Michael Dell. I'd love to meet Reed Hastings and Tom Hanks.
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Caribbean, Rocky Mountain National Park, Asheville, NC
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Hokies Football!
Favorite Movies:
Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Princess Bride, Knights Tale, Apollo 13
Favorite Board Games:
Anything by Smirk 'n Dagger. Google it!
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Sting, Billy Joel, Zac Brown Band, Howard Jones, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Goo Goo Dolls, The Fray, Darius Rucker
Great Books Read Recently:
Steve Jobs Biography, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, Peers Inc: How People and Platforms Are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism, Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Book Currently Reading:
Can't read just one at a time! Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath, The Loving Push: How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults and The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined by Sal Kahn

An Interview with TMFBwithbike

Last updated: 7/5/2018
The Fool:
As a former child and possibly parent of one now, share your best advice about raising children.
TMFBwithbike:
Be humble. Listen to your wife. Help your kids pick stocks they will own at a young age and have them invest stocks they choose on a regular basis (never sell any of their stocks)...
The Fool:
Your most heroic moment in life?
TMFBwithbike:
Being there when my boys arrived into the world and completing my Masters degree.
The Fool:
What's been your best investment to date, and how did you discover it?
TMFBwithbike:
Netflix. I just hated driving to the video store, trying to pick something that we'd like. I bought in 2003 and 2004. Unfortunately, I've since sold all those shares and bought back in 2012. I will never sell the NFLX I now own.
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