Simon Erickson

General Information

Simon Erickson
Fool Since:
April 15 2013
CMFInnovator (8/3/2017), TMFInnovator1 (7/11/2017), TMFDisruptor (4/16/2013)
Where I Live:
Houston, TX

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Risk Tolerance:
Investing Style:
Motley (i.e. Anything goes!)
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
I spend the majority of my time trying to qualify and quantify disruptive innovation and competitive advantages (which are often at odds with one another). I also run a DRIP retirement account and occasionally write options for income.
Stocks I Own:
AAPL, ABBV, ABT, AMT, AMZN, ARKK, ATHN, ATVI, BIDU, BLK, BLUE, BLX, BOFI, BRK-B, BUD, BZUN, CELG, CGNX, CME, CMG, CVS, DIS, EDIT, ELLI, ENB, FANUY, FB, FEYE, GBT, GILD, HAS, HDP, HUBS, ILMN, IQ, IRBT, ITW, JD, KMI, LMT, LOW, MA, MCO, MELI, MKL, MO, MOMO, NBIX, NFLX, NGG, NKTR, NTLA, NVDA, NVO, NVTA, OLED, PM, PYPL, ROIC, ROP, SBUX, SDRL, SHOP, SPLK, TCEHY, TEAM, TJX, TLND, TSCO, TSLA, UBNT, VEEV, VRX, Long Jan 2020 Calls on ICPT, Short Jan 2020 Puts on ICPT, Short Jan 2019 Calls on MELI, Long Jan 2020 Calls on NKTR, Short Jan 2020 Puts on NKTR, Short Jul 2018 Puts on NTLA, Long Oct 2018 Calls on NTLA, Short Oct 2018 Puts on NTLA, Short Sep 2018 Puts on NVTA, BTC-USD, ETH-USD, LTC-USD

Investing Favorites

Companies that can't keep up with demand, sell iteratively to huge markets that embrace change, use operating leverage to scale their business, and are led by fanatically-driven management teams who have fierce customer loyalty and high insider ownership.
Motley Fool Explorer looks at a new one each month!
The Innovator's Dilemma, Blue Ocean Strategy, The Little Book that Builds Wealth
Motley Fool Explorer
MIT Technology Review, Fortune, Barron's, TheInformation
David Gardner, Pat Dorsey, Charlie Munger, Clayton Christensen

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
I'm entrepreneurial and more or less a dreamer, very interested in how industries change with innovation. I think business models and visionary leadership are both underrated by the market, which is how disruptive companies manage to continually blow past Wall Street earnings estimates. My previous experience was in specialty chemicals, alternative energy, and VC business development.
Greatest Investment:
My wife's engagement ring
Worst Investment:
Money I Manage:

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
University of Texas BS in Engineering, Rice University MBA in Entrepreneurship
Job Title
Advisor for Motley Fool Explorer; Writer for
Company / Organization
The Motley Fool
Former Jobs
Account Manager, Program Manager, Venture Capital Analyst, TMF Blogger, Chinese Food Delivery Guy


Personal Quote:
Knowledge is Power
My Interests:
Music, Guitars, Dachshunds, Personal Fitness, Travel
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Tony Robbins
Favorite Restaurants or Foods:
Pho soup, crawfish
Favorite Vacation Spots:
San Diego, Australia, Hawaii
Favorite Sports or Teams:
New Orleans Saints
Favorite Movies:
Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Favorite Board Games:
Favorite Video Games:
Favorite Music or Musicians:
One Republic, Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga, Metallica, Dave Matthews Band
Great Books Read Recently:
Congo by Michael Crichton

My Bucket List

The Seven Natural Wonders of the World: 1) Aurora Borealis 2) Grand Canyon 3) Great Barrier Reef 4) Harbor of Rio de Janeiro 5) Mount Everest 6) Paracutin Volcano 7) Victoria's Falls

How I Invest

I feel that business is not a game of numbers but one of strategy. The world's greatest companies are run by dedicated leaders who focus their time on making long-term decisions to get an edge over their competition. And they develop a clear battle plan, understood and supported by the entire workforce, on how to achieve that strategy (Southwest Airlines and most of Berkshire's subsidiaries are great examples). More than anything, I try to identify the sources and sustainability of a company's competitive advantage. Follow me on Twitter! @TMFInnovator