In Episode 130, we deconstruct Robert Cantwell’s peak performance playbook—from their favorite book to the tiny habit that’s had the biggest impact on their life. Robert is the Portfolio Manager at Compound Kings. We cover longevity in investing, source documents, and learning from fintwit.
“I wish someone told me that who you work with peer-wise is the number one driver of whether or not you enjoy working or not.” – Robert Cantwell
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In this episode, we deconstruct Robert Cantwell’s peak performance playbook—from his favorite book to the tiny habit that’s had the biggest impact on his life. In it we cover:
00:00:00 – Introduction
00:02:13 – Longevity in investing
00:03:37 – Investment philosophy at Compound Kings
00:09:05 – Source documents can level up investment knowledge
00:11:23 – Consuming info vs. processing info
00:14:02 – Key tools and learnings from fintwit
00:16:30 – Who you spend your time with is paramount
ABOUT ROBERT CANTWELL
Robert Cantwell is Founder of Upholdings and Portfolio Manager of Compound Kings, which is an exchange traded fund focused on investing in compounders. I had Robert Cantwell on last year in episode 23, where he joined me shortly after launching Compound Kings in late 2020. Before founding Upholdings and launching Compound Kings, Robert had an incredible career, both as an operator and an investor. Robert started his career as an analyst at Elevation Partners, which was co-founded by U2’s lead singer Bono. He then worked at the long short hedge fund Meru Capital before serving as Everlane CFO for five years. Robert founded Upholdings in 2019 and officially launched Compound Kings in late 2020.
In this episode, we cover why Robert is obsessed with how we think, process information and make decisions. The single biggest lessons that Robert has taken away from launching and scaling Compound Kings over the last two years, how being a compounding focused investor is different than being solely growth or value focused, why he skips to the back of investment books and goes straight to the source material to form his own opinions about the contents of the book, the investing tools that he and his team use daily at Compound Kings to beat the S&P 500, and his three-step process for consuming thinking through and ultimately coming to conclusions about everything that he reads.
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