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TVS 035 – Investing in Royalties from Music Artists (Royalty Exchange) Part II  

Welcome back to Part II of the interview with Jeff Schneider, the CFO from Royalty Exchange. In today’s follow up to last week’s talk, we finish the conversation we had on the music industry and Royalties. Hope you guys enjoy the rest of the episode! How has piracy affected Royalty Exchange and royalties in general? How […]

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TVS 034 – Investing in Royalties from Music Artists (Royalty Exchange)  

Really excited for this episode as we explore a completely new investment vehicle, investing in royalties from music artists! I bring on Jeff Schneider, the CFO from Royalty Exchange , to share his path to becoming a CFO and insights into how the investment structure at Royalty Exchange works. Some of the artists that have used Royalty Exchange as […]

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TVS 033 – Market Index and Exchange (S&P 500, DJIA, NYSE, NASDAQ)  

Happy New Year! Welcome back to The Vampire Squid, I’m incredibly excited for this year and for what is to come for TVS. Today’s episode will be on Market Indices and Exchanges like the S&P 500, DJIA, NYSE, and NASDAQ. I think this is an incredibly important episode because of the volatility that we have […]

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TVS 032 – 2016 Year in Review  

Greetings from the Galapagos Islands!! Before we start, if you are a developer (iOS), shoot me an email!! I hope everyone is getting some time off for the holidays! This episode is short and sweet and a quick review of how far The Vampire Squid has come in 2016, and what I hope to accomplish […]

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TVS 031 – Wall Street Culture with Karen Ho Part II  

Welcome to Part II of the interview with Karen Ho, our expert on Wall Street Anthropology! This episode continues with quality insights from Karen as we continue to discuss past recessions, training, and socioeconomic inequality. Email Address: karenho@umn.edu Is Wall Street culture all bad? What were the similarities and differences between the 2001 Dot Com Crash vs. […]

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TVS 030 – Wall Street Culture with Karen Ho Part I  

I’m so excited to introduce this episode, one of the most revealing and informative ones that I have done to date! Please welcome a special guest, Karen Ho, an American Anthropologist, who studies wall street culture. Karen is currently teaching at the University of Minnesota, and received her PhD at Princeton and undergraduate and masters […]

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TVS 029 – Jesse Felder Hedge Fund Part II  

Welcome back everyone and to Part II of the hedge fund episode with Jesse Felder! I recently did some very exciting interviews as well that I can’t wait to share with everyone shortly

TVS 028 – Jesse Felder Hedge Fund Interview Part I  

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Today, we have brought on Jesse Felder, who is the author of The Felder Report, that educates and informs individual investors about the issues most important to success in the financial markets. Jesse used to work at Bear Stearns and then broke off to help start his own hedge fund. […]

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TVS 027 – Employee Stock Options  

This week’s episode will be on early stage employee stock options, an episode very critical for anyone interested in joining an early stage company that offers them stock options. We talk about the valuation, tax liability, and questions to ask about the company to make sure you are getting the best compensation package possible. I […]

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TVS 026 – Shark Tank  

Today’s episode is on one of my favorite TV shows, Shark Tank which is about entrepreneurs pitching the “Sharks” which include the likes of Mark Cuban, Daymond John, and Chris Sacca. We will go over the most common types of investments that are made on Shark Tank, the pros and cons of different investment structures, and […]

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TVS 025 – Activist Investing  

Today’s episode is on Activist Investing, something that has become quite prolific over the last decade with the induction of the internet, media, and smartphones. Activist investing is contrary to passive investing, which we discussed at length previous episodes. I hope you find this episode both informational and entertaining! Difference between Passive vs. Active Investors […]

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TVS 024 – Trading Options with Kirk Du Plessis (Part II)  

Happy early Halloween! Part II of the Trading Options episode with Kirk Du Plessis. This episode covers a lot of great information on questions that I had for trading options and Kirk’s entrepreneurial spirit for starting his own company, Optionalpha.com, after working on wall street. Please enjoy! What happens if you forget about your options, and […]

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TVS 023 – Trading Options with Kirk Du Plessis (Part I)  

Today’s episode we dive deeper into trading options with Kirk Du Plessis, who is the founder of Optionalpha.com, an educational option trading site. This episode and Part II are packed with great nuggets of information on how to trade options, calculating success of trades, and even Kirk’s entrepreneurial spirit in quitting banking and starting his own […]

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TVS 022 – Managing Stress and Positive Attitude  

Hey everyone! Just got back from California so apologies for the late post. Today, we are going to be talking about a very important subject, managing stress and maintaining a positive attitude. I know that in my career as well as in school, I have had to deal with stressful situations, and felt that this […]

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TVS 021 – Venture Capital with Charlie O’Donnell Part II  

In Part II of the Venture Capital Overview with Charlie O’Donnell, we continue our conversation about VC, entrepreneurship, and more! Please see note details below, and hope that you enjoy

TVS 020 – Venture Capital with Charlie O’Donnell Part I  

For the 20th episode of The Vampire Squid, we had to bring on a very special guest. Please welcome Charlie O’Donnell! Charlie is the founder of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, the first analyst at Union Square Ventures, writer of one of the most popular VC blogs This is Going to be Big, and I could go […]

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TVS 019 – Investment Checklist  

Disclaimer: “Today’s episode does not condone or promote the trading of any single stock equities. The content in today’s episode are for educational purposes only and I am speaking on behalf of myself without further representation.” Andre Agassi “Open” – http://cpor.org/ri/Agassi-Open-An-Autobiography.pdf Investment Checklist – http://mebfaber.com/2011/01/20/hedge-fund-analyst-checklist/ Two pronged thought process for investing in Stock Is this a fundamentally good […]

TVS 018 – Intro to Options Trading  

Welcome back to another episode of The Vampire Squid! Today, we’re going to be talking about trading options. For compliance reasons, please note that “Today’s episode does not condone or promote the trading of any single stock equities. The content in today’s episode are for educational purposes only and I am speaking on behalf of […]

TVS 017 – Banking vs. Consulting  

Welcome to episode 17 of The Vampire Squid! Today, we will be talking about Banking vs. Consulting since I've been getting a lot of emails asking me about the differences between the two as well as my decision to pursue banking over consulting. Also, if you guys are interested in helping support The Vampire Squid, please check out my Patreon page here! https://www.patreon.com/thevampiresquid Recruiting Recruiting for both banking and consulting How to make a decision between the two industries Going to the best firm that you can possibly get into regardless of banking or consulting Lifestyle Work hours differences Traveling differences Getting Business school paid for and the caveat that you should know!! Work Tools used in both banking and consulting Differences in financial modeling and operational analysis Exit Opportunities Fortune 500 companies Startups Private Equity Firms Starting your own business My decision between banking vs. consulting Upcoming episodes (venture capital) stay tuned :) As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Email me directly at alan@thevampiresquid.com or on the contact form. Also, please subscribe to my facebook page for live updates facebook.com/thevampiresquid. Also follow me on Quora at https://www.quora.com/profile/Alan-Li-1. To support us check us out at Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thevampiresquid

TVS 016 – Leveraged Buy Outs  

Hope everyone had a great labor day weekend! Today we are going to be talking about Leveraged Buy Outs, another form of valuation and modeling. As promised, please see a link to the actual model of an LBO, and a more detailed explanation in case you are interested. LBO Model LBO Detailed Overview LBO Drivers Purchase Price Debt Quantum Interest Rate Synergies Exit Price Dividend Recap  Walk through of an LBO Types of companies that are good LBO Candidates High Cash Flow Generating Stable and predictable business Companies where you can cut costs Low CapEx business How buying a home is similar to an LBO transaction As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Email me directly at alan@thevampiresquid.com or on the contact form. Also, please subscribe to my facebook page for live updates facebook.com/thevampiresquid. Also follow me on Quora at https://www.quora.com/profile/Alan-Li-1

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