11 episodes

We speak to exceptional individuals to uncover deep insights into business, entrepreneurship, personal growth, investing, and multidisciplinary thinking.  Learn how to improve your finances, find better investments, and pursue authentic lifelong growth, wisdom and happiness.  Ken Majmudar, CFA is a Harvard Law grad and founder of Ridgewood Investments.

Compound Ideas Ken Majmudar

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We speak to exceptional individuals to uncover deep insights into business, entrepreneurship, personal growth, investing, and multidisciplinary thinking.  Learn how to improve your finances, find better investments, and pursue authentic lifelong growth, wisdom and happiness.  Ken Majmudar, CFA is a Harvard Law grad and founder of Ridgewood Investments.

    Vatsal Nahata - The Power of Persistence

    Vatsal Nahata - The Power of Persistence

    My guest today is Vatsal Nahata, Research Analyst at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In our conversation, Vatsal talks about growing up in a middle class Marwadi community in Calcutta and the values he learned from his parents and grandparents. We also talk about his interest in the Indian civil service and his passion for economics, and Vatsal shares his inspiring story of how he utilized the power of social media to secure a job at the height of the pandemic.
    Please enjoy my conversation with Vatsal Nahata.
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    Resources
    Vatsal Nahata - Research Analyst - International Monetary Fund | LinkedIn
    https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/600-cold-emails-80-phone-calls-how-delhi-s-vatsal-nahata-got-a-job-at-the-world-bank-imf/ar-AA12f1QB
    Show Notes
    [00:01:45] - A traditional upbringing and the values Vatsal gained from his childhood growing up in Calcutta, India
    [00:02:49] - The reasoning behind Vatsal’s move to the United States
    [00:04:24] - Insights on India’s surging economy and youthful impact
    [00:07:22] - An internship and passion for economics become the catalyst for Vatsal's interest in the Indian civil service
    [00:12:46] - Struggling to find a job after graduating into the beginning of the global pandemic.  His strategy of cold outreach to all levels of employers and learning to become fearless
    [00:19:35] - Deep dive into the work of an economist initially at The World Bank and now at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and how they are structured and operate
    [00:25:59] - His thoughts on his growing LinkedIn following and his content strategy of creating authentic stories and posts that created his growing following
    [00:29:47] - Ken and Vatsal discuss their relatable Gujarati and Marwadi backgrounds and Ken encourages Vatsal’s future interest in entrepreneurship

    • 32 min
    Terrance McGuire- The Long Term Success of Dividend Investing

    Terrance McGuire- The Long Term Success of Dividend Investing

    My guest today is Terry McGuire, a long time friend, partner and portfolio manager at Dividend Growth Partners. In our conversation today, we discuss the appreciation Terry gained from a migrant childhood and the friends he discovered along the way. Despite struggling with dyslexia, he was able to overcome the challenges it presented and go on to major in both rhetoric and economics. He also shares valuable lessons he learned from his first major investment loss in high yield bonds, and we delve into the world of dividend investing.
    Please enjoy my conversation with Terry McGuire
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    For more insights like these and to contribute to the conversation go to: https://www.ridgewoodinvestments.com/insights-from-our-founder  
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    Resources
    Dividend Growth Partners – DGP
    SRC Green Book
    Value Line
    Seeking Alpha | Stock Market Analysis & Tools for Investors
    Show Notes
    [00:01:30] - Terry finds appreciation in his nomadic childhood from the friendships he’s established all over the world.
    [00:06:51] - A life changing learning disorder diagnosed at boarding school
    [00:09:19] - The defining moment in an economics class that inspired a first investment and the financial loss that triggered an interest in dividend investing.
    [00:14:27] - Learning the importance of saving.
    [00:17:52] - Founding a bagel business at Cal Berkley
    [00:24:18] - Insights on the differences between Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School
    [00:27:33] - Challenges after graduation opens new doors to opportunities on the West Coast at Capital Research manager of the American Funds family of mutual funds
    [00:31:59] - Deep dive into many elements of dividend growth investing 
    [00:37:03] - A glance at the sustained history and future outlook for dividend growth investing

    • 47 min
    Jason Medley-Founder of the Collective Genius Real Estate Mastermind

    Jason Medley-Founder of the Collective Genius Real Estate Mastermind

    My guest today is Jason Medley, a personal friend, entrepreneur and founder of The Collective Genius. In our conversation today we discussed Jason’s upbringing and the lessons he learned in discipline from a single parent household. We talked about hitting rock bottom and making the conscious choice to reprogram his life. We also discussed Jason’s subsequent journey that led him to founding The Collective Genius - the leading real estate mastermind for wholesalers and the overall value of peer to peer networking groups. 
    Please enjoy my conversation with Jason Medley.
    For full show notes, transcript, and links to content discussed in this episode refer to the episode page here: https://www.compoundideasshow.com/jason-medley-founder-of-the-collective-genius-real-estate-mastermind/
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    For more insights like these and to contribute to the conversation go to: https://www.ridgewoodinvestments.com/insights-from-our-founder  
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    Tiktok - @kenmajmudar
    Resources
    https://gapandgainbook.com/
    Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill 
    Show Notes
    [00:01:59] - Empowerment through a strict but loving childhood
    [00:06:44] -  Jason struggles to balance freedom and responsibility as a young college student  
    [00:11:43] - Jason shares his story of a life changing illness
    [00:15:38] - The beginning of his entrepreneurial journey
    [00:19:49] - Losing everything and hitting rock bottom
    [00:21:54] - A morning ritual that changed the trajectory of his life
    [00:27:09] - How flipping a few short sales evolved into iVisionary Financial
    [00:29:08] - Jason learns what it means to be well rounded and successful
    [00:30:28] - The launch of The Collective Genius
    [00:36:01] - What it takes to start a mastermind
    [00:39:07] - Deepdive into the value of peer to peer networking groups
    [00:42:25] - A look at future project iwillriseup.com
    [00:43:37] - The impact of a good book

    • 47 min
    Jeremy Hill- How Making Connections Can Signify Success

    Jeremy Hill- How Making Connections Can Signify Success

    My guest today is Jeremy Hill, a successful entrepreneur and founder of JB Capital. In our conversations today, we discuss what success looks like and how one person's path to success may differ from another. We discuss how the ways we make connections today differ significantly from our grandparents' generations and the importance of a good connection in the business world. 
    Please enjoy my conversation with Jeremy Hill.
    For full show notes, transcript, and links to content discussed in this episode refer to the episode page here:
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    For more insights like these and to contribute to the conversation go to: https://www.ridgewoodinvestments.com/insights-from-our-founder  
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    Youtube
    Resources
    https://thelostconnections.com/buy-the-book/
    Show Notes
    [00:02:28] - Learning to adapt to a vagrant childhood
    [00:05:22] - How Jeremy’s grandparents shaped his perspective on life
    [00:10:34] - The values and behaviors from past generations
    [00:12:20] - The “Stand By Me” moments of this generation
    [00:15:41] - Why he never got his degree
    [00:17:08] - What it means to be successful 
    [00:21:30] - A really good employee who can’t keep a job
    [00:25:31] - A friendly cup of coffee accidentally develops into new business opportunities  
    [00:29:25] - Deep dive into JB Capital’s business structure and how it’s changed over the years.
    [00:39:28] - General wisdom for entrepreneurship
    [00:43:39] - Jeremy shares his perspective on the decline of the Emerald City 
    [00:48:59] - Outlook on the oncoming recession.
    [00:50:30] - Perspective on social media and using it to build a portfolio

    • 55 min
    Nick Anderson- Overcoming Tragedy and Finding Purpose in Leadership

    Nick Anderson- Overcoming Tragedy and Finding Purpose in Leadership

    My guest today is Nick Anderson, advisor, mentor, and author of “Six-Word Lessons For Middle Managers”. In our conversation we discuss how Nick has drawn upon his experience in the banking industry coupled with how he’s overcome personal tragedy to mentor others through his company Chosen Leader. We dive into the meaning of Chosen Leader and the idea that leaders are not born or built.  
    Please enjoy my conversation with Nick Anderson.
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    For more insights like these and to contribute to the conversation go to: https://www.ridgewoodinvestments.com/insights-from-our-founder  
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    Youtube
    Resources
    https://chosen-leader.com/
    https://markmanson.net/books/subtle-art
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk2YkzOQerk
    Show Notes
    [00:01:58] - From isolated youth to discovering the power of perception
    [00:07:47] - Developing empathy through personal tragedy - a salesperson is born
    [00:10:31]- The shirt and tie illusion 
    [00:11:58]- Becoming a manager at nineteen years old 
    [00:12:57] - How Nick took an underperforming bank to number one
    [00:15:00]- Lessons on vulnerability
    [00:15:43] - What we learned about banking from “It’s a Wonderful Life” 
    [00:21:18] - The American Dream turns tragic
    [00:23:55] - Why I asked to be fired
    [00:25:00] - A life changing decision without a plan
    [00:28:29] - The valuable lessons in Nick’s book
    [00:38:05] - A new project
    [00:40:06] -  Dichotomy of salvation in the darkest hours
    [00:42:05] - Self-discovery and an identity once lost
    [00:43:40] - Solomon’s Paradox and why we need good advisors and coaches

    • 46 min
    Chris Lahiji - The Impresario of MicroCap

    Chris Lahiji - The Impresario of MicroCap

    My guest today is Chris Lahiji, President and founder of LD Micro, host of one of the most influential micro-cap conferences in the world of professional investing. Chris takes pleasure in pretty much everything he does; his larger than life personality lends itself well to being the founder of one of the most interesting conferences I attend each year. Chris’ approach to his conferences and to life is energizing and contagious. He defines a successful conference as a carefully orchestrated sensory experience; a convergence of meeting and connecting with great people, learning about great ideas and management teams, and growing in the process.
    Please enjoy my conversation with Chris Lahiji.
    For full show notes, transcript, and links to content discussed in this episode refer to the episode page here:
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    For more episodes of Compound Ideas, visit Compoundideasshow.com
    For more insights like these and to contribute to the conversation go to: https://www.ridgewoodinvestments.com/insights-from-our-founder  
    Follow Ken Majmudar on: 
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    Twitter @kmajmudar 
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    Resources
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2003-04-20/i-want-my-annual-reports
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2004-03-08/he-manages-a-million-but-still-cant-drink
    https://www.ldmicro.com/
    https://www.bamsec.com/ 
    Show Notes
    [00:03:40] - Chris’ origin story and how an investor adds value to the world
    [00:07:37] - Thoughts on how Texas has transformed over the years
    [00:12:59] - The teachings a 10 year old kid deduces following the 1994 Earthquake
    [00:20:38] - Why Tennis players have a chip on their shoulder.
    [00:29:40] - Companies Chris is passionate about
    [00:34:24] - The best companies no one has ever heard of and My first 90 bagger
    [00:39:22] - How an insult turns into inspiration for a new career move
    [00:43:30]  - Takeaways from successful conferences 
    [00:57:39]  - Chris shares insights on finding unique opportunities in microcap 
    [01:05:19] - How “Weird Al” Yankovic inspired Chris’ career path

    • 1 hr 8 min

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