Seed investing with social leverage

I was born in Toronto, lived in Phoenix for 25 years and now in Coronado, CA with the Mrs. (19 years, 16.2 Canadian years), two awesome kids and two dachshunds (Bagel and Lindzee).

Schools I attended and even graduated from include—University of Western Ontario, Arizona State University and the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird).

I am focused on the innovation in personal finance and do-it-yourself investing.

I make early stage investments through Social Leverage.

My current start-up is called StockTwits and I am a co-founder and now Chairman after 5 years as CEO.

I write books and occasionally do interviews.

If you don’t believe me, here is what Entrepreneur Magazine said about me:

Howard Lindzon is an irreverent buzz machine who powers through wall-to-wall meetings on five milligrams of Adderall. A prolific blogger and serial entrepreneur (StockTwits, a Twitter for traders, is his crown jewel), Lindzon is founder and general partner at Social Leverage, an eclectic seed fund. He typically finds entrepreneurs before they find him. Here’s what he likes: founders who show grit, solve problems and won’t crumple in chaos. Here’s what he ignores: business-news TV and spreadsheet-based decisions. His fund’s average investment: about $600,000.

In the Summer of 2006, I created Wallstrip and with the help of Adam Elend, Jeff Marks, Lindsay Campbell and a hard working crew we created over 300 shows. In May 2007, Wallstrip was purchased by CBS.

I moved out west to play golf, but now rarely do. My hobbies include driving my kids around and staying awake.

I am in pursuit of the perfect sleep solution.

Endless bad ideas—trust me! Get in touch if you’d like.

Here are a few investments that I’m particularly focused on right now.

Robinhood

Robinhood is fantastic. It is the fastest growing financial app of all time. I use it everyday. The company and product has reimagined stock trading and investing for the mobile era. It’s not just the free trades that matter, but it sure is genius. I believe the millennial generation will choose new brands when it comes to their finances. I expect Robinhood to be one of those brands.

StockTwits

I started StockTwits in 2008 and our vision was to create the largest community of traders and investors. Today over 2 million people log in monthy to share ideas, banter about stocks and even trade using the Robinhood app integration. I am really proud of our team and investors for their continued commitment to the vision.

Secfi

Secfi is your pre-wealth advisor. It creates equity planning tools that help you make better financial decision from offer to IPO.

Kustomer

Kustomer is the platform for customer experience that focuses on customers, not tickets, enabling companies to know everything about every customer to drive informed actions

Rally Rd.

Rally Rd. is a first-of-its-kind platform where unique, high-value assets are securitized, split into shares, then offered up as equity investments to users of all income levels

Coinmine

Coinmine turns electricity into money and a beautiful digital wallet from your cryptocurrencies

Books

If you buy my books on Amazon I can recover one share’s worth of my position in the $TWTR IPO.

The Wallstrip™ Edge

My first book was written in 2008. I wanted to call it “The Twitter Edge,” but the people at Hachette thought they knew better. The book is easy to read and follow on the subject of trend following. I explain the trends I believed we were in the midst of. I explain how I spot trends and follow along. I discuss my strategy for selling. I urge you to turn off TV and avoid news.

It turns out the Twitter trend was dead on. The identity trend remains a huge trend and I discussed Lifelock at the time. It is now a successful public Company. I was early discussing robots, but today (November 2016) iRobot is at all-time highs, which I covered in the book. It is worth a read even today.

The Next Apple

My latest book, written last year and published in 2015. My friend Ivaylo Ivanov and I have run MarketWisdom.com together for years, and we decided the time was ripe for us to write a book together. My first book was about trend following and this book is about finding trends using recent example. Ivan and I walk you through hundreds of examples to help you understand how to find and ride big winners. Why look for the next Apple or Starbucks if they may themselves continue to win. We believe that you should invest for profit and joy. We also believe you can and should invest to not just match the S&P, but to trounce it.

The StockTwits Edge

My latest book, written last year and published in 2015. My friend Ivaylo Ivanov and I have run MarketWisdom.com together for years, and we decided the time was ripe for us to write a book together. My first book was about trend following and this book is about finding trends using recent example. Ivan and I walk you through hundreds of examples to help you understand how to find and ride big winners. Why look for the next Apple or Starbucks if they may themselves continue to win. We believe that you should invest for profit and joy. We also believe you can and should invest to not just match the S&P, but to trounce it.

My Interviews

I love what I do and like to talk about it. Most weeks you’ll find me on the television or a podcast somewhere. Here are a few of my favorite appearances.

Me at Big Commerce

From cryptocurrency to digitally native brands and everything in between, I break down the new investing economy and how millennials and technology have changed everything.

Me and Sarah

In March 2014, I sat down for a Pando Monthly interview with Sarah Lacy which covers just about my whole investing career. Love how this one turned out.

Me on CNBC

Here’s my CNBC spot where I explain StockTwits and Vertical Know How. It went about as well as could be expected. I wonder why they don’t call me anymore?

Me on Bloomberg

Bloomberg had me on to discuss the biggest technology companies in the world. I had a chance to dive into my thesis of the 8-80 consumer brands including Amazon, Nike, Facebook, Google (YouTube) and UnderArmor.

Me and Michael

This is one of my very favorite interviews. Michael Covel invited me to appear on Trend Following Radio and talk about investing and trend following.

Me at Cornell

In November 2016 I was invited to speak at Summit 2016 for the Entrepreneurship at Cornell program. I talked about the new era of Social Leverage, the power of the millennials and of course how I invest in public and private markets. I like how it turned out.

Other Projects

In addition to my investments, I am personally involved in a number of projects all aimed at empowering individuals to become investors and take control back from the entrenched players in the financial industry.

Stocktoberfest

Held annually since 2012, Stocktoberfest is an event where I try to get the best trading minds in the same room to exchange ideas, discuss strategies, and get a heads up on new technologies and startups in the space.

Get in touch

If you’d like to get in touch, use one of these ways

You can reach me at howard@lindzon.com
For investments pitches, email info@socialleverage.com
For interview or speaking requests, check out my press kit
For technical support and complaints, email to support@goldmansachs.com