Robert F. Smith: Investment Philosophy, Mindset and Life (2017)

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An interview with billionaire private equity investor and founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, Robert F. Smith. In this interview Robert discusses his early life and his mindset when he started his own business. Robert also talks about how he views business and technology and where there are investment opportunities.

Video Segments: 0:00 Introduction 0:54 Early life and getting involved in technology 4:20 Mindset when starting your own businesses? 7:36 What are the business most vulnerable to technology? 10:50 Are there moats around customer to customer businesses? 13:07 Lighting round Interview Date: 12th April, 2017 Event: Talks at GS Original Image Source: Investors Archive has videos of all the Investing/Business/Economic/Finance masters. Learn from their wisdom for free in one place.

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About the Author

Jacob Wolinsky
Jacob Wolinsky is the founder of, a popular value investing and hedge fund focused investment website. Jacob worked as an equity analyst first at a micro-cap focused private equity firm, followed by a stint at a smid cap focused research shop. Jacob lives with his wife and four kids in Passaic NJ. - Email: jacob(at) - Twitter username: JacobWolinsky - Full Disclosure: I do not purchase any equities anymore to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest and because at times I may receive grey areas of insider information. I have a few existing holdings from years ago, but I have sold off most of the equities and now only purchase mutual funds and some ETFs. I also own a few grams of Gold and Silver

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