Our next Meet the Member post is with Garett Skiba of Four Footed Alpha & Analytics. He is a member of our Chicago West Loop shared office space.
Four Footed Alpha & Analytics is a holding company for two different operating companies that Garett manages. Here’s how Garett explains the two companies:
“The first business involves working with start-ups or early stage businesses helping them with finance and accounting issues/day-to-day. I will also do direct investments in those Co’s that I work with or through Angel networks which I am affiliated with. The second business is a bit more non-traditional as I have models and algorithms built to play horse races and daily fantasy sports. I invest primarily my own money, but do have a couple LP’s as well that have invested. Of course with the Kentucky Derby around the corner, let me know if you need a Derby horse!”
I’m a big list maker. Every morning I review my long term list and then create a list for that specific day of the tasks I am trying to accomplish. It really helps me stay focused on the most important tasks.
From the Blue Line to the Metra, the transportation options are great and being outside the loop allow for easier travel to meetings in the West Loop & River north area. I have yet to find a great happy hour spot, but have always been a big fan of Al’s Beef for a great Chicago Style beef sandwich.
First of all, having someone like Kerry to turn to for any issue that come up has been amazing, she is the best!
Beyond that, I enjoy the energy and the fact that people are here because they want to be here and not just “punching the clock”.
I think try is the key word here, but every day I do try and exercise, get 8 hours of sleep and spend at least a hour of device-free time with my boys.
I love the flexibility and the fact that there is no ‘typical day’. Of course that can lead to some ups and downs, but it beats monotony.
I have two young boys (3 and 5) so my free time is usually spent at hockey or baseball practice. They do a great job of making sure my free time is limited!
“Most people get interested in stocks when everyone else is. The time to get interested is when no one else is. You cant buy what is popular and do well”.
I’ve always been a contrarian investor, so I’m always looking to find overlooked sectors/ideas when investing. While not direct advice, this quote by Warren Buffett really has stuck with me throughout the years.