- If you are tired of sub-par returns in the “developed” world, you’re in the right place.
- If the idea of investing in some of the fastest-growing and most exciting countries in the world piques your curiosity, you’re in the right place.
- If you consider yourself an intrepid and adventurous capitalist like us, you’re also in the right place.
Here’s the deal
Frontier Markets are where the greatest returns on your capital are possible. But it’s a far cry from a sure thing. Investing in Frontier Markets is challenging, but with this challenge comes the potential for MASSIVE capital gains.
We’re going to be perfectly honest though, there’s a lot of inaccurate crap and incomplete information out there about Frontier Markets. Most of it is pimped by people who only want to sell you something and don’t care if you make or lose money.
We aren’t beholden to any publishing firm to promote the “stock of the month” that’s currently making it’s way around the newsletter world. You’ve probably seen enough of those, and frankly, we’re sick of them too!
Who are Mark and I? We’re a couple of globe-trotting capitalists looking for unique and profitable investment opportunities in exotic and Frontier Markets, typically in the private equity space. We’ll share them with you, not because we’re philanthropists (God no!), but because, well… Our objective is to create value in the world by enabling opportunity, not by charity.
If this sounds interesting to you, we recommend you get started by taking the Capitalist Exploits Crash Course, it’s complimentary for our readers. It will walk you through the basics of what you should (and, more importantly shouldn’t) do when it comes to investing in exciting, Frontier Markets. Click the button below to learn more…
In a nutshell, this site is dedicated to, and an exploration of, our collective passion for investing.
We have a natural bent towards small-cap companies and non-listed companies in particular. We have provided seed capital to many start-ups as well as existing business ventures, taken companies public, and actively manage our own stock portfolios, amongst other things.
We will be discussing some of the lessons we have learned over the years that have assisted us in becoming successful in what we do, and enabling us to live a life that we ourselves would have been envious of if we were not living it.
We have experienced the euphoria that comes with turning pennies into pounds as well as the shame, anger and despair that comes with losing more money than many people will see in their lives. We discuss some of what we are involved in at present where appropriate.
Basically, this site is a discussion of our collective successes, lessons learned, and a running commentary of our ongoing activities in the global investment arena.
We each spend time in several different countries, on several different continents each year. Although we come from different ends of this great ball of dirt hurtling through space, in today’s world this matters little. One of us is a life-long entrepreneur while the other a former investment banker; so, while we have come to being involved in the same business ventures we have crossed different roads to get here.
A bit about myself…Chris Tell is a self-made man. I spend my time investing in businesses and markets to which I devote an extraordinary amount of time studying and doing due diligence on. I was raised in Southern Africa, having lived in 7 different countries, and now residing in multiple Australasian countries, depending on my mood and the season.
My background and education was in law, investment banking and a bit of financial planning. I have been a successful entrepreneur, investor and speculator for many years.
I first studied Commerce through UNISA, obtained a graduate diploma in financial markets at the Securities Institute of Australia, and a British SFA futures and options representative qualification. I then worked for a number of Investment houses, including: Invesco, Lehman Brothers, Robert Fleming and Co, Chase Manhattan and JP Morgan, before becoming an independent investor managing my own capital.
Now I’m focused on private equity in Frontier Markets, and I hold the majority of my net worth in this asset class.
Importantly, I developed my opinions, insights and expertise on developing and Frontier Markets from my entrepreneurial activities on the ground, and by being an avid student of the world, and always attempting, but not always succeeding in understanding how and why it functions the way it does.
My business partner Mark Wallace comes from a different background…
Receiving his undergrad in the life sciences, Mark has always been fascinated by the natural world. Investing and financial markets activities came later, but he attacked the subject with the same vigour he does everything in his life.
A childhood spent being raised partially by a vegetarian “hippy” aunt in a tropical paradise, instilled a sense of adventure and a vagabond spirit in him very early.
He channelled that into a career in the public markets, advising small companies on public relations, IPO’s, reverse mergers and crisis management. His true passions and his career path at the time made for strange bedfellows.
Never one to work for anyone else, he created his own firm and gained his experience solely in the trenches. He spent a lot of years learning the hard way how the public markets REALLY work. What he saw disgusted him enough that he decided to focus on private equity, where he could understand and get to know the businesses he was investing into intimately.
He has won some and lost some. The victories have been sweet, and the losses…not so much, but they ALWAYS taught a lesson that needed to be learned.
Fast-forward a few years and he took the show on the road, becoming a permanent traveller and expat. Now he also spends time in several different countries per year, hopping between South America and Australasia, looking for fascinating and profitable opportunities in Frontier Markets.
We invite you to join us on our journey of discovering new and interesting opportunities, and we would like for you to become a part of our community.
We hope that we will both educate as well as be educated. We know how difficult it can be to get started on this journey, which is exactly why we built our Crash Course and are sharing it at no cost to you.
Feel free to send us a comment or question, we’ll read them all and respond appropriately!
Chris & Mark
PS: We shun publicity and value freedom, as both are sadly suffering significant supply problems in the world today. In the interests of privacy our real names are not to be found on this or any other site, but we can assure you that our thoughts are no different as a result. When and/or if we meet in person we’ll be glad to show you our passports!