10 Things a Startup Manager Won’t Tell You, Ever: An FOA Podcast with Dr. Rishi Ganti

10 Things a Startup Manager Won’t Tell You, Ever: An FOA Podcast with Dr. Rishi Ganti

10 Things a Startup Manager Won’t Tell You, Ever with Angelo J. Robles

In Part 16 of the FOA Podcast Audio Series, Angelo J. Robles is joined by Dr Rishi Ganti of Orthogon Partners, as they discuss the things a startup manager won’t tell you. You can either read the transcription or listen to the podcast and learn more.

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Angelo Robles: Hello everyone. This is Angelo Robles of Family Office Association. Welcome to today’s FOA audio podcast. Today’s FOA audio podcast is focused on “Ten Things a Startup Manager Won’t Tell You, Ever.” If that is not a catchy title, I do not know what is! We are joined today by Dr. Rishi Ganti, Founder of Orthogon Partners, a private investment fund focused solely on esoteric assets.

Dr. Ganti, in his various investment roles, has deployed in excess of seven hundred million in investments in six continents over ten years with no losing transactions. Before Orthogon, he was the pioneer investment manager selected by Two Sigma Investments to start a group dedicated to investing the proprietary capital of the firm in private investments on behalf of the principals.

Dr. Ganti received his Ph.D., A.M. and J.D. Cum Laude from Harvard University and his BA Summa Cum Laude from Emory University. He is a licensed CPA, a licensed attorney with the New York State Bar, a CFA, and an Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Service, a CFP and FRM and is proficient in six languages. He resides in New York City.

Rishi, thank you for joining us today.

Dr. Rishi Ganti: Thanks for having me.

Angelo Robles: The pleasure is all mine. I am really going to enjoy our dialogue today. And maybe I will set the stage a little bit for our audience as well. I do not think I am really noting any surprises here when I note that broadly speaking we are in kind of unique times not just here in North America, but around the world. For many investors and managers, it has been a difficult last couple of years. Effectively, the broad market indices’s or index investing, at least for public market equities has significantly outperformed many equity driven managers often with far more transparency, lower fees and a better tax picture than many active equity strategies.

I think some key things that we bring up here with Rishi is he did note his expertise in esoteric assets, something that would be difficult to index or to benchmark that takes a specific skill set. And there are some wonderful, wonderfully talented managers and investors out there. But for those of you that are active allocators identifying especially an earlier stage manager specifically in certain asset classes that many investors often do not totally understand as well I think creates a lot of great challenges. However, to get alpha in a challenging investment environment likely one needs to be aggressive in the approach and potentially looking to be favorably invested in certain managers, specifically if you can get some favorable terms.

So we are going to talk about all of this today. But why do we not open the floor up to the core theme that we will be discussing, Rishi, ten things a startup manager won’t ever tell you, ever. I going to host this podcast differently then those in the past in that I’m giving the floor to Rishi to educate us sequentially on the ten. Rishi, please begin.

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