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Little Engine Ventures (LEV) recently acquired Magic Glass of 712 Widewater Drive, Lafayette, IN from Mike & Kim DeWilde. LEV is a private investment partnership located in Lafayette, IN and managed by local entrepreneur, Daryl Starr. Both Mike & Kim DeWilde will remain as employees of the company. “I believe LEV can take the business[…]
Around the LEV office we like to differentiate between “hunting” and “foraging.” What does that mean? How can it help your approach to finding great companies that meet your investment criteria? Also, what makes our thesis different and difficult to follow? For the management of LEV’s investment fund, we are charged with locating great companies[…]
Updated on April 20, 2017 by Daryl Starr The first room in the LEV office has three, floor-to-ceiling walls of built-in bookshelves. The other wall has windows. Rather than have the bookshelves ripped out and replaced with a single Amazon Kindle, we decided to populate the shelves with books (and other trinkets.) If you want[…]
Watching the news is dangerous to your decision making. Protecting your “priors” is all about making sure you are working from a sound set of base data. Many people have a fear of flying. Why? Because an airplane crash makes for terrific news coverage. It also makes for a great action movie. The more airplane[…]
LEV Acquires Spectrum Seed Solutions, One of the Fastest Growing Non-GMO Seed Corn Companies in the US
LAFAYETTE, IN – LINDEN, IN – AUGUST 18, 2016 Little Engine Ventures (LEV), LP and Spectrum Seed Solutions, LLC today announced they have closed on an asset purchase of Spectrum for an undisclosed sum of cash. Scott Odle, Spectrum founder, will remain on as a shareholder. “Odle and I have worked together for years and[…]
I once had a large and successful farmer ask me, “What is better than owning farmland?” Caught in the moment, I did not have an alternative answer for him. Farm ground was appreciating rapidly (12%+/year), as was year to year earnings (6%+ ROA.) This was especially true for the profit oriented professional operator at the[…]
Recently, I was pondering my ability to forecast cyclical businesses (which is very low, I might add), and had to return to Ray Dalio’s “How the Economic Machine Works” for a little inspiration. This is a terrific 30 minute video-infographic explaining the foundation of economic cycles. I have enjoyed viewing the video numerous times over the[…]
There is something special about technology. Steve Jobs once said that he perceived the computer as the bicycle for the mind. Just as a bicycle transformed the ability of a person to move great distances, very quickly, with very little effort, the personal computer transformed the distance, speed and effort required to accomplish many mental[…]
We are not “traders.” Although we buy and sell, we are fundamentally business owners. In practice, what does that mean? Business owners start, buy and hold companies that they expect to increase in value. Value increases as the result of increased income (or the expectation of future increases in earnings.) Income increases by improving[…]