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Jacob Gottlieb> Analyze, read, discuss internally, analyze again, find good people, talk to> them, bring in the right people, give them autonomy and resources to> succeed.”Jacob Jay Gottlieb, MD, CFA, PRMIA, was awarded his Chartered FinancialAnalyst (CFA) charter from the Association for Investment Management andResearch (AIMR) in 2001. Jacob Gottlieb was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)in economics from Brown University located in Providence, Rhode Island.In addition, Dr. Gottlieb attended New York University Medical School in NewYork City, New York, where he graduated magna cum laude and received hisDoctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. After receiving his degrees, Jacob succeededin completing an internal medicine internship at St. Vincent’s Hospitallocated in New York City, New York. However, his ongoing fascination with thestock market inspired him to quit the medical field and pursue his dream ofbecoming a financial pundit.Jacob Gottlieb served in the position of Managing Partner and Chief InvestmentOfficer at Visium Asset Management, LLC, a company he founded in 2005. Beforehe established Visium Asset Management, LLC, Jacob Gottlieb was a foundingmember at Balyasny Asset Management, L.P. (BAM). Prior to working at BalyasnyAsset Management, L.P., Dr. Gottlieb thriverd as an investment portfoliomanager at Merlin Financial in London, England. Jacob Gottlieb was formerlyengaged as a buy-side analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC.Jacob Gottlieb was born in the city of Brooklyn, New York, where he grew upwith younger brothers. His mother and father emigrated from Poland to theUnited States during the turbulent 1960s. Dr. Gottlieb’s father, Max GottliebPhD, is a professor of economics at the City University (CUNY) located in NewYork City, New York. His mother, Dr. Helena Gottlieb, is a respectedpediatrician. With his upbringing by parents with degrees in the fields ofeconomics and medicine, Jacob Gottlieb was fascinated with both professions.As an avid baseball fan, Jacob Gottlieb traded baseball cards during his youthand worked hard as a baseball card trader, collecting many fullteams—especially the Yankees. When he was in the 7th grade, Jacob won anunusual contest at school. The contest required him to pick stocks. His fatherwas duly impressed with the young man’s ability to select winning stocks andpromptly made arrangements for young Jacob to have his own investment tradingaccount. In addition, Jacob gained entrepreneurial experience sellingbeverages to golfers at a local course- buying supplies at a grocery store andpulling a heavy shopping cart behind him with drinks for thirsty golfers.Jacob Gottlieb is a thoughtful person with unique insights about how to choosethe right career. He has mentioned that surgeons and fund managers sharesimilar characteristics. Jacob believes that physicians and stock brokers areboth risk takers and risk managers. He has stated that physicians need to haveexcellent planning skills and think about issues in a practical manner. Heshared his conviction that doctors need to eliminate potential risks for theirpatients before further medical conditions occur.In the same way, trading on Wall Street involves risk taking and managingfinances before the portfolios are completely out of control. Professionals inboth fields need to know which actions to take in any situation. Nevertheless,Jacob’s love for trading and learning ultimately blended with his fascinationwith medicine.Gottlieb is active with the nonprofit Covenant House, working with homelesschildren, as well as in organizations like Math for America and the poverty-fighting charity Robin Hood in New York City.### Where did the idea for Visium Asset Management come from?Always fascinated with investing—read dozens of books on investing andmanagement by while in high school. Favorites include books by George Soros,Ben Graham, Warren Buffett.### What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?Wake up 6AM, gym, office by 8 AM. Meetings and calls scheduled every day withtime for reading and thinking about major issues.### How do you bring ideas to life?Analyze, read, discuss internally, analyze again, find good people, talk tothem, bring in the right people, give them autonomy and resources to succeed.### What’s one trend that really excites you?AI and big data.### What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as anentrepreneur?Efficient use of time, meeting people regularly and asking for them to stickto an efficient schedule.### What advice would you give your younger self?Always work with the best people.### Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.We will get to a world where life expectancy is 100.### As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over andrecommend everyone else do?Review your plan regularly and make sure it is still the best plan.### What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?Hiring good people and giving them autonomy and resources to succeed.### What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?Online retraining for jobs that will be replaced by AI.### What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?Wireless headphones.### What software and web services do you use? What do you love about them?Amazon, Microsoft. Comprehensive and easy to use.### What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?Ready Player One – a fun read and a perspective on the future. Also, Sapiensby Harari.### Connect:Jacob Gottlieb on LinkedIn:Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-daypublishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share afavorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a sharedpassion.