Alternative Investments and Acquisition Entrepreneurship with Stefan von Imhof, Alts.co

Alternative Investments and Acquisition Entrepreneurship with Stefan von Imhof, Alts.co

February 2, 2022

Alternative investments have been gaining much interest in the past few years. So today, we are talking to an alternative investing expert and inspiring entrepreneur Stefan von Imhof. Stefan is the founder of Alts.co, a leading alternative investing community. He’s no stranger to failing and learning along the way to build a business that not only brings success but also points you towards your true north. 

About Stefan von Imhof:

Stefan has always had a passion for analysis and valuations and had years of successful experience in companies like Flippa and HG Insights. He started his first business right after college, he has bought and sold many websites and newsletters. He is now is the CEO of Alts.co. Stefan is originally from Boston but now lives with his wife and Boston Terrier, Charlie, in Australia.  

Types of Alternative Investments

Unlike conventional stocks, bonds, and cash, alternative investments are non-traditional investment assets. Investors that want to diversify their portfolios or look for higher potential returns frequently pursue them. Here are some common types of alternative investments:

  1. Hedge Funds: Hedge funds combine capital contributed by numerous investors to invest in a diverse range of strategies, such as long/short equities, commodities, derivatives and more. They frequently make use of complex investment strategies and may carry a higher risk of loss.
  2. Private Equity: Private equity involves investing in privately held companies that are not publicly traded on stock exchanges. Private equity funds invest in businesses with the intention of enhancing their performance and subsequently selling them for a profit.
  3. Venture Capital: Funds for venture capital invest in start-up businesses with significant development potential. In return for an equity participation, they offer businesses finance and expertise.
  4. Real estate: Investing in real estate is purchasing, holding, and maintaining assets in order to generate income or appreciate in value. This can include houses, offices, stores, and even real estate investment trusts (REITs) that are traded on stock exchanges.
  5. Commodities: Commodities include items like gold, oil, natural gas, agricultural products, and more that can be purchased and sold as raw materials or basic agricultural products. Through futures contracts, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), or direct ownership, investors can get exposure to commodities.
  6. Collectibles: Art, rare coins, stamps, wine, vintage vehicles, and other priceless tangible things are examples of collectibles. Some collectors invest in them in the hopes of making a profit because their value may rise over time.
  7. Cryptocurrencies: As alternative investments, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and others have grown in popularity. These digital currencies can be purchased, sold, and traded on cryptocurrency exchanges thanks to blockchain technology.

On Today’s Episode: 

  • Where Stefan sees himself on his entrepreneurial journey. -3:15
  • Why Stefan was temporarily afraid of entrepreneurship. -5:55
  • How and why Stefan started The Alternative Investments Newsletter.-8:15
  • The biggest challenges that Stefan faces as an entrepreneur. -12:40
  • Why Stefan feels that there is absolutely no room for the ego as a startup CEO. -14:48
  • Why slow and steady doesn’t always win the race. -15:30
  • Why Stefan still has constraints in his business even though it is successful. -17:10
  • Why the biggest growth hack that Stefan knows is acquisition entrepreneurship. -18:35
  • How hiring and taking on a co-founder had the biggest impact on Stefan’s business. -21:37
  • What entrepreneurs need to know about alternative markets. -37:21
  • How Stefan defines success for himself and his business. -42:15

Key Takeaways: 

  • It’s good for entrepreneurs to go through things that don’t work out because you learn how quickly things can happen and what to watch out for in the future.
  • As entrepreneurs, sometimes we have to let go of that “bootstrapper” mentality of doing everything yourself. We can’t grow the way we need to unless we are willing to delegate specific tasks to focus on the bigger picture.
  • There is no room for ego in business. When people are only interested in pushing their own agendas and not listening to others, they stop working as a team.
  • As entrepreneurs, we can deviate from the path from time to time, but to find success, we must keep pointing to our own true north.
As entrepreneurs, we must protect our time to focus on the bigger picture and achieve more success.  
[13:23] “One of the biggest mistakes I made as a bootstrapper in my first business is that I was so caught up in the day-to-day that I wasn’t seeing the value of where my time was going.”

How do you protect your time in your business? 
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