In 1998, four years after founding Amazon, Jeff Bezos made a personal investment in what was a relatively obscure search engine company at the time.
Convinced the Internet was the next big trend that would change everything, Bezos thought search engines would play a massive role in the way we navigate the internet.
So taking some of his personal savings, he invested $250,000 in exchange for 3.3 million shares of a nascent search engine company.
You might have heard of this search engine. It still exists today - and it’s called Google.
Over the past 25 years, Google has become by far the dominant search engine on the Internet.
And today, Jeff Bezos’ $250,000 investment in Google from 1998 is worth over $6 billion.
In other words - even if Jeff Bezos had never started Amazon, he would still be a billionaire today.
That’s the power of being both an entrepreneur and investor.
You don’t have to do it all yourself.
If you can find talented people building wonderful businesses in huge growth markets, and invest in what they do, you can literally generate life-changing returns… more than you ever can by working for money.
That’s what Jeff Bezos - and all other great investors - have realized, and it's a foundational pillar of our philosophy at Beyond Entrepreneurs: you likely won’t earn your way to billions - but you can invest your way there.
That’s because ownership is the real key to long-term wealth. Compounding your money by owning productive enterprises can make you wealthy beyond your wildest dreams.
That’s how Jeff Bezos became a billionaire on his Google investment alone.
But you don’t have to be lucky - or be Jeff Bezos - to get these kinds of returns. You just have to know what to look for - and where to look.
Even if you had invested in Google 6 years after Jeff Bezos, you would still have done incredibly well.
Ever since it went public in 2004, the stock of Google has grown by 25% annually. That’s a massive return - and would have turned a $10,000 investment into over $250,000.
And over 30 years, it turns $10,000 into $8 million.
Early on in his career, Bezos embraced the Entrepreneur-Investor lifestyle. He didn’t just build his own company - he invested in others with the capital he had generated.
And it made him a billionaire.
Achieving those kinds of returns are exactly what we try to do with our Venture Fund.
Contrary to our Financial Freedom Fund, our Venture Fund is dedicated to finding and investing in high-growth, attractive risk-reward opportunities that compound our wealth exponentially over time.
Most of the time, that means investing in businesses or innovations with big growth potential and huge addressable markets, before everyone else does - so we can get in on the ground floor when things are still cheap.
Right now, the two sectors I believe have the most attractive risk-reward profiles are cannabis and cryptocurrencies.
Both are at the beginning of potentially explosive growth. Both are poised to fundamentally change entire industries. Both have gone through declining markets, and are far from an all-time high.
And importantly, both are massively under-owned by institutions, pension funds and hedge funds - big moneymakers that really move markets.
That means we can get in before everyone else does… and potentially see lifechanging returns.
If you think you’ve already missed the boat - you haven’t. The growth in both cryptocurrencies and cannabis is just beginning.
Tonight in our first Beyond Entrepreneurs: Mastermind, I’ll share with you how I’ve been positioning myself for the past four years to take advantage of these two trends - and how you can do the same.
I’ll also show you how you can balance the risk in your Venture Fund by giving you one of the best opportunities for steady income in the market today for your Financial Freedom Fund.
And of course, I’ll talk about and answer all the questions you may have about impact investing, recession-proofing your portfolio, and more.
For those who sign up but can’t make it, we’ll be recording the call and sharing it with you afterward.