What I Like.... With Falconhead Capital Founder David Moross
Published November 24, 2010
In our continuing series, SportsBusiness Daily/SportsBusiness Journal asks top sports personalities for their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and likes. Today, Falconhead Capital Founder, Chair & CEO DAVID MOROSS.
What I like in an insight: Never take anything for granted, especially your competition.
An influential person in my career: MARK H. MCCORMACK.
An out-of-the-box idea: Build an institutional investment fund that focuses on sports businesses.
A timeless idea: Great companies are always built by great people.
A business deal: Not Your Daughter's Jeans.
A sports facility: Cowboys Stadium (Thank God I didn't have to pay for it).
A sports event: Wimbledon (with GAVIN FORBES, of course!).
A strategy: Back an idea, understand the risks, support the company and generate a significant return.
A hire: PETER ENGLEHART, CEO, Competitor Group.
A brand: Google.
A trend: Endurance sports for exercise (triathlon, running, cycling, etc.).
An innovation: Sportvision's 1st and 10 line (one deal that unfortunately got away from me years ago).
A pro league or team business initiative: Regional sports networks.
A story that bears watching: NFL labor contract negotiations.
An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: Facebook.
A fantasy job: What I do everyday -- professionally invest in sports, leisure and lifestyle companies.
What I like about my job: Managing people a lot smarter than me.
Sports: Watching amazing athletes do things that you and I will never be able to do.
Sports business: What's the entertainment business today? Movies, music and ... sports!
Sports media: Digital growth will surprise even the most skeptical critics.
Sports technology: More speed, more bandwidth, more online viewing.
Competing: My favorite part of business.
The future (or direction) of sports business: Globalization is here to stay. Digital delivery is key.
Sports fans: The fans' passion is recession-proof.
What I would like to change: Have an NCAA Division I football playoff.
Change in what I do: Work fewer hours!
See: America become debt free.
See more of in sports: More U.S. sports aired and watched abroad.
See more of in sports business: Financial institutions return to their glory days as sponsors.
See less of in sports: Self-centered athletes claiming they are not role models.
See less of in sports business: Less management egos driving decisions.
See different: More focus on wealth creation for the people and by the people. Less government intervention in American business.
Eliminate: Racism at all levels on and off the field.
What I don't like in general: Pretentious people.
Pet peeve: Not showing up on time.
In sports: The Texas Longhorns losing.
In business: My portfolio companies not delivering on their promises!
About sports fans: The "fair weather" fan.
What I like in people: Loyalty, honesty, discipline, believing in oneself.
That would surprise those who know me: I am in the Wisden Almanack book of records for cricket!
Above all else: My family.
About myself: Losing one's hair is overrated!
Heroes: My parents.
Players: VINCE YOUNG, CHRIS JOHNSON, RAFAEL NADAL, DUSTIN JOHNSON.
Teams: Texas Longhorns.
City: New York City.
Possession: The birth certificates of my four healthy children.
Memento: My school rugby "cap." Key accomplishment when you played rugby at Rugby School.
Time of year (because): Summers in the South of France. St. Jean Cap Ferrat brings back many childhood memories.
Music: Alternative rock.
Books: "The Rum Diary," by HUNTER S. THOMPSON.
Authors: ERNEST HEMINGWAY, MICHAEL LEWIS, WINSTON CHURCHILL.
Magazines: The Economist, SI, Triathlete Magazine.
Websites: ESPN.com, Drudge.com.
Gadgets: Creston MX3000 (got to love that home entertainment!).
Chores: Walking our dog, Dash, in Central Park.
Hobbies: Golf, tennis, watching my kids compete in sports.
Trips: Shooting doves in Cordoba, Argentina.
TV: AMC's "Mad Men."
Concerts: The Wall, ROGER WATERS -- wow!
Artist: FRANCIS BACON.
Food: Tuna carpaccio at Le Bernardin Restaurant, New York City.
Dessert: Lemon tart.
Drink: 1982 Lafite Rothschild.
Scent: Premier Figuier by L'Artisan (of course used by my wife, CINDY).
Vacation spots: St. Jean Cap Ferrat, France; Aspen, Colo.; St. Barths, French West Indies.
Cars: Aston Martin DB9.
Singer: JAMEY JOHNSON.
Quote: "I believe history will be kind to me, for I intend to write it." -- Sir Winston Churchill.