SBJ: What I Like.... With Falconhead Capital Founder David Moross

What I Like.... With Falconhead Capital Founder David Moross


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 careerMARK 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 hirePETER 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.


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.


Magazines: The Economist, SI, Triathlete Magazine.


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.

Movies: "Snatch."

TV: AMC's "Mad Men."

Concerts: The Wall, ROGER WATERS -- wow!


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.


Quote: "I believe history will be kind to me, for I intend to write it." -- Sir Winston Churchill.

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