Insights on Innovations, Evolutionary Shifts, and Secular Trends

Leading Platform Companies Are Thriving in Market Focused on Cost Efficiencies
December 13, 2023
A new secular trend is emerging in the current economic environment: Companies that have built leading platforms—defined as technology-based offerings that can be extended into adjacent areas and new applications—are thriving in an economy that is so focused on cost efficiencies. This is driven by users increasingly consolidating their spend on fewer platform offerings that are unified across multiple applications and moving away from point...
The Pivot to “Efficient Growth” is Driving a Profit Push for Quality Innovators
June 29, 2023
We believe an important shift is happening across the growth stock and technology sector landscape, one that is causing investors to re-evaluate and re-embrace the stocks of highly innovative companies, more broadly. The shift? Quality innovative businesses are now pivoting from a “growth-at-all-costs” approach toward one that emphasizes “efficient growth,” an approach that balances strong top-line growth with a focus on also expanding margins...
An Anti-Hype Investor Explains Why AI is Real and Going Mainstream
May 17, 2023
Every couple of decades, a game-changing technology emerges that triggers a wave of innovations. Known as “general purpose technologies” by economists, they represent a major new enabling technology that has wide application across many use cases, deliver profound impact, generate substantial value across the economy, and ultimately affect all industries. Artificial intelligence, known as AI, is one such technology. We sat down with Tom...
Finding Pockets of Growth in a Struggling Economy: Quality Innovation Can Power Through a “Slowcession”
April 27, 2023
In the current slow-growth environment – both in the U.S. and globally -- there is the potential for an economic recession. Inflation and higher interest rates are pressuring consumers and businesses alike. Despite the risk of a recession, recent indicators suggest the underlying economy, at least in the U.S., is perhaps healthier than most acknowledge: Unemployment remains very low by historic standards (below 4%) and both corporate and...
Books That Inspire Us: 100 Baggers
February 02, 2023
In our blog series, Books That Inspire Us, we share our favorite book titles, why we like them, what we learned from them, and how they inspire the work we do here at Evolutionary Tree Capital Management. In this blog post, Evolutionary Tree Senior Research Analyst Jonathon Ansley, CFA, reviews 100 Baggers: Stocks that Return 100-to-1 and How to Find Them. In this book, author Christopher Mayer studies the historical patterns and key...
Evolutionary Tree Featured as Citywire’s Boutique of the Month
January 18, 2023
We are excited to share that Evolutionary Tree’s story and unique approach to innovation investing were featured in Citywire, a provider of news and analysis on investment managers to advisors and institutional investors around the world. If you haven’t read the article, you can find it in Citywire’s November 2022 issue, where Evolutionary Tree is showcased as the “Boutique of the Month.”
Gratitude for My Mentor: 5 Points of Wisdom
December 20, 2022
The holidays are a great time to remember that there is so much to be grateful for, most especially for key people who influenced and supported us. For me, one of the most influential people in my life was my late mentor, Frank Sands Sr. Mr. Sands, or Frank as I knew him, was one of the greatest investors of our time and I had the great fortune to work closely with him for over 20 years, assisting him in building his firm, Sands Capital, from...
Evolutionary Tree’s Innovation-Focused Portfolio Ranks in the Top Ten of Its PSN Peer Universe
December 06, 2022
We are pleased to announce that our innovation-focused smid-cap growth portfolio, Darwin Emerging Innovators, delivered a top-ten performance relative to the PSN Mid Cap Growth Universe over the trailing three-year period. *See important information below about gross and net performance. Evolutionary Tree’s Darwin Emerging Innovators Portfolio ranked #7 out of 142 strategies in PSN’s Mid Cap Growth category. Despite a severe bear market,...
Growth Is the New Value
September 22, 2022
While many investors are currently focused on near-term macro headwinds, we believe innovation can still drive growth for leading innovators and remains critically important for long-term investors. Innovation is not going out of style or losing its importance. We believe many of the macro headwinds are mostly discounted in current valuations for quality innovative businesses, and we share examples below on the disconnect between the strength of...
Books That Inspire Us: A New Blog Series Featuring Our Team’s Favorite Reads
September 08, 2022
At Evolutionary Tree Capital Management, we get inspiration from a variety of sources. Books are some of the best sources, especially for long-term investors, as they often touch on timeless topics, help inform one’s investment approach, and provide perspective for investors. In our new blog series, Books That Inspire Us, we’ll be sharing our favorite book titles with you, along with why we like them, what we learned from them, and how they...

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