PEARL LEMON INTERVIEWS:
SHANE MONKS O’BYRNE - AIKIDO

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SHANE MONKS O'BYRNE

Aikido Finance offers a catalogue of long-term investing strategies to help users easily build an outperforming portfolio. They have back-tested their strategies over the last 20 years and added the best strategies to their Aikido catalogue. Aikido take a long-term view to investing and use models that are simple to implement and easy to understand.

A Fireside Chat

I had the opportunity to have an amazing conversation with Shane Monks O’Byrne at Aikido Finance today. Aikido naturally piqued my interest as an investor and Shane, and I eventually got on to the subject of content creation for the finance sphere.

He took the time to talk to me and answer some questions so I could get to know him better and hear more about the things that have helped shape his business success to date – let’s get stuck into it!

What Is The Book (Or Books) You’ve Given Most As A Gift, And Why?

The 4-hour Work Week. Everything in the book is gold, but this dream equation really stands out: 

1. Limit tasks to the important to shorten work time (Pareto’s principle or the 80/20 split). 

2. Shorten work time to limit tasks to the important (Parkinson’s law).

What Purchase Of $100 Or Less Has Most Positively Impacted Your Life In The Last Six Months?

My Standing desk! Mood increased, fitter, happier. The full package!!

When You Feel Overwhelmed Or Unfocused, Or Have Lost Your Focus Temporarily, What Do You Do?

Take a walk into the hills for an hour and meditate as I walk. Nature and exercise always help. (Also if I need to be really productive…techno and coffee will get me into flow-state pretty fast)!

In The Last Five Years, What New Belief, Behavior, Or Habit Has Most Improved Your Life?

I adopted the use of a bullet journal. It helps me prioritise what I will do this year, month, week, and day. I used to use a personal scrum board to manage my life, now all I need is my little bullet journal which has to-do lists, morning journals, quotes, and general journal entries.

If You Could Have A Gigantic Billboard Anywhere With Anything On It — What Would It Say And Why?

“Bark Less, Wag More”.

USE LOSS AVERSION TO YOUR ADVANTAGE.

- SHANE MONKS O'BYRNE

What Is One Of The Best Or Most Worthwhile Investments You’ve Ever Made?

I bought the book What Works on Wall Street by James O’Shaughnessy. It is the single book that has changed my life the most. I changed the way I invest and started my current company because of this book. 

I changed from a qualitative investor into a quantitative investor. It is essentially a recipe book for which investing strategies have actually worked – back-tested since 1930 (or something crazy like that). 

Some of the strategies we have on Aikido are inspired by strategies found in this book.

What Advice Would You Give To A Smart, Driven College Student About To Enter The “Real World”? What Advice Should They Ignore?

Utilise the fact that you live in an age where you can travel the world and at the same time have a full-time job. 

Never before in history has it been possible for anyone to do! Hotspot internet and remote working capabilities are currently evolving our work-life. I live in my campervan full-time, at the same time, I run my investor-funded startup on top of lots of little side hustles. 

I ski, climb, surf, or go running whenever I like, travel to beautiful locations and have lots of time to work on my passions too!

Tell Us About Your Business. What Does It Do And What Value Do You Add?

Aikido Finance offers a catalogue of investing strategies to help our users easily build an outperforming portfolio. Choose a strategy -> Link your broker -> Create a portfolio. 

Our aim is to democratise quantitative investing. We eliminate the guesswork from investing by providing evidence-based, back-tested investment strategies. We make it easy for users to build and manage their own portfolio, based on strategies which have averaged 10-20% over the past 20+ years.

What Profession Other Than Your Own Would You Like To Attempt?

I’m currently training to be a mountain guide – it’s a long journey, but I dream of taking people into the alpine professionally.

What Is A 'Hack' You Have For Success That Most People Don't Know About?

Use loss aversion to your advantage. I use Beeminder as a way of keeping up with my good habits. I won’t explain here what the site does, or I’ll sound like a psycho, but check it out. It’s VERY powerful.

What's Your Favourite Holiday Destination?

Chamonix, France. The mountaineering mecca of the world.

What Did You Have For Breakfast This Morning?

Breakfast is a ritual for me. I have a strong black coffee and a specific porridge. Porridge recipe: 

– 2 handfuls of milled oats 
– Half a handful of granola 
– Handful of home-made seed mix (flax, hemp, sunflower, pumpkin) 
– Teaspoon of almond butter 
– A few chocolate raisins 
– A few blueberries 
– OAT MILK

About Us

Pearl Lemon are an SEO, PPC, PR, and B2B lead-generation agency. We are based in London but service clients around the world.

We have taken the time to interview entrepreneurs and experts (like Shane) in this new series.

About the Author

Heather Wilkinson

Heather Wilkinson

Heather Wilkinson is a globe-trotting content creator and PR enthusiast who’s finally put down roots in her native UK. When she isn’t working, you’ll find her pretending to care about Minecraft for her son’s sake, while secretly reading the latest Ace Atkins novel (or sleeping - her second favourite past-time).