Psychological Investor Founder Dr Greg Mulhauser

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Dr Greg Mulhauser started investing in 1984, at the age of 14, with tiny amounts of capital hard-earned from after-school and weekend jobs in his small hometown in Montana. He began with precious metals, later expanding to equities and then listed derivatives.

His interest in markets and other complex systems like human minds grew while completing a BA (Summa Cum Laude) with a double major in philosophy and mathematics at Willamette University, with a particular focus on nonlinear systems. With no financial support from his family, Mulhauser successfully funded the entire cost of his education with scholarships and grants — naturally investing available cash balances from them up until payment was due to the university. While an undergraduate, he interned with the US Department of Energy at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and he accepted a full-time post at the Pentagon after graduation, with a flexible arrangement enabling him to continue or to return to academia. He opted for the latter and, under a British Marshall Scholarship, completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh a little less than three years later. His work there focused on consciousness and cognition, with contributions from algorithmic information theory and Kolmogorov complexity, neuroscience and physics. As Gifford Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow the following year, he tutored in ethics and general philosophy, provided guest lectures in philosophy of science, and signed a book contract for an expanded and updated version of his dissertation, which became an appropriately obscure title in the catalogue of Kluwer Academic (later acquired by Springer-Verlag). Throughout his university years, Mulhauser was also active with several charities, environmental organisations, and volunteering at a hospital and a monastery soup kitchen.

In the second half of the 1990s, Mulhauser joined the Complex Systems Laboratory of European telecoms operator BT, initially as a researcher in artificial life and novel computational architectures. But within three years, he had advanced to assignments including consulting on merger and acquisition opportunities worth tens of millions of pounds, participating in an internal corporate venturing programme, working on BT’s Asian portfolio management, and assessing flotation and alternative demerger options for BT Wireless, which was to become mobile operator O2. Later, he developed strategy for BT’s £500 million indirect channels business, where he initiated a new focus on underlying gross margins as distinct from top line revenue growth targets, before he returned to BT’s 3500-strong technology subsidiary to manage strategic partnering programmes in security and in mobile technology. During this time, he was also named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

While continuing his private investment activities and still at BT, Mulhauser was head-hunted by firms ranging from the small and now-extinct to the large and thriving, including The Carlyle Group, but eventually he set out to work independently. He pursued a new angle on his abiding interest in the human mind and individual potential via a postgraduate diploma in counseling and psychotherapy, simultaneously providing consulting on projects ranging from ground based air defence systems at the UK’s Ministry of Defence to internal communication at the UK’s national Police IT Organisation (PITO). While subsequently working in private practice as a counselor and psychotherapist, he also began developing a series of web-based businesses and several educational/informational websites in mental health and general health, some of which he later sold and some of which remain under active development.

Dubbed a polymath by one reviewer of his first book, Mulhauser’s penchant for accelerated learning across a wide range of fields has been life-long and enriches both his professional and private life. From the age of 11, forward-thinking school administrators allowed him to begin taking classes ahead of schedule, his first trial run being twelfth grade advanced chemistry alongside 17- and 18-year-olds. At age 15, he launched a 100-pound sounding rocket to an altitude around 25,000 feet as part of a hands-on aerospace programme, and at 16, he joined one peer from each state to experiment with particle accelerators at Brookhaven National Laboratory. His broad interests have continued to develop as an adult. His published articles and conference presentations, for example, span topics as diverse as computation theory, evolution, cognitive science, philosophy of mind, free will, neural networks, robotics, and quantum decoherence. His non-work activities, meanwhile, have included training in several styles of martial arts; he has attained shodan (black belt) in Ryukyu kobudo and nikyu (brown belt) in shukokai karate.

Although he hadn’t realised it when first leaving the US for Scotland in 1991, the United Kingdom was to become his permanent home. Mulhauser now lives with his wife and daughter in Devon, England.

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