I have served in the military and as a DOD contractor after that. I was trained in communications equipment and networks. After punching the clock at odd hours, I found myself restless. I decided to become an investor. This path led to learning about day trading, penny stocks , and understanding investment banking. Over the years I have had many painful lessons, and I try to share those lessons with others. I ran my own stock picking newsletter, successfully, in the latter to early parts of the 90s and 2000s. After, I consulted with small publicly traded companies and gained intimate knowledge of raising equity through private and public offerings. I have seen the equity markets rise and tumble, and the biggest lesson I have learned from all this is "you need to be prepared".