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Trixie Whitley: A Hidden Gem

Since inception, our investment service Hidden Gems has been piling up winning investments like Chipotle, Under Armour, Buffalo Wild Wings, Nuance Communications, and Autoliv. The aim of our service is to search where others don't, to find these companies before the general market, and to invest in them -- not for a week or a month, but for years, or even decades.

One of the ways we train our minds to find great up-and-coming investments is to train our eyes to spot emerging greatness in every endeavor and in every field. There are hidden gems everywhere, and now we're running a contest where you can find them: "Uncover a Gem." In the comments section below, share your favorite undiscovered jewel. The one we love the most will earn the poster a free three-year subscription to Hidden Gems.

We'll start things off by sharing ours, along with some free music.

Trixie Whitley
No, she's probably not the next Warren Buffett. She's not even really an investor in the traditional sense. Trixie Whitley is a singer -- a singer whose voice has been described as "emotionally searing," "heart-wrenching," and "blues-drenched."

Trixie's career is at its outset. Born in Belgium, she began singing onstage at the age of three with her singer-songwriter father, Chris Whitley. She never stopped, performing wherever she could -- including as a DJ at the Belgium Museum of Modern Art at the age of 11! Eventually, a break came last year when she was asked to become the lead singer of Black Dub (produced by Daniel Lanois of U2 and Bob Dylan fame). Appearances at festivals such as Bonnaroo and South by Southwest followed, and she's now preparing to release her first solo album, Fourth Corner.

So, this weekend, take a few moments to enjoy six free songs by Trixie, whom Motley Fool Co-Founder and CEO Tom Gardner calls "a true hidden gem." The download is completely free. Just visit and enter your email address to be treated to six excellent tracks, including two from her unreleased album.

Now, share your hidden gems in the comments below, Fools!

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  • Report this Comment On October 19, 2012, at 6:05 PM, kevin939516 wrote:

    My favorite hidden gem is Nanoviricides (NNVC) a developmental stage company in the developing field of nanoengineering. The company has a set of very exclusive patents on their nanoviricide design and the class of nano particles for the next 20 years (plus the ability for an extension based on time for FDA trials). The company's research to date shows that they have a very promising product, compared to those on the market, and could provide cures for viral infections we have not yet been able to cure (including HIV/AIDS). The product pipeline includes a number of innovative concepts also including their ADIF Base Technology which would allow for a nanoviricide to be created in the field in the event of a novel infection (natural or biological terrorism). The management is excellent and understands both the research they are doing as well as how to run a company properly. The company also has a number of excellent networks in place with others who are beneficial to their continued success. There are many more reasons I consider this to be a hidden gem, besides the fact that it is a new company with an amazing product and amazing research in a brand new field, but the reasons listed above should be compelling enough that NNVC is truly a hidden gem.

  • Report this Comment On October 19, 2012, at 6:10 PM, BigBevo wrote:


    Smart leaders who have been in this space for years and know exactly what to do. None of their initial investors have cashed out and all are in for the long haul.

  • Report this Comment On October 19, 2012, at 7:10 PM, carlosehil wrote:

    My hidden gems are: tagg and aegr.

  • Report this Comment On October 19, 2012, at 9:52 PM, thequast wrote:

    My hidden gem is Powersecure International (powr). Revenue has been growing at an amazing clip, management is focusing on spending money to get recurring revenue streams going, and they are in a "green" business. But unlike most green businesses they power saving technologies actually save companies money and Powersecure earns at the same time. I liked it better when it was trading at $4/share, but it's not outrageous in price right now.

  • Report this Comment On October 19, 2012, at 11:20 PM, TSIF wrote:

    Maybe it would help if you would define the parameters of a hidden gem, market cap, etc. I use to have a subscription, but I "thinned" it as I wasn't allocating enough time to it. Thanks.

  • Report this Comment On October 19, 2012, at 11:37 PM, predfern wrote:

    “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” – Albert Einstein

  • Report this Comment On October 20, 2012, at 7:04 AM, k2climber wrote:

    Check out Simulations Plus (SLP).

    This is an amazing and disruptive company. They're pioneering the way drugs are conceived by designing software that predicts how molecules interact. They boast incredibly strong customer retention rates and they've been adding loads of new customers every year. Simulations Plus licenses their software on a yearly basis and as a result their business model ensures high recurring revenue.

    Over the past 15 years, SLP has grown earnings at an average of 18.7% / year. In that time, share price has tracked earnings and has returned an average of 25.8% / year. Simulations pays a 4.2% dividend and has 0 debt!

    Analysts predict a 5-year EPS growth of 22% which would imply a tripling of the stock price in 5 years time.

    For some background on what SLP is trying to disrupt, check out this link:

  • Report this Comment On October 21, 2012, at 12:43 AM, joellahrman wrote:

    Well I'll take a look at these...

    But Trixie Whitley is definitely worth listening to.

    I was a huge fan of her father, Chris Whitley. He was my all-time favorite until his passing in 2005.

    Trixie is definitely her father's daughter, but is not just following in his footsteps either.

  • Report this Comment On October 21, 2012, at 6:09 AM, tbonci wrote:

    HMN: An insurance company who deals in auto and old age (annuity, etc) products, primarily with public sector k-12 school workers.

    In the modern age of public sector benefits under scrutiny, the stability of these products are good for their customers.

    Also, this company has a growing dividend and a great momentum, along with other nice characteristics.

  • Report this Comment On October 21, 2012, at 10:14 PM, FoolishSkulls wrote:

    My hidden gem is Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (KOG)

  • Report this Comment On October 23, 2012, at 1:03 PM, lnkrgn wrote:

    My favorite hidden gem is right now is Acorn Energy (ACFN).

    Insiders have been buying. They have 4 subsidiaries.

    One of them is US Seismic Systems(USSI). They have developed a fibor optic sensor system to do seismic monitoring for the oil and gas industry. According to them their new fibor optic system produces much clearer images than the old electronic systems in use today and costs about one fifth as much. They are current ramping up manufacturing capacity to meet the demand they say is coming in the near future. USSI has a video of their investor day in their investor relations section that shows how much clearer fibor optic seismic is vs. electronic seismic. Also, they show the reduction in dry holes as a result of seismic studies over the years proving the value of seismic tools in oil and gas drilling.

    Their other 3 subsidiaries seem appear to be either related to the smart grid or to security of valuable assets and all 3 seem to be getting some initial sales.

  • Report this Comment On October 27, 2012, at 4:51 PM, ebs81765 wrote:

    My HG has been (and will continue to be) REED. For me, this was a true Peter Lynch play. Unable to invest in Trader Joe's, I decided to go with the product that TJ's can never seem to keep on the shelf - Virgil's Root Beer (product of Reed's).

    There has been a lot of press surrounding Reed's latey, however, I've been sold for over a year.

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