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Simon Erickson

Simon Erickson


I am a believer in the power of disruptive innovation, and that individual investors can significantly outperform the market over long periods of time. I am the lead advisor of our Motley Fool Explorer service, where we look for future-focused companies well-poised to capitalize on developing long-term trends.

Recent articles

Volatility Slows, but CME Group Still Posts Solid Q2 Profits

Market volatility has cooled a bit from its all-time highs of last quarter, but CME Group's cost-cutting measures are paying off for shareholders.

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Time Is Money -- Cloud-Based Automation Could Save You Both

Tired of manually doing taxes or running payroll? Gusto and a new wave of cloud-based providers are helping businesses reclaim their lost time.

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Why Finance's New Favorite Metric Is Customer Satisfaction

Once focused solely on developing profitable products, financial companies have changed their approach. The vice president of Forbes Insights explains how the new priority of customer experience will affect the financial services industry, and which companies are best poised to benefit.

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3 Reasons BeiGene Needs to Be on Your Radar

It hasn't yet received a lot of media attention, but BeiGene has an absolutely huge opportunity in China's nascent biotechnology market.


An Expert's View of Investing in the Sharing Economy

The founder of Structure Capital discusses how he's putting money to work in the sharing economy's new wave of opportunities.

MongoDB's Disruptive Approach Catches the Eye of the Enterprise

MongoDB's first-quarter results showed 53% growth in subscription revenue and more than 400% growth in its recent Atlas initiative. Larger customers are taking note of its disruptive database solution.

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Will the Future of the Stock Market Be "Survival of the Fittest"?

The founder of Sentient Technologies describes how adaptive, evolutionary artificial intelligence is coming to the worlds of stock investing and e-commerce.


An Inside Look at the World's Most Innovative Trends

The founder of three of the world's largest technology conferences shares his thoughts on priorities for investment, important policy decisions, and more.

Softbank Introduces the World to Collaborative Robots With "Pepper"

The number of new opportunities being created for social robots might surprise you.

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Talend Revenue Reaches New Heights, Cloud Accelerates Growth

Big Data continues to grow, and Talend's data fabric platform is winning over several new customers.


The Man Behind the Natural Language Technology That Powers Siri Shares His View of the Future of AI

Babak Hodjat, inventor of the technology that powers Apple's virtual assistant, speaks to the uncertainties and opportunities in this innovative space.


Workday CTO Joe Korngiebel Describes the New Era of Enterprise Software

The cloud-based business is redefining enterprise software -- see what their highest-level technologist believes sets his company apart.


Venture Capital's Best Opportunities Right Now

Forbes' venture capital specialist shares his thoughts about where early-stage investors are putting their money to work.

Teladoc's Rising Patient Visits Make for a Good Start to 2018

This leading telemedicine provider could be just the remedy for American's ailing healthcare industry.

CME Group Benefits From the Return of Market Volatility

Record-setting trading volumes made for an excellent quarter at the world's largest derivatives exchange.


iQiyi's First Public Quarter Deserves a Standing Ovation

Chinese digital entertainment site iQiyi reported excellent results in its first quarter as a publicly traded company.

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3 Things You Should Know About Today's Top Entrepreneurs

A new wave of innovation will change several of America's most established industries. Here are three important takeaways for investors.

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2 Ways to Invest in China's Innovation Renaissance

China's command economy is plowing huge sums of money into innovation. Here are two ways that investors can benefit.


What Does the Future Hold for Virtual Reality?

This Fool reached out to the CEO of one of VR's most progressive companies to hear an informed perspective that investors need to know.

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The Top Healthcare Takeaways From SXSW

Healthcare is emerging as one of SXSW's most popular topics. See what investors need to know about the industry's future.