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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


South by Southwest on Tech

What some of the world's brightest thinkers had to say about artificial intelligence, Chinese e-commerce, voice tech, and more at this year's SXSW conference.


MongoDB Reports 50% Q4 Sales Growth; Shares Rise on Strong Outlook

The general-purpose database provider is winning new customers and expanding its relationships with existing ones.


SXSW on the Future of Healthcare

From genomics to behavioral health, here’s what some of the most innovative healthcare thinkers were focused on at this year’s South by Southwest.

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3 Reasons Why iRobot Is Still a Buy

The robotics company's stock has been a bit volatile recently, but the long-term outlook is promising.

Plug In to These Top Investment Ideas in Robotics

Motley Fool Explorer's advisor recently caught up with the world's first actively-managed robotics fund. See what companies they believe could be excellent investment ideas in the space.

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3 Reasons Not to Follow Warren Buffett's Stock Ideas

The Oracle of Omaha is undeniably one of the world's greatest investors. But does his timeless advice really still apply today?

Teladoc Calls In Strong Fourth-Quarter Results

America's largest telemedicine provider finds itself right in the middle of an important developing trend.

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MuleSoft Continues to Roll; Platform Is Winning New Customers

The application network provider reported strong fourth-quarter results and issued solid full-year guidance.

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Talend Revenue Jumps as It Looks to the Cloud for Growth

The data integration platform provider reported fourth-quarter results that showed growth as well as investment for the future.

CME Group Slashes Costs; Sets Eyes on Bitcoin

After muted results in 2017, the derivatives exchange operator looks to cryptocurrencies as a way to boost volumes.

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Is Oracle Losing Its Mojo?

After a report surfaced of Oracle potentially losing two key customers, investors have to wonder if the software company's competitive advantages are still intact.

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My 3 Top Growth Stocks for 2018

These three stocks are set to outperform in 2018 and beyond.

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Is There a Future for Virtual Reality?

Virtual reality is a hot topic, but the high costs are putting a damper on sales.

Activision Blizzard Shows Investors the Power of Franchises

The video game developer just beat analyst expectations for the seventh consecutive quarter. See what's driving the company's excellent results, and why even more earnings beats are likely still to come.

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Tractor Supply Keeps on Creating Value for Shareholders

Retail has been a difficult industry in recent years. But Tractor Supply could be a good opportunity that investors should consider.

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How Tractor Supply Is Defying the Train Wreck of Retail

You may have heard that bricks-and-mortar retail is dead. But here are several reasons Tractor Supply shines as a diamond-in-the-rough of a tough industry.

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Investment Ideas in the Robotics Industry

Motley Fool Explorer recently spoke with the world's first actively-managed robotics fund. See what companies they believe could be excellent investment ideas in the space.

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Medicare Is Changing. Here Are 3 Things Investors Need to Know

Find out three key takeaways that investors need to know about Medicare's future direction.


Disney's Latest Innovation Is, Quite Literally, Bringing Characters to Life

The Magic Kingdom is deploying a new technology to become even more magical.

Why I Sold These 2 Stocks in September

Due to irreconcilable differences, it came time for me to part ways with two of my past holdings.