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Jean Galea & Joe Galea

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Mastermind.fm is where we interview high-achievers from all walks of life and learn about what they do and how they do it. The show currently has a strong slant towards Fintech and investment asset class exploration.

Latest Episodes

Episode 125 – Investing in Litigation with AxiaFunder

In today's episode, Jean and Joe meet Cormac Leech from AxiaFunder to discuss how investors can make money from litigation cases. This is a really new asset class with the biggest advantage being that it has very little correlation with other asset classes. We discuss the legality and ethical background behind litigation funding (it is still illegal in some European nations) and the future for this asset class, as well as how investing works in practice. This includes what returns we can expect, duration of litigation cases as well as the biggest risks investors face. This was a thoroughly enjoyable chat for us and we learned a lot from Cormac. We came out of the interview very excited about delving deeper into litigation funding and with the intention to put some money to work in this asset class. Links * AxiaFunder * AxiaFunder review

63 MIN5 d ago
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Episode 125 – Investing in Litigation with AxiaFunder

Episode 124 – Investing in Vacation Rental Properties with Brickstarter

In this episode, Jean and Joe speak to Jose Maria Pascual from Brickstarter, a vacation rental property platform based in Estonia. By registering as an investor on this platform, you are able to invest in vacation rental properties (currently only in Spain) and benefit when they are rented out. This was an interesting and eye-opening chat with Jose, who was very open and honest about how the platform operates, the challenges faced by this asset class during these months, and their plans for the near future. I base a lot of trust on the team when evaluating platforms, and Jose made an excellent impression on me. I encourage you to check out the full review of Brickstarter and consider this investment as part of a diversified portfolio with several asset classes. Links * Brickstarter

66 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 124 – Investing in Vacation Rental Properties with Brickstarter

Episode 123 – Automated Crypto Trading with Coinrule

Today's guests are Oleg Giberstein and Gabriele Musella, the co-founders of Coinrule.io, a platform that empowers crypto traders to compete with professional algorithmic traders and hedge funds with no coding skills required. I find the entire field of crypto assets incredibly fascinating as it really is one deep rabbit hole. One of the aspects that has captured the imagination of millions worldwide is crypto trading. We've all seen stories of young people who found incredible riches through trading cryptocurrencies, although there undoubtedly are many (less publicized) failures too. Trading can be a brutal job though, requiring long hours of looking at screens and usually inflicting a significant emotional toll. I was looking into how things can be simplified and structured when I came across Coinrule. In today’s world, more than half of cryptocurrency trading volume is driven by complex trading bots. Yet, 75% of all hobbyist traders cannot write a single line of code. Coinrule empowers regular traders to compete with professional algorithmic traders and Hedge funds: a smart assistant to build automated rules for crypto exchanges without having to code. Coinrule have just closed their second round of funding, and they are conducting all the legal aspects of the funding through Seedlegals, which is another interesting project to look into if you're interested in startup investing. In this episode, we explore how beginners can start trading with the help of Coinrule. Some topics discussed: * The different types of traders * A few popular trading strategies * How to manage risk while trading * Connecting exchanges * Complementary tools for traders Coinrule is still a relatively new project, but the team has great plans for the future, including AI assistance while trading and several interesting integrations with DeFi projects. For example, you might be able to create a strategy whereby your crypto would be used for staking when the crypto asset you're trading is in a sideways period, and then switch back to trading when the price action picks up. With the growth of DeFi and AI there will be infinite possibilities for such services to help traders create ever more interesting strategies. I finished off the episode asking Oleg and Gabriele what Fintech projects and areas they are most excited about, given that they are based in London, which is a hotbed for financial innovation in Europe. Links * Coinrule's website * Seedlegals

45 MINJUN 3
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Episode 123 – Automated Crypto Trading with Coinrule

Episode 122 – Philip Camilleri (Smartasset.com & Founderslist.com)

In today's episode I sit down with fellow Maltese entrepreneur Philip Camilleri, who recently made his exit from Smartasset.com, a company he co-founded in 2010 and through which he achieved tremendous success in the United States over the past 10 years. He is now hard at work on his new project Founderslist.com. We discuss the differences in the fintech spaces of Europe and the United States, his journey with Smartasset.com, why he decided to create Founderslist and what are the problems that founders still face and that he is trying to help with. With Malta being such a small country, it's not common to come across such highly successful entrepreneurs as Philip, so his journey should serve as an inspiration to all those who come from small countries and regions that are far from the epicenter of startups and investors. Links * Smartasset.com * Founderslist.com * Philip on Linkedin

24 MINMAY 26
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Episode 122 – Philip Camilleri (Smartasset.com & Founderslist.com)

Episode 121 – Interview with Kris Gunnars from StockAnalysis.com

Kris Gunnars is the founder and ex-CEO of the world's most trafficked nutrition site Authority Nutrition. He went on to sell that website to Healthline.com, which then became the world's biggest nutrition site. Kris now dedicates his time to investing the handsome returns from the acquisition and runs Stockanalysis.com where he shares the results of his research and learning. In this conversation, we talk about the personality traits and skillset needed to build a successful authority site. We also go through some of the challenges faced by website owners and how to know when to sell. Both Kris and Jean agree that there is a lifecycle that one goes through when owning an authority site, and it's important to know at what stage your business is at in order to have the right expectations and select the appropriate strategy, which might even be that of selling, as in Kris' case. Big transitions are never easy, and we discuss how Kris' life changed after the financially life-changing sale of his site to Healthline. If you want to learn how one person with the right focus and perseverance can build a hugely successful internet business make sure you don't miss this episode. Links * Stockanalysis.com

52 MINMAY 5
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Episode 121 – Interview with Kris Gunnars from StockAnalysis.com

Episode 120 – Chris Grech on Maltese Tax Structures and Investing

In today’s episode, I sit down for a chat with Chris Grech, one of my classmates from high school who has gone on to attain success as a CPA working with international clients and based out of Malta. We touch on various topics, including: * Malta’s advantageous corporate tax system * Whether Malta really is a “blockchain island” * Investing in COVID-19 times and beyond * Cryptocurrencies * Real estate investing * Diversification I enjoyed catching up with Chris and having some of my ideas challenged; this is an exercise that is extremely important to sharpen your thoughts as an investor. As in many other areas of life, there isn’t necessarily either a good or bad to do things, it all depends on your circumstances and future plans. While I might have an investing strategy that is diametrically opposed to someone else’s, we can both achieve our goals simply because the goals themselves are very different. And that is why I predicate caution in blindly copying what other investor...

76 MINAPR 22
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Episode 120 – Chris Grech on Maltese Tax Structures and Investing

Episode 119 – Interview with Yoran Brondsema

On this week's show, Jean is joined by Gabriella Galea, his sister, and Yoran Brondsema, a European index investor and entrepreneur. Gabriella is new to the investing world and is trying to figure it all out, while Yoran has been researching the best way to invest and allocate assets in a sensible portfolio for several years. He developed a tool for Europeans to backtest different portfolios and thus help decided which portfolio they want to adopt. In this episode, we focus on index investing, with a specific focus on European investors. We discuss how to track an index, what asset mix you should have in your investment portfolio, how and when to rebalance, how to choose an ETF and stock broker, and how taxes play an important role in your investment returns. It was a pleasure for me to interview Yoran and you'll find that this episode is packed with information. I also recommend the book "Investing Demystified" that Yoran recommends. I had bought and read it a while back, but I am going to go back to it and give it another read, as I think there will soon be very good opportunities in the stock market, making it a great time to build a stock and bond portfolio. Links * YoranBrondsema.com * Curvo.eu * Investing Demystified - Book * Investing Demystified on YouTube

50 MINFEB 5
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Episode 119 – Interview with Yoran Brondsema

Episode 118 – Interviewing Tanel Orro from Reinvest24

In this week's episode we interview the CEO of Reinvest24, Mr Tanel Orro. This platform is one of my favorites as they are growing organically and doing things the right way. I like their updates on the properties they are working on as they record videos of the progress, and it seems that they are very responsible towards their investors, which is always good to see. We discuss many aspects of investing in real estate, including the hottest trends in real estate investment in Europe, why invest in buy-to-rent properties vs developmetn loans, and where most of the investors come from and why. It was a really enjoyable episode for us to do, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Links * Reinvest24 * Jean's review of Reinvest24

53 MIN2019 NOV 20
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Episode 118 – Interviewing Tanel Orro from Reinvest24

Episode 117 – Interview with Gustas Germanavičius from Evo Estate

This week we have Gustas from Evo Estate with us. This platform is different from the majority of online real estate investment platforms in that it is a curated aggregator of deals from various platforms. It is a platform that is dedicated to serving the investors' needs, as Gustas emphasizes. In this episode, Jean is joined by his dad Joseph, an experienced finance expert and together they discuss Evo Estate and online real estate deals in general with Gustas. We thoroughly enjoyed our discussion with the young but very knowledgeable Gustas and we think you'll enjoy this too. Links * Evo Estate * How to Invest in Real Estate online

51 MIN2019 OCT 25
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Episode 117 – Interview with Gustas Germanavičius from Evo Estate

Episode 116 – Peer to Peer Loan Investments with Sterling from P2P Millionaire

In today's episode, Jean is joined by Sterling from P2P-Millionaire.com. Sterling is one of the biggest investors in peer-to-peer lending and has an active portfolio of over a million euros invested across several P2P platforms. We discuss how he built the initial capital that he now invests, thoughts about living in China, and how he goes about choosing P2P platforms. We touch upon setting up an auto invest strategy on these P2P lending platforms, and what would happen in an economic downturn. Other topics we go into are the calculation of XIRR, the three fund portfolio, ETFs vs funds and real estate investing. Sterling together with his friend Scrappy are very involved in the European FIRE community as well as several forums dealing specifically with P2P lending, so I really encourage you to listen to this episode and visit their site for their latest monthly reports. Links * P2P Millionaire on Twitter * P2P Independent forum discussion about what would happen in a crisis * How li...

60 MIN2019 AUG 6
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Episode 116 – Peer to Peer Loan Investments with Sterling from P2P Millionaire

Latest Episodes

Episode 125 – Investing in Litigation with AxiaFunder

In today's episode, Jean and Joe meet Cormac Leech from AxiaFunder to discuss how investors can make money from litigation cases. This is a really new asset class with the biggest advantage being that it has very little correlation with other asset classes. We discuss the legality and ethical background behind litigation funding (it is still illegal in some European nations) and the future for this asset class, as well as how investing works in practice. This includes what returns we can expect, duration of litigation cases as well as the biggest risks investors face. This was a thoroughly enjoyable chat for us and we learned a lot from Cormac. We came out of the interview very excited about delving deeper into litigation funding and with the intention to put some money to work in this asset class. Links * AxiaFunder * AxiaFunder review

63 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Episode 125 – Investing in Litigation with AxiaFunder

Episode 124 – Investing in Vacation Rental Properties with Brickstarter

In this episode, Jean and Joe speak to Jose Maria Pascual from Brickstarter, a vacation rental property platform based in Estonia. By registering as an investor on this platform, you are able to invest in vacation rental properties (currently only in Spain) and benefit when they are rented out. This was an interesting and eye-opening chat with Jose, who was very open and honest about how the platform operates, the challenges faced by this asset class during these months, and their plans for the near future. I base a lot of trust on the team when evaluating platforms, and Jose made an excellent impression on me. I encourage you to check out the full review of Brickstarter and consider this investment as part of a diversified portfolio with several asset classes. Links * Brickstarter

66 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Episode 124 – Investing in Vacation Rental Properties with Brickstarter

Episode 123 – Automated Crypto Trading with Coinrule

Today's guests are Oleg Giberstein and Gabriele Musella, the co-founders of Coinrule.io, a platform that empowers crypto traders to compete with professional algorithmic traders and hedge funds with no coding skills required. I find the entire field of crypto assets incredibly fascinating as it really is one deep rabbit hole. One of the aspects that has captured the imagination of millions worldwide is crypto trading. We've all seen stories of young people who found incredible riches through trading cryptocurrencies, although there undoubtedly are many (less publicized) failures too. Trading can be a brutal job though, requiring long hours of looking at screens and usually inflicting a significant emotional toll. I was looking into how things can be simplified and structured when I came across Coinrule. In today’s world, more than half of cryptocurrency trading volume is driven by complex trading bots. Yet, 75% of all hobbyist traders cannot write a single line of code. Coinrule empowers regular traders to compete with professional algorithmic traders and Hedge funds: a smart assistant to build automated rules for crypto exchanges without having to code. Coinrule have just closed their second round of funding, and they are conducting all the legal aspects of the funding through Seedlegals, which is another interesting project to look into if you're interested in startup investing. In this episode, we explore how beginners can start trading with the help of Coinrule. Some topics discussed: * The different types of traders * A few popular trading strategies * How to manage risk while trading * Connecting exchanges * Complementary tools for traders Coinrule is still a relatively new project, but the team has great plans for the future, including AI assistance while trading and several interesting integrations with DeFi projects. For example, you might be able to create a strategy whereby your crypto would be used for staking when the crypto asset you're trading is in a sideways period, and then switch back to trading when the price action picks up. With the growth of DeFi and AI there will be infinite possibilities for such services to help traders create ever more interesting strategies. I finished off the episode asking Oleg and Gabriele what Fintech projects and areas they are most excited about, given that they are based in London, which is a hotbed for financial innovation in Europe. Links * Coinrule's website * Seedlegals

45 MINJUN 3
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Episode 123 – Automated Crypto Trading with Coinrule

Episode 122 – Philip Camilleri (Smartasset.com & Founderslist.com)

In today's episode I sit down with fellow Maltese entrepreneur Philip Camilleri, who recently made his exit from Smartasset.com, a company he co-founded in 2010 and through which he achieved tremendous success in the United States over the past 10 years. He is now hard at work on his new project Founderslist.com. We discuss the differences in the fintech spaces of Europe and the United States, his journey with Smartasset.com, why he decided to create Founderslist and what are the problems that founders still face and that he is trying to help with. With Malta being such a small country, it's not common to come across such highly successful entrepreneurs as Philip, so his journey should serve as an inspiration to all those who come from small countries and regions that are far from the epicenter of startups and investors. Links * Smartasset.com * Founderslist.com * Philip on Linkedin

24 MINMAY 26
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Episode 122 – Philip Camilleri (Smartasset.com & Founderslist.com)

Episode 121 – Interview with Kris Gunnars from StockAnalysis.com

Kris Gunnars is the founder and ex-CEO of the world's most trafficked nutrition site Authority Nutrition. He went on to sell that website to Healthline.com, which then became the world's biggest nutrition site. Kris now dedicates his time to investing the handsome returns from the acquisition and runs Stockanalysis.com where he shares the results of his research and learning. In this conversation, we talk about the personality traits and skillset needed to build a successful authority site. We also go through some of the challenges faced by website owners and how to know when to sell. Both Kris and Jean agree that there is a lifecycle that one goes through when owning an authority site, and it's important to know at what stage your business is at in order to have the right expectations and select the appropriate strategy, which might even be that of selling, as in Kris' case. Big transitions are never easy, and we discuss how Kris' life changed after the financially life-changing sale of his site to Healthline. If you want to learn how one person with the right focus and perseverance can build a hugely successful internet business make sure you don't miss this episode. Links * Stockanalysis.com

52 MINMAY 5
Comments
Episode 121 – Interview with Kris Gunnars from StockAnalysis.com

Episode 120 – Chris Grech on Maltese Tax Structures and Investing

In today’s episode, I sit down for a chat with Chris Grech, one of my classmates from high school who has gone on to attain success as a CPA working with international clients and based out of Malta. We touch on various topics, including: * Malta’s advantageous corporate tax system * Whether Malta really is a “blockchain island” * Investing in COVID-19 times and beyond * Cryptocurrencies * Real estate investing * Diversification I enjoyed catching up with Chris and having some of my ideas challenged; this is an exercise that is extremely important to sharpen your thoughts as an investor. As in many other areas of life, there isn’t necessarily either a good or bad to do things, it all depends on your circumstances and future plans. While I might have an investing strategy that is diametrically opposed to someone else’s, we can both achieve our goals simply because the goals themselves are very different. And that is why I predicate caution in blindly copying what other investor...

76 MINAPR 22
Comments
Episode 120 – Chris Grech on Maltese Tax Structures and Investing

Episode 119 – Interview with Yoran Brondsema

On this week's show, Jean is joined by Gabriella Galea, his sister, and Yoran Brondsema, a European index investor and entrepreneur. Gabriella is new to the investing world and is trying to figure it all out, while Yoran has been researching the best way to invest and allocate assets in a sensible portfolio for several years. He developed a tool for Europeans to backtest different portfolios and thus help decided which portfolio they want to adopt. In this episode, we focus on index investing, with a specific focus on European investors. We discuss how to track an index, what asset mix you should have in your investment portfolio, how and when to rebalance, how to choose an ETF and stock broker, and how taxes play an important role in your investment returns. It was a pleasure for me to interview Yoran and you'll find that this episode is packed with information. I also recommend the book "Investing Demystified" that Yoran recommends. I had bought and read it a while back, but I am going to go back to it and give it another read, as I think there will soon be very good opportunities in the stock market, making it a great time to build a stock and bond portfolio. Links * YoranBrondsema.com * Curvo.eu * Investing Demystified - Book * Investing Demystified on YouTube

50 MINFEB 5
Comments
Episode 119 – Interview with Yoran Brondsema

Episode 118 – Interviewing Tanel Orro from Reinvest24

In this week's episode we interview the CEO of Reinvest24, Mr Tanel Orro. This platform is one of my favorites as they are growing organically and doing things the right way. I like their updates on the properties they are working on as they record videos of the progress, and it seems that they are very responsible towards their investors, which is always good to see. We discuss many aspects of investing in real estate, including the hottest trends in real estate investment in Europe, why invest in buy-to-rent properties vs developmetn loans, and where most of the investors come from and why. It was a really enjoyable episode for us to do, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Links * Reinvest24 * Jean's review of Reinvest24

53 MIN2019 NOV 20
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Episode 118 – Interviewing Tanel Orro from Reinvest24

Episode 117 – Interview with Gustas Germanavičius from Evo Estate

This week we have Gustas from Evo Estate with us. This platform is different from the majority of online real estate investment platforms in that it is a curated aggregator of deals from various platforms. It is a platform that is dedicated to serving the investors' needs, as Gustas emphasizes. In this episode, Jean is joined by his dad Joseph, an experienced finance expert and together they discuss Evo Estate and online real estate deals in general with Gustas. We thoroughly enjoyed our discussion with the young but very knowledgeable Gustas and we think you'll enjoy this too. Links * Evo Estate * How to Invest in Real Estate online

51 MIN2019 OCT 25
Comments
Episode 117 – Interview with Gustas Germanavičius from Evo Estate

Episode 116 – Peer to Peer Loan Investments with Sterling from P2P Millionaire

In today's episode, Jean is joined by Sterling from P2P-Millionaire.com. Sterling is one of the biggest investors in peer-to-peer lending and has an active portfolio of over a million euros invested across several P2P platforms. We discuss how he built the initial capital that he now invests, thoughts about living in China, and how he goes about choosing P2P platforms. We touch upon setting up an auto invest strategy on these P2P lending platforms, and what would happen in an economic downturn. Other topics we go into are the calculation of XIRR, the three fund portfolio, ETFs vs funds and real estate investing. Sterling together with his friend Scrappy are very involved in the European FIRE community as well as several forums dealing specifically with P2P lending, so I really encourage you to listen to this episode and visit their site for their latest monthly reports. Links * P2P Millionaire on Twitter * P2P Independent forum discussion about what would happen in a crisis * How li...

60 MIN2019 AUG 6
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Episode 116 – Peer to Peer Loan Investments with Sterling from P2P Millionaire

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