Technology Metals Guru Celebrates Milestone
I would like to take a moment in the InvestorIntel daily commentary and news coverage for self-directed investors and entrepreneurs to recognize our #1 ranked editor — Mr. Jack Lifton, and wish him Happy Birthday.
Turning 75 today, Picasso once said “It takes a long time to become young.” and believe me – for an international technology metals, no one understands what this means better than Jack. Always smiling, and often in the throes of one of the most geopolitically charged industries in the world: Jack once told me that he honestly did not care what anyone else thinks about him.
Some people in the industry, and even our audience sometimes really give it to me about Jack and his columns. But here’s what I really want to say: if you dislike Jack so much, then why are you reading him and watching his videos? After all, Jack’s audience continues to grow, and his videos average over 5 minutes per view. Keep in mind that the average YouTube video is only watched for .45 seconds.
Lifton, as you may or may not know – coined the term “technology metals” five years ago, and this is what we at InvestorIntel now refer to as the way to describe all of the specialty metals, strategic materials, critical metals, energy metals that previously captured rare earth elements, graphite, lithium, hafnium, niobium, cobalt, scandium and many others that affect: technology.
Now I can go on all day about Jack or the “rare earth warrior” as Jim Engdahl described him to me last week. Instead, I asked Jack’s partner in Technology Metals Research, LLC Gareth P Hatch, PhD CEng FIMMM FIET to say a few words and kick off our warm wishes…
Gareth Hatch: Jack has been a unique feature of the world of rare-metals commentary since long before I entered into the arena myself some years ago. His perspective on the technology metals (a phrase that he himself coined) generates strong opinions and it’s not for nothing that the Financial Times once dubbed him the Apocalyptic Soothsayer (a moniker that he secretly rather quite liked, I think).
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Jack isn’t the first person to discuss the imbalance between future demand for rare and critical metals and materials as result of a growing world population, and the major challenges of supply that we will face, but his explanations of the facts and implications are among the best that I’ve ever read. I’ve always admired his ability to tie the day-to-day ‘goings on’ in the markets to the bigger, historical and geopolitical picture. He is able to connect the dots where others fear to tread, or are incapable of doing so – the torpedoes be damned…
It has been a pleasure to know and to work with Jack on a number of projects and initiatives over the years, and I congratulate him on the occasion of his 75th birthday.
I would like to encourage our audience and the industry alike to wish Jack, a very Happy Birthday.
An accomplished entrepreneur and corporate finance professional, Tracy Weslosky is the CEO for InvestorIntel Corp. and the VP of Business Development for Bellotti Capital Partners ... <Read more about Tracy Weslosky>