William Thorndike

The Outsiders

William Thorndike

Talk: The Outsiders

In this refreshing, counterintuitive book, author Will Thorndike brings to bear the analytical wisdom of a successful career in investing, closely evaluating the performance of companies and their leaders. You will meet eight individualistic CEOs whose firms’ average returns outperformed the S&P 500 by a factor of twenty—in other words, an investment of $10,000 with each of these CEOs, on average, would have been worth over $1.5 million twenty-five years later. In The Outsiders, you’ll learn the traits and methods—striking for their consistency and relentless rationality—that helped these unique leaders achieve such exceptional performance.

William Thorndike

William N. Thorndike, Jr. founded Housatonic Partners, a private equity firm with offices in Boston and San Francisco, in 1994. Mr. Thorndike is a graduate of Harvard College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is the author of, "The Outsiders."

The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success

Drawing on years of research and experience, Thorndike tells eye-opening stories, extracting lessons and revealing a compelling alternative model for anyone interested in leading a company or investing in one—and reaping extraordinary returns.

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