Packy McCormick: Emerging Technology, Writing and Process

Packy McCormick is the founder and creator of The Not Boring Newsletter and Not Boring Syndicate. What started as a COVID side-hustle quickly spiraled into a full-time job and never-ending passion. After graduating from Duke, Packy went to work as an investment banking associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. From there he joined a start-up, Breather, and became VP of Experience.

Today Packy writes a weekly newsletter for thousands of technology investors, thinkers and entrepreneurs. And he’s loving every bit of it.

I’m a huge fan of Packy’s writing and he’s quickly becoming one of my favorite reads on the internet.
Our wide-ranging conversation dives deep into Packy’s writing and research process, how Packy creates new frameworks from old ideas, lessons learned from David Perrell’s writing course, emerging markets and his pitch on FEMSA.

We end our conversation with Packy’s plans for the future of Not Boring, and which President he’d like to shoot hoops with.

Here’s the time-stamp:

  • [2:42] Starting The Not Boring Newsletter
  • [6:34] Packy McCormick’s Writing Process
  • [9:25] Creating New Frameworks On Old Topics
  • [12:15] Packy’s Research Process
  • [17:19] Lessons From David Perrell’s Writing Course
  • [26:45] Mobile Technology & Emerging Markets
  • [32:55]
  • [41:41] What Is The New Market Average?
  • [46:44] Packy’s Massive Newsletter Growth
  • [53:11] The Not Boring Syndicate
  • [58:25] Closing Questions

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I want to thank Packy again for coming on the show. I know we’ll have him on again soon!

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Brandon Beylo

Value Investor

Brandon has been a professional investor focusing on value for over 13 years, spending his time in small to micro-cap companies, spin-offs, SPACs, and deep value liquidation situations. Over time, he’s developed a deeper understanding for what deep-value investing actually means, and refined his philosophy to include any business trading at a wild discount to what he thinks its worth in 3-5 years.

Brandon has a tenacious passion for investing, broad-based learning, and business. He previously worked for several leading investment firms before joining the team at Macro Ops. He lives by the famous Munger mantra of trying to get a little smarter each day.


Investing & Personal Finance

AK is the founder of Macro Ops and the host of Fallible.

He started out in corporate economics for a Fortune 50 company before moving to a long/short equity investment firm.

With Macro Ops focused primarily on institutional clients, AK moved to servicing new investors just starting their journey. He takes the professional research and education produced at Macro Ops and breaks it down for beginners. The goal is to help clients find the best solution for their investing needs through effective education.

Tyler Kling

Volatility & Options Trader

Former trade desk manager at $100+ million family office where he oversaw multiple traders and helped develop cutting edge quantitative strategies in the derivatives market.

He worked as a consultant to the family office’s in-house fund of funds in the areas of portfolio manager evaluation and capital allocation.

Certified in Quantitative Finance from the Fitch Learning Center in London, England where he studied under famous quants such as Paul Wilmott.

Alex Barrow

Macro Trader

Founder and head macro trader at Macro Ops. Alex joined the US Marine Corps on his 18th birthday just one month after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He subsequently spent a decade in the military. Serving in various capacities from scout sniper to interrogator and counterintelligence specialist. Following his military service, he worked as a contract intelligence professional for a number of US agencies (from the DIA to FBI) with a focus on counterintelligence and terrorist financing. He also spent time consulting for a tech company that specialized in building analytic software for finance and intelligence analysis.

After leaving the field of intelligence he went to work at a global macro hedge fund. He’s been professionally involved in markets since 2005, has consulted with a number of the leading names in the hedge fund space, and now manages his own family office while running Macro Ops. He’s published over 300 white papers on complex financial and macroeconomic topics, writes regularly about investment/market trends, and frequently speaks at conferences on trading and investing.

Macro Ops is a market research firm geared toward professional and experienced retail traders and investors. Macro Ops’ research has been featured in Forbes, Marketwatch, Business Insider, and Real Vision as well as a number of other leading publications.

You can find out more about Alex on his LinkedIn account here and also find him on Twitter where he frequently shares his market research.