Autonomous Tech & Robotics
Seeks to provide exposure to autonomous mobility, electric vehicles, robotics and automation, 3D printing, and space exploration. Advancements in these areas are enhancing productivity while reducing costs and transforming manufacturing, production, and infrastructure.
- Type: Active Equity
- Typical # of Holdings: 30-50
- Inception: Sept. 2014
- Portfolio Manager: Catherine Wood
This actively managed equity strategy seeks long-term capital growth by investing in the US listed securities, including ADRs, of companies focused on autonomous technology and robotics. Companies within this strategy aim to capture the substantial benefits of new products and services associated with scientific research and technological break-throughs in energy storage, transportation, automation and manufacturing, and materials, among other industries.
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Actively managed, high conviction portfolio
Cross sector, geographies, and market capitalizations
Benchmark agnostic with low overlap to broad market indicies
Research process driven by ARK’s Open Research Ecosystem
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Investment Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Investment Officer
Cathie registered ARK Investment Management LLC (“ARK”) as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in January 2014. With over 40 years of experience identifying and investing in innovation, Cathie founded ARK to focus solely on disruptive innovation while adding new dimensions to research. Through an open approach that cuts across sectors, market capitalizations, and geographies, Cathie believes that ARK can identify large-scale investment opportunities in the public markets resulting from technological innovations centered around DNA sequencing, robotics, artificial intelligence, energy storage, and blockchain technology. As Chief Investment Officer (“CIO”) and Portfolio Manager, Cathie led the development of ARK’s philosophy and investment approach and has ultimate responsibility for investment decisions.
Prior to ARK, Cathie spent twelve years at AllianceBernstein as CIO of Global Thematic Strategies where she managed over $5 billion. Cathie joined Alliance Capital from Tupelo Capital Management, a hedge fund she co-founded, which in 2000, managed approximately $800 million in global thematic strategies. Prior to her tenure at Tupelo Capital, she worked for 18 years with Jennison Associates LLC as Chief Economist, Equity Research Analyst, Portfolio Manager and Director. She started her career in Los Angeles, California at The Capital Group as an Assistant Economist. Cathie received her Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Finance and Economics from the University of Southern California in 1981.
Cathie has been recognized as an influential fund manager across various outlets. In 2018, editors at Bloomberg acknowledged Cathie by selecting her to its second annual Bloomberg 50 list of people across business, entertainment, finance, politics, technology, and science who have defined global business. Additionally, Fortune named Cathie to its exclusive roundtable of experts in the annual Fortune Investors Guide: The Best Investing Advice for 2019 From Fortune’s Experts. In 2016, Cathie received the “Women in Finance – Outstanding Contribution Award” from Market Media. Cathie also has been a featured speaker at the World Economic Forum (China) in 2016 & 2017, the World Strategic Forum (Miami) in 2017, The Sohn Hearts and Minds Investment Leaders Conference (Australia) in 2018 and 2019, and Singularity University’s Exponential Finance in 2017 and Global Summit in 2019.
In 2018, Cathie launched the Duddy Innovation Institute at her alma mater, Notre Dame Academy in Los Angeles. The institute offers a challenging educational experience for young women eager to stretch their learning beyond the boundaries of traditional acquisition of knowledge, while influencing a new way of thinking and learning throughout campus.
*The Adviser did not pay a fee to be considered for or granted any awards. The Adviser did not pay a fee or was required to be a member of an organization to be invited as a speaker at any of the noted events. For full Award Disclosure please go to our Terms & Conditions page. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
Catherine’s favorite innovator
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Director of Research
Director of Research
Brett joined ARK in February 2014 and has worked alongside Cathie for almost 15 years since their time at AllianceBernstein. As Director of Research, Brett guides and manages the proprietary research of ARK’s investment team. The team recognizes that disruptive innovation demands a dynamic and universal approach. By researching across sectors, industries and markets, ARK’s investment team seeks to gain a deeper understanding of the convergence and market potential of disruptive innovations, and thus size investment opportunities more appropriately.
Prior to ARK, Brett served as a Vice President and Senior Analyst on the Research on Strategic Change team at AllianceBernstein. In that role, Brett conducted thematic research, served on the thematic portfolios strategy committee under Cathie Wood’s stewardship, and advised portfolio managers across asset classes. His research topics included Global Energy in the Face of Carbon Dioxide Regulation; Social Media and the Rise of Facebook; the Reformation of the Financial Services Landscape; and the Emergence of Electric Vehicles. He also is the Founder and Principal at iamB Consulting, providing strategy consulting to early stage startups. Prior to 2007, Brett worked in business development in the Radio-Frequency Identification industry after serving as a founding teacher at a charter high school in Los Angeles. Brett earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Brett’s favorite innovator
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Tasha Keeney, CFA
Tasha Keeney, CFA
Tasha joined ARK in January 2014 and is an Analyst for ARK’s Autonomous Technology and Robotics strategy. She covers autonomous cars, additive manufacturing, infrastructure development, and innovative materials.
Previously, Tasha spent almost three years as a management consultant for Applied Value, working primarily with manufacturing and automotive clients. Tasha is a graduate of Boston University’s Collaborative Degree Program with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Finance concentration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Statistics with a Pure and Applied Mathematics concentration.
Tasha frequently appears on CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and Fox Business. She has been quoted and her research has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired, the Verge, Bloomberg, CNNMoney, and Marketwatch, among other publications. She has been a featured speaker at the Annual Meeting for the Transportation Research Board, a division of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for the United States and at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on autonomous driving.
Tasha’s favorite innovator
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ARK now estimates that parcel drones could deliver packages profitably for only $0.25. Given frictionless and inexpensive delivery, consumers probably would buy many more goods online, growing ecommerce’s share of retail sales from 14% in 2019 to 60% in 2030.
ARK estimated that consumers will be able to travel on autonomous ridehailing platforms for less than half the cost of driving a personal car and roughly one tenth the cost of a taxi.
Sam joined ARK in July 2015. As an Analyst for ARK’s Autonomous Technology and Robotics strategy, Sam focuses on automation, robotics, energy storage, alternate energy, and space exploration.
Prior to ARK, Sam was a business development intern at Graphiq, a knowledge graph and visualization company. Prior to Graphiq, Sam worked as a captain for Sail Caribbean. Sam graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Cognitive Science with a concentration in Computation and Cognition.
Sam has appeared on CNBC, BNN and Cheddar TV, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, the Los Angeles Times, among other publications.
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