STORY BEHIND THE NAME
“I have always felt it is my destiny to build a machine that would allow man to fly.” -Leonardo da Vinci
Skycatcher is symbolic of da Vinci’s prodigious vision to build a flying machine. Aviation was perhaps his favorite field of study: “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return”, he said. Da Vinci almost invented all modern forms of air transport, unfortunately it was several centuries before the technology was ready. It was his bold ideas at the time and ability to see patterns and process in the microcosm as being similar to those in the macrocosm that we admire. For example, he was fascinated by the flight of bats and birds and by studying their interlinking physiology he designed levers and gears in his flying machine. This exceptional ability to interconnect observations and ideas from different disciplines is the model to our investment research methodology. Even though da Vinci never realized a functional machine, it is a shining example of da Vinci’s thirst for knowledge and desire to understand everything at a fundamental level. Skycatcher continues da Vinci’s motivations in hopes to applying his extraordinary combination of passionate intellectual curiosity with systematic thinking ingenuity to investing in the next 4 billion consumers.