We had the pleasure of interviewing Mark Massey, head of Boston-based AltaRock Partners, in 2014. Mark founded the firm in 2002.

MOI Global: How did you get interested in investing?

Mark Massey: Like any son, I was greatly influenced by my Dad. Fortunately for me, one of his real passions in life was investing. He always talked about his stocks around the dinner table and as time went by his enthusiasm stoked a curiosity in me to learn more. During high school and college, I got non-paying “jobs” at the local Merrill Lynch office which gave me some important insights into the ecosystem of Wall Street. By the time I graduated from college in 1986, I had decided that I wanted to be on the “buy side of the street.” Thankfully, with a bit of patience and perseverance, I was able to land a dream job as an equity analyst with Fidelity Investments in Boston.

MOI: Why wide-moat investing as opposed to other value approaches?

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