My Recent Interview with CMT’s Technically Speaking

Many people search for years to find their true passion. I was lucky, I knew what mine was at 5 years old. I loved the markets and learning how I could analyze them. Many people would think my interest in the markets was because my dad is a titan of the Fintech industry; but it was more that as my interest in the markets grew, my father exposed me to many additional aspects of the markets. Analysis and charts were definitely my passion.

At 13 years old, I was certified by the Charted Market Technician® (CMT®) Association which was (and still is) a huge honor.  CMT® designation marks the highest education within the discipline and is the preeminent designation for practitioners of technical analysis worldwide.

I was delighted to be featured in CMT’s monthly magazine, Technically Speaking.

Lane Mendelsohn, President of Vantagepoint AI, LLC, is featured in Technically Speaking magazine from CMT.

Please tell us what you do professionally.

I am the President of VantagePoint AI, a trading software company that applies artificial intelligence (specifically neural networks), which my father founded in 1979.  As President, I oversee all aspects of the company, including R&D, sales, and customer support.  I really enjoy collaborating with our Research and Development team.

Before COVID 19, our company sponsored several trading conferences each year for our customers where they were able to share knowledge and benefit from interacting with professional traders who have become experts with our software. We’ve been recognized as one of the best places to work both locally, statewide, and nationally for over 10 years.  This past year, I was singled out by Fortune Magazine as Leader of the Year for leading and growing our team, and for building and maintaining a phenomenal company culture.

How did you get there?  School, internships, strategic plan or just luck, parents got you a job?

My path has been a little unconventional.  In the early 1980s, my father would read Stocks and Commodities Magazine and Futures Magazine to me, kind of as bedtime stories.  In that way my father was already educating me about the financial markets and about the financial industry.  Even though I was just a little kid, he ignited the passion in me about the financial markets and technical analysis like some dads do with their kids involving football and baseball.  For me, it was all about the financial markets and to an extent still is.

At six years old, my dad gave me my first “professional” job.  Looking back on it now, it was the beginning of my career; that job was more than just the task that he had asked me to perform — I was “our facilities manager.” It was a fancy title for janitor, but I had a responsibility.  I was taking out the trash, cleaning the restroom and vacuuming.  This exposed me to the organization and the handful of employees of my father’s company.  After school I was a fly on the wall in the office.  I watched how things were done and listened in on conversations – and through osmosis I was learning both about entrepreneurship, trading and the financial markets all at once.

At seven years old, I was promoted.  My father gave me the important task of formatting floppy disks.  Initially I got paid five cents per disk but did such a great job that later on my compensation per disk was increased.  My father opened an IRA account for me when I was very young, so I was able to fund my account starting at a very young age.

By high school, I was even more involved in the company daily.  Fortunately, as fate would have it, the principal of my high school in Florida had been a commodities trader and broker in Chicago years earlier, still traded and knew of my father’s reputation in the industry.  He told my father that I could be excused from attending school anytime to accompany my father on trips to financial industry events.

My father has been a member of the CMT Association since the 1980s.  He encouraged me to join as well.  So, in 1993 at just 13 years old, I became a member of the CMT Association.

In 1995, at fifteen, I developed our company’s first website.  I got very excited about the Internet and HTML programming.  I realized that having a website would be a tremendous benefit to our company in promoting our trading software.

So, I can literally say I started at the bottom of the company and worked my way In 2018, I was promoted to President. This was a tremendous milestone in my life and an honor to hold the position that my father had held since 1979.

Who was an early mentor in your career?

My father, Louis Mendelsohn, has been my lifelong mentor – not only in my career but also, in my personal life.  He has shown me how to be an ethical business owner.  He’s shown me how to become financially successful while putting integrity and high ethics over making money.  He has shown me by example how to be a great father to my own children and he has shown me how to be a caring husband and a true friend.

What book/author was most influential in helping you understand TA?

When I was 13 or so, my father handed me a book and said, “This is something that you could read and understand — it will make sense to you and you’ll enjoy it.” That book was The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham.

Another book I have a lot of familiarity with is the 2004 edition of John Murphy’s Intermarket Analysis – Profiting from Global Market Relationships.  I’ve known John since I was a teenager.

What do you like to do when you are not looking at markets?

Many people are surprised to find that my lifestyle juxtaposes high-tech, technology, artificial intelligence and technical analysis with nature and agriculture. I own a 75-acre cattle ranch adjacent to my parents’ property. I enjoy tractor work, working with my hands, buying, and selling cattle, and involving my daughters in agriculture as well.

I find I relax (both mentally and physically) when I’m “working” the ranch, it gives me time to think, relax, and decompress, with nothing but the sounds of nature all around.  So, having the ranch as a hobby has been a phenomenal way to counterbalance everything I do in the office.

My greatest joy is my family; not only providing for them financially but also providing experiences for them.  Being able to travel all over the world has given my kids the opportunity to expand their horizons.  It gives me tremendous satisfaction that we can create such wonderful memories together as a family.  That “investment” is priceless.

What brought you to the CMT Association?

As I mentioned, I became a member of the CMT Association in 1993 when I was only 13 years old on the encouragement from my father.  That allowed him to bring me to member-only conferences on technical analysis around the country.  When I attended those conferences, it afforded me great father-son time.  It also allowed me to be a fly on the wall, listening to conversations and panel discussions, and interacting with industry professionals and leaders.

What it the most useful benefit of membership for you?

The most beneficial aspect of being a member of the CMT Association has been the friendships and relationships I’ve developed over the decades as a result of attending the CMT Association annual conferences.

I can remember many CMT Association meetings from the past, like those on Marco Island and the Saddlebrook resort in Florida, as well as other conferences in Chicago and New Orleans.  In the evenings, my father would take me out for dinner with a couple of other colleagues.  Being able to listen to their stories and talk about how technical analysis has evolved since the advent of personal computers and trading software, was just as important as the meetings.  These experiences were a significant part of my formative years and of great value to me.

As an adult, I’m able to appreciate even more than before how gracious these people were with me.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who respected me, even though I was just a kid.  It’s something that I am very appreciative and thankful for.  To have had people like John Murphy, John Bollinger, Michael Kahn, Stephen Poser, Jake Bernstein, Larry Williams, Darrell Jobman and Jack Schwager, to name just a few titans in the industry as my role models during my formative years is incredible.

The art of technical analysis is vital to helping traders succeed.  Our goal is to help traders of all skill levels enjoy the benefits of our groundbreaking technical analysis processes in a way that is easy, fast, and helpful.

Simply put, I love seeing the tool we have to offer empowering traders daily!

Find Out More:

Empowering traders for over 40 years, the Vantagepoint AI team is passionate about helping people find financial freedom using data-driven predictive forecasts created by artificial intelligence and patented Global Intermarket Analysis.

If you’re interested in learning more about VantagePoint, attend one of our online, interactive, complimentary classes; you can sign up here. I’m looking forward to welcoming you into the Vantagepoint family soon!

Vantagepoint receives recognition in 2020

Even With All The Uncertainty, We Emerged With a Year of Excellence

I just received notification that Vantagepoint AI has been recognized by Corporate Vision as the Most Innovative AI-Driven Trading Technology Firm in the U.S. That pretty much summed up the year for me! Despite all the uncertainty, I’m so proud how our company has excelled throughout what could have been an extremely challenging year.

  • We’ve been recognized as a top company by FORTUNE magazine, Florida Trend, the Business Observer and Inc. 5000.
  • We were named a Most Innovative company by Corporate Vision, CIO Views, and Acquisitions International.
  • VantagePoint software was named the Best AI Trading Software by the Worldwide Finance Awards and the Most Powerful AI Trading Software by A.I. International.
  • Our workplace culture was acknowledged by Great Place to Work, the Tampa Bay Business Journal, the Tampa Bay Times.
  • Our company’s growth has been recognized by Inc. Magazine and Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Fast 50.
  • And — we were able to increase our donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children and The Children’s Cancer Center.

 

Vantagepoint receives recognition in 2020

It’s wonderful to be recognized by so many organizations for the hard work my team does and our dedication to our core values.

But, this is the feedback that carries the most weight for us:

  • “I have been a VP customer for 7 years now. From the very beginning the customer support and coaching team have been top notch. You have been very proactive in reaching out to me to ensure I continue to be successful. When I have a question, I always receive a timely and high quality answer. Great product and great people.” – Steve F.
  • “Your software really gives me an expansive view of the flow of the markets. My trading and bottom line have improved with the help of Vantagepoint. The customer service is tops, your staff go out of their way to help.”  – William M.
  • “You have an amazing group of people providing cutting edge software products to traders across the globe. No other product even comes close to what you provide. I tell other people, if they’re looking for an edge in the markets you can provide it!”  – Eric
  • “I know I’ve got the best tools now to help me succeed…and that’s exciting!  The more I learn the software and what it does and how it helps me, the happier I am that I’m part of the Vantagepoint Family.”  – Brian G.
  • “Thanks again for all you do!  Vantage Point Software has been a real shot in the arm!“ – Robert M.

Every bit of feedback we get from traders is invaluable to us; seeing our “family” succeed is the best award we could ask for.

As we close out the year, we hope you find many silver linings too. 

Find Out More:

Empowering traders for over 40 years, the Vantagepoint AI team is passionate about helping people find financial freedom using data-driven predictive forecasts created by artificial intelligence and patented Global Intermarket Analysis.

If you’re interested in learning more about VantagePoint, attend one of our online, interactive, complimentary classes; you can sign up here. I’m looking forward to welcoming you into the Vantagepoint family soon!

Video of Reactions from Shriners and the Children's Cancer Center to Vantagepoint AI's National Philanthropy Day added donations.

National Philanthropy Day Brings Extra Donations From Vantagepoint AI

Over the years, we’ve been proud to support Shriners Hospitals for Children; and we’ve built strong bonds with our patient ambassadors.  We believe in giving more than just money. We put our heart into our relationship with Shriners. My daughters, Rachael and Abigail, have developed some special friendships, and my entire team cherishes their own personal connections that have developed with these amazing kids.

This year, as our Vantagepoint Family increased in size, expanded our corporate giving to include The Children’s Cancer Center. Talk about a group of strong and wonderful children! Even throughout the pandemic, we have been able to donate to both organizations regularly and equally.

This year, I wanted to surprise my team with something special in honor of National Philanthropy Day.  I set some lofty goals for the team for the 4th quarter and they proceeded to achieve them.  On Wednesday I announced that due to their added efforts, we would not only be making our regular donations to both organizations, but that we would be making an additional donation for the month to each.

When I let our partners and ambassadors know what was coming, they wanted to join in with me in a message for our Vantagepoint family, and share with all of us how much it means to them to have our ongoing support, especially when so many other companies have had to pull back.

Video of Reactions from Shriners and the Children's Cancer Center to Vantagepoint AI's National Philanthropy Day added donations.

It’s an amazing feeling to make a difference in someone’s life.  I hope you enjoy sharing it with us. 

Find Out More:

Empowering traders for over 40 years, the Vantagepoint AI team is passionate about helping people find financial freedom using data-driven predictive forecasts created by artificial intelligence and patented Global Intermarket Analysis.

If you’re interested in learning more about VantagePoint, attend one of our online, interactive, complimentary classes; you can sign up here. I’m looking forward to welcoming you into the Vantagepoint family soon!

Fortune magazine honors Vantagepoint AI

Vantagepoint A.I. Named #7 of 100 Top Small Business Workplaces in the United States By FORTUNE® Magazine

Our dedication to workplace culture has landed us in the national spotlight.

Vantagepoint AI was named in the top 10 of small businesses in the United States for our dedication to our core values, creating an inclusive workplace culture, and our respect for team members by FORTUNE Magazine.

When surveyed by a third party, 

  • 99% say Vantagepoint is a great place to work
    (compared with 59% at typical US companies)
  • 100% say they are treated fairly, respected, and are proud of the company’s role in the community
  • 100% say they are encouraged to balance their work and personal life
  • 98% say they felt welcomed when they joined the companyVantagepoint AI Top Workplace Selected by FORTUNE Magazine

For us, our core values are concrete guiding principles we embody in our work together, engage with our traders, and conduct business with other companies.  It’s an honor to be recognized, but more than that – it’s an affirmation these principles matter.

This anonymous survey response speaks for the team, “We are constantly celebrated for our achievements. The teamwork here is amazing and I feel like I can be honest with management and they actually listen. I love working here and this is a place I can actually picture having a longtime career.”

That response is music to my ears!  Empowering traders for over 40 years, the Vantagepoint AI team is passionate about helping people find financial freedom using data-driven forecasts created by artificial intelligence, cutting-edge technology, and patented intermarket analysis.

If you’re interested in learning more about VantagePoint, attend one of our online, interactive, complimentary classes; you can sign up here. I’m looking forward to welcoming you into the Vantagepoint family soon!

Vantagepoint AI is an Inc. 5000 company

Vantagepoint AI Is On The Inc. 5000 List

We have been notified that Vantagepoint AI has been included in the Inc. 5000 list!

Inc. magazine analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States.

Vantagepoint AI is an Inc. 5000 company
You may not know this, but Vantagepoint AI was the first company in the world to give independent traders the power of artificial intelligence for their home computers.  My father’s work essentially created the FinTech industry for independent traders and we’ve been empowering traders for over 40 years since. 

In his letter to me about joining the list, Inc.’s Editor-In-Chief, Scott Omelianuk said, “Our annual Inc. 5000 list is the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.”

It’s such an honor to be part of an elite group of companies that has included titans like Microsoft, Timberland, Intuit, Oracle, and Patagonia.

Equally gratifying is leading a team that has produced almost 60% growth for our company.  My entire team’s dedication to our core values and using those as our touchstone for how we do business has ensured that we grow without losing the personal touch and integrity for which Vantagepoint is highly regarded.

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating this very meaningful milestone in our company’s history and our journey into the future.

If you’re interested in learning more about VantagePoint, attend one of our online, interactive, complimentary classes; you can sign up here. I’m looking forward to welcoming you into the Vantagepoint family soon!

Vantagepoint AI Recognized as Top 100 Best Places to Work in Florida

In Unusual Times, Vantagepoint Stands Out

Right on the heels of being nationally certified as a Great Place to Work, we have also been recognized by Florida Trend Magazine as one of the Top 100 Best Companies to Work for in the entire state of Florida. And honored as one of the top 20 mid-sized companies, the only one in our geographic area.

Vantagepoint AI recognized as a Top 100 Best Place to Work in State of Florida

Vantagepoint AI software has been recognized by Florida Trend magazine as one of the top 100 companies to work for in the state of Florida and in the Top 20 of mid-sized businesses.

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Many companies struggled with the COVID shut down and they have endured great difficulty trying to deploy their teams remotely to continue day-to-day business operations.  I am so proud of my team – our transition was exceptionally smooth.

As a team, we are able to be agile, responsive, and unwavering as we create seamless continuity for our customers and for those searching for a way to trade smarter in these unpredictable markets.  We’ve welcomed more new traders to our Vantagepoint family than in the history of the company over 40 years.

Thank you for your part in our success – we will work diligently to continue to meet your needs and to ensure that our Vantagepoint home team is working in the best possible atmosphere that we can provide.  I am so grateful that my team and my family are all safe and healthy!

This is the third year we’ve been recognized as a Best Company to Work for in Florida by Florida Trend and we are committed to being on the list again next year and for years to come.

If you’re interested in learning more about VantagePoint, attend one of our online, interactive, complimentary classes; you can sign up here.  I hope you’ll be joining the Vantagepoint family soon!

Vantagepoint AI is Great Place to Work Certified

Nationally Certified, We Truly Are A Great Place to Work

I’m very happy to share some good news with you — we’ve been nationally certified again by Great Place to Work, the leading authority in the world on workplace culture!
 
Our team continues to grow but we are committed to growing without losing sight of our core values. In fact, we even have a team member on staff dedicated to supporting our culture and our core values.
Vantagepoint AI is Great Place to Work Certified
We place a high value on our culture; we recognize that it’s vital to our success. We care deeply about our team – their health, their passion for what we do, and for their families too. We also strive to create a positive, upbeat atmosphere where people can feel innovative, valued, and respected.
 
It means so much to me that our team, when they were surveyed, reported to the third-party agency that they are exceedingly happy here at Vantagepoint.
 
I’m heartened to know that my team trusts me to lead them, especially through these turbulent times. Research shows when a team has a deep level of trust, they are more productive, drive better business results, and make a difference to customers – for us it’s far more than that.
 
As word gets out, more and more institutions are recognizing our unique team and the service we provide to traders. It’s a huge honor to be recognized at the national level and we will continue to be a force and an example of an inclusionary workplace culture.
Tampa Bay Times names Vantagepoint a Top Work Place and Top 3 Small Business Workplaces

Vantagepoint AI Recognized as a Top Workplace and Top 3 Small Business Workplace by the Tampa Bay Times

I was thrilled when we were selected as one of the Top Workplaces by the Tampa Bay Times earlier this year. We strive to create a culture of respect, integrity, passion, and fun. 

Recently we were notified that not only are we a TOP Workplace but that we were named one of the Top 3 Small Business Workplaces. That was exciting!
Vantagepoint selected as top 3 small business workplaces

So many companies are moving their headquarters into the beautiful Tampa Bay area. It’s why being selected as one of the top 3 workplace cultures in Tampa by the highly respected Tampa Bay Times is so meaningful to me.

We have always worked to treat our team just as we would our family (complete with fun, in-office “sibling” rivalries), we value the people that work for us, we respect them, and we want to create a balanced work-life experience for everyone. It’s important to me that I know every name, face, and family that works for Vantagepoint.

I’m grateful that as our company has “grown-up”, we are recognized as being a great place to work. But what means even more to me is that with so many well-known names and top-notch companies, my team has chosen us and are part of creating something very special.

Lane Mendelsohn, President of Vantagepoint AI, named Leader of the Year.

Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine Name Lane Mendelsohn a National Leader

Just before CoVID-19 reared it’s head here in the US, I was notified that had been nationally recognized by Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work.  Previously Vantagepoint was singled out as one of the top 50 small businesses in the United States for its workplace culture by Great Place to Work and Fortune.  Being recognized as the leader of a great company was really thrilling and humbling!

Beyond offering a superior product, we’ve created an award-winning workplace culture dedicated to the development of every employee, connecting diverse people to a common purpose, practicing humility and empathy, adapting to uncertainty, and fostering trusting relationships.

This is an unprecedented time in history!  It’s difficult to find things to celebrate right now.   I take my role very seriously – not only for our team but for our entire Vantagepoint family. 

But, in the midst of it all, we’ve been noticed for our culture built on innovation, teamwork, communication, positivity, passion, purpose, respect, and integrity. Those values guide our every decision and are my touchstone as a leader.

At the gala presentation in San Francisco, Great Place to Work CEO Michael C. Bush said, “The financial performance of these organizations and the industry leading commitment to corporate responsibility provide strong evidence that when you create a great place to work for all, it is better for business, better for people, and better for the world.”   I couldn’t agree more! We are an integral part of the health and vibrance of our community with our commercial and philanthropic work; and we provide education, and white-glove service to our traders in over 120 countries.  In times of uncertainity, we can be a force for good and empower traders to protect themselves in the highly volatile markets.

My goal is to provide a voice of surety and consistency for my team and our entire family of traders. I’m thankful that our software gives traders foresight and the ability to plan for change. While we are watching thousands of traders lose decades of hard-earned capital, our traders are able to mitigate their losses and even profit amidst this historic volatility. 

I’m proud to say that my entire team is here to support and empower our Vantagepoint traders.