General Investing >> Money Manager Interviews >> February 5, 2021

Shunning High Fliers in Favor of Insurance, Payments and Security Software

Tharakan, George
George Tharakan is the co-founder and chief investment officer of Alamar Capital Management LLC, a private wealth management firm in Santa Barbara, California. Previously he was the Director of Research and Portfolio Manager at Santa Barbara Asset Management. Prior to becoming an investor, Mr. Tharakan was an engineer at Intel Corporation where he designed microprocessors. He is currently the Co-Chair of the CFA Institute - Santa Barbara Chapter and a member of the Santa Barbara Angel Alliance, a group that assists and invests in entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara. He is also a member of the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Dean’s Investment Group Advisory Board. Mr. Tharakan graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) as the top student in his department, obtained an M.S. in computer engineering from the University of Illinois, and received an MBA in finance, with honors, from the Anderson School of Business (UCLA). Profile
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TWST: Please start with an introduction to your firm and your role there.

Mr. Tharakan: I’m the Co-Founder of Alamar Capital, located in