VALIDUS is a Latin word, and is translated as “strong, powerful, valid.”
Our name conveys:
- the strength of our convictions
- the power of relationships as partnerships, and
- our belief in a well-founded, sound approach to investing.
Mark Scalzo founded Validus in 2012. Having spent over 20 years working in the fast-paced, intense pressure of investment banking on both coasts — New York City and San Francisco – Mark sought to create a business that would be intentionally insulated from Wall Street’s “sphere of influence.”
In the summer of 2012, Mark and his family found themselves in the town of Truckee, located in the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada mountains. This pristine area provided the ideal birthplace for Mark’s creative vision, and he began to give form to his idea — a fundamental, bottom-up, stock-specific research process, anchored by a proprietary ranking system, founded on pre-existing principles, but built upon and developed in an original way.
Mark’s determination and belief in his vision has resulted in the creation of Validus — a firm dedicated to original thinking, disciplined execution, and enduring insights.
Origins of the Logo
Our logo includes a Roman aqueduct and is a symbolic link to our company theme of Original Thinking, Disciplined Execution, and Enduring Insights. The creation of Roman aqueducts stands as one of the most ingenious examples of original thinking in the history of the Roman Empire. Whereas evidence of the use of various forms of aqueducts can be traced to early B.C. societies such as the Crete Minoans and the Babylonians, the Romans were able to apply their engineering expertise to the problem of obtaining sustained access to water and think about it in an original way. Their use of raised aqueducts was a structural solution that was one of the most important contributors to the great expansion of the entire Roman empire. Furthermore, the aqueducts were built on such sound principles of engineering, and executed with such discipline and excellence, that over 1,000 of these structures still stand today! Even more impressively, there are aqueducts still being used today for delivering water to populations, over 1,700 years after they were first built!
For us, the symbol of the aqueduct represents our aspiration to replicate such ingenuity in building upon sound principles of fundamental investing, applied in an original way, powered by discipline in execution and insights that we hope will endure the test of time.