John Petersen

John Petersen, a lawyer and CPA, has specialized in advising companies on corporate finance and business development for more than 30 years. He writes the deathless prose and dire warnings investors read in offering documents and SEC reports. While Petersen has served as a board member or executive officer for a handful of public companies, the bulk of his work is behind the scenes where precision and a passion for detail are essential. Petersen¿s investing style is that of ¿elephant hunter,¿ and nothing grabs his attention like a ¿multi-bagger¿ in the rough. His investing time horizon is two to four years. On the long side, Petersen looks for blood in the streets and stock prices that have been beaten down to unconscionably low levels. On the short side, he seeks out high-profile companies that trade at unsustainable levels while hype-intoxicated executives make the same tactical mistakes he¿s suffered through with clients. Petersen¿s sector focus is batteries and efficient transportation because he has almost a decade of experience in the industry, including a three-year stint as board chairman of an R&D-stage battery-technology developer. He¿s convinced these sectors are emerging investment mega-trends.

Recent Articles By The Author

How to Make Money by Understanding 'Hype Cycles' in Technology: Part I

How to Make Money by Understanding 'Hype Cycles' in Technology: Part I

New products tend to follow the same pattern from conception to completion.

Tesla Motors Pollutes Today for a Greener Tomorrow

Tesla Motors Pollutes Today for a Greener Tomorrow

The environmental math for electric cars simply doesn't add up.

Electric Cars Suffer in Epic Faceplant

Electric Cars Suffer in Epic Faceplant

Manufacturers are more interested in making cars more efficient, not revolutionizing the industry with plug-ins.

Little-Known Filth Fouls Clean Energy, Costing Trillions

Little-Known Filth Fouls Clean Energy, Costing Trillions

Renewables carry high costs because of intermittent power.

Advanced Battery Technology Contains a Fatal Flaw

Advanced Battery Technology Contains a Fatal Flaw

Lithium-ion batteries can't be recycled effectively, something that will stifle their wider use.

Electric Cars -- the Math Simply Doesn't Add Up

Electric Cars -- the Math Simply Doesn't Add Up

Conserving energy by using technology metals is a losing game.

Why Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Are Wrong About Tesla

Why Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Are Wrong About Tesla

Both firms overestimate the car company's year-end cash position.

The New Thing in Green Tech: Micro-Hybrid Batteries

The New Thing in Green Tech: Micro-Hybrid Batteries

Stop-start engines are key in boosting efficiency. That's why battery makers that enable the technology are getting noticed.

Tesla's 'BS to Book' Ratio Says It All

Tesla's 'BS to Book' Ratio Says It All

A lot is riding on the Model S, but the odds are impossibly steep that Tesla will survive.

Beleaguered Battery Maker Soon to Get a Jolt

Beleaguered Battery Maker Soon to Get a Jolt

Axion Power International has suffered from supply-and-demand imbalances. But the real story is with its revolutionary technology.