Catherine Wood

Chief Executive Officer/ Chief Investment Officer, ARK Investment Management LLC

Cathie registered ARK Investment Management LLC (“ARK”) as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in January 2014. Prior to ARK, Cathie spent twelve years at AllianceBernstein as Chief Investment Officer of Global Thematic Strategies where she managed $5 billion. Cathie joined Alliance Capital from Tupelo Capital Management, a hedge fund she co-founded which, in 2000, managed $800 million in global thematic strategies. Prior to her tenure at Tupelo Capital, she worked for 18 years with Jennison Associates as Chief Economist, Equity Research Analyst, Portfolio Manager and Director. She started her career in Los Angeles, California at The Capital Group as an Assistant Economist. Cathie received her Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Finance and Economics from the University of Southern California in 1981. In 2016, Cathie received the “Women in Finance – Outstanding Contribution Award” from Market Media. 


PRESENTING ON: ’Big Ideas: Technological Breakthroughs Investors Shouldn’t Miss in 2019’


Despite its potential, innovation typically needs time and maturity before gaining mass market adoption. Consequently, with a focus on benchmarks, sectors, and short-term performance, traditional investment managers often minimize or misunderstand its potential.

So how do Investors identify the next transformative technology and what can we, as Research Managers, learn from them? What criteria are used to predict which transformative technologies will have a profound disruptive impact on our society and economy?

Through an open research process that cuts across sectors, industries, and markets, ARK Invest seeks to identify innovation with dramatic cost declines, strong price elasticity of demand, and convergence which spawns further innovation. To illustrate the impact of innovation and excite investors about the opportunities, each year ARK publishes and presents “Big Ideas”, a selection of its original research highlighting the technological breakthroughs ARK believes will advance significantly over the coming year. ARK believes these technologies are ready for prime time and hope you enjoy its Big Ideas of 2019!