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  • Ryan Jacob’s tech and internet-heavy funds have thrived for more than 20 years.
  • Jacob told Insider how he’s investing for growth in cryptocurrencies, data, and healthcare.
  • He also detailed how he finds the greatest opportunities and manages the risks he’s taking.

Ryan Jacob’s funds had a great year in 2020, and he says proudly that he did it without buying post-crash favorites like Zoom, Peloton, and Netflix. But it’s a new year with new puzzles to solve.

“The biggest challenge for technology investors are which companies kind of had that sugar high last year and can’t build on that success, and which companies benefited from growing adoption of their products or services and could build on it,” Jacob told Insider in an exclusive interview.

Jacob founded Jacob Asset Management in 1999, and is the firm’s CEO as well as co-manager of its mutual funds. The Jacob Internet Fund more than doubled investors’ money with a 123% return last year, while the Jacob Discovery Fund returned 74%, according to Morningstar data.

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