|Born||April 14, 1981
Orange, Connecticut, U.S.
|Residence||Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Tulane University|
In 1999, while attending high school, Sykes used $12,415 of his bar mitzvah gift money and began day trading penny stocks. The investment would grant him about $1.65 million when he was around the age of 21.
Sykes graduated from Tulane University in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a minor in business. While at Tulane, Sykes routinely cut class to day trade. In 2003, during his senior year, he founded Cilantro Fund Management, a short bias hedge fund, using $1 million mostly from Sykes' friends and family.
In 2006, Sykes was included on Trader Monthly's "30 Under 30" list of up-and-coming traders in the market, a selection which editor Randall Lane later called "our worst pick" among the chosen honorees. Sykes claimed that the Cilantro Fund was "the number one long-short microstock hedge fund in the country, according to Barclays"; Lane later discovered that the rating came from "the Barclay Group," a small research company based in Fairfield, Iowa, and not the well-known Barclay's British bank.
In 2008 Sykes decided to recreate his initial investing success by again starting with $12,415. He named the attempt Transparent Investment Management (TIM). After two years, Sykes turned the sum into $90,368 and was the top ranked trader on Covestor.
Sykes self-published An American Hedge Fund: How I Made $2 Million as a Stock Operator & Created a Hedge Fund in 2007. The book documented Sykes' experiences from day-trading in college to becoming a wealthy hedge fund manager.
Teaching and other projects
Sykes currently works as a financial activist and educator.
In 2009, Sykes launched Investimonials.com, a website devoted to collecting user reviews of financial services, videos, and books, as well as financial brokers.
Sykes co-founded Profit.ly in 2011, a social service with about 20,000 users that provides stock trade information online. Sykes said the service serves two purposes: "creating public track records for gurus, newsletter writers and students and allowing everyone to learn from both the wins and losses of other traders to benefit the entire industry."
In December 2013, CNN Money wrote an article on Sykes and his student Tim Grittani. Under Sykes's guidance and coaching, Grittani turned $1,500 into over $1 million in 3 years. Grittani was Sykes's second student to earn over $1 million following Sykes's strategies.
In February 2017, Sykes donated $1 million to Pencils of Promise to help build 20 new primary schools across Ghana, Guatemala and Laos, to be completed between 2017 and 2018.
Sykes is not a registered investment adviser, and has declined to provide the necessary brokerage statements and related documents to validate many of his claims.
Sykes has publicly criticized various businesses and celebrities, including Shaquille O'Neal and Justin Bieber, for promoting "pump and dump" schemes, in which an investor purchases stock, hypes others into buying that stock to inflate its price, then sells the shares at a higher price and shorts the profit from the resulting decline.
In January 2015, Timothy Sykes became engaged to model Bianca Alexa, contestant on America's Next Top Model Cycle 20.
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- "US magazine toasts star traders aged 30 or younger" (PDF). Reuters. July 27, 2006.
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- "Not Spongeworthy". New York Post.
- "SpongeTech CEO Arrested For Fraud A Week After Suing Short-Seller". Business Insider.
- "Bill for Spongetech fraud: $52 million". Crain's New York.
- How Tim Sykes became a Millionaire