Greg Kolodziejzyk adventuresofgreg@gmail.com

Thanks for visiting my blog! There are almost 20 years of adventures chronicled within these digital pages. Hopefully you will find something interesting, learn something new, be entertained, or maybe even get inspired for YOUR next adventure.

“What you can do or dream you can do, BEGIN IT. For Boldness has genius, power and magic in it”.


Greg Kolodziejzyk

  • July, 2019 – Founded AlgoLab Capital Management, Ltd, a financial advisor firm with over $4 million in assets under management.
  • Jan 16, 2019 – 1st place overall Iditasport 100 km ultramarathon: 100 km pulling a 50 lb sled in Alaska over a frozen river in 30 hours
  • Feb 13, 2018 – 4th place in div Susitna 100 ultramarathon: 100 miles pulling a 50 lb sled in Alaska in the middle of winter in 32 hours
  • Aug 9, 2016 – 3rd place in div TransRockies ultramarathon stage race
  • July 30, 2015 – 1st place in div tandem MR340 River Race: 340 miles down the Missouri river from Kansas City to St. Louis in the worlds longest non-stop river race in 41 hours with Helen
  • 2015 – Founded theAlgoLab.com, an automated algorythmic trading platform with over $10 million in customer assets being traded using Greg’s trading algorithms.
  • Aug 14, 2014 – 1st place in div solo MR340 River Race: 340 miles down the Missouri river from Kansas City to St. Louis in the worlds longest non-stop river race in 58 hours
  • September 13, 2012 – West Coast Trail Solo Run: 75 km in 26 hours
  • July 10, 2011 – 5th place in div Missoula Marathon: 3 hours, 13 minutes
  • Oct 2010 – 4th place overall San Fransisco One Day 24 hour ultramarathon: 100.8 miles in 24 hours
  • 2011 – Published his 13 year experiment studying intuition by predicting future outcomes of random (hidden) markets.
  • Feb 2010 – Vancouver Island inside Passage: human powered inside passage 3 days with Bryon Howard
  • Sept 2008 – World record for the most distance traveled by human power on water 154 miles
  • July 2006 – World record for the most distance traveled by human power on land 647 miles
  • Oct 2006 – Ironman World Championships
  • April 1, 2006 – 4th place in div Ironman Arizona: 10 hours, 15 minutes
  • 2003 – Sold his company Sharper Cards to Smart Health, Inc.
  • 1994 – Sold his company Image Club Graphics, Inc. to Adobe Systems

MY STORY

 

Recently in an interview, I was asked about my favorite book. The first thought that came to mind was my 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Wolf reading the book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” to the class. A light went off. The story had such a big effect on me, that I can remember her voice, clear as if it happened yesterday. It’s a story about a seagull named Jonathan who is trying to learn about life and flight, and self-perfection. He flies as high as he can, then returns the next day to try to fly even higher. He fails, he gets discouraged, he wants to quit, he learns to persevere, he succeeds. Either it rang true for me, or inspired me. Either way, 50 years later, I can say that is how I’ve aspired to live my life.


My Journey to become financially self sufficient began when I quit the only job I’ve ever had.

 

I had recently graduated from a 2 year engineering program and was working for a local oil company based out of Calgary Alberta. My parents asked me where I wanted to be in 10 years. It was immediately obvious that my answer didn’t match up with my current trajectory. My job at the oil company wasn’t exactly the “adventure” I had hoped, and I realized I would never reach my financial goals working for someone else. So, I quit the very next day and struck out on my own as a freelance graphic designer.

To say that it was a tough few years at first would be an understatement. I really didn’t have any idea what I was doing, but slowly started to figure some things out. My prospects really changed for me when I got my dad to cosign a lease for a brand new Apple Macintosh 512 K computer with Apple’s new 300 dpi high resolution laser printer. I could clearly see that this amazing printer along with the new graphics software available for the Macintosh was going to totally revolutionize my graphic arts industry. So, I pivoted and started to develop software for this burgeoning new market.

Fast forward about 10 years..

I wasn’t at all surprised when my phone rang that morning in 1993, and the CEO from a Fortune 500 company based in New Jersey on the other end of the line basically offered me millions of dollars for my company.

My company, Image Club Graphics, had been doing well, growing over 100% per year for the previous 10 years, and due to recent shifts in the tech market, traditional software companies were looking for content. In 1993 “content was king.” And we had plenty of content.

Image Club developed a line of content software products for the explosive new desktop publishing market. Our direct sales catalog was mailed out to millions of subscribers every quarter. We had a room filled with 1-800 phone operators standing by, and happy to take customer orders for innovative products like digital stock photography, digital fonts and digital clip art. In fact, Image Club was the first company in the world to offer stock photographic imagery on CD-ROM disc. I think we played a large role in what became an absolutely massive digital stock photography industry.

This was circa 1993, way before the internet, and each day Federal Express would back one of its semi-trailers into our loading bay and load hundreds of software packages going out to our customers across the U.S. and Canada.

Negotiations with the Fortune 500 company turned difficult, so I made a few calls and found a competitive bid, and then told the New Jersey company to take a hike. I ended up selling Image Club to Adobe Systems.

Then I decided I’d had enough of phone calls and business meetings, and officially retired two years later to focus on my health and raising our two young kids with my wife Helen. 

 

Human powered adventures


Retiring was the best decision I ever made! Over the next couple dozen years, Helen and I traveled the world with our kids, I finished 12 Ironman races (Helen finished three!) including world championships in Kona, Hawaii, about 100 marathons, a dozen 50-mile ultra marathons, two 100-mile ultra marathons, and I set two world records for distance traveled in 24 hours by human power. Helen and I hiked across the U.K. then hiked across Spain. Then we hiked across Spain two more times! We won our category in the world’s longest non-stop river race by paddling our kayak 41.5 hours non-stop down the Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Louis. I hauled a 50 lb sled through snow and ice for 100 miles in a winter ultramarathon in Alaska where temperature plunged down into the -30’s. The list of our adventures over the years goes on and on. If you are interested in reading more, it’s all right here in the adventuresofgreg blog.

News of my world record made the cover and inside spread of Popular Science Magazine
My 2 world records can be found in 2008 and 2010 editions of the Guinness Book of World Records.

Associative Remote Viewing

 

I’ve always had this uncanny way of knowing what’s just around the corner. But, I’m also very skeptical about anything that isn’t backed by science. I’ve read plenty of books on cosmology, quantum physics, etc, and as far as I know, there is no logical, science based explanation for intuition aside from simply lucky guesses, or a selective memory bias.

One day, a friend told me about a research program at Stanford Research Institute that showed some convincing evidence that it is possible to glimpse a small bit of data from the future, before it happens – even if the future event is random. I didn’t believe it. When I got back to my office, I looked it up. And I was fascinated. I bought every book I could find on the topic and dove in deep. I played around with the experimental protocols for a while, and had some interesting and encouraging success. I was intrigued, but still somewhat skeptical.

The issue was that the “effect size”, that is, the amount of um… “psychic” effect (for lack of a better word) was very, very SMALL. And this was also backed up by the research. We are talking about 1 or 2 bits of “effect” out of 100’s of bits. That’s not exactly Nostradamus. To make something useful out of this, I devised a method of leveraging that minuscule effect size into a useful, more predictive signal by repeating dozens of trials and using consensus of trial results to derive a statistically significant prediction. It was called “Associative Remote Viewing”, and it actually worked. Not only was I seeing more reliability with the predictions, but I was now able to actually measure statistical significance – which is very important to me.

In fact, it worked so well, for the next thirteen years from 1998 to 2011, I conducted a rigorous, double blind experiment where I predicted the future outcome of random and hidden financial markets while risking my capital on the predictions. At the end of the thirteen year period, I was able to generate nearly $150,000 in profits resulting in a success rate of 60% correct trades from 5,677 trials, yielding a statistically significant score of z = 4.0. The chance that my success is due to chance expectation is less than 1 in 31,000. In 2012, I published a research paper in the Journal of Parapsychology called “Greg Kolodziejzyk’s 13-Year Associative Remove Viewing Experiment Results”. My results have been peer reviewed, and referenced in dozens of books, papers, and web sites over the years, including Dean Radin’s book “SUPERNORMAL”.

The “remote viewing” examples below consist of a drawing and a photograph. This is the part of my ARV protocol that accesses “intuitive thinking” which is fuel in the engine that makes this actually work. I am tasked with trying to intuitively describe (by drawing) a photograph that I will be shown at some point in the future. The photo is randomly selected from a 4000 photo database AFTER the drawing is submitted. Matches between the drawing and photos aren’t always this accurate, which is why amassing a consensus resulting from many trials is essential to leveraging this small effect size to predict the outcome of some future event (like if the stock market is going up or down).

The sketches to the left were drawn hours before the photos to the right were randomly selected from a database consisting of 4000 photographs.

Click here to download a .PDF summary of the experiment

Click here to download the .DPF research paper published in the Journal of Parapsychology

Click here to listen to Greg’s interview with MoneyShow.com

To read about some interesting correlations between ARV success and lunar phase and solar storm activity, read this blog post

To read more about what I actually think is happening, read this blog post called “Thought Power”

Conquering the markets

 

After finishing the 13 year Associative Remote Viewing experiment, I came to the realization that using my ARV protocol to access the predictive power of intuition wasn’t going to be a viable method of directing my investments going forward simply because it’s TOO MUCH WORK! If you have read the research paper, or my summary you will understand that this is a major undertaking. It is also quite mentally exhausting.

After I sold my company in 1994, I started to research stock market investing strategies, and frankly, it scared the daylights out of me! My Research made me very nervous because there were many long periods of time in the past where an investment in equities would have returned nothing. Or worse, would have lost a significant percentage of my nest egg!

Dow Jones Industrial Average over 105 years

Instead, I wondered if there was some way to earn profits when markets went down, instead of just doing what everyone else does in the stock market by going LONG. I also wondered of there was a way to lower my risk by diversifying, and invest in more markets than just equities – at the same time.

So I spent the next 20 years researching and developing trading strategies that would profit from both up or down moves, and I discovered the futures markets. Futures allow you to trade many uncorrelated markets from commodities like Corn and Wheat to foreign currencies, to gold, energy, bonds, and even the stock market indexes. Long or short trades, plenty of margin available, and most importantly, the futures markets offered me the diversification I thought was necessary to avoid a 20 year bear market.

Automated trading systems (also known as algorithmic trading), are simply methods of executing orders using automated pre-programmed trading instructions accounting for variables such as time, price, and volume. This type of trading was developed to make use of the speed and data processing advantages that computers have over human traders. In fact, one major advantage that a computer program has over a human trader is that computers are objective, whereas human traders are emotional. Market participants are mostly driven by emotions, and the crowd tends to make the same emotional mistakes at the same time. As a systematic trader, we can take advantage of these situations and do the opposite, resulting in profits when the errors in judgement due to emotions are eventually corrected.

In 2014, I took a couple of years off to seriously study every algorithmic strategy that I had developed over the years. We’re talking literally locked away in my basement for 12 hours a day. I dug deep deep deep into this. I wrote a sophisticated back testing system to perform rigorous tests, to statistically quantify the effectiveness of strategies, and to rule-out curve fitting. What I ended up with is a core strategy that I’ve been risking my capital with since early 2016. And in fact, my testing and development software platform worked so well, I started a software company called theAlgoLab.com to license my trading algorithms to other traders. Over the next 4 years, we licensed AlgoLab to 100’s of traders from around the world, with over $10,000,000 in capital being managed by my algorithms.

My proprietary trading account has earned a 230% return in just over 3 years using AlgoLab software

In July of 2019 I formed a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) firm called AlgoLab Capital Management, Ltd. which is registered with the CFTC and listed as an NFA member.

With AlgoLab Capital Management, I am now managing accounts as an advisor, and we are no longer licensing AlgoLab software. As of March, 2020, our assets under management are almost $4 million.

Click here to view our performance over the last 3 years