About The Motley Fool

The thing is we are pretty awesome and humble. We are all about loving our jobs, helping people invest, and doing things our way.

We’ve been rocking Foolishness since being founded in 1993 by brothers David and Tom Gardner. We get a lot of recognition for having a great culture, and people tend to join the Fool for life. Like any great company, our culture starts with the Gardner brothers, who are two of the best people you will meet in life. If you haven’t stopped by our office to say hi, you totally should! We offer public tours on the first Friday of every month, so register here!

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The company’s name was taken from Shakespeare, whose wise fools both instructed and amused, and could speak the truth to the king — without getting their heads lopped off. Our culture is as irreverent as our name. We truly love each other, our company, and our members.

What We Do

The Motley Fool provides financial solutions for investors of every kind. Our products and services — whether free or fee-based, online or offline — are designed to help people take control of their financial lives. And we have built a transparent track record to prove it!

Our Mission

Making the world smarter, happier, and richer

Our Core Values

  • Collaborate — Do great things together.
  • Innovate — Search for a better solution. Then top it!
  • Fun — Revel in your work.
  • Honest — Make us proud.
  • Competitive — Play fair, play hard, play to win.
  • Motley — Make Foolishness your own. Share your core value _____________.

22 thoughts on “About The Motley Fool

  1. How can anyone not comment on this. It’s absolutely how every company should do business in my collaborative, innovative, fun, honest, competitive, motley opinion!

  2. Just wondering why your company does not sell T-Shirts, Mugs, etc. to your fellow fools out here in other parts of the country? I was able to purchase one back in 2001 and it is getting REALLY THIN. You guys had a store back then I believe. Why not bring it back.? I’m proud to be a member of the fool communtiy and love when folks ask me about my investment gurus. Bring back the store. PLEASE??????

  3. In the spirit of sharing my core value I would lile to say a few things.

    Once I was asked to identify my “superpower.” I thought about it and responded. “I can see through bull shit.” Alas, I found that some BS is hidden behind an iron facade. Experience taught me that knowing who to listen to and seeing through BS was a matter of listening carefully and comparing outcomes over time and examples.

    My core value is learning who to listen to. I listen to the TMF.
    Thank you all,

  4. Is it foolish to have knowledge and not spend the time to think through imaginative solutions, with some of the best and brightest, on a daily basis? I think so, but my days are spent in billable work. Been floating around DC since ’98 basically in the government consulting world and have been seeking the next big thing (and of course to land on a pot of gold). As a investor that follows his 401k but knows there is more to life, liberty, and an 8% return I feel this is a place for me.

    This federal consultant fool knows the industry and its need to change in an era or tighter budgets. He also knows IT solutions and EA strategies are going to change every agency within “the beltway” (including its workforce and its strategies for interoperability). In the pursuit of happiness I leave a reply to request a tour.

  5. to old for your team, I enjoy retirement, just remember this. point A to B is a straight line. don’t use the other 24 letters to get from A to B. if its in your way move it, smash it or run it over, besides I wouldn’t live in a city for all the money in the world. born in the mountains, raised and will die here, more fun than you can imagine, never grow old in your heart and soul and you will always be young. laugh when you screw up, afterwards say I new that was going to happen!!!!

  6. i feel like this job is for those that are trying to help others out. By educating them on finances,while making it intrested for the reader. I would call that a picture perfect job. Not only am i helping people,I’m making it fun so they’ll want to read more to help their investments/stocks

  7. I’ve preached this for a long time. Obviously Capitol Hill is not listening!

    Introduction to Finance 0001A
    2. Don’t spend more than you make (or collect in taxes)
    3. Set something aside for maintenance, repairs, and contingencies cause stuff happens.
    4. Don’t invest more in one thing (or one country) than you can afford to lose.
    5. If you are in charge of trust funds, thou shalt not speculate with them.
    6. If you are going to speculate, use only money for extras, such as a new hot tub, day at the races, case of soda, etc.

    Hay, it’s not that complicated! Unfortunately the K-12 schools don’t teach such tertiary trivia…

    Would like to learn more about all y’all…


    1. Joe Boesch:
      After working for nearly nineteen-19-years with the Federal Government, primarily with the Department of the Navy, I got forced out without any retirement benefits due to medical problems. Since then I would like to work in the Financial or Human Resources fields because I don’t want to live as a burden to society. Your comment about managing trusts is quite interesting and I strongly agree-its too bad that many other financial employees don’t.
      Linda M. Evcic-levcic@verizon.net

  8. When I saw the name of this company and read more about what you do and how you do it, it was like the pearly gates of heaven extended a warm greeting and Jesus was standing at the entrance wearing a tuxedo shirt that says “I’m here to party but I am a professional” with a warm plate of brownies.

    I truely believe Motley Fools is a great company and they are building the framework for other companies to improve employee moral & productivity.

  9. What an awesome way to wake me up through my endless internet job searches! Here I was, comatose as I read endless job posts through the many job sites and suddenly I click on a link and land HERE. Holy crazy fun place Batman!!! Of course I just HAD to apply for a job here. Even if I don’t get the position, I’m glad I got to read your fantastic site and I’m super happy you exist. Way to go on creating an excellent work environment. 🙂

  10. After 20+ years on/off line I think I have finally found the type of insanity I can relate to, when it comes to the market. All I can say is keep up the great work of what the fool has to offer, If others cannot find a few gems of info to help with buying/selling then they need to stick their money in a bank at .01$% a quarter. I’m 64 but not dying soon so I shall enjoy reading more and learning as I read the fool, which I should of started years ago, but misunderstood it’s value to everyone at the time

  11. Quit sending me teasers about the next great thing( with some extra charge or service that I have to join to get info on the next great stock)that is some extra cost that is not in my budget now), that would be helpful to take care of my family, or start adv your services at level a,b,c ect. Thanks Dan

  12. I have read all the perspectives of Fools and really I am amazing about this hope someday I will be there though I know very little about this way but I believe I will be there at anyhow thanks to that Two Brothers.

  13. Who is/are the hiring managers for the summer 2014 internships? Or how could I get a hold of an email address where I can contact the people who know? I would appreciate any input! Thank you

  14. I love my current job however, I want to figure out how to make my money work for me and NOT me working for my money….

  15. I am interested in investing in NFC the new tech how can I without listening to the add that keeps going forever. I am interested but it has yet to tell me how to join. Please advise or send an application.

  16. Hello! I am submitting an application (for Data Analyst) and when I click on “Submit” it just sends me back to the previous page that asks for Name, Email, etc. I never received a confirmation email. Does anyone know if that’s a bug? Is there an alternative way to apply for the position?

  17. Saying you’re awesome and humble in the same sentence, nice oxymoron. Haha, Fail! At least you all have a sense of humor. From a king’s perspective, it’s hard to aim an axe when laughing.

  18. This is the second cover letter I will have sent you. This will not make you laugh or cry and I hope not bore you. Your company is at the top of my list of places I would love to work.

    I have been thinking regarding the world of investing and money management. I have very little experience in the area, unless you count my 401k and IRA.

    Unfortunetly most high school graduates have no idea how manage money let alone reconcile a check book. I checked out the possibility of federal grants and there is abosulutly nothing. I thought this is a potential pool of individuals that could benefit from you if taught the basics in some sort of forum.

    I started the 401K program at Precision Grading Services, LLC and servera employees who didn’t want to participate. These your young men who didn’t understand that we where giving them 1% without any contribution from them. They also didn’t understand that money they would contributing was tax deferred and matched up to 5%.

    The education system does not address these life lessons that are paramont in a persons life.

    So in enclosing, I didn’t know if this something you would consider in a non-profit format.

    Thanks for putting up my some what boring cover letter


    Diana Hanrahan

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