Lanclos, C is a true Cajun from Opelousas, Louisiana and Co-Founder/CEO of Lanclos Limited, LLC. He is a serial entrepreneur and, since the 1990's, he and his family have founded and exited over a dozen small businesses from Louisiana to New York to Turkey. You would think that his long string of success began with a wonderful and supportive upbringing, but, that is far from the truth. He began developing his entrepreneurial spirit on the farms throughout Southwest, Louisiana, while being raised in foster homes and orphanages at the age of five years old. Even though Lanclos loathed being separated from his parents and nine siblings, he eventually realized that it was the best thing for him. More importantly, he instinctively knew that he would also need to change something on the inside in order to overcome such a difficult childhood. So, he decided to change the view he had of himself. He simply redefined his situation as, "It was much better to be from a broken home than to be in one." This single new vision set into motion the absolute belief that his humble beginnings would someday become an asset for him.
New Vision, New Destiny
With his new outlook on life as someone with appreciation for what he did have, as opposed to what he did not, Lanclos naturally started going after the dreams that inspired him the most. He simply started by putting into practice a valuable truth to achieving anything difficult. From his own personal experiences, he learned that one must never envision a future accomplishment based upon one's own current limitations. For example, after having two ACL surgeries on both knees and a shattered collarbone, all from three years of football injuries, he set an athletic goal to become a State Champion in wrestling. An outlandish dream that no one thought was even remotely possible, including his coaches and doctors. However, Lanclos saw himself as the wrestler that would go the extra mile and, his senior year, he did in fact take home the title as State Champion at Basile High School. Academically, despite his advisors suggesting that college may not be in the cards for him due to his low ACT scores and no financial resources, he refused to let them set his goals and set his own to graduate from college. He was so inspired to be the first in his family to graduate from a university that the very next day after graduating high school he moved out on his own and left the ward of the State. With only $500 to his name, Lanclos started working his way through college cleaning restaurants at night. What he took away from that restaurant experience was that it was the people working in the back, night after night preparing those world famous po-boys, that made that company success. Lanclos went on to study business at USL in Lafayette, UNO in New Orleans and, finally, Baruch College in New York City. After ten years he not only went on to graduate as one of the top graduates at Baruch, but did so as the only student that year to receive a utility patent and to be featured in the New York Times. He studied patent books to file his own patent, researched capital investing to raise his own capital and uncovered unique marketing techniques to develop exposure for his invention. For instance, when he personally contacted the patent editor of the Times in an attempt to convince her to publish an article on his invention, The PC--PaperClip. Again, the comments of a far-fetched idea had become part of daily conversations amongst his peers. No one thought Lanclos had a chance that one of the most read publications in the world would ever mention him or his invention. BUT, Lanclos saw it differently and, as they say, the rest is history.
Throughout the time Lanclos was in New York he was behind the scenes to billions of dollars’ worth of investment transactions under a large international family-office. Because of Lanclos' ability to overcome incredible odds, the principal of this family-office saw potential in his future and took him under his wing. With billions of AUM and holdings in Italy, Monaco and the United States, Lanclos was exposed to a very large number of ultra high net-worth individuals and a treasure-chest of their investment philosophies. He learned how to facilitate proprietary deal flow, identify talent investing and fundraising within the UHNWI world. Lanclos witnessed firsthand why you must always bet on the jockey, the people, when investing in companies. This was an educational opportunity that Lanclos marks as priceless throughout his business career. He understands that analytics and scalability are very important issues to consider in partnerships, but never to replace shaking hands with business owners and understanding their vision of the future, first. This tried and true philosophy of investing in people is the framework in which their investment thesis is deeply rooted.