Taurochs (Pty) Ltd is an alternative investment company, investing mainly in real assets (commercial property, residential property, commodities) and both seed and early-stage venture capital companies.
The Story of the Taurochs
Taurochs were gigantic beasts of burden (descendants of Aurochs) that become extinct around 1700. One of the best alternative investment legends is of Richard Smith who successfully claimed more than 200 kilometers of New York territory, worth more than a trillion US Dollars today, simply by dominating a taurochs bull.
As the somewhat embellished story goes, the Indians made a pact with Richard (Bull) Smith, an English settler that he could keep whatever land he circled in a single day, while riding atop a wild taurochs bull. The astute Smith waited for the longest day of the year, circa 1665, to undertake the trek. It is said that he trotted out one of the bull’s favourite cows a few days before to trace the route so that her scent would quicken the pace. Essentially the land that he claimed is now what is known as Smithtown, Long Island, New York (an area of more than 200 km² then).
That is how we at Taurochs like to make our investments. Ideally with little or no capital down, we will take a bet on an investment with a similar risk-to-reward ratio as an out-of-the-money call option.
The bull has come to be known as a symbol of power and of growth, it is also recognised as a symbol of rising markets. We therefore thought it fitting to name our company after the legendary beast of burden that helped put together one of the largest alternative investment deals in history that turned nothing into more than a trillion US Dollars of real assets today.