Posts from February 2012

Jumpstarting an Economy

Say what you will about Rahm Emanuel in the White House, he has done a decent job as Chicago’s mayor. He is slowly taking on the Chicago Teachers Union which is one of the most militant in the country. He …






The Coming Jobs War

Have you read this book? I just did. It’s an interesting book. Much of the book is a sales brochure for Gallup’s business. I would disagree with his interpretation of behavioral vs classical economics. However, he raises some very interesting …






Wednesday Breakfast Links

Romney won in Arizona last night, and squeeked by in Michigan. If the Republicans nominate Santorum, it will be four more years of Obama. Santorum is precisely what is wrong with the Republican party. Yoga, a sex cult? A VAT …






Big Food Must Go: What Will You Eat? Soylent Green?

The whole food movement is very interesting to me. Parts of me really empathize with it. I invested in Tallgrassbeef. Farmer’s Markets anywhere are a private love of mine. It’s fun to walk through and get fresh fruits and vegetables …






Tuesday Breakfast Links

Sorry, yesterday I was in Nebraska visiting my sister. People make fun of Nebraska, but it actually was really nice weather when I was there. Sun was shining. The line to go through security was short, no traffic, and I …






Is it Frothy or Not? Can You Build A Business?

Since so many people are either out of work or leaving the work force, starting their own companies becomes a palatable idea. I was talking with a few friends the past few days about entrepreneurship. We were discussing the frothiness …






Sunday Breakfast Links

Do you remember the story of Sidd Finch? Captivated people back in 1985. After they get the Catholics, they will go somewhere else. Always do. Hey, they inside trade, funnel money to their cronies, does it surprise you that DC …






Can You Build An Ecosystem Anywhere?

There is a lot of interest in building entrepreneurial ecosystems. A lot of the interest stems from the job market being so dreadful. I don’t care what the numbers say, it’s clear there are a lot of people out of …






Saturday Breakfast Links

Oh crap. I just started doing yoga. Saw Van Halen last night. Eddie rocks. Man can he strum a guitar. David Lee Roth just can’t sing, and because of his age he can’t move anymore. We all get old. Eddie …






Undiversifiable Risk In A Start Up

When you invest in a start up company, it’s inherently risky. Heck, I think the odds are about 90% against you from the outset. I asked Steve Kaplan, professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business once about …






Hey Traders, Here is Your Shot At Stardom

From Facebook. Think you got what it takes. Take your chances. (I have nothing to do with this, just merely passing information along) Noci Pictures Entertainment, LLC Producers from http://www.flooredthemovie.com/, L.A.’s Rain Management Group (http://www.rainmanagementgroup.com/), and Chicago’s Noci Pictures(www.noci.com) are …






Friday Breakfast Links

Snow in Chicago today. Tonight I am going to see Van Halen with Kool and the Gang leading off. Wow, I feel old! What’s more valuable, a Facebook fan or a Twitter fan? The payments space is hot. Why Corzine …






High Frequency Trading Fees-The Wrong Approach

The SEC is considering ways to curb the effect of high frequency trading on the marketplace. For long time traders, it’s clear that HFT and algo trading have a huge marginal effect on trading. However, they don’t have a macro …






Breakfast Links

Can ethics be taught at a business school? From Insty, how to remove your Google ($GOOG) search history before Google’s new privacy policy. The Obama Legacy. Is $5 gas a certainty? Fuhgettabout it. Already $6 in Tampa, FL. Sanitized mob …






MF, RICO and Sarbanes-Oxley

Yesterday at the University Club, I spoke about the MF Global theft of over a billion dollars from customers. In addition, I asked James Koutkoulas to come and give his perspective. James is representing over 300 customers in a class …






What Would You Do?

The Syrian government is killing it’s own people. Slaughtering them. What do you do? Beware-This vid is pretty graphic Other governments have slaughtered their own. The African continent is full of dead bodies that perished because government’s killed their own. …






Outrage Over Tax Breaks in Illinois

In Crain’s Chicago Business, there was an article that said the $150M in tax breaks for Sears was money poorly spent. “Rather than dole out that $150 million to one big company, how about this: Give $30,000 to 5,000 small …