Posts from August 2012

Smarteys Making Progress

One of my portfolio companies is Smarteys. It’s a great way to plan your finances. Especially if you are trying to figure out how to save money, save for entertainment, pay your rent, college loan or home mortgage and avoid …






Follow the Money

If you want to know how well a country is doing, sometimes it just pays to follow the money. It’s an old adage that people apply to all kinds of things when it’s convenient for them. For example, in this …






Remember The Game Landslide?

Years ago there was a board game called Landslide. It was a game about the Presidential race. It came out in 1971, and was based on the 1970 census. You rolled dice, got popular votes and bid on states for …






Breakfast Links

10 must try burgers in Chicago. Romney gave the speech he had to give last night. American exceptionalism and optimism. But here is a critique of Clint Eastwood’s speech. Eastwood was able to say the word F&^% on the air …






Why Are You Trading This Week?

If you are sitting in front of a computer screen this week and trying to trade, why? This is one of the deadest weeks in the yearly cycle of trading. Get out from behind your desk and enjoy yourself. Take …






Breakfast Links

A different kind of hurricane preparedness. Isaac wasn’t as intense as Katrina, but there is still quite a bit of flooding and problems. Good thing the President is in the White House monitoring the situation. Whoof. Don’t even know what …






The Myth of “The Corporate Wife”

Last night I recoiled at FOX News correspondent Juan Williams comment about Mitt Romney’s wife Ann. He said, “She is a corporate wife”. Upon further questioning he intimated that she was a “kept woman”. I know the “corporate wife” sitting …






Breakfast Links

I have been gone without internet and cell service. What did I miss? The crescent city, New Orleans is going to get some rain today. I am sure they will come through okay. Not sure about the rest of the …






Why Is Cook County So Poor?

Just got back from a trip to Grand Marias, MN. Had a long chat with Stan Tull who writes the Murmur Creek Observatory blog. Stan and I agree on some politics, and differ on some others. He enlightened me into …






A Preview of What’s To Come

Last night I had the chance to preview some Excelerate Labs companies. If you are going to the Demo Day next week, I think you will be happy you came. The class is very creative and well prepared. I have …






Government Intervention Screws Up Markets

Did you notice the hog market ($HE_F) over the past couple of weeks? When Obama went to Iowa to campaign, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced a huge pork buy from the federal government. October Lean Hogs were trading around …






Breakfast Links

Headed up to Minnesota today. Be up for around four or five days. Some possible meanings and implications of the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare. Get ready for the fall. Looks like instead of talking about the economy, the deficit, …






The European CME

CME Group ($CME) is going to start a European exchange. There were various reasons given, but the most apparent was that many customers don’t want to do business in the US for fear of being caught in the snare of …






Risk Versus Reward With Your Capital

If you have a pile of capital sitting around, you know, one of the one percent. What do you do with it? Economists study this problem constantly. They view it through different lenses, but what you do with that capital …






Breakfast Links

John Garcia on the 100 miles More here. Bike with us next year. Europe is fixed right? Train wreck. There is no joy in Mudville. Rahm is going to tax the bicyclists. Heh. If you have a 3D printer, you …






Todd Akin….Chump

Todd Akin is the Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri. A couple of days ago, he said something that was incredibly stupid. Not only that, it’s pretty offensive, no, very offensive to anyone that has been raped or has a …