Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you and your family.  Let’s hope 2016 is better than 2015.   At this time last year, I was bleary eyed.  My family and I were in Africa and the people that worked at the place we were staying were up until 3 AM partying incredibly loudly.  I didn’t get much sleep!   Already, a gunman has opened fire in Tel Aviv.

I think the tech world is working on some amazing things when it comes to virtual reality, internet of things, sensors, and in health.  But, they are a few years away from really becoming mainstream and having a huge impact on our lives.  2016 will look more like the past than the future.  I think 2018 will become a pivotal year when inventions that are being perfected now reach the masses.  I like to say “They promised me flying cars and all I want a cell phone calls that don’t drop.”

I hate to do predictions, but here are a few.

  1.  2016 is going to be a very volatile year when it comes to terrorism.  I think it will be the most volatile on record.
  2. America will elect its first Hispanic president
  3. It will not be a good year for the stock market, but it’s not going to crash.
  4. Tech investors will happily say goodbye to the $6M-$10M valuation for a seed round.
  5. There will be fewer tech companies seeded in 2016, but the same amount of money that was invested last year will get invested.
  6. Tech companies will finally start to IPO
  7. Nothing will get done in Washington because election year.  Both parties base voters will be upset with their elected representatives.
  8. Alternative schooling will get more traction along with alternative credentialing
  9. There finally will be a killer app for Bitcoin
  10. Chicago will come into its own as a tech community
  11. Rahm Emanuel will still be mayor of Chicago in 2017.  But, it will cost him.
  12. 2016 will be the year of the Cub in baseball, and a Big Ten team will win the NCAA championship in  basketball.

Do you have any predictions?  Would love to see them in the comments.