Posts from June 2016

A Conscientious Objector

In all the hype about Muhammad Ali’s death, I wanted to contrast something.  A lot of people made a big deal about Ali being a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War.  A lot of people used the CO status to …

The Government Will Screw It Up

Yesterday when talking to Dan Fordice about what he did, the topic of the VA inevitably came up. If you are paying attention to the news, you know the VA really hurt veterans rather than helped veterans. The whole thing …

Flying in a P51

Today I am getting the opportunity to go up in a P51 Mustang.  My friend Dan Fordice flew his plane in from Vicksburg, MS.   He is a big supporter of the National World War Two Museum and over the …

Can Chicago Do It?

Fred Wilson wrote a couple of blogposts about the startup world recently.  It inspired some conversation on Twitter.  It also inspired an exchange between me and another Chicagoan on Twitter. @pointsnfigures @trengriffin @fredwilson @bgurley Hope ur right but CHI entrep …

From Corporate to Startup

The corporate world struggles with startups.  They know there is something there but they can’t put wrap their bureaucracies around it. On the other hand, startups try to be anti-corporate.  But, they can learn from corporations and need to understand …

The Human Touch

At early stages of startup life it is often said you do things that don’t scale.  That happens for a variety of reasons. Sometimes you slap together a company because you have an idea.  To the customer, it looks like …

Reasons Why Dodd-Frank Was a Horrible Law

Yesterday, I spent some time listening to academics speak about Dodd-Frank. I don’t think Americans really know how corrosive Dodd-Frank is. It’s killing our economic growth in ways that most people don’t understand. One thing I have noticed over the …

Are You an American? You Are Different

On this day back in 1944, some young men rode boats 100 miles across the English Channel to take on an impossible task.  It’s important that we never forget them, or why they had to assume that responsibility.  Here is …

The Basic Income Debate

Yesterday, Switzerland rejected basic income for all.  I have thought a lot about basic income ever since I read about it on Albert Wenger’s blog. My opinion has evolved a little, but one thing remains the same.  If the US …

Finding Your Voice

Yesterday, I was at a political fundraiser for a first time political candidate.  She’s a pretty incredible woman and you can read more about Joan here.  She’s independent and not afraid to buck convention.  I hope she wins her race …

Internet Trends

Mary Meeker’s annual presentation of internet trends is always interesting to look at.  Sometimes you can pull out some great insights into things you want to do, or things you think will happen.  Especially when you layer other information over …

Does A Rate Rise Hurt Startup Financing?

ISM was up this month.  The US has been on almost 0% interest rates for a long time.  The Fed meets in June to discuss another raise.  I think the Fed should raise rates.  Personally, having zero cost to money …