Posts from 2016

Ideological Investors

Last night was the Republican debate.  I didn’t watch it.  I didn’t watch the State of the Union address either.  Most of the time, politicians just say things that are made for television soundbites.  One of the reasons Trump is …

Has The Bubble Popped?

Yesterday, Jason Calcanis wrote that the “bubble” has deflated.  He was on CNBC yesterday and talked about it.  If you don’t know Jason, you should.  He is a very good investor and very astute participant in the seed stage startup …

Do We Need End to End Encryption?

Max Levchin has decided to try and educate lawmakers on encryption.  This will be a difficult task.  I am glad he picked up the baton and is running with it. The reason this topic is top of mind is the …

What Skills Will People Need In the Future?

I started reading a book about what sort of skills people will need to have in the future in order to survive and thrive.  I am interested in this because I see the rise of robots and artificial intelligence happening …

How To Empower People: Where To Start

The other day I wrote about how to begin empowering people to help them lead sustainable lives.  It’s often said that America is a big experimental laboratory.  There are 50 states that act independently, so we have a chance to …

37 Seconds

If you are looking for a good book to read, 37 Seconds is a page turner.  My friend Stephanie Arnold wrote it.  It’s her real life experience. She’s on Twitter @stepharnold37 and her website is here. Before becoming a Mom, …

The Solution to Income Inequality is to Empower People

Income inequality is on the minds of journalists and political candidates.  It’s on the lips of people who worry about social justice.  I think income inequality is a symptom and solving for it won’t change anything.  There are deeper problems …

Missing Deals, Missing Trades

It’s amazing to me how many similarities there are between startup investing and trading.  Of course, there are plenty of differences.  The similarities though are some of the most important parts of the process. Venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and floor traders …

Prep For Investment, or The Trade

Another similarity between trading and investing in seed stage startups is the prep.  If you went into the trading pit without a plan, you were like a rudderless ship on the ocean.  Same with startup investing. The best startup investors …

Similarities Between Trading And Seed Investing

Last year I met Mark Suster.  I like Marc and read his blog avidly.   We were talking about our backgrounds.  We both are graduates of the EMBA program at the Chicago Booth.  Marc said to me, “It’s not totally …

Tax Exempt Investing

One of the things that seed stage investors get rewarded for is taking risk.  They get the opportunity to invest early.  That gives them more upside.  It also gives them more failure.  But, when an investment hits, it can be …

Bitcoin and Decentralization

There is a robust debate going on within the Bitcoin community right now.  I don’t particularly have an opinion, but reading posts from both sides of the debate are insightful.   I am not a coder, but I have a …

If You Need Peter to Pay Paul, You Are In Trouble

Predictions abound this time of year.  If you are investing in seed stage VC, predictions for the next year are meaningless for new investments.  The only time they matter is for companies that will get traction, or for exits.  Since …

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 …