Posts from November 2017

Some Feedback on Digital Innovation in B2C Banking

Was reading the Digital Banking Report‘s latest look on retail banking innovation.  I pay attention to the B2C side even though we only invest in the B2B side.  B2C sometimes informs B2B.  Sometimes businesses startup as B2C, and pivot to …

The SEC Starts Focusing on Real Estate

People in the startup community have been both pro and con on the SEC regulating ICOs. But, there are other asset classes out there that already exist that have some shady activity. Real estate is one of them. RSM recently …

Have A Meaningful Veterans Day

The other day I went to a lunch and listened to my friend John Borling give a very animated talk about Veterans Day.  John was a Major General in the Air Force.  He also was shot down over Vietnam and …

Get Rid of The Fed

I know what you are thinking.  I am a crackpot.  I have joined the Ron Paul cadre that wants to end the Fed and go back to gold.  I deliberately put up a click-bait headline because the way we regulate …

Fin Tech Innovation Labs

Today I am headed to NYC.  When you live in Chicago you can turn NYC into a day trip. It’s a huge advantage.  In out and sleep in my own bed the same day but I digress. I am going …

The Tighter And Pointier The Better

Entrepreneurship is such a tough game.  I have nothing but the utmost respect for people that come up with an idea and then turn it into something.  But, one of the really hard things for entrepreneurs to do is raise …

How Foreign Regulation Finds Its Way Across Borders

Have you heard of GRESB?  It’s a big thing.  Investors from the EU are asking for greater transparency about the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real asset portfolios. Regulators are mandating ever more ESG disclosures and improvements. And tenants, owners …

Presentation to NAR

This past week I gave a presentation to the National Association of Realtors in Chicago. Thanks to Erin Stackley for giving me the opportunity to interact with them.  If you follow venture closely, some of the themes won’t be new to …

Hey, Want A Job Starting and Growing a Hedge Fund?

Recently, WLV closed on our second deal, CFX.  CFX is a two sided marketplace that trades illiquid assets. If there is anything that me, my partner Kenny and the majority of our LPs know is where to identify a trading …

The Bitcoin Future

Yesterday CME announced they were going to list Bitcoin futures.  I was surprised it took this long.  For entrepreneurs, it shows how slow big corporates move to make decisions.  It also shows that when they decide to move, they create …