Posts from 2017

The Answer is “Delaware C Corp”

Recently, I have seen posts on whether you should start out as an LLC or C Corp.  I was talking to a good friend of mine that has been around venture for almost his entire professional life.  The answer is …

Tech CEO’s Should Ignore Some Advice

In Recode, there was an article about VC Bijan Sabet.  He has an enviable track record and is one of the best VCs out there.  Other VCs I know feel exactly the same way as he does about our current …

Maybe We Need to Redefine What A Small Business Is

On CBS Sunday Morning, they had a segment about three women in Wisconsin that are challenging Big Food.  They are challenging the Wisconsin law that prohibits the sale of home baked goods.  The Republican Speaker of the House won’t bring …

The Raise

One of the biggest conundrums in entrepreneurship is raising money.  When to raise, how much to raise, who to raise from.  When things are going well, it’s easy to raise money.  When things are not going well no one wants …

Innovation Has Unintended Consequences

One of the best things about economics, if you think about it right, is you see both sides of the coin.  Costs/Opportunity Costs and other concepts are very powerful.  My friend Professor Craig Pirrong is an economist.  He teaches at …

The Difficulty With Blockchain

Yesterday I was at the OnRamp conference in Chicago.  The guys at Gener8tor put it on and they do a good job.  OnRamp is about insurance and fin tech. One of the panels that they had was on blockchain.  If …

Can You Give a Bad Review?

Lately, I have been pondering something I don’t know the answer too.  Over the course of the last ten years, social media has exploded.  Crowd reviewed sites like Open Table, Trip Advisor, Yelp, Foursquare and others have dominated.  Sites like …

Don’t Tip Your Toe in The Water: Go For It

Yesterday I met a really successful entrepreneur.  They had built companies their whole life.  Some went IPO.  Some just got acquired.  One of the most interesting things about the conversation was that when it was time to press the button …

How To Do Social Entrepreneurship Right: Guard Llama

Social entrepreneurship has been a trend.  I think it’s great to use capitalistic enterprises to solve problems.  But, there are some troubling trends I am seeing within social entrepreneurship.  I have written checks to companies that clearly perform social good …

How Long For Robots?

Most of the stuff you read these days is all politics, even when it comes to real data. Here is an example. Recently, Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said it would be 50-100 years for robots. I’d love to see …

Quick Getaway

Went up to Harbor Country in Michigan for the evening. It’s a short getaway from Chicago. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s like our “Hamptons” but not as chi-chi. Some big cities have natural getaways. Chicago people go to …

The Privacy Debate

Over the past week, I have seen a lot of outrage over the rollback of rules regarding Internet Service Providers (ISPs).  Let’s get something straight off the bat.  The internet is being regulated by rules that were written in 1933 …

Banks in The Cloud

The backbone of finance is going to change.  Who really likes the user experience of their bank?  Most of the websites are clunky and hard to use.  Banks have a hard time adding features.  I was speaking with a banker …

Should You Call An Acquisition an Exit?

The prediction is that acquisitions are going to increase in frequency and volume.  Big corporates are hungry for new innovation and they are going to buy it.  Their balance sheets are healthy.  If the tax overhaul that is being promised …

You Cannot Chase A Trade

One of the things common in trading and investing in companies is emotion.  There is the thrill of the chase.  It can consume you.  Sometimes, you get so involved, you ignore common sense and toss it to the wind.   …

The Big Bank Bottom Line

One of the secrets people don’t know about the big banks is their cost of good sold.  It’s pretty large.  62% of revenue.  The WSJ reports the big banks are going to try and get together to cut $2B in …

The Voice Will Change Everything

Yesterday while the NCAA games were going on I was judging a Capital One/Amazon Alexa hackathon.  The theme was fin tech.  It was pretty cool.  Hackathons rarely put real companies together.  But, occasionally they do.  The biggest thing they do …