Posts from January 2018

Suits and Ties

I saw on Twitter that my friend Joe Brusuelas was going to do some damage on Savile Row in England.  I was a bit jealous.  He got some shoes made in Florence too.  I love clothes but never buy them.  …

Shooting Free Throws

  Free throws are a free shot.  No one is guarding you.  I cannot for the life of me understand why free throw percentages are so low.  They don’t call it the charity stripe for nothing.  If you are a …

Different Looks At Bitcoin/Blockchain

My friend Nilesh posted this: I remember walking back from a conference at the European Central Bank in late 2008 accompanied by the then Head of Risk Management for the ECB. We discussed what the long-term impact of the Global …

Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm

Kodak. Kodakoin. Utilizing blockchain technology, the KODAKOne platform will create an encrypted, digital ledger of rights ownership for photographers to register both new and archive work that they can then license within the platform. With KODAKCoin, participating photographers are invited to take …

Growth Next Year

The Trump tax cut became law this year.  Most of America got a tax cut.  I was glad to see the SALT subsidy go away.  If you are feeling the pain of losing the subsidy, contact your local politicians. They …

The Broken Record Market

Millennials don’t remember broken records. When your vinyl got a scratch on it, the needle would keep jumping and play the same song or note again. It was irritating which is why the phrase, “a broken record” is a sign …

Taking A Break From Seed?

I lifted this from Fortune’s Term Sheet. FIRM NEWS: Term Sheet has learned that Arena Ventures, the Los Angeles-based early-stage venture capital firm, is pausing seed investing “until the seed market corrects.” Arena managing partner Paige Craig sent out a …

The Cold

Most of the nation has been in a deep freeze.  No surprise and I don’t want to whine about it or get into a “global warming” debate.  I find it odd that news organizations are being so dramatic about weather.  …

Announcing Our Investment in FinMkt.io

We finalized an investment in FinMkt.  FinMkt is based in New York City and is led by Luan Cox.  She has been terrific to get to know.  We were invited into the deal by Manchester Story.  My partner Kenny was …

Bitcoin, What About The Other Coins?

Nice that we have Bitcoin futures.  Merrill Lynch said they would not let their clients have access to them.  So glad Big Brother is watching out for them. Volume in at the CBOE and CME is very small. To give …

Recruiting Rockstars

65% of startups fail because they don’t have the right talent.  At the early stages, it’s an execution business.  People execute.  It’s that simple.  However, hiring people isn’t a skill we are born with.  They don’t exactly teach hiring in …

The Next Big Thing Is Hard

Economists will tell you it takes thirty years for a revolutionary new technology to infiltrate the world and really make a difference in our lives.  Over the past five to ten years, we have seen some really amazing things be …

New Years Day 2018

Happy New Year!  It’s cold here in Chicago.  Last night, it was below zero.  My wife and I will be stayed in.  We did some yoga yesterday and as we always do we will be at the University Club for the …