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  • What’s In A Name?
    Posted by on September 20th, 2014 at 8:14 am, Comments: 0

    This story I read about how people named their startup is funny.  So many domain names are tied up by squatters, it’s almost impossible to [...]

  • Why It’s Different For Women in Chicago
    Posted by on September 19th, 2014 at 10:17 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday, I had a long conversation with Ms Tech’s Nicole Yeary.  If you don’t know Ms Tech, you should.  They help women get started and [...]

  • Don’t Ask Why-Ask YCharts
    Posted by on September 18th, 2014 at 7:13 am, Comments: 0

    One of my portfolio companies YCharts just rolled out some new functionality.  Since I initially invested in them back in 2010, they keep rolling out [...]

  • What Stops The Music?
    Posted by on September 17th, 2014 at 8:57 am, Comments: 0

    The stock market has been going up for the last five years.  Sure, there have been some pullbacks, but this market feels like the 1996-2000 [...]

  • University of California Plans $250M VC Fund
    Posted by on September 16th, 2014 at 8:26 am, Comments: 0

    The University of California is launching what they would see as small, but a Midwesterner would see as large VC fund.  The fund will invest [...]

  • Startup Investing, Is it For You?
    Posted by on September 15th, 2014 at 8:12 am, Comments: 0

    Legendary venture capitalist Bill Gurley gave a great interview to the Wall Street Journal on startup investing.  He made lots of great points.  One that [...]

  • Is Big Data Creating Groupthink?
    Posted by on September 14th, 2014 at 9:43 am, Comments: 0

    In the article, “We Are All Quants Now”, a 7 year old girl responds, “I’m not sure,” said the little girl, “I’ll bring it to [...]

  • One Idea For The BlockChain
    Posted by on September 13th, 2014 at 8:09 am, Comments: 0

    While trying to catch fish with no success, I started thinking about the block chain.  I don’t know exactly how this idea will work out-but [...]

  • Knots
    Posted by on September 12th, 2014 at 8:28 am, Comments: 0

    I was a Boy Scout for a very short time.  Growing up, my family wasn’t a camping family.  Camping to me is Holiday Inn.  I [...]

  • Gone Fishing
    Posted by on September 11th, 2014 at 9:44 am, Comments: 0

    Literally.  We drove to NYC.  Then we drove to the Beaver Kill Inn. It’s where fly fishing was invented.  There is literally no cell phone [...]

  • Chicago Booth’s Cliff Asness Talks About His Journey and Efficient Markets
    Posted by on September 10th, 2014 at 7:58 am, Comments: 0

    Last evening I was at a Chicago Booth alumni event here in NYC.  AQR’s Cliff Asness was the speaker.   Asness has a PhD from [...]

  • Preserving the Floor Traders
    Posted by on September 9th, 2014 at 7:09 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday while we were driving I saw this article in the Wall Street.  Should floor trading be preserved?  Or, is it like the buggy whip [...]

  • Apple, iCloud and Photos
    Posted by on September 8th, 2014 at 6:47 am, Comments: 0

    Did Apple ($AAPL) screw the pooch by not knowing iCloud could be hacked? For that matter, what internet system isn’t hackable. Home Depot ($HD) may [...]

  • A Chicaga Guy In NYC
    Posted by on September 7th, 2014 at 8:18 pm, Comments: 0

    Headed to NYC for a couple of days, then the countryside to fly fish.  I am looking forward to renewing some old relationships and making [...]

  • Go Irish, ND vs Michigan, Go Blue, Last time
    Posted by on September 5th, 2014 at 12:10 pm, Comments: 0

    On Saturday, I am going to the Notre Dame vs Michigan game.  It’s the last game in a long rivalry.  Too bad they are quitting, [...]

  • Innovate On Bedrock Academic Principles
    Posted by on September 5th, 2014 at 7:55 am, Comments: 0

    There is a reason we all go to school and study certain theories and certainties illuminated by academic studies.  It’s because they work.  One of [...]

  • The Gov. Pat Quinn Minimum Wage Challenge
    Posted by on September 4th, 2014 at 5:05 am, Comments: 0

    Illinois governor Pat Quinn is taking the minimum wage challenge this week.  The governor calculates Illinois minimum wage workers only net $79 to be able [...]

  • Why Are Governments Afraid of Ridesharing like Uber and Lyft?
    Posted by on September 3rd, 2014 at 9:23 am, Comments: 0

    On Facebook ($FB), I am part of a closed group.  It’s a group of ChicagoBooth MBA students and alums, with some professors in the mix [...]