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  • Tech Is About Maximizing People, Not Tech
    Posted by on March 1st, 2015 at 11:24 am, Comments: 0

    Today our society is in a constant state of innovation.  New software is created daily that has the potential to impact our lives in a […]

  • Chicago Faces the Music of Math-Illinois Next
    Posted by on February 28th, 2015 at 10:49 am, Comments: 0

    Last year at Howard Lindzon‘s Stocktoberfest,  I asked Bill Gurtin where he absolutely wouldn’t put any money.  He manages a $9B muni bond portfolio.  He […]

  • It Was Tougher to Get Money in 2014
    Posted by on February 27th, 2015 at 10:13 am, Comments: 0

    If you were in the market for seed stage startup capital, it was tougher to get money from organized venture capital investors in 2014.  In […]

  • Net Neut Today
    Posted by on February 26th, 2015 at 6:42 am, Comments: 0

    “The state-the machinery and power of the state-is a potential resource or threat to every industry in the society.  With its power to prohibit or […]

  • Startup Company Transition
    Posted by on February 25th, 2015 at 7:32 am, Comments: 0

    Startups go through phases.  Sometimes after a while, the original CEO isn’t working out.  The idea is still good, but the company is stuck in […]

  • Risk and Investing
    Posted by on February 24th, 2015 at 8:27 am, Comments: 0

    There is a lot of fear in the tech community over a bubble.  The last time there was a bubble, the entire stock market collapsed. […]

  • Can You Build Creativity and Innovation Into Your Company?
    Posted by on February 23rd, 2015 at 8:41 am, Comments: 0

    Are people born creative, or can they be taught?  Why can’t big corporations innovate?  It’s a long standing question.   Why is it that startups […]

  • How to Organize A Network
    Posted by on February 22nd, 2015 at 5:39 am, Comments: 0

    Networks are all around us.  People are familiar with online networks and they have almost become a cliche.  Meeting in person is still stronger than […]

  • Environmental Entrepreneurs; Hammer in Search of a Nail?
    Posted by on February 21st, 2015 at 7:41 am, Comments: 0

    I am a big environmentalist believe it or not.  Love the outdoors.  Like to hike, fish and hunt.  I like to scuba dive.  I like […]

  • Following On In Early Stage Financing
    Posted by on February 20th, 2015 at 8:32 am, Comments: 0

    Fred Wilson has written about USV’s policy on following onto rounds.  It’s a controversial topic so he has actually written a lot about it.  Should […]

  • Valuations-Be Careful
    Posted by on February 19th, 2015 at 10:25 am, Comments: 0

    Been talking to a lot of different startups in different industries at different stages about valuations.  I have a couple of portfolio companies going out […]

  • Trying to Change A State
    Posted by on February 19th, 2015 at 7:35 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday at the same time in Illinois, Governor Bruce Rauner gave his initial budget address to the General Assembly.  In Chicago, Republican presidential candidate Jeb […]

  • Go Big or Go Home
    Posted by on February 18th, 2015 at 7:45 am, Comments: 0

    There were a lot of funny adages in trading.  “When in trouble double”; “If you got a hunch, do a bunch”.  Another one was “Go […]

  • Are You The Right Investor?
    Posted by on February 17th, 2015 at 5:27 am, Comments: 0

    The last couple of days I have written about investing in companies from the entrepreneurs perspective.  What are bad and good investors. What about the […]

  • 60 Minutes Bob Simon and Ebola
    Posted by on February 16th, 2015 at 9:32 am, Comments: 0

    Last week, 60 Minutes newsman Bob Simon was tragically killed in a car accident. My heart goes out to his loved ones.  Last night, they […]

  • Can The Right Investor Help Your Company?
    Posted by on February 16th, 2015 at 8:14 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday I wrote about the wrong investor and the pitfalls of having the wrong investor in your investment syndicate.  Today, let’s take the opposite view […]

  • Can The Wrong Investor Screw Up Your Company?
    Posted by on February 15th, 2015 at 10:29 am, Comments: 0

    It’s so hard to raise money.  It seems like an endless road to nowhere sometimes. Suppose you were having enormous trouble raising money.  When someone […]

  • Auto Shows And Motorcycles
    Posted by on February 14th, 2015 at 8:26 am, Comments: 0

    When I was a kid, I always wanted a motorcycle.  I had one for a brief time, but it was a small bike.  Honda 150 […]