Author Archive

  • Should You Own Distribution, or Broker It?
    Posted by on April 1st, 2015 at 8:27 am, Comments: 0

    Here is an interesting problem for businesses that want to establish markets.  Should they own all of the distribution chain, or should they broker it […]

  • Two Kinds of Discrimination With a Solution
    Posted by on March 31st, 2015 at 9:54 am, Comments: 0

    There have been a lot of discrimination stories in the news.  Of course, last summer began the stories of Ferguson, MO.  But recently, Elaine Pao […]

  • The Great Unbundling
    Posted by on March 30th, 2015 at 8:21 am, Comments: 0

    Have you seen this photo? Or this one from a while ago? A lot of great businesses have been built in the last ten years […]

  • Individual Choice is Better Than Bureaucratic Choice
    Posted by on March 29th, 2015 at 8:47 am, Comments: 0

    Thought these two articles were interesting. The SEC ruled that companies can start selling up to $50M in securities within a 12 month period, subject […]

  • Pattern Recognition: Works in Trading and in VC
    Posted by on March 28th, 2015 at 8:24 am, Comments: 0

    This is an interesting clip by Professor Steve Blank from Stanford.  He is talking about entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, but he easily could be talking […]

  • The Smallest Possible Leads to Biggest Possible
    Posted by on March 27th, 2015 at 7:16 am, Comments: 0

    Hypergrowth.  Every startup wants it.  Every investor in a startup wants it too.  It means success.  It means money.  Hypergrowth also signifies that the startup […]

  • Throwback Thursday Photo
    Posted by on March 26th, 2015 at 12:07 pm, Comments: 0

    This is a photo in a book targeted to kids about commodities.  Had to be taken in the late 1980’s.  That’s what the trading pits […]

  • What Should Your Business Model Look Like
    Posted by on March 26th, 2015 at 7:00 am, Comments: 0

    Business model is one thing that someone considers before investing in a business.  At a certain point, the investor needs to decide is this business […]

  • Sometimes You Lead, Sometimes You Follow
    Posted by on March 25th, 2015 at 7:45 am, Comments: 0

    In venture capital, most of the time it is best to be in front.  Be ahead of the curve and the herd.  That’s where the […]

  • Chicago Is Only As Good As It’s Hot Dog Stands
    Posted by on March 24th, 2015 at 9:03 am, Comments: 0

    When I got my first job out of college, my sales territory was bordered by 95th street on the south side, Dixon, IL on the […]

  • Valuation Discussion From Two Pros: Are High Seed Valuations Here to Stay?
    Posted by on March 22nd, 2015 at 5:20 pm, Comments: 0

    This is one of the reasons I like Twitter.  Sam Altman is one of the most respected people in seed/early stage investing.  He runs YCombinator, […]

  • Are You A Puppet?
    Posted by on March 22nd, 2015 at 10:02 am, Comments: 0

    If you read ZeroHedge enough, you will eventually think dark thoughts all the time.  His blog is predicated on fear.  Sometimes there are some posts […]

  • Trade Following Apps
    Posted by on March 21st, 2015 at 9:36 am, Comments: 0

    Over the course of the decade, I have seen a lot of companies doing “trade following”.  Essentially, it’s one trader that others sign up to […]

  • How To Win The Lotto Every Day
    Posted by on March 20th, 2015 at 8:06 am, Comments: 0

    Twitter CEO Dick Costello said,  “You start one monster company, maybe you were lucky, maybe you were in the right place at the right time. You found […]

  • Too Good To Be True
    Posted by on March 19th, 2015 at 7:10 am, Comments: 0

    Another financial whiz was locked up.  Remember Bernie Maddof?  He sits in a jail cell.  Remember the high school kid that supposedly made $72M trading? […]

  • Republican Congressman Aaron Schock Resigns
    Posted by on March 18th, 2015 at 8:04 am, Comments: 0

    Republican Congressman Aaron Schock resigned.  Too bad.  He is young, 33.  He had a bright future in politics.  That being said, I think his resignation […]

  • 21 Million Bitcoins
    Posted by on March 17th, 2015 at 8:01 am, Comments: 0

    Bitcoin startup 21 Inc raised $116M in venture capital money from several investors last week.  If you follow VC, the list of investors is a […]

  • Messing With Meerkat
    Posted by on March 16th, 2015 at 7:32 am, Comments: 0

    Meerkat is a startup that is taking the social web by storm. It’s filled up my Twitter stream.  Twitter stopped Meerkat’s autotweet feature because it […]