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  • Take Some Time To Remember Them
    Posted by on May 25th, 2015 at 8:59 am, Comments: 0

    America is still fighting totalitarianism in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Totalitarian Islamic fighters are making life difficult in places like Syria, Nigeria, Libya and other parts […]

  • It’s Tougher for Women
    Posted by on May 24th, 2015 at 10:31 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday, Jonothan Sposato published an article that said he will only invest in startups with at least one woman on their team.  Adam Quinton has […]

  • An Empty Nest
    Posted by on May 23rd, 2015 at 9:02 am, Comments: 0

    On this date 28 years ago, my wife and I got married.  I think everyone has a long and twisty road in life-mine is no […]

  • Should Code Be Proprietary?
    Posted by on May 22nd, 2015 at 8:39 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday, a jury ruled that Quantlab, and HFT firm in Houston was entitled to $12.2M in damages from two traders that took their code and […]

  • Getting Rid of Hierarchy is in Vogue
    Posted by on May 21st, 2015 at 7:38 am, Comments: 0

    Zappos ($AMZN) got rid of bosses.  Like communism and socialism and a lot of government programs, it sounds nice on paper but in real life it […]

  • People Are Afraid of Freedom
    Posted by on May 20th, 2015 at 10:35 am, Comments: 0

    Freedom is incredibly scary to people.  They like the concept, but the reality brings fear into their gut.  That’s why I love the lectures you […]

  • 4 Ways to Build a Startup Community: Local Investors Need to Ignore Talks of Startup Bubble
    Posted by on May 19th, 2015 at 5:22 am, Comments: 0

    This is a great interview that Brad Feld did. The whole interview is worth listening to, but I think the first few points are especially […]

  • The Old Ideas Are Old
    Posted by on May 18th, 2015 at 8:43 am, Comments: 0

    Was reading the Chicago Booth Capital Ideas magazine.  They always have some interesting articles that will cause you to think.  I will get a few […]

  • Does the Sharing Economy Destroy the Middle Class?
    Posted by on May 17th, 2015 at 9:03 am, Comments: 0

    The sharing economy allows anyone to provide services at a cheap rate to someone that wants to buy the service. It also allows idle assets […]

  • 3 Ways to Make Your Job Interesting
    Posted by on May 16th, 2015 at 4:31 pm, Comments: 0

  • Is It A Billion Dollar Idea or Not?
    Posted by on May 16th, 2015 at 8:38 am, Comments: 0

    One of the tough things when you seed invest is to figure out if the company you are analyzing is a billion dollar idea or […]

  • How Do You Trust Your Gut?
    Posted by on May 15th, 2015 at 7:15 am, Comments: 0

    Data.  It’s everywhere.  Quantifiable.  Excel sheets, charts.  Plenty of jobs are being created around data.  Data Scientists.  Compilers.  Analysts. But one thing goes unsaid about […]

  • Chicago Financial Problems and Tech
    Posted by on May 14th, 2015 at 10:08 am, Comments: 0

    This week, city of Chicago debt was downgraded to junk bond status by Moody’s.  Our mayor took to the airwaves accusing Moody’s of being capricious, […]

  • The Amtrak Problem
    Posted by on May 13th, 2015 at 8:17 am, Comments: 0

    The Amtrak train derailment in Philly last night is horrible.  6 people have lost their lives so far and many are injured.  No doubt, there […]

  • Global Warming Isn’t a Problem, But We Still Need Clean Energy
    Posted by on May 12th, 2015 at 11:30 am, Comments: 0

    Global warming isn’t a problem.  But, just because it’s not a problem doesn’t mean that we should run roughshod over resources.  Resources are scarce, and […]

  • You Will Lose Your Job To A Robot
    Posted by on May 12th, 2015 at 9:01 am, Comments: 0

    The headline on Drudge today is that a machine is replacing anesthesiologists.  I have known about this machine for a while.   It’s only a matter […]

  • Want To Try and Understand Venture Capital? Read This
    Posted by on May 11th, 2015 at 8:28 am, Comments: 0

    The venture capital business can be mystifying.  It reminds me a lot of the trading floor.  Coopition.  You competed like hell, head to head with […]

  • A Big Ride Home
    Posted by on May 10th, 2015 at 10:38 pm, Comments: 0

    We packed up our daughter and drove all the way home today.  She went to Asheville.  Mother’s Day is a special day.  I would like […]