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  • Should You Invest in A Hot Deal?
    Posted by on July 29th, 2014 at 8:13 am, Comments: 0

    There are lots of opportunities to write a check when you are a seed investor.  If you become a known seed investor, you will get [...]

  • The Sharing Experience Supercharged
    Posted by on July 28th, 2014 at 7:23 am, Comments: 0

    I saw a few disparate things pop on various social media feeds today.  I am typing this while listening to this song on Soundcloud. Soundcloud [...]

  • Aiding the World’s Poor
    Posted by on July 27th, 2014 at 9:00 am, Comments: 0

    It seems there is never a shortage of causes or poor people.  One of the conundrums for rich countries is how to bring poor countries [...]

  • 9 Things Startups Can Do To Avoid Failure
    Posted by on July 26th, 2014 at 9:58 am, Comments: 0

    There are certain maxims in life that are there because not following them either increases your chances at failure, or guarantees failure. For example, in [...]

  • Corporate Tax Inversions and Politics
    Posted by on July 25th, 2014 at 9:19 am, Comments: 0

    Jack Lew and President Obama are talking a lot about tax inversions.  Mark Cuban (probably no fan of the current administration) tweeted: If I own [...]

  • Valuation and The Full Ratchet
    Posted by on July 24th, 2014 at 7:27 am, Comments: 0

    Nick Moran invited me to be on his show, The Full Ratchet.  He is using the show to educate investors and entrepreneurs about what startup [...]

  • Mobile and Building Security
    Posted by on July 24th, 2014 at 6:52 am, Comments: 0

    If you live in a city, you are familiar with the ritual of trying to check into a high rise tower.  First, go to the [...]

  • Inflation or No Inflation?
    Posted by on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:30 am, Comments: 0

    Is there inflation? Or isn’t there? Pundits are arguing about it. Now, there are articles about it. It almost seems like left leaning media outlets [...]

  • The STEM Crisis Myth and How to Retain Students in the Midwest
    Posted by on July 22nd, 2014 at 8:04 am, Comments: 0

    This is a guest post from Brian Lickenbrock.  He and Stephen Spreiser recently competed research on how to form tech clusters in the midwest.  The [...]

  • Bitcoin For The Masses
    Posted by on July 21st, 2014 at 9:09 am, Comments: 0

    At the North American Bitcoin conference, there was a lot of talk about what it would take to mainstream Bitcoin.  It’s pretty easy to see [...]

  • NY DFS Tries to Put Bitcoin on Ice
    Posted by on July 20th, 2014 at 9:31 am, Comments: 0

    The North American Bitcoin Conference is happening in Chicago this weekend.  Today is Day 2.  Yesterday there were some interesting panels.  The most interesting was [...]

  • A Shining Light In Chicago-Chicago Startups
    Posted by on July 18th, 2014 at 9:04 am, Comments: 0

    Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago is going to be on Tastytrade.   Every day, they do a segment called Bootstrapping in America.  The segment is [...]

  • Midwestern Psyche
    Posted by on July 17th, 2014 at 7:12 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday I was given the opportunity to tape a podcast for a series that Nick Moran is producing in Chicago.  He is talking to different [...]

  • Small Business is Just As Important as Scalable Startups
    Posted by on July 16th, 2014 at 9:37 am, Comments: 0

    Chicago is a very difficult place to start a small independent lifestyle business. The video takes an unfair shot at Mayor Emanuel. He inherited a [...]

  • Who Is Right; Santelli or Liesman?
    Posted by on July 15th, 2014 at 8:43 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday Rick Santelli got into it with Steve Liesman on CNBC.  It’s not the first time they have tangoed.  Is either of them right?  First [...]

  • Network Would Beat Hierarchy in Finance
    Posted by on July 14th, 2014 at 9:24 am, Comments: 0

    When the “internet happens” in an industry, it’s really interesting to look at the fall out.  Usually quite a few things happen at the same [...]

  • How Far Can The SmartPhone Go?
    Posted by on July 13th, 2014 at 9:54 am, Comments: 0

    Last night, my college age daughter baby sat for some kids down the street.  The kids were 4 and 6.  The 4 year old knew [...]

  • Doubling Down Feels Like More Risk, But It Isn’t
    Posted by on July 12th, 2014 at 10:18 am, Comments: 0

    Have you ever been to Vegas?  When you play blackjack do you double down, or do you save your money for the next hand?  At [...]