Author Archive

  • Let’s Do Good Together!
    Posted by on January 30th, 2015 at 8:24 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday Public Good Software announced their $1.6M seed round.  I am an investor in that round.   One of the cool things about doing the […]

  • Distractions, Multitasking Make You Worse
    Posted by on January 29th, 2015 at 9:58 am, Comments: 0

    My wife sent me an article she read.  I think it’s totally accurate.  It’s really accurate when I look at my own life, and I […]

  • Great Advice For Entrepreneurs (and Investors)
    Posted by on January 28th, 2015 at 11:22 am, Comments: 0

    Nick Moran does a great program called The Full Ratchet. I have done it in the past.  JoAnne Wilson recently did the program and I […]

  • Cash Versus Physical Settlement
    Posted by on January 28th, 2015 at 7:40 am, Comments: 0

    What’s the difference between cash and physical settlement?  Why is it important and does it make a difference? The Bitcoin exchanges are getting going.  As […]

  • What Would Be A Likely Progression of a Successful Bitcoin Exchange?
    Posted by on January 27th, 2015 at 9:02 am, Comments: 0

    Two regulated Bitcoin exchanges were announced this week.  The Winklevoss twins announced one, and so did Coinbase.  There are plenty of “exchanges” around the world […]

  • First Regulated Bitcoin Exchange
    Posted by on January 26th, 2015 at 8:21 am, Comments: 0

    Coinbase is opening the first regulated Bitcoin exchange in the US.  They just completed a $75M round that included the New York Stock Exchange, so […]

  • Welcome to Office Gov. Bruce Rauner
    Posted by on January 25th, 2015 at 11:28 pm, Comments: 0

    If you have been reading Wirepoints like I have, you always new the situation in Illinois was dire.  Political reporters in every newspaper ignored the […]

  • 70th Anniversary of Liberation: The Holocaust
    Posted by on January 25th, 2015 at 7:40 pm, Comments: 0

    I hated typing the word, “anniversary”.  Then it felt alright when I typed the word “liberation”.  Remembering the Holocaust is difficult.  It’s difficult for a […]

  • Want To Go To College And Study Engineering For Free?
    Posted by on January 25th, 2015 at 8:02 am, Comments: 0

    The world needs more engineers.  We can always use them. Engineering is a great way to structure your thinking.  It’s a great way to organize […]

  • RIP Mr. Cub “Let’s Play Two”
    Posted by on January 24th, 2015 at 8:56 am, Comments: 0

    Ernie Banks passed away last evening. He was my first true baseball hero. When I was a little kid, I used to go over to […]

  • Chicago, You Scored a TD. Act Like Walter Payton
    Posted by on January 23rd, 2015 at 9:12 am, Comments: 0

    Recently, I have read a couple of articles about the startup scene in Chicago.  In one, Kelly Raymond makes some excellent arguments about why Chicago […]

  • What To Do About Dead Equity On The Cap Table
    Posted by on January 22nd, 2015 at 7:12 am, Comments: 0

    This is a topic that isn’t talked about enough.  There are few blogs on it.  But, it’s important because it happens a lot.  It also […]

  • Bitcoin Exchange Regulations
    Posted by on January 21st, 2015 at 8:36 am, Comments: 0

    The blog TBI has a piece up on the state of bitcoin.  In it he identifies one of the challenges of bitcoin: 2) We’re in […]

  • People Focus on Bitcoin Currency, But the Magic is The BlockChain
    Posted by on January 20th, 2015 at 7:38 am, Comments: 0

    David Cohen and William Mougayer wrote a piece for Techcrunch called, The Trust Web.  It’s interesting.  It’s a very informative piece on Bitcoin.  I highly […]

  • Are Social Networks Dead?
    Posted by on January 19th, 2015 at 10:17 am, Comments: 0

    A lot of people think social networks are dead.  No reason to start one with Facebook ($FB)  and Twitter($TWTR).  I think that opinion is correct […]

  • Banking on The Regulatory Status Quo
    Posted by on January 18th, 2015 at 11:44 am, Comments: 0

    My old friend Patrick Young saw my post about Who Needs a Bank?  He sent me a note that I am publishing with his permission […]

  • Priced Rounds Vs Convertible Debt and Bankruptcy
    Posted by on January 18th, 2015 at 8:38 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday I was talking with a bankruptcy attorney.  We have mutual friends and since Chicago is the smallest big town in America, we decided to […]

  • Difficult Conversations
    Posted by on January 17th, 2015 at 8:15 am, Comments: 0

    Startups are really hard. Many times, founders aren’t the ones to take the company across the finish line.  It’s rare to have a Bill Gates […]