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  • Money, or Big Ideas?
    Posted by on October 24th, 2014 at 8:10 am, Comments: 0

    The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind in Chicago tech.  There was the VC conference, where coastal VCs came into town to dip [...]

  • Startup Tech Can Help Fight Ebola
    Posted by on October 23rd, 2014 at 7:36 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday I was mentoring at The Impact Engine in Chicago.  It’s in 1871.  One of the companies I spoke with was Relief Watch.  Daniel Yu [...]

  • Venture Can Do Great Things
    Posted by on October 22nd, 2014 at 8:29 am, Comments: 0

    There is a beef about VC these days that it isn’t investing in the next great thing.  Too many apps.  Some VC’s like Marc Andreessen [...]

  • Don’t Have An Idea? Be a Joiner
    Posted by on October 21st, 2014 at 6:30 am, Comments: 0

    In the past couple of weeks I have been on some panels.  I will be on a panel early today at CATTECH VII up in [...]

  • How Much Control Do Investors Have Over Companies They Invest In?
    Posted by on October 20th, 2014 at 8:55 am, Comments: 0

    When Romney ran for President, the people opposing him cherry picked companies that had some perceived problems and accentuated them.  In Illinois, Bruce Rauner is [...]

  • The Ebola Backlash
    Posted by on October 19th, 2014 at 9:59 am, Comments: 0

    All of a sudden, I am seeing statements from different people in the media about Ebola.  Shepherd Smith started it on Fox News.  This morning [...]

  • The Cocktail Craze
    Posted by on October 18th, 2014 at 9:22 am, Comments: 0

    Last night, my wife and I went out for her birthday.  We tried a very small place in Logan Square called Table Donkey and Stick. [...]

  • Is Bitcoin Real? Is It Relevant? Does It Make A Difference In Your Life?
    Posted by on October 17th, 2014 at 7:43 am, Comments: 0

    There are a lot of questions about bitcoin.   I like to mention it to people I am talking to and test their reactions.  I [...]

  • Action Optics and Ebola; How Do You Lead?
    Posted by on October 16th, 2014 at 7:05 am, Comments: 0

    Does anyone look at the above picture and get confidence that the government is taking care of the Ebola epidemic?  I think photos of people [...]

  • Network Theory and Ebola
    Posted by on October 15th, 2014 at 8:15 am, Comments: 0

    One of the trends sweeping through our world today is “Networks Beat Hierarchy” and another is “Everyone a Node on a Network”. Here is a [...]

  • Ebola Helping the Market Break
    Posted by on October 13th, 2014 at 10:41 pm, Comments: 0

    This market is reminding me a little of 1987.  The trading action the week before the crash in 1987 was extremely volatile.  There were weird [...]

  • Startup Communities Are Entrepreneur Lead
    Posted by on October 13th, 2014 at 9:05 am, Comments: 0

    At the panel I was on the other day talking to Northwestern students, there was one statement that needs to be highlighted.  Brian Hill of [...]

  • Want to Start A Movement? Want to Change The World? Here is How
    Posted by on October 12th, 2014 at 7:51 am, Comments: 0

    As an old trader, I get pretty good at pattern recognition.  Sometimes I am wrong.  Confirmation bias may seep in, or I may not be [...]

  • Questions From MBA Students At Northwestern
    Posted by on October 11th, 2014 at 8:44 am, Comments: 0

    Last evening I was on a panel at 1871.  Linda Darragh invited had invited me.  We were talking entrepreneurship with first year MBA students from [...]

  • Is This The Endgame For the Market?
    Posted by on October 10th, 2014 at 8:12 am, Comments: 0

    People will start writing a lot of opinions on this with the larger drop yesterday.  Still, 334 points in percentage value isn’t a ton.  It’s [...]

  • AdvaMed Panel
    Posted by on October 9th, 2014 at 9:23 am, Comments: 0

    Today I am on a panel at the AdvaMed conference in Chicago. We are going to be talking about different aspects of the funding process, [...]

  • Are You Looking For Grant Money? Search Here
    Posted by on October 8th, 2014 at 6:54 am, Comments: 0

    There is a lot of pork in grant money.  Just the other day they released a study that concluded women that are heavier have trouble [...]

  • Randomness, Bitcoin and Chains
    Posted by on October 7th, 2014 at 11:35 am, Comments: 0

    One of the things that you figure out in life is that it is very hard to control demand.   There are only a few [...]