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  • Things are Happening In Illinois (For The Better)
    Posted by on August 29th, 2015 at 8:31 am, Comments: 0

    There is a lot of negative press about the state of Illinois.  Shootings in some pretty tough neighborhoods of Chicago.  The (fill in the blank […]






  • The Perfect Volatility Storm
    Posted by on August 28th, 2015 at 9:06 am, Comments: 0

    I saw a tweet about about the VIX.  I hit the link and it took me to this article.  For those of you that don’t […]






  • Is the Print the Real Price?
    Posted by on August 27th, 2015 at 10:59 am, Comments: 0

    I posted this long term chart of the $VIX so you can appreciate what volatility and fear looks like.  Earlier this week when it looked […]






  • Networks Are Additive
    Posted by on August 27th, 2015 at 7:39 am, Comments: 0

    Networks are incredibly hard to build.  I was lucky to be a part of a quasi closed, but open network for most of my career. […]






  • Why I Am Leaving The Board of Hyde Park Angels
    Posted by on August 26th, 2015 at 4:25 pm, Comments: 0

      Hyde Park Angels has been around since April of 2007. I was one of the co-founders, and I am the only co-founder that is […]






  • The World is Going Kapow
    Posted by on August 26th, 2015 at 7:30 am, Comments: 0

    One of the portfolio companies I am invested in just rebranded.  Kapow Events became simply Kapow.  With the rebranding, they rolled out a new website. […]






  • Who Understands the Market?
    Posted by on August 25th, 2015 at 8:44 am, Comments: 0

    The answer is you can’t.  I have seen a lot of weird stuff since I got involved with markets in 1986.  The last two days […]






  • Do You Want An Answer? There Are No Answers
    Posted by on August 24th, 2015 at 6:54 am, Comments: 0

    Last night, the stock market continued melting down.  I tweeted this out. If there is one takeaway from this whole thing, it’s that centrally planned […]






  • When You Aren’t From Here, You Appreciate It More
    Posted by on August 23rd, 2015 at 7:57 am, Comments: 0

    One time I was chatting with Hershel “Woody” Williams.  He received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Iwo Jima.  He told me, “You […]






  • Is It Safe?
    Posted by on August 22nd, 2015 at 9:19 am, Comments: 0

    I was pretty surprised when I read this article. The Department of Labor wants to ban individuals from trading options in their IRA accounts. Of […]






  • Fed’s In A Box; If You Are A Startup, Get Money in The Door
    Posted by on August 21st, 2015 at 9:55 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday on Twitter my friend Jack Boudroujian and I made a bet.  Breakfast at Ceres.  Jack thinks the Fed will move this fall, I don’t. […]






  • Kate Upton in a P51
    Posted by on August 20th, 2015 at 7:20 am, Comments: 0

    I am a little burned out from yesterday. Had a jam packed day with the National World War Two Museum. The Tigers crushed the Cubs, […]






  • For One Night, Let’s Come Together As Americans And Remember
    Posted by on August 18th, 2015 at 10:56 am, Comments: 0

    70 years ago, the Chicago Cubs were in the World Series against the Detroit Tigers. For many Americans, it was the first World Series they […]






  • Learning From the Past: A Wonderful Story of Entrepreneurship
    Posted by on August 18th, 2015 at 9:02 am, Comments: 0

    No doubt you have heard of Orville and Wilbur Wright.  The story of how they developed an airplane is a tremendous story of entrepreneurship.  I […]






  • The Millennials Are Coming, The Millennials Are Coming
    Posted by on August 17th, 2015 at 8:35 am, Comments: 0

    Baby boomers are passe.  They are old.  I am the tail end of the boom.  I am 53.  Most boomers are beginning to retire. You […]






  • Do You Want to Be Successful?
    Posted by on August 16th, 2015 at 9:55 am, Comments: 0

    Was reading this story on Medium.  It caught my eye because of the clickbait headline, but the subject was Professor Ron Burt.  I am friends […]






  • Does Chicago Need a Rebirth?
    Posted by on August 15th, 2015 at 8:05 am, Comments: 0

    A little bit of controversy here in Chicago.  A Tribune columnist wrote an article about Hurricane Katrina and the do-over New Orleans received.  She postulated […]






  • What are the Top Ten Future Trends?
    Posted by on August 14th, 2015 at 9:59 am, Comments: 0

    It is awfully hard to make predictions into the future.  Just check the data on how often any macroeconomics person gets it right.  Rare.  It’s […]