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  • What’s Old Is New Again
    Posted by on October 31st, 2014 at 8:36 am, Comments: 0

    Benedict Evans has a great blog when it comes to analyzing mobile trends and developments.  Recently, he analyzed Apple ($AAPL) and the new iPhone release. [...]

  • Prediction Markets
    Posted by on October 30th, 2014 at 7:36 am, Comments: 0

    InTrade was shut down by the Feds in 2013 and I was sad to see it go.  InTrade was a prediction market.  Prediction markets are [...]

  • The Struggles of Entrepreneurship-The Struggles of Being Human
    Posted by on October 29th, 2014 at 8:08 pm, Comments: 0

    I am an investor in Dabble.   Dabble has had its ups and downs.  Recently, Erin Hopmann and new CEO Jay Swoboda sat down and [...]

  • How To Beat The Market
    Posted by on October 29th, 2014 at 10:06 am, Comments: 0

    Eugene Fama finally received a well deserved Nobel Prize for his efficient market hypothesis.  It’s still controversial.  But it works.  There is only one way [...]

  • How Do You Get Data? What’s Data?
    Posted by on October 28th, 2014 at 9:37 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday at Stocktoberfest, Semil Shah did a side presentation on a topic that was pretty interesting.  He talked about how to use the knowledge that [...]

  • Explaining Bitcoin to People That Want To Learn, But Are New
    Posted by on October 27th, 2014 at 8:57 am, Comments: 0

    Bitcoin is gaining traction among early adopters.  Currently, hundreds of coders are pounding away trying to create things that utilize Bitcoin’s infrastructure so it can [...]

  • This Post Has No Title
    Posted by on October 26th, 2014 at 5:25 pm, Comments: 0

    Today my friend Mike Spehn wrote a really nice piece.  It was a really full travel day for me today.  Flew out to Coronado for [...]

  • Memories
    Posted by on October 25th, 2014 at 6:30 am, Comments: 0

    Today my wife and I are headed to Champaign for Homecoming. We don’t go to Champaign much for football since the Illini are so pitiful. [...]

  • 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 [...]