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  • How To Make Great Leaps Forward In Civilization
    Posted by on April 20th, 2015 at 9:21 am, Comments: 0

    A long time ago in a century far far away, I was having a conversation with Peter Yastrow on the trading floor.   We were […]

  • What’s a Sexy Startup?
    Posted by on April 19th, 2015 at 9:33 am, Comments: 0

    Read a great interview with JB Pritzker.  I encourage you to read it too.  I agree with his sentiments.  Chicago is where the puck is […]

  • Moore’s Law
    Posted by on April 18th, 2015 at 11:26 am, Comments: 0

    Moore’s Law turns 50.  Amazing.  It reads, ““Moore’s law” is the observation that, over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors in a […]

  • Is There a Tech Bubble? What’s the Value of a Network?
    Posted by on April 17th, 2015 at 9:22 am, Comments: 0

    One of the problems encountered when trying to figure out if tech companies are in a bubble or not is that this isn’t 1999.  Here […]

  • Never Look A Gift Horse In the Mouth
    Posted by on April 16th, 2015 at 9:26 am, Comments: 0

    That’s an old saying. But old sayings have a way of being true.  I remember doing that with out trades on the floor.  Sometimes, you’d […]

  • How Changing Farm Policy Could Unleash Entrepreneurial Vision and Win the Election
    Posted by on April 15th, 2015 at 5:44 am, Comments: 0

    Today is Income Tax day.  You will see a lot of articles to reform the IRS.  We need to do that, and reform tax policy […]

  • What Is The American Dream?
    Posted by on April 14th, 2015 at 8:37 am, Comments: 0

    Too often we hear that the American Dream is gone.  Or, we hear that the American Dream isn’t there for everyone.  People try to filter […]

  • Beat The Market With Strategy-Options
    Posted by on April 13th, 2015 at 7:44 am, Comments: 0

    Back when I started on the trading floor in 1986, my first job after being a runner was clerking in the Eurodollar Options pit ($GE_F). […]

  • Chains of Distribution
    Posted by on April 12th, 2015 at 8:48 am, Comments: 0

    Why do you need a broker for retail orders in finance?  After all, the page you are looking at is electronic.  The order doesn’t get […]

  • Speed Kills, and Can Kill Markets Too
    Posted by on April 11th, 2015 at 9:12 am, Comments: 0

    Interesting stat by the NYSE.  Turnover in stock trading is down.  It’s been steadily dropping since 2007.  One reason for the increase in turnover back […]

  • GE to Spin Off Banking Operations
    Posted by on April 10th, 2015 at 9:07 am, Comments: 0

    Interesting to see bulky corporates start to slim down.  Hewlett-Packard ($HP) did it.  Kraft spun off Mondelez.  Motorola busted itself into several pieces.  Yesterday GE […]

  • Is Bitcoin Here To Stay?
    Posted by on April 9th, 2015 at 7:38 am, Comments: 0

    There is a lot of smoke around Bitcoin.   There seems to be a new story each week about a startup or some sort of […]

  • Innovation in Finance
    Posted by on April 8th, 2015 at 8:14 am, Comments: 0

    It used to be that if you were entrepreneurial and innovative, an investment bank was a good place to work.  Banks were creative.  They were […]

  • Farming Meets Tech-People Got To Eat
    Posted by on April 7th, 2015 at 8:30 am, Comments: 0

    Silicon Valley is discovering farming.  If anyone in the Midwest was looking for a building block to stick in a foundation for a Midwestern tech […]

  • Rebooting Wrigley
    Posted by on April 6th, 2015 at 8:22 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday was Opening Night at Wrigley Field.  Being the long suffering Cubs fan that I am, I went.  You might have heard they are rebuilding […]

  • Happy Easter
    Posted by on April 5th, 2015 at 10:37 am, Comments: 0

    Easter on the beach A photo posted by Jeff Carter (@pointsnfigures) on Apr 5, 2015 at 5:20am PDT Happy Easter. Happy Pesach to my Jewish […]

  • Competition is the Whetstone That Makes Us Better
    Posted by on April 4th, 2015 at 9:09 am, Comments: 0

    America was founded by people that were fond of competition.  One of the problems I see with America today is we have lost our appetite […]

  • Is Tech For Normal People?
    Posted by on April 3rd, 2015 at 7:49 am, Comments: 0

    Built In Chicago is a website that highlights the tech sector in Chicago.  The sector is growing quickly here.  But, I sort of dislike the […]