Posts in Chicago

I Thought This Was Cool

Last Thursday before the Tech Week party I went to the iVenture Accelerator gathering at TechNexus.  If you don’t know about iVenture, it’s a startup venture lab run by Ryan Singh and Noah Wasserman at the University of Illinois in …






The City is The Future

I saw a tweet by Richard Florida that piqued my interest. 1. Lots of people saying driverless cars & deliveries will someone how reduce demand for urban living. — Richard Florida (@Richard_Florida) June 19, 2017 I created a Twitter Moment …






The Repeal of Dodd-Frank

Yesterday, the House voted to roll back Dodd-Frank.  This is a very good thing.  Dodd-Frank was a reactionary law.  It was a reaction to the financial crisis of 2008.  If you are a person that wants to get lobbying out …






Deliberative Practice and Grit

While on vacation, I read a couple of books.  One of them was Grit (which I still have to finish).  It’s a great book. I was intrigued because her initial research on grit was with West Point cadets. Since I …






Our Investment in Megalytics

West Loop Ventures has made its maiden investment.  We lead the post-seed round investment in Megalytics.  Megalytics enables timely, effective investment and management decisions through an automated platform that integrates large and disparate data sources and proprietary algorithms and scoring …






Biggest Pain Points are Communication

Yesterday I was at the Chicago Booth Management Conference.  In typical Booth fashion there was some socializing but they always have break out sessions with some “rigorous inquiry”.  I went to a session on CFO Perspectives which was interesting.  There …






Chicago, Fin Tech City

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office announced that Chicago was named one of the top financial technology hubs in the entire world.  The entire report was compiled by Deloitte.  Here is a link to the report. Chicago has a deep history of financial …






Quick Getaway

Went up to Harbor Country in Michigan for the evening. It’s a short getaway from Chicago. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s like our “Hamptons” but not as chi-chi. Some big cities have natural getaways. Chicago people go to …






The Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Trust

Trust is one of the more fleeting things in human society.  It’s why lawyers exist.  Think about whom you really trust in the world.  Think about how many people that you do business with in your life that you would …






I’m Sorry. Stop Your Day and Read This Story

I know you are busy. Life goes so fast these days it’s hard to find time to stop.  It’s hard to find headspace to just drain your brain of all thought and quiet your body and spirit.  If you are …






FinTank Chicago

Thursday evening, George Vukovich revealed FinTank in Chicago.  I was fortunate George let me speak for a minute or two at it and then shoved off to a HPA meeting.  Financial Services are core to Chicago’s DNA. In 1848, someone created …






The Blockchain Road Will Go Through Chicago

Been sitting on this news for a bit.   One of the hardest things to sell in startup land is what Chicago is about.  I have had people look at me and wonder why they should have any money on …






Chicago’s Growing Tech Community

Read an article by John Pletz about how Chicago’s tech community is on the rise.  John is a good person to follow on Twitter if you want to keep tabs on Chicago tech.  Remember those old Benson Hedges cigarette ads …






Chicago Fin Tech Hackathon

The Capital One DevExchange is sponsoring a Hackathon featuring the Amazon Alexa team. On Saturday, March 25th, 2017, teams from all over Chicago will gather for an all-day workshop and hackathon in celebration of the new Capital One Café in …






Billions In Value, One Pit

One of the things that is hard to pin down is how entrepreneurial Chicago is.  It’s really an entrepreneurial Mecca.  But, it doesn’t seem like it because the kind of entrepreneurship that has existed here doesn’t resemble anything on the …






Square Up!

When I played a lot of basketball, I was a pretty damn good shooter.  I can still knock down free throws like it’s nobody’s business and shooting from 20 feet in I can tickle the twine.  My father was a …