Posts in Chicago

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 …






It’s Simple To Care of Your Gluten Free Friends

This Sunday is the big game.  Super Bowl.  It’s become something of a national holiday.  Of course, I will be in Detroit, Michigan playing in Sam’s Game.  Read about it here.  But, I was thinking about how America entertains for …






Two Big Financings In Chicago

There was some big news in Chicago this week.  Caterpillar is moving their HQ here from Peoria.  Bad for P-town, but good for Chicago.  At least they didn’t leave the state. In startup news, Brad Keywell’s Uptake raised $40M from …






Thinking Bigger

Yesterday I did my normal 2.5 hours of yoga and then helped judge the Global New Venture Challenge at the Chicago Booth.  Always fun to hear a bunch of pitches that people worked hard on. As I make my way …






When Government Shoots You In the Back

The Illinois tech community is doing great.  I see all kinds of really interesting businesses that are building.  I am invested in a few.  They are solving problems and creating value for customers.  Someday, they will be big.  In the …






10,000 Bitcoins For a Pizza

The first transaction in bitcoin was 10,000 bitcoins for a pizza.  Hope it was Chicago style.  It reminds me of the assignment Craig Wortmann gives students.  He has them barter a pen for a few weeks to see what they …






A Short Thought About the Chicago Startup Community

Last night I was invited to speak at WeWork on Kinzie in Chicago for Startup Grind.  It was a lot of fun.  The presentation was from 7-8, I got there at 6.  I was there speaking with entrepreneurs until 10:30. …