Posts in Chicago

Chicago And Food

I go back and think about the first meeting we ever had of Hyde Park Angels, the angel group I spearheaded, in April of 2007.  It wasn’t a pitch meeting, but a “meet us” meeting at the Gleacher Center in …

Should You Always Wave the Pom Poms?

Yesterday at Fred Wilson’s blog, AVC, he talked about the backlash he was getting from a post on greed. In the crypto community, there is a lot of greed lately with the run up in value of several currencies.  There …

Can We Be Friends?

The other day I noticed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Governor Bruce Rauner isn’t his friend anymore. Rauner had mentioned that even though they differ politically, he considered the mayor a friend.   I wasn’t surprised. My fear is that …

Schlep.it A Pretty Cool App

I have a lot of spinning plates in my life right now.  I am rehabbing a place 10 hours away.  I bought a small place in Lincoln Park and I am moving.  All at the same time.  Over the past …

Career Risk

My friend Sean penned this piece for Medium.  Definitely click over and read it. If you are interested in becoming a trader, you might want to read it.  Back in 1986, when I decided to quit my job at 3M …

A Summit

Yesterday I went to a summit on early stage tech in the state of Illinois.  The first answer is that the tech ecosystem in Illinois is in pretty good shape.  The fervor around entrepreneurship is high. The consensus is some …

Downsizing

My wife and I have had an interesting trajectory in our lives. When we got married, we had a townhouse in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago. My wife bought it with an inheritance from one of her aunts. Our …

Does Cheap Office Space Matter?

Our mayor in Chicago is starting a program to offer cheap office space to startups in order to entice them to locate here.   The co-work spaces participating are great spaces. If you are a startup, you’d like working there. …

Need Some Office Space?

One of the companies I invested in when I was doing angel investing was Build Truss.  They have an awesome team.  They are tackling a thorny problem.  CRE agents have no interest in leasing out spaces less than 20k square …

Something to Remember on the 4th

The 4th of July is an auspicious day in human history.  For the first time, a society was organized around the principle that the rights of humans came before the rights of the government, monarchy or ruler that administered them. …

The Superhuman

I had to share this video. Mike Byster is a friend of mine from the trading floor. Originally, he worked on the floor clerking for his cousin Norm Byster (NBB). Norm used to trade em up and Mike counted his cards …

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 …