Posts in Chicago

Some Fake News In Illinois

There is a pretty heated governors race in Illinois.  The Democratic primary is heating up and so is the Republican primary.  Illinois is in really, really, really desperate shape fiscally.  My state resembles Puerto Rico.  As I have said previously, …

Pitchers and Catchers Report

Pitchers and catchers reported this week. Spring is almost here.  I am excited for the Cubs season.  In Silicon Valley, I notice that there are only San Francisco Giants stickers and hats.  I was kind of surprised not to see …

Do Your Homework

If you want to be successful, you have to put in the time.  Nothing worthwhile comes easy.   This is the same across all occupations and endeavors.  When I talk to millennials a lot of the time I hear, “That’s …

Getting Out of Bubbles

One good thing about getting out of Chicago once in awhile is I get out of routine and the bubble.  I grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago.  I worked and lived downtown.  I am a Chicagoan (minus the …

YCharts Partners With Dynasty

If you read my post about the stock market NOT melting down yesterday, you saw a lot of charts incorporated into the post. I get those from Ycharts.  Today, Ycharts announced a partnership with Dynasty Financial Partners.  They have more …

The Privilege Tax

The socialists in Illinois have resurrected the Privilege Tax Bill.  It is a creation of the increasingly larger and dominant socialistic wing of the Democratic Party but let us be honest.  Most if not all of them agree with it. …

Truss Launches in Washington DC

A company I angel invested in Truss.co has expanded to Washington DC.  Truss started in Chicago.  It uses artificial intelligence to find office space for clients. They developed a chatbot, Vera, that clients can interact with to find the best …

America is Different

We are driving from Chicago to California. Our first stop is in LA. Our daughter lives there. Then we head up to northern California for a month. The American West occupies a unique niche in the culture of America. It …

Driving West on Friday

My wife and I generally get out of Chicago for a month now that the children are moved out and on their own.  When we go, we usually drive.  We own a diesel and bought it in 2009.  It has …

Some Good News For Chicago Tech

Yesterday Chicago tech got some good news.  Foursquare is going to build out their engineering team here.  It’s good they are recognizing that there is talent here.  They didn’t mention it in their Medium post, but the University of Illinois …

Didn’t Realize Governor Cuomo Was This Unintelligent

The state of New York’s Governor Cuomo is upset at the tax bill.  All of a sudden, New York citizens of are going to realize the high taxes they pay aren’t subsidized anymore by the rest of the United States.  …

1-12-2010

Ha, I just noticed I have been blogging for 8 years.  I started on Jan 12, 2010 and my first post was about the ineptitude of Tim Geithner at the US Treasury.  I had written a couple of articles for …

Get Rid of The Fed

I know what you are thinking.  I am a crackpot.  I have joined the Ron Paul cadre that wants to end the Fed and go back to gold.  I deliberately put up a click-bait headline because the way we regulate …

Hey, Want A Job Starting and Growing a Hedge Fund?

Recently, WLV closed on our second deal, CFX.  CFX is a two sided marketplace that trades illiquid assets. If there is anything that me, my partner Kenny and the majority of our LPs know is where to identify a trading …

I Learned Some Things At the G7/I7

Headed back today from Torino, Italy.  I am going to be jet lagged as heck.  We had a series of meetings at the G7.  This was the first year they brought people from outside of government to weigh in on …

Our Investment In CFX Markets

We met Jordan Fishfeld and Juan Hernandez last March to talk about their company, CFX Markets.   We had a great first meeting and we were interested.  I had known Juan from prior years.  A few years ago, Juan and …

Are Ideas Linear in Finance?

Listening to Ben Horowitz speak at the Chicago Venture Summit, he made a point which he’s made before.  Venture capitalists invest in really bad ideas.  But, if those ideas work it would be pretty cool.  He used AirBnb as an …