Posts in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

You Don’t Have to Be At Work to Be Productive

If you haven’t heard, there is a rail strike in California that is messing things up.  However, because so much of the world works in the cloud today, you don’t have to be in a company’s physical office to be …

Waves of Healthcare Innovation

The first revolution in health care is going to be the easy lifting.  Just like web 1.0 took human processes on paper and commoditized them on a floppy disk, the first wave of healthcare innovation will be apps. The reason …

Are You Real? Do You Lead From Your Heart?

A video posted by Fred Wilson today is interesting for a lot of reasons.  It could be an entire start of a psychotherapy session for some people.  One point that was brought up was about leadership.  Great leaders are authentic. …

Brokers and Traders

There is a lot of Monday Morning Quarterbacking in the world.  “Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda” sometimes turns into, “I did that.”.  Especially if history is really far back in the rear view mirror.  People wait, jump on bandwagons when things are …

Selling Your Product

Mark Suster has an excellent series going on sales. Sales is an undervalued piece of entrepreneurship.  Many times technical founders think they built a better mousetrap and it will sell itself. Yesterday, I was up in Madison, Wisconsin talking about …

Can We Revolutionize Education?

Before the BlackHawks game last evening, I was at an interesting meeting about revolutionizing education.  There are several movements afoot to try and fix a problem. In Chicago, there is a concerted effort being undertaken by a variety of people, …

RIP Ron May

If you were around Chicago tech for a while, you had heard of Ron May.  If you went to any meetups, you might see him there.  He passed away last night.  My condolences go out to his family.  Death is …

Returns of VC Funds

The broader headlines will scream that they are down.  In the last decade, VC returns have been down.  But, all is not always what it seems.  Numbers are informative, but only if interpreted correctly.  There are causes for that, other …

The Mentor Relationship

There has been a lot of speaking and writing about building a startup community lately.  It’s hot.  The reason.  Startups if they are successful and grow create jobs.  Currently, there isn’t a lot of job creation taking place in the …

Fraud in Crowdfunding

When the idea of crowd funding was first broached. a lot of people jumped on the bandwagon and were “for it”.  How could you be against the democratization of capital?  But, I was wary for a few reasons. 1.  Early …

Sooner or Later, You Have to Make A Decision

There are different leadership styles.  Different leadership styles suit different kinds of companies and organizations.  Virtually everyone wants to see a leader as a “man of action”.  However, how that action filters into actual activity is the key to leadership. …

Want to Be Innovative? Be A Cheetah

Companies want to innovate.  But they encounter all kinds of problems when they innovate. Fear, risk and budget issues get in the way.  One thing that we know to be successful for companies is to push decision making out away …

Desktime Pitches at Technori Pitch In Chicago

Thought the Desktimeapp  guys did a nice job at Technori pitch.  Technori is a different sort of venue to pitch in.  Sam and Pat head up a great team.  Hope you use them when you are looking for a spot to …

Get Used to Volatility

After a nice sustained rally this year, the market seems to be having second thoughts.  When markets turn, there is a lot of volatility at the high and the low.  Great uncertainty sweeps through.  There are no real North Stars …