Posts in Entrepreneurship

Should You Apply To An Accelerator?

Accelerators and incubators are hot.  There is a difference in what they do.  Accelerators are focused three month programs that are designed to spin out a focused company and get them going faster.  Incubators are where a company comes in …

Focus Focus Focus

What can kill your business?  Lack of focus.  I have seen it time and time again.  Everyone chases the next shiny object in hopes that it will yield a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  I have …

Are You Brilliant?

Brilliant- bril·liant [bril-yuhnt]  Show IPA adjective 1. shining brightly; sparkling; glittering; lustrous: the brilliant lightsof the city. 2. distinguished; illustrious: a brilliant performance by a young pianist. 3. having or showing great intelligence, talent, quality, etc.: a brilliant technician. 4. strong and clear in tone; vivid; bright: brilliant blues and greens; the brilliant sound of the trumpets. 5. splendid or magnificent: a brilliant social event. Sometimes there are people or ideas or companies that measure up to the definition of the word brilliant.  Sometimes all of those factors …

Let’s See If It Plays In Peoria

Marketers used to use Peoria, IL as the place to test market lots of consumer products.  It has a really diverse population, and is a medium size city.  Unlike the suburbs of Chicago, Peoria has its own ecosystem.  It’s self …

REbooting America-Read This Book

Sometimes it’s hard to look at the world and be optimistic.  One of the reasons I really enjoy working with entrepreneurs is they are building something for the future.  By definition, they walk around with a gleam in their eye …

Why I Support Immigration

America is a nation of immigrants.  It’s an overused phrase that people use to guilt others into supporting immigration.  No doubt, we need immigration but we can’t use guilt as a tool to establish good immigration policies. We need to move …

The World of Work Is Changing

Experts and people say the world of work is changing but is it?  In certain worlds it is, but if you are grinding it out in a corporate cubicle somewhere it probably doesn’t feel like it. Although, you have better …

Great Entrepreneurs Aren’t Born, They Are Made

Think back.  What was your first job where you had responsibility?  Where you were accountable to someone?  What was it? What about that job stayed with you and you used later in life?  What sticks with you to this day? …

A Bluebird Day

Made the trip out of Chicago to Austin today.  Feels like dodging a bullet.  Chicago is supposed to get eight inches of snow and it’s sunny and 80 here.  They are setting up for SXSW all over the place.  There …

State Protectionism-Bureaucratic Protectionism

Chicago has a chance to become one of the world’s top startup communities.  There are those of us that have invested a lot of time, and money in making it happen.  It’s home to a lot of cutting edge facilities …

What To Look For When You Invest

Since co-founding Hyde Park Angels in April of 2007, I have looked at a lot of deals.  I have invested in a bunch of companies which you can see here. Investing in a startup is intimidating for anyone that has …

Is Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Against Women’s Rights?

Yahoo ($YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer just told all her employees that they couldn’t work from home anymore.  Some employees were incensed.  A few critics said she was defrocking women and taking away their livelihood.  CEO Mayer was making it tough …

The Transfer of Power

Today is the last day Pope Benedict is Pope.  The CEO of the Catholic church.  A very interesting run.  It’s a historic day, since it’s been 600 years since a Pope has deliberately stepped down to step aside for a …

The Low Capitalization Rate of Potential

Last evening I went to the kick off of KIPP:Chicago.  It was a stimulating evening, highlighted by a speech from Malcolm Gladwell.  Michael Feinberg talked about how everyone told them KIPP couldn’t be done anywhere.  Yet, it’s making a massive …

How Do You Work? What’s The Future of Work?

What do you think the future of work is in the world?  Will we continue to go to offices that our businesses own-or will we be working in other types of environments?  Will corporations continue to house people in big …

The Government Opens Up Its Data

If you are interested in becoming an entrepreneur, sometimes the hardest thing to do is come up with a real idea.  The problem is the idea you come up with needs to solve a real problem, or pain point.  Governments …

Are You In A Cult?

Read this article on PandoDaily. People get into habits, and sometimes habits become cults.  People tend to want to validate their own decisions, so they validate them by seeking out people with the same views as them.  Joe Scarbourough wrote …

Dabble on TV

One of my portfolio companies is Dabble.  Erin and Jess are great entrepreneurs.  We just had our first board meeting and it went smoothly.  If you haven’t tried Dabble yet, what are you waiting for?  It’s great for anyone.  Even …