Posts in Entrepreneurship

New SEC Regulations Will Kill Jobs and The Economy

Before everyone jumps up and down and congratulates themselves on the new rules regarding the JOBS Act, let’s look at the fine print. The Angel Capital Association did and found some horrible language that will kill angel investment by wealthy …

The Rise of The Naked Economy

Normally I don’t put the words, “rise” and “naked” in my titles together but in this case it makes sense 40% of the workforce will be independent by 2020.  Unattached knowledge workers that go from gig to gig. It’s why …

Selling The Why And Populist Movements

Watch this video the next time you need to sell something. It’s a powerful reminder of how to move people. Selling the Why is important for big movements, but it’s critical for sales calls too. Engaging people on a deeper …

Will Crowdfunding Work As Advertised?

With the SEC moving forward, there are a lot of folks licking their chops.  They intend to start crowdfunded platforms so the masses can invest in startup companies.  Crowdfunding will work at some level-but not on any of the platforms …

The JOBS Act-Advertising for Funds

The SEC ruled that solicitation for funds and companies was okay. AVC had a post about it saying, “Let the games begin.”. The blog you should be reading when it comes to the SEC interpretation of all the rules is …

What Does An Angel Do For A Startup? What Do They Look For?

This is a video I did with my friends at Dignitas. They manage family offices and are based in Chicago. They provide a 360 degree foundation to optimize every aspect of their clients’ lives. Their approach across all practice areas …

Immigration Reform Hits The House of Representatives

Let’s hope the House acts on Immigration.  There are a lot of things wrong with the Senate bill. The House has a chance to do something. First step-get rid of all the pork.  Don’t add to it like they normally …

Which Candidate Has The Best Fiscal Policy?

Illinois is in a severe fiscal mess.  It’s been chronicled at websites like; Illinoisisbroke, Wirepoints, and the Illinois Policy Institute.  The newspapers have touched on it-but haven’t delved really deeply into the numbers and brought home what a truly broke …

Obamacare Will Kill You, Financially and Medically

How bad is Obamacare?  Worse than you may have thought. Proponents of the nationalized health care system frame basic human health needs as a human right.  They will cite all kinds of statistics on preventative care creating better outcomes.  They …

New Startup Aggregator

William Mougayar has done a lot of things in his career.  He has started 3 companies, pivoted 1 (Eqentia), sold 2 (CYBERManagement to Aberdeen Group, and Engagio to Influitive). Worked for 3 sizes of companies: 2 large (Hewlett-Packard ($HP), Cognizant), …

Response to Unemployment, Startup City

Unemployment is going to be released today.  The monthly jobs report will be released at 8:30AM EST and will be better/worse than expected.  Really doesn’t matter.  It’s a blip on the radar screen and since Obama has taken office, it …

Lemmings. They Are Everywhere

Everywhere you go these days there are lemmings. They just grab a what is a popular idea and run with it. Rarely do they do any thinking about it. Especially if someone who is “respected” articulates the idea first. When …

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 …