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Goin’ To California

We are headed out to California today. We will be in a few places in Northern California. Our nephew is getting married, so we decided to extend the trip. I am meeting with a few people when I am out …






VC Returns; What To Expect.

Yesterday, they published Andreessen-Horowitz venture fund returns. a16z shook up the VC world a bit when it started. They have done a lot of things differently, and other VC’s weren’t too happy. I don’t care too much about all that …






How Deep In Debt Should You Go?

College students are graduating with a lot of debt these days.  Debt has to be paid back.  It never feels good to be in debt.  I was talking to an old friend, and he mentioned a rule of thumb for …






What’s The Right Tax Rate For Carried Interest?

There’s a debate going on over carried interest.  Both Trump and Clinton have said they are going after hedge funds. Clinton has even advocated for a transaction tax, which is one of the stupidest taxes of all time.  Taxing the …






Constraints: They Can Be Good For You

One of the things that humans inherently prize is optionality. Commitment is hard. But, the truth is if you have every option in the world it becomes difficult to make a decision. Inertness sets in. Procrastination happens. Jim Brandenberg is …






Best Cell Service

Since I got a cell phone in the 1990s, I have always had ATT cell service.  I find that no one actually likes their cell provider.  I wonder what else everyone is using, and where they are using it. ATT …






Louisiana Flood

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO HELP FLOOD VICTIMS, HERE IS THE LINK. I have been out of touch with most of the news the past week or so.  I got some internet and saw there were huge rains …






Amazon Delivers

My wife and I bought a cabin in the north woods of Minnesota.  It’s way up north, Grand Marais.  The cabin is in the woods on a small lake.  It has running water from a spring on a hill, and …






The Ubiquitous Internet

My family and I headed up to Grand Marais, MN for a few days.  Someone rated it, “The Coolest Small Town in America”.  Of course, gonna be pretty darn hot in the northland today.  I posted some photos on Instagram, …






The Coup in Turkey

Wow, on the heels of another terror attack in France, a coup starts in Turkey.  By the way, there is no negotiating with the likes of ISIS.  The only way to win is kill them all.  Distasteful for a civilization …






With All The Pomp And Circumstance

On this day in 1826, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died. Both knew it was the fourth.  Adams said the fourth should be celebrated every year with fireworks and all the pomp and circumstance.  It should be a joyful …






Should You Stay In College, or Go To College?

Over the past of the last year, I have read about a lot of people pulling out of college or not going to do a startup.  Peter Thiel has his experiment with “Thiel Scholars”.  He gives talented kids money, puts …






StreamLink Software Can Save Governments Big Money

A while ago I invested in Streamlink Software via Bill Campbell.  He is a member of Hyde Park Angels and was the deal lead.  HPVP also invested in the deal.  Streamlink is based out of Cleveland, OH.  I am sure …






How Can We Stop ISIS? We Need To Crush ISIS Now

I was as shocked as everyone else was at the terrorist attack in Orlando.  I don’t want to point to any political leaders response, since they are talking their book.  Spy are their supporters and detractors.   I just want …






Flying in a P51

Today I am getting the opportunity to go up in a P51 Mustang.  My friend Dan Fordice flew his plane in from Vicksburg, MS.   He is a big supporter of the National World War Two Museum and over the …






Reasons Why Dodd-Frank Was a Horrible Law

Yesterday, I spent some time listening to academics speak about Dodd-Frank. I don’t think Americans really know how corrosive Dodd-Frank is. It’s killing our economic growth in ways that most people don’t understand. One thing I have noticed over the …






Are You an American? You Are Different

On this day back in 1944, some young men rode boats 100 miles across the English Channel to take on an impossible task.  It’s important that we never forget them, or why they had to assume that responsibility.  Here is …






Finding Your Voice

Yesterday, I was at a political fundraiser for a first time political candidate.  She’s a pretty incredible woman and you can read more about Joan here.  She’s independent and not afraid to buck convention.  I hope she wins her race …