Posts in Finance

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 …






The Blockchain Expands, But It’s in Asia

Saw two separate articles today about the blockchain.  I am pretty excited about the blockchain, and in cryptocurrency.  It took me awhile to come to that conclusion.  However, I had a leg up because I lived my life in a …






Competition Is Healthy For International Trade

In the age where everyone gets a trophy, we lose site of why competition is truly a healthy thing.  In Fin Tech, I think we are going to find out.  One thing the EU does is try to stamp out …






World Events and Fintech

A lot of folks are trying to figure out what Brexit means for Fin Tech.  London is a huge financial center and has a great Fin Tech community.  I think it’s a waste of time trying to figure out the …






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 …






Internet Trends

Mary Meeker’s annual presentation of internet trends is always interesting to look at.  Sometimes you can pull out some great insights into things you want to do, or things you think will happen.  Especially when you layer other information over …






Bitcoin and Anarchy

A lot of people think that if Bitcoin is adopted it means anarchy.  I don’t think that is correct.  I was reading “Is Bitcoin The World’s Next Major Currency?” in Chicago Booth’s Capital Ideas magazine. Sorry, no link to the …






Taxing Trump

There are a lot of inconsistencies in the American tax code.  Anyone that pays taxes knows it.  Some are put there because the writers of the tax code want to be “fair”.  What I have found in my life is …






The Business Blockchain

My friend William Mougayer wrote a book called The Business Blockchain.  It’s a great book for anyone looking to understand what the whole Bitcoin thing is about.  I have blogged about Bitcoin in the past.  It’s highly interesting to me …






Let The BlockChain Go

Wednesday evening I was on a Fin Tech panel at 1871 in Chicago. One of the reasons I love investing in Fin Tech is because innovation can smooth the speed bumps that exist in the system which stop people from …






Do You Think Bitcoin is A Fad or Fraud?

My friend William Mougayar has been researching Bitcoin for a long while now. He is coming out with a book on it. In the meantime, here are some snippets of what he has learned. I think that Bitcoin could be …






How Can The US Win the Corporate Tax Battle?

An attorney friend of mine sent me this video.  It’s recent testimony from a tax attorney who works with corporations.  In many ways, it’s heartbreaking. It’s slightly edited for brevity, but here is a link to the entire testimony. I …






Ideological Investors

Last night was the Republican debate.  I didn’t watch it.  I didn’t watch the State of the Union address either.  Most of the time, politicians just say things that are made for television soundbites.  One of the reasons Trump is …






Never Pay For An Introduction

If you are a startup, never pay for an introduction. If you are fundraising, never pay for an introduction.  If you want to meet a customer, never pay for an introduction. Many people try to “service” the startup community by …






Some Data on the Tech Bubble

There is a lot of consternation over a tech bubble. I saw a graphic tweeted the other day that showed how many companies were valued over $1 billion dollars. Yesterday in Chicago, Uptake joined the billion plus club when they …






Carried Interest Taxes

Donald Trump said the US should start taxing the carried interest hedge fund, venture capitalists and private equity managers make. It might help people understand what carried interest is before they decide if it should be taxed or not.  The …






Corporate Cash And Corporate Balance Sheets

In the US, there is more cash on corporate balance sheets than ever before. There is more cash inside of banks than ever before. But, if you are a student of accounting you know that if one side of the …