• GE to Spin Off Banking Operations
    Posted by on April 10th, 2015 at 9:07 am, Comments: 0

    Interesting to see bulky corporates start to slim down.  Hewlett-Packard ($HP) did it.  Kraft spun off Mondelez.  Motorola busted itself into several pieces.  Yesterday GE […]

  • Individual Choice is Better Than Bureaucratic Choice
    Posted by on March 29th, 2015 at 8:47 am, Comments: 0

    Thought these two articles were interesting. The SEC ruled that companies can start selling up to $50M in securities within a 12 month period, subject […]

  • Are You A Puppet?
    Posted by on March 22nd, 2015 at 10:02 am, Comments: 0

    If you read ZeroHedge enough, you will eventually think dark thoughts all the time.  His blog is predicated on fear.  Sometimes there are some posts […]

  • Too Good To Be True
    Posted by on March 19th, 2015 at 7:10 am, Comments: 0

    Another financial whiz was locked up.  Remember Bernie Maddof?  He sits in a jail cell.  Remember the high school kid that supposedly made $72M trading? […]

  • What’s The Most Important Stat in a Market?
    Posted by on March 9th, 2015 at 7:52 am, Comments: 0

    With lots of startups doing two sided markets it’s worth looking at what’s important when setting up a market.  It doesn’t matter where you lean […]

  • Valuations-Be Careful
    Posted by on February 19th, 2015 at 10:25 am, Comments: 0

    Been talking to a lot of different startups in different industries at different stages about valuations.  I have a couple of portfolio companies going out […]

  • Should Startups Ever Merge?
    Posted by on February 9th, 2015 at 8:36 am, Comments: 0

    The other day Semil Shah wrote an interesting post about “Juggernauts“.  In it, he opined about some very large “startup’ companies like Uber, Dropbox and […]

  • Corporate Tax Rates Should Be Economically Efficient
    Posted by on February 3rd, 2015 at 9:02 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday President Obama released his budget.  3.9 Trillion.  The federal budget is always a monstrous mess.  It’s sort of like looking the the five year […]

  • First Regulated Bitcoin Exchange
    Posted by on January 26th, 2015 at 8:21 am, Comments: 0

    Coinbase is opening the first regulated Bitcoin exchange in the US.  They just completed a $75M round that included the New York Stock Exchange, so […]

  • Banking on The Regulatory Status Quo
    Posted by on January 18th, 2015 at 11:44 am, Comments: 0

    My old friend Patrick Young saw my post about Who Needs a Bank?  He sent me a note that I am publishing with his permission […]

  • Priced Rounds Vs Convertible Debt and Bankruptcy
    Posted by on January 18th, 2015 at 8:38 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday I was talking with a bankruptcy attorney.  We have mutual friends and since Chicago is the smallest big town in America, we decided to […]

  • What’s Margin Really?
    Posted by on January 16th, 2015 at 10:42 am, Comments: 0

    Anyone that follows markets knows what happened in forex trading yesterday.  The Swiss government action had spillover effects to stock markets, gold, treasury markets and […]

  • Expensive Oil: Bad for Market, Cheap Oil: Bad for Market
    Posted by on December 14th, 2014 at 7:14 am, Comments: 0

    Ha, I shook my head when I started to see headlines that cheap oil was bad for stocks.  I also didn’t see any headlines blaming […]

  • Earn Money From Your Ideas at Trading View
    Posted by on November 25th, 2014 at 6:04 am, Comments: 0

    They say content is king.  If you are a participant in the market, now you are going to have a chance to see if you […]

  • Tipping and Risk
    Posted by on November 14th, 2014 at 7:08 am, Comments: 0

    Read an article about the difference between tipping in Europe and tipping in the US.  It’s different.  In the US, generally waitstaff in restaurants make […]

  • Touring A Trading Room
    Posted by on November 8th, 2014 at 8:48 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday I had the opportunity to tour a trading room.  It’s not the first time, and won’t be the last.  Pods of computers with people […]

  • How To Beat The Market
    Posted by on October 29th, 2014 at 10:06 am, Comments: 0

    Eugene Fama finally received a well deserved Nobel Prize for his efficient market hypothesis.  It’s still controversial.  But it works.  There is only one way […]

  • How Do You Get Data? What’s Data?
    Posted by on October 28th, 2014 at 9:37 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday at Stocktoberfest, Semil Shah did a side presentation on a topic that was pretty interesting.  He talked about how to use the knowledge that […]