Finance

  • 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 […]






  • Explaining Bitcoin to People That Want To Learn, But Are New
    Posted by on October 27th, 2014 at 8:57 am, Comments: 0

    Bitcoin is gaining traction among early adopters.  Currently, hundreds of coders are pounding away trying to create things that utilize Bitcoin’s infrastructure so it can […]






  • Don’t Have An Idea? Be a Joiner
    Posted by on October 21st, 2014 at 6:30 am, Comments: 0

    In the past couple of weeks I have been on some panels.  I will be on a panel early today at CATTECH VII up in […]






  • Network Theory and Ebola
    Posted by on October 15th, 2014 at 8:15 am, Comments: 0

    One of the trends sweeping through our world today is “Networks Beat Hierarchy” and another is “Everyone a Node on a Network”. Here is a […]






  • Want to Start A Movement? Want to Change The World? Here is How
    Posted by on October 12th, 2014 at 7:51 am, Comments: 0

    As an old trader, I get pretty good at pattern recognition.  Sometimes I am wrong.  Confirmation bias may seep in, or I may not be […]






  • What Stops The Music?
    Posted by on September 17th, 2014 at 8:57 am, Comments: 0

    The stock market has been going up for the last five years.  Sure, there have been some pullbacks, but this market feels like the 1996-2000 […]