Posts in Start Ups

The Perspective Of Immigrants

Sometimes it helps to get the perspective of immigrants to America. I remember once when I was going to make an investment in some foreign real estate. I spoke with a person who defected from behind the Iron Curtain and …

Doing Efficient Market Research Online

The most obvious customers of data are trading firms and their traders. They pay thousands in fees a month for data. It’s a massive industry. Exchanges treat market data as a profit center. Bloomberg built an entire monolith business from …

Social Entrepreneurship, Clean Water for Everyone

Most of the time when the words social and entrepreneurship are linked together, the result is some feel good happy place company that is guaranteed to lose money. Many times when I have seen this, it’s in clean energy or …

Social Media, Markets and The Presidential Debate

Markets are better predictors of outcomes than individuals or polls. It’s a fact of the human existence and also why decentralized free markets allocate all things more efficiently than central planning. Ignore the spinmeisters from both sides. Ignore the anchors. …

A Challenge For The Chicago Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel went to Champaign on a mission. He wanted to persuade hacks from the engineering school to come to Chicago. I am happy he went. Emanuel is doing what he can to support a scalable start up …

Do You Want a Celebrity Endorser?

There are some celebrities that are active in the angel investing start up space. Ashton Kutcher comes to mind. Any company he invests in gets a cadre of people interested in it. Companies spend a lot of time trying to …