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The Second City of Tech

Crain’s Chicago wrote an editorial about Chicago becoming the Second City for Tech.  In it, they recognized that Chicago’s tech scene has become something.  John Pletz at Crain’s has been all over it for a long time.  I am glad …






Bayer and Monsanto

Last evening I saw Bayer made an “unsolicited” bid for Monsanto.  People should understand how Bayer can afford to swallow up a company like Monsanto. Bayer has a market cap of $73.6B.  Turns out selling aspirin is a good business! …






Be Clear and Clean

One of the things that venture capitalist Bill Gurley touched on in his epic post was the terms of deals. One thing that I always admire is really clean term sheets. I value them-and never try to be in a …






Half the Battle is Simply Being Observant

One of the things I like doing is simply shooting the bull with entrepreneurs.  Why?  They are idea people.  They look at the world differently.  What can’t be can become what can be. How and why are they like this? …






Rituals and Habits

I am a creature of habit.  I hate to get off my game.  It comes from a lot of things. When you are an athlete, you have a routine, a ritual.  Doing things that way helps you to keep on …






How Big Should Government Be?

One of the things that neither party has really talked about is how big government should be?  The candidates speak in platitudes.  But, there are real issues on the ground right now that are a microcosm of what this issue …






People Should Be Able to Fully Express Themselves

We are traveling. When I am not driving I surf. I saw a very interesting article I wanted to share. Michael Pollan is a food advocate. I have seen his shows and read his articles. He brings up some great …






In Detroit

Drove from Chicago to Detroit today.  I tried to catch up with an old friend and failed-no problem there.  Then, I went to Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club and caught up with my friend Micheal Bylen who is on the WW2 …






Dressing Recipe

This week on Thursday in the US is Thanksgiving.  I totally love that holiday for a lot of reasons.  My friends from other cultures put their own spin on it.  Along with turkey, they will have side dishes that speak …






QE Forever

This week former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers defended the QE strategy.  Quantitative easing was a way for the Federal Reserve to “create” money by purchasing its own assets and expanding its balance sheet. The first QE was needed.  The rest, …






Statistics and Damn Statistics

Lots of people like to quote statistics.  Few understand them.  For example, every night on the WGN News, weatherman Tom Skilling likes to get a dig in about global warming.  Last night he dramatically said, This was the 18th hottest …






Site Redesign

In the coming weeks I am going to redesign this website. I have already spoken to a crack designer at One Design Company in Chicago about it.  We are starting to work on it.   The Stocktwits blog network is …






St. Louis Cab Companies And Ed Domain

I wanted to do a short blogpost about a person I know today.  Ed Domain went to the University of Illinois, and got involved with the Illinois Entrepreneurship program.  He is a military veteran.  He started a business while in …






Sunday Funday

Lately on Sundays I have been going to a 2.5 hour Yoga class.  It’s pretty intense.  I am getting ready to bike over to it now.  My wife and I started doing Iyengar Yoga over a year ago.  I find …






Titles Don’t Matter Anymore

When I was younger, titles impressed me.  I have met all kinds of people in my life.  The chattering class is all about titles.  But, the reality is many titles that are given in government aren’t earned-they are appointed.  Curry …






Success is A Lousy Teacher

I stole the headline because it’s so good.  I also love what Mr. Crawford has to say.  Apologize, but there isn’t any other way to say it.  Initial success is a lousy teacher.  Small failure is good.  It humbles you. …






Dissent On Your Board

Do your board meetings have dissent?  Do you allow a place for dissent?  Or, do you feel more comfortable crushing dissent?  Is your board a rubber stamp? All boards are different.  When I was on CME’s board, we had A …