Posts in Uncategorized

Baseball Is The American Game

I was at the Cubs game yesterday. As I was watching, I thought about how American baseball is. My European friends don’t care for baseball. Too boring and not enough action for them. There is no time clock. You are …

The Vines Are On Fire

If you are a wine lover like me, you woke up to some pretty bad news.  There is a huge fire in the Sonoma Valley.  It’s spread to parts of the Napa Valley.  The wineries are on fire. I was …

A Thought About The Pitches

Yesterday I blogged about the pitch competition I helped judge.  I had some thoughts while I was judging it.  The confirmed a lot of the gut feeling that I have had over the years and solidified them. The most militant …

The MLB Playoffs Are Here

The first time I can say this in my lifetime. Hope the World Champion Cubs can defend their World Series title. As Tom Ricketts said, “Traditionally when the Cubs win the World Series they repeat.” The baseball playoffs are here …

Should You Pay Attention to Bitcoin? Yes.

Nice video explaining why. Clearly, Chris is talking his book. His firm a16z has made several bitcoin investments. But, it doesn’t matter. This is happening and it’s picking up speed. Have you heard of the social network Steemit? 350,000 accounts. …

The Power Is Gone From Late Night

When I was growing up, almost every adult I knew watched Johnny Carson.  He was the true King of Late Night.  Why?  Back then, there were few alternatives to passive entertainment.  You could watch stuff on other channels but it …

Evolution of Equities

With Goldman talking about entering the Bitcoin trading arena, I thought this podcast might give you a view into how they think about markets. Understanding the different regulations and the effect they had on the competitive landscape is important. Currently, …

The B Corp Trend

When we were discussing the future of work in Italy at the G7, we discussed B corporations. Here is a link to learn more about them.  They have been around for a number of years.  Some startups like Kickstarter have …

How Honest Are You With Employees?

If your company is undergoing challenges, do you share it with employees?  This is a very very hard question to answer.  In some places, the competition for talent is so intense if you are too honest you will see everyone …

Ken Burns Vietnam

I am catching up on Ken Burns documentary Vietnam.  I was anticipating a slanted view of the war that concentrated on the liberal explanation for Vietnam.  It is not that at all.  It’s very good. How do I know it’s …

How Do We Educate to Leverage The Future?

One of the main topics of conversation at the G7/I7 was education.  Yesterday I blogged about creating a market using blockchain for education.  Even if you have a market, you still need to have a framework of what to teach. …

One Key Takeaway From the G7/I7

For the next few blogs, I probably will be blogging about the G7/I7 meeting that I attended in Italy.  The reason is it was interesting to meet people focused on innovation from around the world and hear their ideas and …

A Meander

I got to Italy yesterday.  I have been here a couple of times before, but never in this town.  One thing that I really like about how Italian towns are organized is their very large piazzas. You walk through a …

The ICO Craze is Bullshit

I am calling bullshit on the ICO craze.  Was talking to someone who told me a startup with no customers and a skeleton business plan raised mid-double digits in the millions of dollars on an ICO.  They aren’t the only …

Is Karl Marx Relevant?

Last night I attended a discussion of Karl Marx at the Economic Club of Chicago.  You might find it incongruent that an Economic Club discusses Marx.  Or, you might think it’s less than satirical that the ECC is discussing Marx, …

Machine Learning Will Change Our Lives

Finance has been affected by algorithms and machine learning already. The rest of our daily lives will eventually be affected. It scares people. However, if you begin to understand it you might see ways in which it will benefit you. …

Chicago Venture Summit

I was at the Chicago Venture Summit this week.  It was a good event where the Chicago venture community came together.  There were some VCs there from outside of Chicago.  It was nice to see them and I am glad …