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  • Cool Video of The City
    Posted by on November 6th, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Cityscape Chicago II from Eric Hines on Vimeo. My friend David Gardner shared this video. David is one of the few people in Chicago tech […]


  • The State of Illinois Has Hope, and Needs Change
    Posted by on November 5th, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Illinois is where I was born and where I reside.  It’s a pretty easy state to make fun of once you get outside the city […]


  • Bitcoin Watermarks
    Posted by on November 4th, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Yesterday Fred Wilson posted an idea on Bitcoin and authenticating tickets.  There is a lot of fraud in the ticket industry.  But, there is a […]


  • Big Business Embraces The Crowd
    Posted by on November 3rd, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Domino’s is typical corporate.  Big company.  Lots of outlets.  Standardized pizza.  A Chicago guy would never order pizza there.  But, lots of folks in lots […]


  • How Do You Make Your Coffee?
    Posted by on November 2nd, 2014 at 8:50 am

    My wife and I have had a Saeco Vienna Deluxe coffee maker for years.  Back in the late 1990’s we got one when we saw […]


  • Central Bank Markets
    Posted by on November 1st, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Earnings for many US companies were pretty good the last couple of weeks, propelling the US stock market to new heights.  Balance sheets look good, […]


  • What’s Old Is New Again
    Posted by on October 31st, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Benedict Evans has a great blog when it comes to analyzing mobile trends and developments.  Recently, he analyzed Apple ($AAPL) and the new iPhone release. […]


  • Prediction Markets
    Posted by on October 30th, 2014 at 7:36 am

    InTrade was shut down by the Feds in 2013 and I was sad to see it go.  InTrade was a prediction market.  Prediction markets are […]


  • The Struggles of Entrepreneurship-The Struggles of Being Human
    Posted by on October 29th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I am an investor in Dabble.   Dabble has had its ups and downs.  Recently, Erin Hopmann and new CEO Jay Swoboda sat down and […]


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

    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

    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

    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 […]


  • This Post Has No Title
    Posted by on October 26th, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Today my friend Mike Spehn wrote a really nice piece.  It was a really full travel day for me today.  Flew out to Coronado for […]


  • Memories
    Posted by on October 25th, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Today my wife and I are headed to Champaign for Homecoming. We don’t go to Champaign much for football since the Illini are so pitiful. […]


  • Money, or Big Ideas?
    Posted by on October 24th, 2014 at 8:10 am

    The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind in Chicago tech.  There was the VC conference, where coastal VCs came into town to dip […]


  • Startup Tech Can Help Fight Ebola
    Posted by on October 23rd, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Yesterday I was mentoring at The Impact Engine in Chicago.  It’s in 1871.  One of the companies I spoke with was Relief Watch.  Daniel Yu […]


  • Venture Can Do Great Things
    Posted by on October 22nd, 2014 at 8:29 am

    There is a beef about VC these days that it isn’t investing in the next great thing.  Too many apps.  Some VC’s like Marc Andreessen […]