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  • Is Bitcoin Here To Stay?
    Posted by on April 9th, 2015 at 7:38 am

    There is a lot of smoke around Bitcoin.   There seems to be a new story each week about a startup or some sort of […]


  • Innovation in Finance
    Posted by on April 8th, 2015 at 8:14 am

    It used to be that if you were entrepreneurial and innovative, an investment bank was a good place to work.  Banks were creative.  They were […]


  • Farming Meets Tech-People Got To Eat
    Posted by on April 7th, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Silicon Valley is discovering farming.  If anyone in the Midwest was looking for a building block to stick in a foundation for a Midwestern tech […]


  • Rebooting Wrigley
    Posted by on April 6th, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Yesterday was Opening Night at Wrigley Field.  Being the long suffering Cubs fan that I am, I went.  You might have heard they are rebuilding […]


  • Happy Easter
    Posted by on April 5th, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Easter on the beach A photo posted by Jeff Carter (@pointsnfigures) on Apr 5, 2015 at 5:20am PDT Happy Easter. Happy Pesach to my Jewish […]


  • Competition is the Whetstone That Makes Us Better
    Posted by on April 4th, 2015 at 9:09 am

    America was founded by people that were fond of competition.  One of the problems I see with America today is we have lost our appetite […]


  • Is Tech For Normal People?
    Posted by on April 3rd, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Built In Chicago is a website that highlights the tech sector in Chicago.  The sector is growing quickly here.  But, I sort of dislike the […]


  • Both Parties Are Wrong On Immigration
    Posted by on April 2nd, 2015 at 7:35 am

    The immigration policy in the US is messed up.  It’s a bureaucratic nightmare.  Politicians use fear and one time anecdotes to make points.  For every […]


  • Should You Own Distribution, or Broker It?
    Posted by on April 1st, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Here is an interesting problem for businesses that want to establish markets.  Should they own all of the distribution chain, or should they broker it […]


  • Two Kinds of Discrimination With a Solution
    Posted by on March 31st, 2015 at 9:54 am

    There have been a lot of discrimination stories in the news.  Of course, last summer began the stories of Ferguson, MO.  But recently, Elaine Pao […]


  • The Great Unbundling
    Posted by on March 30th, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Have you seen this photo? Or this one from a while ago? A lot of great businesses have been built in the last ten years […]


  • Individual Choice is Better Than Bureaucratic Choice
    Posted by on March 29th, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Thought these two articles were interesting. The SEC ruled that companies can start selling up to $50M in securities within a 12 month period, subject […]


  • Pattern Recognition: Works in Trading and in VC
    Posted by on March 28th, 2015 at 8:24 am

    This is an interesting clip by Professor Steve Blank from Stanford.  He is talking about entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, but he easily could be talking […]


  • The Smallest Possible Leads to Biggest Possible
    Posted by on March 27th, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Hypergrowth.  Every startup wants it.  Every investor in a startup wants it too.  It means success.  It means money.  Hypergrowth also signifies that the startup […]


  • Throwback Thursday Photo
    Posted by on March 26th, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    This is a photo in a book targeted to kids about commodities.  Had to be taken in the late 1980’s.  That’s what the trading pits […]


  • What Should Your Business Model Look Like
    Posted by on March 26th, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Business model is one thing that someone considers before investing in a business.  At a certain point, the investor needs to decide is this business […]


  • Sometimes You Lead, Sometimes You Follow
    Posted by on March 25th, 2015 at 7:45 am

    In venture capital, most of the time it is best to be in front.  Be ahead of the curve and the herd.  That’s where the […]