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  • Where Are The Hysterics Now?
    Posted by on December 1st, 2014 at 9:08 am

    // Don’t panic! OPEC oil cut unlikely by charttrader on Not sure if you have been keeping track of commodity prices this past year, […]

  • Competition and Ethics
    Posted by on November 30th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Fred Wilson blogged about Values and Culture.  Marc Andreessen went on a mini tweet storm yesterday about ethics and competition.  Marc Suster weighed in on […]

  • Is the College Football Playoff System Any Better?
    Posted by on November 30th, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Watched a bit of college football yesterday. Rivalry weekend is always fun.  My Illini thanks to a cupcake schedule and playing in the Big 10 […]

  • Creating a Startup Community isn’t a Panacea
    Posted by on November 29th, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Governments all over the world are desperate.  Their expenses far outweigh their intake of taxes.  They have created bloated bureaucracies that are overwhelming their budgets, […]

  • Black Friday
    Posted by on November 28th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I was never cognizant of today being called Black Friday. Feels like a media creation to me but it could be internal shop talk working […]

  • Happy Thanksgiving
    Posted by on November 27th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Even in the most trying of times, we should try to find a silver lining somewhere. Hope keeps you going. America was the greatest startup […]

  • Do You Work Thanksgiving Eve?
    Posted by on November 26th, 2014 at 7:45 am

    An old friend of mine says that today is the day the “drinking season” kicks off.  That’s probably true for a lot of people.  Parties, […]

  • Earn Money From Your Ideas at Trading View
    Posted by on November 25th, 2014 at 6:04 am

    They say content is king.  If you are a participant in the market, now you are going to have a chance to see if you […]

  • Lessons On Entrepreneurship From the Military
    Posted by on November 24th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    In Chicago, we have a new military veteran focused incubator called The Bunker.  I will mentor a little at the Bunker.  One of the fun […]

  • Startup Cities
    Posted by on November 23rd, 2014 at 10:53 am

    A lot of cities in the Midwest are trying to jumpstart startup ecosystems.  I echo Brad Feld’s sentiments in his book Startup Communities, and prefer […]

  • Busy Today
    Posted by on November 22nd, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Every morning I paste a new song I found on Soundcloud to my Tumblr blog. This is the one I posted today.

  • The Randomness of Friendship
    Posted by on November 21st, 2014 at 8:24 am

    The photo above is from my bachelor party.  Most of us were 24 or 25.  In it, you see a lot of guys I have […]

  • The Best Way to Talk About Your Company
    Posted by on November 20th, 2014 at 6:23 am

    As an angel investor, I hear a lot of pitches.  I don’t keep track of how many I hear compared to how many I cut […]

  • Who Is The Keeper of Your Brand?
    Posted by on November 19th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Yesterday I saw this blog post from Spark Capital. It talks about one of their companies 1st Dibs, but delves into something deeper toward the […]

  • What’s Next In Startups?
    Posted by on November 18th, 2014 at 7:33 am

    We have seen the past in startups.  Facebook and all the social networks.  What’s next?  My friend William Mougayer says decentralized Peer to Peer marketplaces. […]

  • What’s A Good Bitcoin Company?
    Posted by on November 17th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    One of the difficulties with either starting, or investing in a Bitcoin company is the uncertainty.  How do you know what has a chance, and […]

  • Can We Afford Entitlements?
    Posted by on November 16th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    In her annual pitch, Mary Meeker pointed out that entitlements are consuming 63% of the federal budget and rising.  That’s unsustainable.  I don’t know when […]