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  • Auto Shows And Motorcycles
    Posted by on February 14th, 2015 at 8:26 am

    When I was a kid, I always wanted a motorcycle.  I had one for a brief time, but it was a small bike.  Honda 150 […]


  • Reality Doesn’t Bite, But Faking It Does
    Posted by on February 13th, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Peggy Noonan wrote a nice article in the WSJ about CBS newsman Bob Simon and contrasted him with NBC news anchor Brian Williams.  One quote […]


  • How To Find Your Way in Chicago
    Posted by on February 12th, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Chicago is the fourth third largest city in America.   Since I co-founded Hyde Park Angels in April of 2007, the startup community here has changed […]


  • The Problem With Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)
    Posted by on February 11th, 2015 at 6:25 am

    If you are an investor in early stage companies, you see a lot of business plans.  Invariably, the question comes up, “Will you sign an […]


  • Where To Find Money If You Are A Startup
    Posted by on February 10th, 2015 at 6:47 am

    If you are a startup, how do you find money?  The other day when I spoke to a class at Chicago Booth we discussed it. […]


  • Should Startups Ever Merge?
    Posted by on February 9th, 2015 at 8:36 am

    The other day Semil Shah wrote an interesting post about “Juggernauts“.  In it, he opined about some very large “startup’ companies like Uber, Dropbox and […]


  • A Company Goes Kapow
    Posted by on February 8th, 2015 at 8:39 am

    One of the hardest things to start is a two sided marketplace.  One of the greatest growth engines in Startup Land is a two sided […]


  • Putting Together A Pitch Deck
    Posted by on February 7th, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I was surfing Startup Management and saw this article on how to put together a good pitch deck. The article was excellent and so are […]


  • What Are Seed Investors Looking For?
    Posted by on February 6th, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Recently I gave a little talk at Chicago Booth. I spoke to Prof Mike Moyer‘s class about funding and seed investing.  Instead of “Death by […]


  • The End of The Pits
    Posted by on February 5th, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Yesterday prior to its earnings call today, $CME announced it was closing the pits.  One can read a lot into an announcement ahead of earnings. […]


  • If The FCC Regulates, Will the Internet Be Free?
    Posted by on February 4th, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Net neutrality is a topic of conversation among tech people.  It’s been in the vernacular among political people for a while.  The language dominating the […]


  • Corporate Tax Rates Should Be Economically Efficient
    Posted by on February 3rd, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Yesterday President Obama released his budget.  3.9 Trillion.  The federal budget is always a monstrous mess.  It’s sort of like looking the the five year […]


  • A Super Bowl Example of Leadership
    Posted by on February 2nd, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Don’t know if you watched the Super Bowl or not.  We got a ton of snow here in Chicago, so watching television became a recreational […]


  • The Most Important Business Major-Marketing
    Posted by on February 1st, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Sometimes people ask me what they should study in college.  If you can hack it, Engineering is always great.  Personally, I didn’t have that kind […]


  • What’s It Take To Make A Market?
    Posted by on January 31st, 2015 at 7:18 am

    The other day I blogged about physical versus cash delivery.  It piqued the interest of some people and we delved into a conversation about what […]


  • Let’s Do Good Together!
    Posted by on January 30th, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Yesterday Public Good Software announced their $1.6M seed round.  I am an investor in that round.   One of the cool things about doing the […]


  • Distractions, Multitasking Make You Worse
    Posted by on January 29th, 2015 at 9:58 am

    My wife sent me an article she read.  I think it’s totally accurate.  It’s really accurate when I look at my own life, and I […]