The Government Will Screw It Up

Yesterday when talking to Dan Fordice about what he did, the topic of the VA inevitably came up. If you are paying attention to the news, you know the VA really hurt veterans rather than helped veterans. The whole thing …






Flying in a P51

Today I am getting the opportunity to go up in a P51 Mustang.  My friend Dan Fordice flew his plane in from Vicksburg, MS.   He is a big supporter of the National World War Two Museum and over the …






Can Chicago Do It?

Fred Wilson wrote a couple of blogposts about the startup world recently.  It inspired some conversation on Twitter.  It also inspired an exchange between me and another Chicagoan on Twitter. @pointsnfigures @trengriffin @fredwilson @bgurley Hope ur right but CHI entrep …






From Corporate to Startup

The corporate world struggles with startups.  They know there is something there but they can’t put wrap their bureaucracies around it. On the other hand, startups try to be anti-corporate.  But, they can learn from corporations and need to understand …






The Human Touch

At early stages of startup life it is often said you do things that don’t scale.  That happens for a variety of reasons. Sometimes you slap together a company because you have an idea.  To the customer, it looks like …






Reasons Why Dodd-Frank Was a Horrible Law

Yesterday, I spent some time listening to academics speak about Dodd-Frank. I don’t think Americans really know how corrosive Dodd-Frank is. It’s killing our economic growth in ways that most people don’t understand. One thing I have noticed over the …






Are You an American? You Are Different

On this day back in 1944, some young men rode boats 100 miles across the English Channel to take on an impossible task.  It’s important that we never forget them, or why they had to assume that responsibility.  Here is …






The Basic Income Debate

Yesterday, Switzerland rejected basic income for all.  I have thought a lot about basic income ever since I read about it on Albert Wenger’s blog. My opinion has evolved a little, but one thing remains the same.  If the US …






Finding Your Voice

Yesterday, I was at a political fundraiser for a first time political candidate.  She’s a pretty incredible woman and you can read more about Joan here.  She’s independent and not afraid to buck convention.  I hope she wins her race …






Internet Trends

Mary Meeker’s annual presentation of internet trends is always interesting to look at.  Sometimes you can pull out some great insights into things you want to do, or things you think will happen.  Especially when you layer other information over …






Does A Rate Rise Hurt Startup Financing?

ISM was up this month.  The US has been on almost 0% interest rates for a long time.  The Fed meets in June to discuss another raise.  I think the Fed should raise rates.  Personally, having zero cost to money …






Bitcoin and Anarchy

A lot of people think that if Bitcoin is adopted it means anarchy.  I don’t think that is correct.  I was reading “Is Bitcoin The World’s Next Major Currency?” in Chicago Booth’s Capital Ideas magazine. Sorry, no link to the …






Memorial Day 2016

All kinds of things you can do to remember the ones that didn’t come back.  I saw Facebook had a thing for me to share on my wall.  The problem was it was to remember vets, not to remember the …






Taxing Trump

There are a lot of inconsistencies in the American tax code.  Anyone that pays taxes knows it.  Some are put there because the writers of the tax code want to be “fair”.  What I have found in my life is …






Transaction Taxes, Now Being Debated In Illinois

Why do politicians always want to get between people and their money?  I was listening to an Uber X driver last night.  She was at wit’s end.  She had no job prospects and she was losing everything.  She didn’t want …






Should Your Company Go Through An Accelerator?

Yesterday, I was up at Detroit Startup Week.  I was listening to a panel of Fin Tech entrepreneurs and stayed for the Q+A.   One of the questions was on accelerators/incubators. I think this is an excellent topic.  Lately, a …






Ballparks, Culture and Hope

I am up in Detroit, MI.  It’s Detroit Startup Week.  Detroit is trying to build momentum around their startup community.  I am happy to support them.  What’s good for Detroit is good for every other Midwestern startup community. Downtown Detroit …