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  • The Future of Autos
    Posted by on March 13th, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Last evening, I was at an Economic Club of Chicago dinner.  $GM CEO Mary Barra was speaking.  I was interested to hear what she had […]


  • Why Does The Stock Market Impact Startup Valuations?
    Posted by on March 12th, 2015 at 7:43 am

    It’s impossible to predict the stock market with any certainty from day to day.  But, typically it goes in 6-8 year cycles.   Not boom/bust, […]


  • Feedback, or Criticism?
    Posted by on March 11th, 2015 at 7:23 am

    One of the things investors look for in entrepreneurs is “coachability”.  Yesterday, Mark Suster tweeted this, @semil @pointsnfigures I look for people who take feedback […]


  • Disruption in Finance is Here
    Posted by on March 10th, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Three things came across my desk yesterday.  I will share them. Here is a deck about the current state of banking. 2015 Banking Trends from […]


  • What’s The Most Important Stat in a Market?
    Posted by on March 9th, 2015 at 7:52 am

    With lots of startups doing two sided markets it’s worth looking at what’s important when setting up a market.  It doesn’t matter where you lean […]


  • Kentucky at 30-0
    Posted by on March 8th, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Kentucky ran the table yesterday.  Now all they have to do is win their conference tourney and the NCAA tourney.  It’s just ten more games. […]


  • Limits On Creativity Can Be Liberating
    Posted by on March 7th, 2015 at 8:05 am

    One of the things startups talk about all the time are “no limits”.  There is literally no limit to how we can be creative with […]


  • Mark Cuban Thinks It’s Bubblicious
    Posted by on March 5th, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Yesterday, Mark Cuban blogged about the tech bubble here.  He updated it here.  He also went on CNBC and spoke about it later in the […]


  • Are You Ready to Launch?
    Posted by on March 5th, 2015 at 7:25 am

    The past few days, Jason Calcanis had his Launch Festival.  It’s a pitch competition with a lot of heavyweight judges.  Previous winners of Launch were […]


  • #TrainTheMen
    Posted by on March 5th, 2015 at 5:00 am

    The following is a guest post from my friend Susan Mravca.   Susan is a Chicago based serial entrepreneur and someone you should know. Many of […]


  • Apply For An Arch Grant
    Posted by on March 4th, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    It’s the time of year to apply for an Arch Grant.  I am familiar with them through a portfolio company, Dabble.  There are a couple […]


  • Impressions of LA
    Posted by on March 4th, 2015 at 10:57 am

    My wife and I got out of the cold of Chicago for a few days.  We looked at going to Florida, but it was too […]


  • The Hot Deal
    Posted by on March 3rd, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Yesterday the NASDAQ ($QQQ) hit 5000.  Hasn’t been here in 15 years.  My friend Brian Lund had a nice write up about the differences between […]


  • Warren Buffett And Seed Investing
    Posted by on March 2nd, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Warren Buffett released his annual letter to shareholders Saturday.  I love reading his letter.  It’s full of tremendous common sense.  “There are certain things that […]


  • Tech Is About Maximizing People, Not Tech
    Posted by on March 1st, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Today our society is in a constant state of innovation.  New software is created daily that has the potential to impact our lives in a […]


  • Chicago Faces the Music of Math-Illinois Next
    Posted by on February 28th, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Last year at Howard Lindzon‘s Stocktoberfest,  I asked Bill Gurtin where he absolutely wouldn’t put any money.  He manages a $9B muni bond portfolio.  He […]


  • It Was Tougher to Get Money in 2014
    Posted by on February 27th, 2015 at 10:13 am

    If you were in the market for seed stage startup capital, it was tougher to get money from organized venture capital investors in 2014.  In […]