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  • Do You Think History Matters?
    Posted by on June 13th, 2015 at 10:00 am

    This weekend I was in New Orleans.  I am on the Board of Trustees of the National World War Two Museum.  This weekend was our […]

  • The Obama Trade Bill
    Posted by on June 12th, 2015 at 8:40 am

    I am surprised at all the controversy around the Obama trade bill.  Free trade is good for everyone.  The less we tax, tariff and protect […]

  • Want a Tip On A Cool Phone App?
    Posted by on June 11th, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I met William Mougayar  online.  He lives in Waterloo near Toronto and is connected to the tech scene there.  He runs a great resource blog […]

  • Growth vs Profitability
    Posted by on June 10th, 2015 at 8:28 am

    In many startups, this is a conundrum.  Add users, or figure out a way to be profitable?  Virtually any startup that has a sharing or […]

  • Liquidity and Startup Investing
    Posted by on June 9th, 2015 at 8:14 am

    One thing that people don’t understand about angel investing are opportunity costs.  There are opportunity costs when you are faced with a choice between investing […]

  • Have American Marketers Pulled a Fast One?
    Posted by on June 8th, 2015 at 8:31 am

    There is a new study out from some academics.   It could affect a lot of startup business models.  When I think about the recent […]

  • Fair and Balanced
    Posted by on June 7th, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I was reading Mark Glennon’s Wirepoints post on the $405 million crony capitalism spending spree that was perpetrated in the waning days of the Governor […]

  • Dissent On Your Board
    Posted by on June 7th, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Do your board meetings have dissent?  Do you allow a place for dissent?  Or, do you feel more comfortable crushing dissent?  Is your board a […]

  • Chicago is Chicago. It’s Not A Prairie.
    Posted by on June 6th, 2015 at 7:24 am

    @ChicagoBlueSky YES. CHICAGO ISNT SILICON ANYTHING — Jeffrey Carter (@pointsnfigures) June 5, 2015 Chicago used to be a swamp. The name “Chicago” is an American […]

  • Steph Reminds Me Of Maravich
    Posted by on June 5th, 2015 at 8:54 am

    There are two great series going on right now. One is the BlackHawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning series in the NHL.  I am a BlackHawks […]

  • This Chart Made Me Pause
    Posted by on June 4th, 2015 at 7:44 am

    TLT data by YCharts Yesterday, a couple of articles went through my Twitter ($TWTR) feed that made me blink. First, Bank of America analysts explained […]

  • Electric Cars Aren’t Green; But Subsidies are Greening Someone’s Pocket
    Posted by on June 3rd, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Who doesn’t love Tesla ($TSLA)?  I test drove one once.  They are totally cool cars.  Fast.  Responsive.  I love the innovation. I love the innovation […]

  • Data On Seed Stage Investing
    Posted by on June 2nd, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Here is something interesting that I found yesterday on early stage investing.  It’s a study from Harvard Business School.  The one conclusion I can make […]

  • All Markets are Frothy
    Posted by on June 1st, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Robert Schiller thinks we need a rate hike.  Clearly, being on 0% for 7 years is a recipe for disaster.  I have wanted a rate […]

  • The Third Wave
    Posted by on May 31st, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Steve Case saw the first two waves of the internet.  Now he is predicting a third.  But, it’s not going to happen overnight.  Here is […]

  • Execution Is Sometimes About Resources
    Posted by on May 30th, 2015 at 7:04 am

    One of the things that investors look for in early stage companies is not necessarily whether the mouse trap is better or not.  Instead, they […]

  • Meeting Rand Paul
    Posted by on May 29th, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Rand Paul was in Chicago the other day and I went.  He was at 1871, and spoke for a solid hour to the Illinois Policy […]