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  • We Don’t Have A Strategy Yet
    Posted by on August 29th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    That excuse can work in startups.  When you are a founder and your investor or board member questions you about something, it’s totally allowable to [...]

  • Does Your Life Have Themes?
    Posted by on August 28th, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Do you ever see a pattern play out in your life over and over?  When I was trading, I’d see patterns all the time.  Sometimes [...]

  • Are You Afraid of The Lunatic Fringe?
    Posted by on August 27th, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Last evening I went to an event in Milwaukie, WI.  It was part rally, part information, part networking reception to raise some money for Vernon [...]

  • Has the Internet Gotten Too Big?
    Posted by on August 26th, 2014 at 7:49 am

    The back channels of the internet were developed in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  There have been continual improvements, but hardware isn’t the sexy part of [...]

  • 52 Things In 52 Weeks
    Posted by on August 25th, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Surfing the web, I came across the blog 52 Things, 52 Weeks.  Cool idea.  One of the benefit of living in the city is my [...]

  • Hacking Ag-Is it So Bad?
    Posted by on August 24th, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Watched a documentary on agriculture last night.  This one was about organic farming and the amount of acreage devoted to corn and soybeans.  It also [...]

  • How Do You Disrupt Education?
    Posted by on August 23rd, 2014 at 10:28 am

    When I was at the TechStars Chicago practice pitches, I got to see a company called ClutchPrep.  Clutch Prep uses videos to tutor out of [...]

  • The Impact of Investing. Where Does the Money Come From and Where Does it Go?
    Posted by on August 22nd, 2014 at 6:18 pm


  • The Perfect Pitch
    Posted by on August 22nd, 2014 at 8:01 am

    What’s the perfect pitch?  Does such a thing exist?  There are certainly a lot of blogposts about pitching out there.  Yesterday, I was with the [...]

  • How Far Can You Stretch?
    Posted by on August 21st, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Over the course of my life I have tried different things to stay physically fit.  When I was young, I was a pretty decent basketball [...]

  • The Media is Dead, Long Live the Media
    Posted by on August 20th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Yesterday, ISIS beheaded a US journalist. They have been beheading people since they have been on the march. Barbarians bug me.  There is no space [...]

  • Can Someone Automate the Car Dealership Service Process
    Posted by on August 19th, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Today I am driving from Chicago to Oxford, MS to take my now senior back to school.  She worked at Dough this summer.  She is [...]

  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge-in Foggy Chicago
    Posted by on August 18th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    My old college buddy Dan Morley fingered me for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We decided to try out my daughter’s Go Pro camera. We [...]

  • Why It’s Hard to Get Rich Growing Grass
    Posted by on August 18th, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Lately, I have seen a lot of deals involving Marijuana.  They approach it from a variety of angles.  I am not interested in any “grass” [...]

  • Went to A Wedding
    Posted by on August 17th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    In the past 24 hours, my wife @lakefrontlisa and I cruised up to Grand Rapids, MI to see a friend’s daughter get married.  She and [...]

  • Markets are Smarter than Panels
    Posted by on August 16th, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Yesterday was sort of historic in the silver market.  Instead of relying on a bureaucratic panel of experts to “fix” the silver price, they used [...]

  • Free Market Competition is Good For Consumers
    Posted by on August 15th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Ride sharing is teaching America a lesson in economics. If you took Microeconomics 101, one of the first concepts you learn is that in a [...]