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  • Taliesen
    Posted by on July 9th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Yesterday on a lark my wife and I drove up to Spring Green, Wisconsin.  We went to Taliesen, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home.  Today she is [...]


  • How To Kill Your Company
    Posted by on July 8th, 2014 at 8:25 am

    2/Founders, sell too much of your own personal stock too quickly, alienating your employees and questioning your long-term commitment. — Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) July 8, [...]


  • It’s Okay To Bet The “Don’t Pass” In Vegas
    Posted by on July 7th, 2014 at 7:44 am

    There are places when the venture world collides with the stock trading world. In VC right now, there is a lot of talk about how [...]


  • Midwestern Exits Have Been Different
    Posted by on July 6th, 2014 at 8:25 am

    One of the push-backs that people give Midwestern tech advocates is the lack of big exits.  It is true, we don’t have as many as [...]


  • How Building a Startup and Building A Trading Operation Are Similar
    Posted by on July 5th, 2014 at 6:39 am

    One of the things that is certain, in trading you cannot beat the market.  In angel investing, or in starting a company you cannot pick [...]


  • So You Want To Be An Angel Investor?
    Posted by on July 4th, 2014 at 9:34 am

    One of the great things about America is freedom.  When asked what they created at Independence Hall Benjamin Franklin said, “A Republic, if you can [...]


  • My Louis Zamperini Story
    Posted by on July 3rd, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Louis Zamperini has passed on.  May he rest in peace and God Bless his family.  I never had heard of Louis Zamperini until the book [...]


  • If It Doesn’t Work, Change the Rules
    Posted by on July 3rd, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Remember when you were a kid and when things didn’t work out in a game you wanted a “do over”?  It seems to me there [...]


  • Can Big Companies Innovate?
    Posted by on July 2nd, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Facebook ($FB) is a big company.  Can it innovate anymore?  Facebook bought Oculus for $2B. Google ($GOOG) is a big company.  Can it innovate anymore? [...]


  • Now Is The Time to Invest In VC
    Posted by on July 1st, 2014 at 7:49 am

    One of the things that you might read is that VC doesn’t return money.  Over the last 15 years, the returns haven’t been good.  I [...]


  • SaaS Marketing is A Different Ball of Wax
    Posted by on June 30th, 2014 at 8:37 am

    There is a lot of innovation happening with software as a service (SaaS) type companies.  The first wave of innovation was focused on cloud and [...]


  • Where Does The VC Money Go?
    Posted by on June 29th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    If you want to know where the money goes, look at data. The geography of US VC investment is not spread out. It goes to [...]


  • YCharts Makes You Smarter
    Posted by on June 28th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    YCharts started out in the depths of the financial crisis.  They are based in Chicago, and have offices in New York City as well.  Shawn [...]


  • Levering Up The Buggy Whip Factories
    Posted by on June 27th, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Yesterday at the WellTech Conference during TechWeekChicago, we talked a little bit about money.  I alluded to it in my post yesterday. It was a [...]


  • Money and Entrepreneurial Startup Communities
    Posted by on June 26th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Today I am on a panel at TechWeek.  We are going to talk about the health care ecosystem in Chicago, and that will lead to [...]


  • What’s Your Story?
    Posted by on June 25th, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Ben Horowitz is a smart VC and part of a16z in Silicon Valley.  Recently he was interviewed for an article.  He said, Why are we doing [...]


  • How Dumb Is Our Government?
    Posted by on June 24th, 2014 at 8:11 am

    How dumb is our government? On June 26 countless antiques, musical instruments and other objects made from ivory or decorated with it will be effectively [...]