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  • The Obama Economic Miracle
    Posted by on September 16th, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Backers of the President like to point out this chart as the definitive one. SPY data by YCharts All well and good. The real damage […]

  • Studying Computer Science
    Posted by on September 16th, 2015 at 7:30 am

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said all kids in NYC public schools must study computer science within the next ten years.  It’s a lofty […]

  • Consumer Jumps Into B2B: B2B Jumps Into Consumer
    Posted by on September 15th, 2015 at 8:21 am

    A lot of times innovation happens in one silo and jumps over the fence to another.  For example, there were consumer social media sites and […]

  • Do You Have Faith in the Government to Solve Problems?
    Posted by on September 14th, 2015 at 9:05 am

    When I talk to people about startup trends, I highlight some of the major trends that are sweeping through the world.  You might have heard […]

  • Ways To Build Culture
    Posted by on September 13th, 2015 at 8:31 am

    There is a lot of talk about culture in companies, but it’s often hard to build.  Even major corporations struggle with corporate culture.  You might […]

  • 10 Reasons Angels Get Tired
    Posted by on September 12th, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Brad Feld penned a post about angels being tapped out.  Others are seeing angel activity slow down, especially in Silicon Valley where the majority of […]

  • Quick Thoughts on 9/11
    Posted by on September 10th, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    It was 14 years ago.  We are starting to get away from it. The children that lost parents that day now are looking at adolescence […]

  • Some Thoughts on Startup Valuation
    Posted by on September 10th, 2015 at 10:03 am

    How does someone value a startup?  It’s an excellent question.  The startup valuation math is a dark science.  It seems more like tarot card reading […]

  • Credentials, Who Needs ‘Em?
    Posted by on September 9th, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Albert Wenger had a great post about the credentials needed for college.  He home schools his children, and they are starting to look at schools. […]

  • When Will Star Wars Be Like Real Life?
    Posted by on September 8th, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Gizmodo had an article about a new Star Wars toy that is really cool. No doubt, offices around the world will be buzzing with this […]

  • One Reason Why It’s Harder to Build Wealth
    Posted by on September 7th, 2015 at 10:16 am

    It’s Labor Day and it’s a traditional union holiday.  Personally, I don’t care for unions.  I especially don’t care for the public labor unions.  To […]

  • Is the Presidency a Standardized Test?
    Posted by on September 6th, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I was watching some of the Sunday morning news shows.  They all want to talk about Donald Trump’s interview with Hugh Hewitt.  Trump didn’t know […]

  • What’s the Most Powerful Invention Ever That Is Reshaping Society?
    Posted by on September 6th, 2015 at 9:26 am

    The other day I gave a short talk on the Chicago startup scene to some financial planners.  During the chat, I asked the headline question. […]

  • Our History Defines Us
    Posted by on September 5th, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Was reading a blurb about another Jewish family trying to recapture their stolen art.  The Nazis raped and pillaged their way through Europe.  My friend […]

  • And So It Begins
    Posted by on September 4th, 2015 at 8:21 am

    “I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political […]

  • Are Market Black Swans Like Startup Unicorns?
    Posted by on September 3rd, 2015 at 7:07 am

    The stock market has had a bit of turmoil the last couple of weeks.  It was reported that Nassim Taleb’s fund made $1B dollars in […]

  • Is Software Eating the Market?
    Posted by on September 2nd, 2015 at 9:25 am

    One of the great investing themes of our time is “Software is eating the world”.  Most of the time we think of this in terms […]