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  • The Time is Now in The Midwest
    Posted by on August 10th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    The old saying is, “There is no time like the present.”, and that certainly fits for the Midwest today.  I dislike the idea of “the [...]

  • 21
    Posted by on August 10th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    21 was a famous bar/restaurant.  21 is a milepost age because of government law.  Yesterday, we celebrated my youngest daughter’s 21st a week early. When [...]

  • How Do VC’s and Angels Value a Company?
    Posted by on August 8th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    The other day I was talking to some people about early stage investing.  They hadn’t done it before but were interested.  Early stage investing seems [...]

  • What’s It Take To Be Successful?
    Posted by on August 6th, 2014 at 7:13 am

    A lot of people are searching for the path to success.  They want it to be textbook.  Finding success isn’t solving the quadratic equation.  There [...]

  • This Version of Loyalty Is Fascism
    Posted by on August 5th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Read an article by Jonathan Alter.  Was extremely surprised by the language and the way the words were used.  He wants corporations to take loyalty [...]

  • Hollywood: Wasteland of Ideas
    Posted by on August 4th, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Yesterday I saw where Bill Murray has signed to be the voice of Baloo in The Jungle Book.  He will be awesome.  But, wasn’t Jungle [...]

  • Do You Bet on Teams, Or Ideas?
    Posted by on August 3rd, 2014 at 9:37 am

    That’s the age old question for angel investors, and venture capital investors.  Teams?  Or Ideas? University of Chicago Booth professor Steve Kaplan did some research.  [...]

  • Social Media Enables Small Business To Compete
    Posted by on August 1st, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Unfortunately, I am missing a lot of Lollapalooza this weekend.  I was also supposed to ride in a 100km bike ride that I am not [...]

  • Don’t Cry For Argentina
    Posted by on July 31st, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Yesterday the market fell out of bed.  The Bears rejoiced, and the Bulls looked to the Fed.  It’s not as if people didn’t know Argentina [...]

  • Andrew Mason’s Detour
    Posted by on July 31st, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Andrew Mason of Groupon ($GRPN)  fame has a new app, Detour.  People like to make fun of Andrew and say Groupon is a failure.  From [...]

  • Interview Part 2 With The Full Ratchet
    Posted by on July 30th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    If you want it on other media, here you go. Itunes: Direct-audio: In this we talk about startup communities, ethics and building. Tweet

  • Where Bitcoin Could Get Traction
    Posted by on July 30th, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Bitcoin sounds crazy.  It’s in very early days and there are a lot of challenges before it gets mass adoption.  I think they have to [...]

  • Should You Invest in A Hot Deal?
    Posted by on July 29th, 2014 at 8:13 am

    There are lots of opportunities to write a check when you are a seed investor.  If you become a known seed investor, you will get [...]

  • The Sharing Experience Supercharged
    Posted by on July 28th, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I saw a few disparate things pop on various social media feeds today.  I am typing this while listening to this song on Soundcloud. Soundcloud [...]

  • Aiding the World’s Poor
    Posted by on July 27th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    It seems there is never a shortage of causes or poor people.  One of the conundrums for rich countries is how to bring poor countries [...]

  • 9 Things Startups Can Do To Avoid Failure
    Posted by on July 26th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    There are certain maxims in life that are there because not following them either increases your chances at failure, or guarantees failure. For example, in [...]

  • Corporate Tax Inversions and Politics
    Posted by on July 25th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Jack Lew and President Obama are talking a lot about tax inversions.  Mark Cuban (probably no fan of the current administration) tweeted: If I own [...]