Should You Pay Attention to Bitcoin? Yes.

Nice video explaining why. Clearly, Chris is talking his book. His firm a16z has made several bitcoin investments. But, it doesn’t matter. This is happening and it’s picking up speed. Have you heard of the social network Steemit? 350,000 accounts. …

The Power Is Gone From Late Night

When I was growing up, almost every adult I knew watched Johnny Carson.  He was the true King of Late Night.  Why?  Back then, there were few alternatives to passive entertainment.  You could watch stuff on other channels but it …

Evolution of Equities

With Goldman talking about entering the Bitcoin trading arena, I thought this podcast might give you a view into how they think about markets. Understanding the different regulations and the effect they had on the competitive landscape is important. Currently, …

The B Corp Trend

When we were discussing the future of work in Italy at the G7, we discussed B corporations. Here is a link to learn more about them.  They have been around for a number of years.  Some startups like Kickstarter have …

How Honest Are You With Employees?

If your company is undergoing challenges, do you share it with employees?  This is a very very hard question to answer.  In some places, the competition for talent is so intense if you are too honest you will see everyone …

Ken Burns Vietnam

I am catching up on Ken Burns documentary Vietnam.  I was anticipating a slanted view of the war that concentrated on the liberal explanation for Vietnam.  It is not that at all.  It’s very good. How do I know it’s …

How Do We Educate to Leverage The Future?

One of the main topics of conversation at the G7/I7 was education.  Yesterday I blogged about creating a market using blockchain for education.  Even if you have a market, you still need to have a framework of what to teach. …

One Key Takeaway From the G7/I7

For the next few blogs, I probably will be blogging about the G7/I7 meeting that I attended in Italy.  The reason is it was interesting to meet people focused on innovation from around the world and hear their ideas and …

I Learned Some Things At the G7/I7

Headed back today from Torino, Italy.  I am going to be jet lagged as heck.  We had a series of meetings at the G7.  This was the first year they brought people from outside of government to weigh in on …

Our Investment In CFX Markets

We met Jordan Fishfeld and Juan Hernandez last March to talk about their company, CFX Markets.   We had a great first meeting and we were interested.  I had known Juan from prior years.  A few years ago, Juan and …

A Meander

I got to Italy yesterday.  I have been here a couple of times before, but never in this town.  One thing that I really like about how Italian towns are organized is their very large piazzas. You walk through a …

The ICO Craze is Bullshit

I am calling bullshit on the ICO craze.  Was talking to someone who told me a startup with no customers and a skeleton business plan raised mid-double digits in the millions of dollars on an ICO.  They aren’t the only …

The G7/I7 In Torino, Italy

This weekend I will be going to Torino, Italy.  Torino is the site of the information part of the G7 conferences that take place throughout the year.  You can see a link to the entirety of the G7 here.  I …

Is Karl Marx Relevant?

Last night I attended a discussion of Karl Marx at the Economic Club of Chicago.  You might find it incongruent that an Economic Club discusses Marx.  Or, you might think it’s less than satirical that the ECC is discussing Marx, …

Are Ideas Linear in Finance?

Listening to Ben Horowitz speak at the Chicago Venture Summit, he made a point which he’s made before.  Venture capitalists invest in really bad ideas.  But, if those ideas work it would be pretty cool.  He used AirBnb as an …

mHub Pitch Competition

On October 7, I will be at mHub judging a pitch competition.  The details are below.  Hope you can make it.  Here is a link for tickets. Build312 and BASIC (Blue Angel Startups & Innovation Club)are honored to bring the 10th China Shenzhen …