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  • Do You Mean What You Say?
    Posted by on January 14th, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Trust and ethics is being examined a bit in the startup world.  So often, people aren’t real.  How many times do VCs say, “We’d like […]

  • Is a Bubble Popping?
    Posted by on January 14th, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Not sure if you have been paying attention, but prices in commodities have made big moves over the last few months.  Oil gets the attention. […]

  • Can You Make Money Angel Investing If You Aren’t in The Valley?
    Posted by on January 13th, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Jason Calcanis wrote a great post on angel investing.  In it, he outlined many of the pitfalls of being an angel.  There are more reasons […]

  • You Can Be Brilliant
    Posted by on January 13th, 2015 at 8:48 am

    There is a lot of consternation over diversity in tech.  One of the ways to build diversity in tech is to train people.  Get them […]

  • It’s About Effort, Not Difficulty
    Posted by on January 12th, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Raising children to understand how effort affects outcome is important.  I think successful entrepreneurs understand the connection.  The more we raise our kids to understand […]

  • Want to Have Successful Kids? Let Them Fail
    Posted by on January 11th, 2015 at 8:14 am

    I am really interested in how society is raising children.  When I raised my kids, it was different.  We didn’t have social media to deal […]

  • Freedom of Speech
    Posted by on January 10th, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Freedom of speech is enshrined in the US Bill of Rights.  It’s in the first sentence. This week in France, we have seen totalitarian minded […]

  • Free Community College
    Posted by on January 9th, 2015 at 8:40 am

    The big idea.  Free Community College.  Good idea or bad idea? TANSTAAFL.  There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.  Start with that concept. […]

  • Does A Library Have Economic Impact?
    Posted by on January 9th, 2015 at 7:55 am

    There is buzz in Chicago as the University of Chicago finalizes its bid for the Obama Presidential Library.  Columbia University in NYC is bidding, as […]

  • What’s The Best Way To Quiet Your Mind?
    Posted by on January 8th, 2015 at 10:14 am

    My friend Tadas Viskanta of Abnormal Returns recommended a book to me on meditation that I have begun to read.  Brad Feld has blogged about trying […]

  • Prof Joseph Stiglitz Should Have Been On the HFT Panel
    Posted by on January 7th, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I don’t agree with Professor Joseph Stiglitz economic analysis very often.  I caucus with the classical economists, not the Tobin lead economists.  Even in the […]

  • Why Were There Armed Guards There?
    Posted by on January 7th, 2015 at 8:01 am

    When I was in Istanbul, Turkey we toured the major sights.  Within short walks are the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi.  The Topkapi is […]

  • The New Republicans Take Control
    Posted by on January 6th, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Today the newly elected Congress steps into the batter’s box.  There is so much hyperbole around politics these days, it’s almost meaningless to try and […]

  • When Will US Companies Scream About The Dollar?
    Posted by on January 5th, 2015 at 7:12 am

    One of the things that businesses watch carefully is the value of the US dollar.  One of the shining parts of the American economy over […]

  • Are Younger People Starting Companies? (Cont)
    Posted by on January 4th, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Yesterday I wrote about the downward trend in entrepreneurship among people under the age of 30.  Today on Twitter, a lot of people from Silicon […]

  • Younger Generation Engaging Less in Entrepreneurial Efforts
    Posted by on January 3rd, 2015 at 8:49 am

    The trend is clear.  Younger people used to start a lot more entrepreneurial type businesses in years past than they do today.  Only 3.6% of […]

  • Happy New Year
    Posted by on January 1st, 2015 at 12:23 am

    I leave from Kenya today to go back to Chicago.  Yesterday was an incredible day out in the bush.  We saw 9 cubs eating a […]