Posts tagged Boston

An Empty Nest

On this date 28 years ago, my wife and I got married.  I think everyone has a long and twisty road in life-mine is no different.  At our wedding, one of my groomsman passed out.  When he fell, it sounded …






Chicago Is Only As Good As It’s Hot Dog Stands

When I got my first job out of college, my sales territory was bordered by 95th street on the south side, Dixon, IL on the west, Racine, WI on the north and Lake Michigan on the east.  I was selling …






Impressions of LA

My wife and I got out of the cold of Chicago for a few days.  We looked at going to Florida, but it was too expensive during high season-and Florida feels like God’s waiting room to me.  We wound up …






Startup Company Transition

Startups go through phases.  Sometimes after a while, the original CEO isn’t working out.  The idea is still good, but the company is stuck in neutral.   This is not a rare occurrence.  What’s rarer is the founder/CEO that can …






A Company Goes Kapow

One of the hardest things to start is a two sided marketplace.  One of the greatest growth engines in Startup Land is a two sided marketplace.  Attracting liquidity is extremely hard and so chicken and egg.  Companies that do get …






Want To Go To College And Study Engineering For Free?

The world needs more engineers.  We can always use them. Engineering is a great way to structure your thinking.  It’s a great way to organize the world. Some of the best traders I saw were engineers.  Every company that gets …






What To Do About Dead Equity On The Cap Table

This is a topic that isn’t talked about enough.  There are few blogs on it.  But, it’s important because it happens a lot.  It also depends on perspective.  VC’s sometimes view angel capital invested in seed and early rounds as …






The Best Way to Talk About Your Company

As an angel investor, I hear a lot of pitches.  I don’t keep track of how many I hear compared to how many I cut a check to, but the ratio is pretty small.  You can see the companies I …






Who Is The Keeper of Your Brand?

Yesterday I saw this blog post from Spark Capital. It talks about one of their companies 1st Dibs, but delves into something deeper toward the end of the post. They discuss repositioning in a market, and say that someone in …






Questions From MBA Students At Northwestern

Last evening I was on a panel at 1871.  Linda Darragh invited had invited me.  We were talking entrepreneurship with first year MBA students from Northwestern.  Also on the panel were Joe Dwyer, Steve Collens CEO of Matter Chicago, Brian Hill CEO …






Why It’s Different For Women in Chicago

Yesterday, I had a long conversation with Ms Tech’s Nicole Yeary.  If you don’t know Ms Tech, you should.  They help women get started and sustain entrepreneurial startups.  I think that’s awesome.  Nicole is based in Chicago.  I think it …






Married to Brands

John Henry is buying the Boston Globe for $70M dollars.  The NYT bought it for around $1 billion twenty years ago.  I don’t suppose they were wearing white linen suits when they did it. Unless there is an imminent online …






Wow, What A Game

I was up late watching the triple OT Hawks game.  Wow.  Might have been the best game I have ever seen.  Two teams competing extremely hard.  Both goaltenders were pretty magnificent in the net.  Hard hits. There were some amazing …






Metadata and Networks; Why It’s Important

We are all connected in some way to some group.  Intrinsically, I knew this.  The trading floor was the best network in the entire world.  If you wanted to find something somewhere, it could be found there.  Somebody had a …






Breakfast Links

Unless you were an ostrich, you heard about the Boston Marathon bombings yesterday.  Terrorism strikes again.  It’s the first successful organized terror attack since 9/11 on American soil.  All others were diverted or failed. Markets were sliding, but fell out …






Bullish Capital Market Outlook

Bank of America ($BAC) publishes a weekly capital market outlook.  In the past two years, they have been right more than they have been wrong.  Here are tidbits from their latest. With the jobs market strengthening, unemployment falling and balance …






Breakfast Links

ND wins, them and who in the National Championship game.  Bama would be a 10 point favorite. It’s not innovation until you turn ideas into profitable companies.  At MIT they are good at that. Student loan interest is being phased …