Posts tagged Education

Should You Stay In College, or Go To College?

Over the past of the last year, I have read about a lot of people pulling out of college or not going to do a startup.  Peter Thiel has his experiment with “Thiel Scholars”.  He gives talented kids money, puts …






Capitalism Works

Yesterday I was at a lunch where University of Illinois alum Mannie Jackson spoke. If you don’t know him, he is the owner of the Harlem Globetrotters. He wrote a book called Boxcars to Boardrooms. One of the stories Mr. …






7 Ways Dabble.Co Makes You Interesting

“What the smartest people do on the weekend is what everyone else will do during the week in ten years”-@cdixon Chris Dixon, VC at A16Z Chris Dixon also says, “Hobbies are what the smartest people spend their time on when …






Why I Love Dabble And You Should Too

One of the things that I totally love about working with startups is that they enable everyone to achieve goals that they want in life.  It’s one of the reasons that I loved trading too.  It was me against the …






How Do You Disrupt Education?

When I was at the TechStars Chicago practice pitches, I got to see a company called ClutchPrep.  Clutch Prep uses videos to tutor out of textbooks students use.  It’s pretty innovative.  There are more and more companies trying to do …






Chicago LEAP Innovations

Yesterday, I was at the announcement of a new blended learning program targeted for Chicago’s public schools, LEAP Innovation.    Phyllis Lockett is leading the charge up the hill, and a big hill is there to climb. Over the course …






Should You Enroll Your Children in Entrepreneurship Programs?

Yesterday I read the hot new trend is to enroll your young child in an entrepreneurship program.  The subject of being an entrepreneur is hot.  Adults are watching younger adults form companies and monetize them. It’s sexy and exciting.  It …






College Entrepreneurship; The Engine That Can

I am driving around the country right now. Went to Notre Dame on Tuesday and lectured on entrepreneurship. Was in Detroit to see my sister. Then I was at the University of Dayton for their RISE conference. Drove to Ole …






How Big Is The Network?

One of the things that venture capitalists do is try to decipher how big the network is when they look at startups.  Then, they try and figure out how big it really can become.  Peer to peer networks are replacing …






Engineering Students, You Will Spread Your Wings

Was speaking with someone the other day.  They were telling me an engineering student was thinking about quitting the major.  I asked, “Why?”. They said that the student felt stifled because all they did was sit in a stale room …






The Entrepreneurial Imperative

Run, walk, download buy the book, The Entrepreneurial Imperative. It is a book that could change the way you think about all kinds of things, from public and educational policy to the way you lead your life.  It is a …






Getting Your MBA After Age 40 is A Waste of Time

A lot of people wonder about getting an MBA to improve their marketability.  Is it worth the cost?  Top MBA programs are very expensive.  Is it worth the time?  The time commitment is all encompassing. If you are under the …






We Require Math and History, Should Coding Be Required?

Saw this video and thought it was pretty cool that a high school would take a risk like this in its curriculum.  I think it’s a good risk. Coding isn’t just for geeks. It’s creativity in action. It’s a blank …






Can We Revolutionize Education?

Before the BlackHawks game last evening, I was at an interesting meeting about revolutionizing education.  There are several movements afoot to try and fix a problem. In Chicago, there is a concerted effort being undertaken by a variety of people, …






Where Are The StartUps?

Glenn Reynolds asks that question in his latest USA Today column. Professor Reynolds makes some good points, and uncovers some ideas that require more investigation.  For those that might criticize him, it’s not as if he is an ivory tower …






Graduation: Preparation for Life

Just witnessed my daughter’s graduation.  She survived four years at Davidson College.  The college president spoke to the class.  President Quillan talked about her own collegiate career, and stressed how a liberal arts education is not out of step with …






Education’s Next Stage

This space will be light the next few days.  My eldest daughter graduates from college this weekend.  The family is headed down to be with her, pack her up, and bring her back.  In a tough job market for college grads, …