Posts tagged Gary Becker

The Logical Answer Is Usually Wrong

Venture capital is not logical. Investors that go with direct logic lose money.  By definition, disruption goes against the grain.  It goes against the linear path. This thought occurred to me when I was watching this video yesterday. Allan Savory …






Tech Is About Maximizing People, Not Tech

Today our society is in a constant state of innovation.  New software is created daily that has the potential to impact our lives in a positive way.  My friend Albert Wenger has written a lot about having a basic income …






Aiding the World’s Poor

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 up.  For my entire life, it seems like America has been sending trillions of aid …






The Current Immigration Bill is Dead

Eric Cantor lost his primary.  Pretty earth shattering news when a high ranking elected official, and a high ranking party official loses.  This would be like Steny Hoyer losing his own primary.  Massive wake up call.  Massive.  People are sick …






Fear, Technology, and Education

Gary Becker is a giant in economics. Especially as it relates to human capital and networks. Here he speaks about fear and technology back in 2008. It’s interesting to look at this ex post facto.  (I don’t agree with him …






Fixing Immigration For Growth

There is probably no hope for an immigration bill in this years Congress.  I mean, who would come to this country if they couldn’t get healthcare? (heh)  Immigration is good for the United States.  I love immigrants.  My town of …






The Real Causes of Income Inequality

The administration loves to beat the drum about income inequality.  Every chance they get, they point out that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Their solution; higher taxes and more government spending.  More government programs. …






Do Americans Take Risk Anymore?

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal had an interesting article on risk taking.  If there is one thing in this world that I understand its risk taking.  When I was 24, I quit my corporate job to make $150/wk as a runner …






America and Startups Need Immigration Reform

There is a debate in the US Senate right now on immigration reform. Instead of doing what’s best for the country, it has descended into pure politics.  Democrats want blanket amnesty and very low bars of immigration because they think …






Why I Support Immigration

America is a nation of immigrants.  It’s an overused phrase that people use to guilt others into supporting immigration.  No doubt, we need immigration but we can’t use guilt as a tool to establish good immigration policies. We need to move …






You Are Going To Lose Your Job

The techies are coming, the techies are coming!  Sound the alarm.  There is no hope.  The middle class is going under and we are going to have a two class system with have and have nots.  It’s all the fault …






Restoring Hope

One of the reasons that I like hanging with entrepreneurs is that they give you hope.  In times of trouble, or when you are down, go out and talk to some people starting up a business.  They think for the …






Breakfast Links

Up in Madison, Wisconsin.  On a panel tomorrow.  We ate at Merchant tonight and it was tremendous. 5 Ways to protect yourself from Obamacare-and none of them involve leaving the country-yet. Gary Becker made some remarks at the Milton Friedman …






Those Anti-Immigration Heartless Racist Republicans

Rick Perry is catching a lot of heat for his statements on educating immigrants in Texas. Rick Santorum, and then Mitt Romney, went after him hard. There is an anti-immigrant movement among a sector of Americans. Some are Democrats, and …






Start Up VISA and Gary Becker

A lot of influential people in the start up community are on the Start Up Visa bandwagon. I empathize with their sentiments. However, I see ways to abuse the program-virtually every government program gets abused in one way or another. …