Posts tagged People

Grexit is Like Illinois, and Grexit Isn’t Like Illinois

Was reading about the situation in Greece.  Feel so badly for their people.  Yesterday they withdrew $400M in Euro from their banks-to stuff in mattresses.  It’s not like this was a secret.  The smart money pulled their money out of …






A Rise From The Ashes

Forgive any Chicagoan this morning. They were probably up late last night. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.  They have won 3 out of the last 6 in a salary capped world.  That’s a dynasty.  What a great team.  Great …






Is A Cyber Attack an Act of War?

This past week it was revealed that the Chinese hacked into American government computer systems and stole sensitive information about 16.9 million military and intelligence employees applying for security clearances. Is this an act of war or not? We could …






Do You Think History Matters?

This weekend I was in New Orleans.  I am on the Board of Trustees of the National World War Two Museum.  This weekend was our Victory Ball.  Next year, maybe you can join me and dine under the airplanes in …






Can We Have A Solar Future?

Saw this bit about the Tesla ($TSLA) PowerWall.  It certainly is interesting.  For green energy advocates solar power is the miracle worker.  It makes so much sense.  We get free sunlight every day for gosh sakes.  But, solar power has problems …






Entrepreneur Barbie

Today, Entrepreneur Barbie is going to be on the shelves.  I am all for women becoming entrepreneurs.  The focus of this Barbie is to encourage young girls to get into STEM classes.  STEM classes are great, and we need more …






Female Entrepreneurs Wonder Where To Go

Yesterday I spoke with a person I had met at the University of Chicago Women’s Entrepreneurial forum.  We were talking about her business.  I speak to a lot of entrepreneurs about their business, even if I haven’t invested in them. …






Discriminating Women

Yesterday I posted about why an MBA after 40 is a waste.  Anne Libby mentioned that women have a similar issue, only it happens a lot earlier in their lives. Many might say, “Jeff, you are an old white man, you …






RIP Ronald Coase

  Eddy Elfenbein has a nice post up about Ronald Coase. He was a giant, and I would argue the basis for modern classical economic thought all stems from Coase Theorem. Coase was a professor at the University of Chicago. …






Selling The Why And Populist Movements

Watch this video the next time you need to sell something. It’s a powerful reminder of how to move people. Selling the Why is important for big movements, but it’s critical for sales calls too. Engaging people on a deeper …






Live Like You Are Dying

I have a close friend that is going through a very rough time.  We have known each other for just about 40 years.  He is in Zach’s shoes.  I am learning from my friend every day.  I thought that you …






Lean In-It’s Tougher for Women in Business

Today I was at a lunch sponsored by the Economic Club.  Facebook COO ($FB) Sheryl Sandberg spoke about her book Lean In.  Then she took some questions from Twitter.  Maybe we should have posted stuff on her wall-but I digress. …






The Wisdom of Crowds

There is a misnomer in the conversations that are taking place right now among people.  They are misapplying the “wisdom of crowds” theory from Hayek. The way we are applying the logic of the crowd wisdom, we are creating groupthink. …






Life Happens

When the stuff hits the fan, it really hits the fan.  Blogs can do different things for people, and today my blog will be a bit cathartic, for me. Over the past week and a half, a deal I was …






Breakfast Links

RIP General Norman Schwartzkopf.  He could have marched all the way to Baghdad. About that right to privacy. About those 2012 political predictions.  10 economic  questions for 2013. VC is fleeing clean tech. I never saw a good clean tech deal …






Breakfast Links

People ask me why I drive all over the place.  Here is one reason.  Made this one the day before Hurricane Sandy struck. Braintree has a plan to help start ups get started. Check this out.  Great couple and friends …