Posts Tagged ‘Silicon Valley’

  • Pattern Recognition: Works in Trading and in VC
    Posted by on March 28th, 2015 at 8:24 am, Comments: 0

    This is an interesting clip by Professor Steve Blank from Stanford.  He is talking about entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, but he easily could be talking […]

  • Sometimes You Lead, Sometimes You Follow
    Posted by on March 25th, 2015 at 7:45 am, Comments: 0

    In venture capital, most of the time it is best to be in front.  Be ahead of the curve and the herd.  That’s where the […]

  • Valuation Discussion From Two Pros: Are High Seed Valuations Here to Stay?
    Posted by on March 22nd, 2015 at 5:20 pm, Comments: 0

    This is one of the reasons I like Twitter.  Sam Altman is one of the most respected people in seed/early stage investing.  He runs YCombinator, […]

  • 21 Million Bitcoins
    Posted by on March 17th, 2015 at 8:01 am, Comments: 0

    Bitcoin startup 21 Inc raised $116M in venture capital money from several investors last week.  If you follow VC, the list of investors is a […]

  • Startup Company Transition
    Posted by on February 25th, 2015 at 7:32 am, Comments: 0

    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 […]

  • Go Big or Go Home
    Posted by on February 18th, 2015 at 7:45 am, Comments: 0

    There were a lot of funny adages in trading.  “When in trouble double”; “If you got a hunch, do a bunch”.  Another one was “Go […]

  • Chicago, You Scored a TD. Act Like Walter Payton
    Posted by on January 23rd, 2015 at 9:12 am, Comments: 0

    Recently, I have read a couple of articles about the startup scene in Chicago.  In one, Kelly Raymond makes some excellent arguments about why Chicago […]

  • What To Do About Dead Equity On The Cap Table
    Posted by on January 22nd, 2015 at 7:12 am, Comments: 0

    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 […]

  • Can You Make Money Angel Investing If You Aren’t in The Valley?
    Posted by on January 13th, 2015 at 9:36 am, Comments: 0

    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 […]

  • Are Younger People Starting Companies? (Cont)
    Posted by on January 4th, 2015 at 9:33 am, Comments: 0

    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 […]

  • Your First Hires
    Posted by on December 21st, 2014 at 10:28 am, Comments: 0

    It’s often said in startup world that your first ten hires are your most important.  Certainly, hiring great people early really helps your business.  But, […]

  • Risk Averse Parents Stand In the Way of Startup Communities
    Posted by on December 17th, 2014 at 8:20 am, Comments: 0

    We talk about certain areas of the country being more risk averse than others.  For example, one of the reasons Silicon Valley exists is because […]

  • Is Good Government In Your Corner?
    Posted by on December 13th, 2014 at 9:55 am, Comments: 0

    A lot of people say that they don’t mind paying taxes because they receive good government in return.  Schools, roads, infrastructure and other benefits.  In […]

  • So You Want To Start An Angel Group?
    Posted by on December 9th, 2014 at 8:30 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday I blogged about angel investing.  Angels do better in packs. That inherently leads to groups.  The most famous angels were a group of investors […]

  • Competition and Ethics
    Posted by on November 30th, 2014 at 11:19 am, Comments: 0

    Fred Wilson blogged about Values and Culture.  Marc Andreessen went on a mini tweet storm yesterday about ethics and competition.  Marc Suster weighed in on […]

  • Money, or Big Ideas?
    Posted by on October 24th, 2014 at 8:10 am, Comments: 0

    The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind in Chicago tech.  There was the VC conference, where coastal VCs came into town to dip […]

  • Venture Can Do Great Things
    Posted by on October 22nd, 2014 at 8:29 am, Comments: 0

    There is a beef about VC these days that it isn’t investing in the next great thing.  Too many apps.  Some VC’s like Marc Andreessen […]

  • Don’t Have An Idea? Be a Joiner
    Posted by on October 21st, 2014 at 6:30 am, Comments: 0

    In the past couple of weeks I have been on some panels.  I will be on a panel early today at CATTECH VII up in […]