Posts Tagged ‘Silicon Valley’

  • 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 […]

  • How Much Control Do Investors Have Over Companies They Invest In?
    Posted by on October 20th, 2014 at 8:55 am, Comments: 0

    When Romney ran for President, the people opposing him cherry picked companies that had some perceived problems and accentuated them.  In Illinois, Bruce Rauner is […]

  • What Important Truth Do Very Few People Agree With You On?
    Posted by on September 25th, 2014 at 5:35 am, Comments: 0

    Peter Thiel asks people that question in interviews.  It’s one of the opening lines of his book, Zero to One.  It’s an awesome question.  How […]

  • Why It’s Different For Women in Chicago
    Posted by on September 19th, 2014 at 10:17 am, Comments: 0

    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 […]

  • One Idea For The BlockChain
    Posted by on September 13th, 2014 at 8:09 am, Comments: 0

    While trying to catch fish with no success, I started thinking about the block chain.  I don’t know exactly how this idea will work out-but […]

  • The Time is Now in The Midwest
    Posted by on August 10th, 2014 at 9:37 am, Comments: 0

    The old saying is, “There is no time like the present.”, and that certainly fits for the Midwest today.  I dislike the idea of “the […]

  • Should You Invest in A Hot Deal?
    Posted by on July 29th, 2014 at 8:13 am, Comments: 0

    There are lots of opportunities to write a check when you are a seed investor.  If you become a known seed investor, you will get […]

  • 9 Things Startups Can Do To Avoid Failure
    Posted by on July 26th, 2014 at 9:58 am, Comments: 0

    There are certain maxims in life that are there because not following them either increases your chances at failure, or guarantees failure. For example, in […]

  • How To Kill Your Company
    Posted by on July 8th, 2014 at 8:25 am, Comments: 0

    2/Founders, sell too much of your own personal stock too quickly, alienating your employees and questioning your long-term commitment. — Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) July 8, […]

  • Midwestern Exits Have Been Different
    Posted by on July 6th, 2014 at 8:25 am, Comments: 0

    One of the push-backs that people give Midwestern tech advocates is the lack of big exits.  It is true, we don’t have as many as […]

  • How Building a Startup and Building A Trading Operation Are Similar
    Posted by on July 5th, 2014 at 6:39 am, Comments: 0

    One of the things that is certain, in trading you cannot beat the market.  In angel investing, or in starting a company you cannot pick […]

  • Where Does The VC Money Go?
    Posted by on June 29th, 2014 at 9:47 am, Comments: 0

    If you want to know where the money goes, look at data. The geography of US VC investment is not spread out. It goes to […]