Posts Tagged ‘Silicon Valley’

  • 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 [...]

  • What’s Your Story?
    Posted by on June 25th, 2014 at 8:13 am, Comments: 0

    Ben Horowitz is a smart VC and part of a16z in Silicon Valley.  Recently he was interviewed for an article.  He said, Why are we doing [...]

  • The Chicago Tech Scene is Different
    Posted by on June 5th, 2014 at 10:26 pm, Comments: 0

    Recently, there has been a bit of a dustup in the Chicago tech scene.  Every year around this time, TechWeek comes to Chicago.  People come [...]

  • Midwest, Evolving Hub for Entrepreneurship
    Posted by on April 16th, 2014 at 8:27 am, Comments: 0

    The giant is starting to wake up from its slumber.  From 1850-1900, the Midwest was extremely entrepreneurial.  Necessity is the mother of invention, and there [...]

  • What Is The Midwest Good At? Big Agriculture
    Posted by on April 13th, 2014 at 9:18 am, Comments: 0

    Clusters don’t grow in a vacuum.  Usually there is a reason cities exist where they do.  If the city is old enough, usually there is [...]