Posts tagged Silicon Valley

Silicon Suicides

The Atlantic recently had an article on the pervasiveness of suicides in Silicon Valley.   My friend Brad Feld has been writing frequently about this at his blog and I thank him for it.  Jerry Colonna has been talking about it …






Is Early Exit Disease Bad For Ecosystems?

Saw this piece in TechCrunch.  Adrian Fortino is a partner at Mercury Venture Capital.   His contention is that the Midwest entrepreneurial community isn’t growing as fast as it could because so many companies are taking sub $20M exits.  Here is …






Tech Talent and Chicago

There have been a number of articles on the Chicago Tech Scene recently.  My friend Lightbank VC Rick Zullo compares and contrasts it nicely here.  Crain’s Chicago is chagrined at the lack of platform companies in Chicago.  My friend Howard …






Chicago is Chicago. It’s Not A Prairie.

@ChicagoBlueSky YES. CHICAGO ISNT SILICON ANYTHING — Jeffrey Carter (@pointsnfigures) June 5, 2015 Chicago used to be a swamp. The name “Chicago” is an American Indian word for smelly onion. Now we call them ramps and they sell for a …






Data On Seed Stage Investing

Here is something interesting that I found yesterday on early stage investing.  It’s a study from Harvard Business School.  The one conclusion I can make out of it is networks matter.  They matter a lot. When I traded, people on …






The Third Wave

Steve Case saw the first two waves of the internet.  Now he is predicting a third.  But, it’s not going to happen overnight.  Here is his third wave.  I am quoting from the Washington Post article and I suggest you …






The Tech Trends

Went through Mary Meeker’s slide deck.  I kind of agree with Howard Lindzon. 2015 Internet Trends Report from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers If you follow tech trends closely, there isn’t much here that you didn’t know.  There is some …






It’s Tougher for Women

Yesterday, Jonothan Sposato published an article that said he will only invest in startups with at least one woman on their team.  Adam Quinton has said he will only invest in teams with women too.  His rationale is women led …






Is It A Billion Dollar Idea or Not?

One of the tough things when you seed invest is to figure out if the company you are analyzing is a billion dollar idea or not.  It’s so hard that Brad Feld has said it’s impossible.  I think we focus …






Why I Love Dabble And You Should Too

One of the things that I totally love about working with startups is that they enable everyone to achieve goals that they want in life.  It’s one of the reasons that I loved trading too.  It was me against the …






Creating a Culture of Entrepreneurship

Yesterday I was on a panel for the University of Illinois College of Business.  I am a graduate.  Al Goldstein of Avant Credit and Sean Chou from Fieldglass were also on the panel.  What they had to say was spot …






Is There a Tech Bubble? What’s the Value of a Network?

One of the problems encountered when trying to figure out if tech companies are in a bubble or not is that this isn’t 1999.  Here are some differences: 50 times more internet users than 1999 180 times the bandwidth People …






Farming Meets Tech-People Got To Eat

Silicon Valley is discovering farming.  If anyone in the Midwest was looking for a building block to stick in a foundation for a Midwestern tech ecosystem, farming is a strong block to build off of.  One of my first angel …






Pattern Recognition: Works in Trading and in VC

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 about trading.  Pattern recognition keeps technical analyst traders in business. One skill that successful floor …






Sometimes You Lead, Sometimes You Follow

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 real money is made.  But, you can’t know everything about everything and so sometimes you …






21 Million Bitcoins

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 who’s who of sharp well respected people in the VC industry.  The company will be …






Startup Company Transition

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 neutral.   This is not a rare occurrence.  What’s rarer is the founder/CEO that can …