Posts Tagged ‘Silicon Valley’

  • 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 [...]

  • Big Day In Chicago Startup Scene
    Posted by on April 5th, 2014 at 9:14 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday was a big day in the Chicago startup scene.  GrubHub ($GRUB) went public. GRUB data by YCharts The company was started in 2006 out [...]

  • Chicago Startups-Taking Traditional Methods To New Businesses
    Posted by on March 15th, 2014 at 8:59 am, Comments: 0

    One of the things internet businesses can do is take traditional business models and processes and apply them to new things to create value. MarkitX [...]

  • The Chicago Startup Ecosystem
    Posted by on March 7th, 2014 at 7:31 am, Comments: 0

    Today I am giving a short talk about the Chicago startup ecosystem at the Union League Club.  The 2014 Midwest Business and Markets Conference looks [...]

  • A VC Talks His Book
    Posted by on February 12th, 2014 at 8:27 pm, Comments: 0

    Recently, Marc Andreessen postulated that we aren’t frothy yet when it comes to tech companies.  I am not so sure with the recent Klout acquisition [...]

  • Comparing Hitler and The Nazi’s Must End: Even If Perkins Has a Point
    Posted by on January 27th, 2014 at 8:12 am, Comments: 0

    Former Venture Capitalist Tom Perkins wrote a letter to the Wall Street Journal criticizing the actions of the San Francisco government and it’s intent to [...]

  • Chicago: Startup City Data
    Posted by on January 10th, 2014 at 9:12 am, Comments: 0

    Nice slide deck on Chicago’s startup scene. Startup Guide: Chicago from Adam London I have a similar slide in the deck I give potential investors [...]

  • How Do You Build From Nothing?
    Posted by on December 10th, 2013 at 5:05 am, Comments: 0

    One of the things a startup does is start at 0.  At the beginning, it’s a mere idea.  Ideas are cheap.  That’s why it is [...]

  • Fixing Immigration For Growth
    Posted by on November 20th, 2013 at 7:40 am, Comments: 0

    There is probably no hope for an immigration bill in this years Congress.  I mean, who would come to this country if they couldn’t get [...]

  • Big SEC Vote on Crowdfunding Today
    Posted by on October 24th, 2013 at 8:23 am, Comments: 0

    Today, the SEC is scheduled to vote on crowdfunding.  Remember, the SEC never wanted to have to rule on this at all.  They wanted lawmakers [...]

  • Where Will Tech Billionaires Come From?
    Posted by on October 11th, 2013 at 7:54 am, Comments: 0

    Yahoo Finance ($YHOO) reported that the next tech billionaires will come from New York City.  The CEO of Shutterstock is now a billionaire.  Congrats to [...]

  • Solving The Series A Crunch
    Posted by on October 10th, 2013 at 8:06 am, Comments: 0

    At the recent CATTECH VI conference, we had a couple discussions around the Series A crunch.  It is especially acute in the midwest.  I understand [...]

  • 10 Predictions for Crowdfunding and JOBS Act
    Posted by on October 1st, 2013 at 9:24 am, Comments: 0

    The past two days, I have written about the JOBS Act from the perspective of the funder, and the entrepreneur.   Today I want to [...]

  • Angel List Syndicates: Cutting Edge Financing or Bubble?
    Posted by on September 29th, 2013 at 5:51 am, Comments: 0

    With the passing of the JOBS Act, there are new ways to raise capital.  All the rules and regs are not written yet, but rest [...]

  • Nextspace Makes Space in Chicago
    Posted by on August 14th, 2013 at 5:15 am, Comments: 0

    Nextspace is now in Chicago.  It’s a big deal.  Why?  For a lot of reasons. First, Nextspace is the best co-working space in California. They [...]

  • Simply Brilliant
    Posted by on August 12th, 2013 at 10:30 pm, Comments: 0

    On my long 11 hour drive from Grand Marais, MN to Chicago, I perused TechCrunch on my wife’s iPad.  I have been off the internet [...]

  • Will Crowdfunding Work As Advertised?
    Posted by on July 13th, 2013 at 8:38 am, Comments: 0

    With the SEC moving forward, there are a lot of folks licking their chops.  They intend to start crowdfunded platforms so the masses can invest [...]