Points and Figures


Chicago And Food [0.18]

Posted on Aug. 15, 2017, 1:59 p.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

I go back and think about the first meeting we ever had of Hyde Park Angels, the angel group I spearheaded, in April of 2007. It wasn’t a pitch meeting, but a “meet us” meeting at the Gleacher Center in Chicago.

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Remote Work, Can You Do It? [0.01]

Posted on Aug. 14, 2017, 12:53 p.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

I have followed the remote work movement ever since I spoke with Sam Rosen and Pat Griffin at a breakfast in January of 2012. If you do remote work at all, you need to look into Deskpass.

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In Major League Baseball when a rookie comes up, they have to carry bags and do other menial stuff. It’s part of ritual hazing that goes on.

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The Google [0.15]

Posted on Aug. 12, 2017, 3:40 p.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

If you are in tech no doubt you heard about the engineer who was fired at Google for writing a ten page document on employment practices and the corporate culture. Companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, or any other tech company that has gone public or reached a valuation over $1B isn’t a “startup” anymore.

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Shutting Down [-0.07]

Posted on Aug. 11, 2017, 1:03 p.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

The shut down of a company is final. There are similarities to every shut down of a company.

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What’s a Four Letter Word For Frustration? [0.22]

Posted on Aug. 10, 2017, 12:07 p.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

We have been rehabbing a cabin all summer up in northern MN. If I went to the Pearly Gates and St Peter asked, “Hell or put together IKEA cabinets for eternity”.

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Should You Always Wave the Pom Poms? [0.11]

Posted on Aug. 9, 2017, 12:56 p.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

In the crypto community, there is a lot of greed lately with the run up in value of several currencies. Crypto markets also aren’t developed enough so the invisible hand can operate unfettered.

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One year I was at Stocktwits listening to Howard Lindzon talk about early stage investing. He mentioned that some of his worst mistakes were passing on investments simply because of valuation.

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Can We Be Friends? [0.05]

Posted on Aug. 7, 2017, 12:20 p.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

The other day I noticed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Governor Bruce Rauner isn’t his friend anymore.

Someone is not a Nazi or any of the other labels that are tossed around very casually these days if they support a particular candidate.

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A Tale of Woe, Some Self Inflicted [0.14]

Posted on Aug. 6, 2017, 8:08 a.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

It’s a big deal. I have been dealing with logistics all summer.

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Entrepreneurial Blind Spots [0.14]

Posted on Aug. 5, 2017, 6:02 p.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

Everyone has a blind spot. When I work with entrepreneurs, it’s sometimes easy to see what their blind spot is.

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Have been reading Jason Calcanis book, Angel, lately.

One thing that Jason talks about when discussing the process of angel investing is wealth accumulation.

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Your Word Is Your Bond [0.06]

Posted on Aug. 3, 2017, 10:14 a.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

The title is an old saying from the floors of Chicago exchanges. The CBOT even did a documentary with the same title.

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This Law Is Going to Change [0.15]

Posted on Aug. 2, 2017, 10:26 a.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

There was no way that I was ever going to law school. Should they be thinking the way engineers and business people think?

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Don’t Make Your Board Competitive [0.27]

Posted on Aug. 1, 2017, 12:04 p.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

One of the characteristics of successful people is that they are usually pretty competitive. Great ones are insanely competitive with a will to win.

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Schlep.it A Pretty Cool App [0.13]

Posted on July 31, 2017, 11:17 a.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

I have a lot of spinning plates in my life right now. There is also a lot of outdoor furniture in that locker that is going up north.

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Career Risk [0.08]

Posted on July 30, 2017, 9:29 a.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

My friend Sean penned this piece for Medium.

There are plenty of trader friends of mine that cannot find jobs.

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Decentralization vs Centralization [0.31]

Posted on July 29, 2017, 2:10 p.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

One of the most compelling things about Bitcoin and blockchain is the decentralized component of the blockchain. It’s not controlled by a person, one entity, or an oligarchy.

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A Summit [0.08]

Posted on July 28, 2017, 12:30 p.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

Yesterday I went to a summit on early stage tech in the state of Illinois.

As Mr. Pieroni said, financial companies have to start making small bets early and learning to tolerate failure.

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A Suicide [0.03]

Posted on July 27, 2017, 10:37 a.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

Heard about another suicide the other day. This person was a teen.

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