Starting Your Own Venture Investment Fund

The reason I started blogging was to contribute my small part to the entrepreneurial/venture capital ecosystem by sharing knowledge, insights, and experiences. I am not famous and I don’t know if I care to be. There are several individuals who have become widely known for their success and contribution to the ecosystem. People like Eric Ries who wrote the Lean Start-up; Ben Horowitz who wrote … Continue reading Starting Your Own Venture Investment Fund

The Challenge of Making Tough Decisions

  In 2008 I was working as a financial advisor in Chicago for a large insurance company. The job was 100% commission-based and I was responsible for paying for absolutely all of my expenses. The company didn’t provide anything to its advisors, not even basic necessities like printing paper or paperclips. I was 27 years old at the time and enjoyed what I was doing. … Continue reading The Challenge of Making Tough Decisions

My Perspective on Hot Topics in Venture Part 2 – Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a fascinating technology that has been under development for decades. The premise of AI is that computers can be built to function like the human brain, endowed with the ability to think and reason. In the 50’s and 60’s scientists were convinced they could build such a machine, but later realized the computing power necessary to accomplish such a task did … Continue reading My Perspective on Hot Topics in Venture Part 2 – Artificial Intelligence

The Rise and Fall of Fidget Spinners

My son has 38 fidget spinners! In fact, his collection of fidget spinners practically doubled on Christmas day because my wife and I bought him a large box full of them as Christmas present. About a year ago, purchasing a box full of fidget spinners and not breaking the bank, would have been impossible. Now, every store we go to there are piles of fidget … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of Fidget Spinners

My Perspective on Hot Topics in Venture Part 1 – Bitcoin

At the beginning of every day, I usually spend an hour or so reading a variety of different newsletters, articles, and blogs on the latest and greatest happenings in venture capital. It’s been a great way to stay current and keep a steady pulse on things. In the line of work I’m in, knowing what’s going on at all times is important for maintaining credibility … Continue reading My Perspective on Hot Topics in Venture Part 1 – Bitcoin

The Pursuit of Discipline in Venture Capital

Over the years, I’ve become more and more convinced that what sets apart great venture capitalists from the not-so-great ones is investment discipline. By default, most all people who work in venture capital are intellectually brilliant and have strong entrepreneurial backgrounds. As such, if everyone is smart, it makes sense to suggest that brilliance alone isn’t a true competitive advantage. Another competitive advantage is having … Continue reading The Pursuit of Discipline in Venture Capital

Understanding Risk and Uncertainty: Making Wise Decisions As An Entrepreneur

  I was listening to a Freakonomics podcast this week about the major difference between risk and uncertainty. Like most people, I previously assumed risk and uncertainty were essentially the same thing. But after listening to the researchers on this podcast it became blaringly apparent how different the two are. Webster defines risk as the “possibility of loss or injury” or “someone or something that … Continue reading Understanding Risk and Uncertainty: Making Wise Decisions As An Entrepreneur