How to teach a founder

I did not like school.  I didn’t like being told what to do or having to sit for eight hours every day.  Thankfully I am not alone in this anti-school sentiment, many fellow founders feel the same.  So with that in mind I was very interested to hear how one goes about...

Wireless earbuds that raised $1.8M on Indiegogo

For many of us, we live with plastic and rubber earbuds in our ears blasting either Katy Perry or the latest This American Life. It is no secret that we are plugged in for most of the day. Yet life has become more constrained with all of this limitless content. We are...

Marc Lobliner is not (just) a bodybuilder

Marc Lobliner on The Founder’s Report: There is a long standing stereotype that bodybuilders are unintelligent muscle monsters.  To be fair Marc Lobliner is certainly a muscle monster, but he is far from unintelligent.  Marc has built an extraordinary following...

Why we changed our name

A name is vitally important for every business; it should represent the firm’s culture and their mission.  With that being said, sometimes it is necessary for a firm to change its name.  I should know, because that is exactly what I realized… a little too late. I...

Commodities trader to startup guru, Alan Matthew

In every ecosystem there is a central figure.  For some it’s a river that animals congregate around, or a tree where birds flock to stay dry in the rain.  For the Chicago startup ecosystem, the central figure is Alan Matthew.  Alan is more your typical hippy...

Soldier to Founder

The military is the best incubator for leaders, period.  For centuries military theory has been all about finding ways to get men (and now women) to rise to the occasion.  The military has been developing techniques to form leaders who can handle the most challenging...