All posts by John Jonelis

Writer “I believe the power of story can translate the abstract into tangible form. We experience story at the gut level. We visualize it. We understand and remember it.” As editor of Chicago Venture Magazine, John writes the story of business. As a novelist, he writes the story of life. A Kellogg MBA with a passion for original projects and a history of innovation in widely diverse fields, he is published in professional journals on subjects ranging from air pollution control to the financial markets. He patented seven inventions, developed the Revelation suite of trading algorithms and his paintings hang in museums, galleries and private collections. His novel, THE GAMEMAKER’S FATHER, is now available and his next, ROYA FETOVA, is coming soon. For a free consultation, contact John at John.Jonelis@gmail.com

PERSUADING A GROUP


patton TFrom the Journal of the Heartland Angels

by Paul LeRoux

General George Patton, leading U.S. Army general in World War II said, “No one is thinking if everyone is thinking alike.” WARNING – This article will contradict what most believe about speaking to a group. Continue reading

WHIZ KIDS


You Don't Want to Compete with this Kidby John Jonelis

You don’t want to compete with this kid. Believe me. Just watch his intensity as he pitches his business to some of the private equity luminaries in the city. I’m a judge at this event and try not to show my feelings of awe as he answers all the tough questions in a pressure-cooker environment without so much as a flinch. There’s an intimidating team behind him too. They’re all in middle school. Middle school! Continue reading

MEASURING THE FUTURE


Figure 1The Angel Edge – John Jonelis

From the Journal of the Heartland Angels

Yes you can – you CAN measure the future!

Drawdown

According to the Kauffman Foundation, Angel Investors—on average—enjoy a capital gain on three out of ten deals. Out of those—on average—one is a huge blockbuster winner, three—on average—do marginally better than break-even, and the other six—on average—are complete losers. The winner is so huge that, according to Kauffman, Angels do very well indeed—that is, on average.

You may ask, “Hey Jonelis, why all the harping on the word average?” Because average is a fantasy. It doesn’t exist for you. It doesn’t exist for me. It’s a composite of the whole crowd. Continue reading

ARISE 2.0


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Whadaya think happens when 15,000 people get behind the entrepreneurs in their own neighborhood? Good things—that’s what happens! Energy. Enthusiasm. Stuff gets done! Lemme tell you about it: Continue reading

THE ANGEL EDGE


PB&J T-JAJAdapted from the Journal of the Heartland Angels

Part 1 – by John Jonelis

Is an Angel a fool?

In the world of private equity investing, the order of funding is supposed to go like this:

  • Seed Round—that’s friends, family, and fools.
  • Angel Round—that’s funding the big initial spurt of growth.
  • Venture Round—that’s big funding for massive scaling.

Compare that stack-of-three (above) to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Notice that Angels make up the good stuff in the middle. And yes—according to studies by the Kauffman Foundation—Angels make the best money. Continue reading

CHICAGO SPEEDS UP


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdapted from the Journal of the Heartland Angels By Michael Gardiner Chicago’s startup scene has grown dramatically in recent years. That includes a rapid increase in local accelerators, incubators, tech parks, and similar programs. The term accelerator is used somewhat loosely, but the prototypical accelerator involves cohorts of between 10 and 20 startups that spend three to four months in a common physical location. Accelerators are sponsoring organizations that provide startups with a combination of small cash investments, intense mentoring, formal and informal networking opportunities, and organized investor pitch events—all designed to dramatically “accelerate” a startup’s development. Typically, graduating companies immediately seek a significant angel investment or venture “A” round funding. . Continue reading

FROM ZERO TO HERO


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By John Ortbal

It is estimated that 40 percent of venture backed companies fail; 40 percent return moderate amounts of capital; and only 20 percent or less produce high returns. It is the small percentage of high return deals that are most responsible for the venture capital industry consistently performing above the public markets. So what separates the zeroes from the heroes? Continue reading

THINK LIKE A ZOMBIE


Zombie-JAJ TBrain Tech – Part 3

Adapted from the Journal of the MIT Enterprise Forum – Chicago

John Jonelis;

A highly experienced parachute instructor wanted to film his students. (This actually happened in the ‘90s.) “He clips the camera to his visor and carries the rest of the unit on his back. Then he does everything the same as always. But on his way down, he reaches for the ripcord and it’s not there. He forgot his parachute.” How can that happen to a seasoned instructor? What caused the fatal mistake?

In our daily lives, why do we get frustrated? Why do we get upset? The answer lies in the lesson of the parachute. Continue reading

THINK FAST


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Brain Tech – Part 3

Adapted from the Journal of the MIT Enterprise Forum – Chicago

John Jonelis

“I must’ve walked down that alley 100 times, but for some reason something told me I shouldn’t go down there.” But the Marine dismisses the thought and carries on with his mission. Next, he gets blown up.

The soldier’s intuition tells him to avoid the alley but his observation and cognition do not. Something is happening that he cannot account for. How can we fix this picture? Continue reading

CHECKBOXES FOR FUNDING


500,000 DOLLARS T- JAJ

Brain Tech – Part 2

Adapted from the Journal of the MIT Enterprise Forum – Chicago

John Jonelis

Daniel DiLorenzo comes up with a concise list of what’s needed to succeed in fund raising. He fills in all the blanks before approaching venture capital. He’s highly successful at gaining great gobs money. Continue reading