I know it’s a little late for a year end review, but I thought I finally have time to finish this post. I wanted to take a look at some of my favorite things from 2009 and take a look ahead to some interesting thing for 2010.
2009 was a fun year. I graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, made great progress on Entrustet, made some good friends and traveled to Europe with one of my best friends to visit another. I was in another great friend’s wedding, got my consulting company off the ground, saw some amazing sporting events and got more involved in Madison. I even stuck with my blog.
My Best Posts (in no order)
The Business School Way of Life
Is the Dollar America’s Achilles Heel?
America Doesn’t Plan for the Future
Every Startup Needs a Mentor Team
My Favorite Books (read, not written in 2009)
I’m looking forward to going to South Africa for the World Cup this summer, attending South By Southwest and continuing to work on Entrustet. I think 2010 will be another fun and interesting year for me. I hope your 2010 is too!
Predictions for 2010s
I know it’s just about impossible to look forward a few months, much less a year or even a decade, but here’s some guesses as to where we are headed.
- Gold will continue its rise in response to more US government debt creation
- Developing countries continue to grow more quickly than developed countries.
- Unemployment will become the biggest political problem next year, but entrepreneurs will be somewhat sheltered
- The Reserve Status of US dollar will be called into question. Look for China and the rest of the world to continue to diversify away from US government debt. I don’t know when this will happen, but I can’t see any other solution to the US’s massive debt and unfunded liabilities.
- At some point, bubbles in China, US debt and others may pop. This could lead to lower stock values and a resumption of the bear market.
- China will move from manufacturer to the world toward one of the leading innovators. China will continue to assert itself on the political and economic stages. Look for their dominance in rare earth metals.
- Entrepreneurs around the world will be successful, as large companies do not want to invest in new technologies and talent is cheap.