SBA as Super-Lender To A Catastrophe

SBA as Super-Lender To A Catastrophe

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

Although we’ve never met in person, I first saw David Lewis on my Facebook feed August 27th, kayaking my friend’s kids over to her, reuniting mother and children during a lull in the Hurricane Harvey rains. In the week after the rains ended, like many in his Houston neighborhood of Meyerland, Lewis ripped out his […]

Book Review: The ChickenShit Club by Jesse Eisinger

Book Review: The ChickenShit Club by Jesse Eisinger

By The Banker | Audio Posts, Book Reviews, Wall Street

Editor’s Note: I did a podcast with Jesse Eisinger for the finance website Make Change, in which we discuss his book in further detail. I recommend listening to it here! Nine years after the Great Recession mortgage bond crisis of 2008, no executives with any seniority on Wall Street faced criminal consequences. Although a few […]

Elements of a Tech/Startup City

Elements of a Tech/Startup City

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

Here’s my thesis, which won’t make me popular in some parts: My city’s no tech startup hub. Not even close. So the question is: What’s the missing thing that would make a city a tech hub? I asked a bunch of experts. Do you remember that Indigo Girls song “Closer to Fine?” I was an […]

The GOP Tax Reform's True Target

The GOP Tax Reform’s True Target

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Taxes, Texas

Taxes form the backbone of the relationship between government and the governed, revealing most starkly what we value as a society. Spoiler alert: We value business owners and investors. The most dramatic proposal to emerge from “The Unified Framework For Fixing Our Broken Tax Code”  announced last Wednesday from GOP leadership in Congress and President […]

The Red Cross And Other Disasters

The Red Cross And Other Disasters

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

For people with resources to give for Hurricane Harvey relief, an important question has arisen this month: How do I decide where to give money? Among people who live in coastal Texas cities and towns, many donors probably already choose an organization they personally know, with a well-defined and limited mission, a local network of […]