Posts from March 2016

Proud of Chicago, Sad for Chicago

I am sure you saw the news that Donald Trump’s rally was cancelled, and disrupted in Chicago. One of the cool things about America is the right to “peaceable assembly”.  People can exercise their free speech rights.  Martin Luther King, …






Is It Perfect?

One of the things entrepreneurs struggle with is launching.  Sometimes they feel like they are NASA and need to get everything right, wrote, and down to the letter before they go live with their product. It seems counter-intuitive, but the …






Trump Footlongs Hit Chicago

The Weiner Circle hasn’t changed their sign since I can remember. Now serving 3″ Trump footlong hot dogs. Love it. For those of you that are supporters of Trump, read this little essay. I think it says a lot about …






Rituals and Habits

I am a creature of habit.  I hate to get off my game.  It comes from a lot of things. When you are an athlete, you have a routine, a ritual.  Doing things that way helps you to keep on …






Free Markets VS Centralized Bureaucracies

If you want to see what a free market is like, look at the Republican nomination for President.  If you want to see what a centralized bureaucracy is like, look at the Democratic process. I maintain that free markets allocate …






Why The Rise of Populism in America?

We drove to Dallas, Texas yesterday. Spending a couple of days here. My wife lived here back in 1986. The last time I was in Dallas was 1988. It’s changed a bit since then! Met some people and Trump was …






Do You Think Bitcoin is A Fad or Fraud?

My friend William Mougayar has been researching Bitcoin for a long while now. He is coming out with a book on it. In the meantime, here are some snippets of what he has learned. I think that Bitcoin could be …






The Trump Card

Watching social media closely you see a lot of stuff on politics these days because of the campaign.  I follow people on the left and right.  I am Facebook friends with people on the left and right.  I value both …






The Big Short Doesn’t Tell The Big Story

The Big Short is a popular movie and book.  It talks about the 2008 financial crisis.  I appreciate that Michael Lewis took a look at the financial crisis and profiled people that took advantage of it.  But, markets aren’t exactly …






Be Courageous

Went out to The Oasis outside of Austin, Texas for a cocktail and sunset. Took this photo when we arrived. View from The Oasis A photo posted by Jeff Carter (@pointsnfigures) on Mar 2, 2016 at 1:34pm PST We were …






Backdoor Startup Community Building

Today, I got a tour of the Facebook ATX office from my friend’s son.  He has worked there for over a year.  It’s a pretty cool space.  They have open desks and there are a lot of touchy feely perks …






How Can The US Win the Corporate Tax Battle?

An attorney friend of mine sent me this video.  It’s recent testimony from a tax attorney who works with corporations.  In many ways, it’s heartbreaking. It’s slightly edited for brevity, but here is a link to the entire testimony. I …