Posts by Jeff Carter

Robots Won’t Kill Us

I saw this video and thought it was totally cool. I think the young track star had quite a revelation about Jesse Owens athletic ability too. I’d love to see more athletes try this. Imagine today’s golf stars playing with …






Virtual Learning

There has been a lot of promises made about virtual learning over the years.  It’s getting better as technology improves.  Yesterday, on my drive back from Minnesota I heard an ad on the radio for Minnesota Virtual Academy.   There …






Best Cell Service

Since I got a cell phone in the 1990s, I have always had ATT cell service.  I find that no one actually likes their cell provider.  I wonder what else everyone is using, and where they are using it. ATT …






Louisiana Flood

I have been out of touch with most of the news the past week or so.  I got some internet and saw there were huge rains that swept through Louisiana.  Louisiana has a special place in my heart.  If there …






How Regulators Destroy Markets

Was reading a book by John Allison “The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure”.  In it, he talks about the state of US markets and capitalism.   People are confused these days because they think we have actual capitalism …






When A Market Becomes A Casino

Was reading a short article on the plight of the cattle futures market. This has been happening over the course of the last seven years.  Seven years ago, the meat markets at the CME started to flip from open outcry …






Really Poorly Designed UX

What’s really poorly designed UX?  There are plenty of examples.  UX stands for “user experience”.  Without good user experience, you can’t get customers.  Since we are up in the Northwoods and run into and out of Internet/cell having good quick …






Co-Working Hits Movement

We had to run into town.  Grand Marais  (pop 1341) according to CNN it’s the coolest small town in America.  They just changed the runway at the airport from dirt to paved-and lengthened it so a jet can land.  One …






The Forest and the Trees

I am up in Minnesota for a week.  When we are up here, we tend to wind up doing some chores that require manual labor.  Gardening, transplanting trees, digging rocks, painting, trimming and cutting trees and burning them. There is …






Serendipity Doesn’t Happen By Being Passive

People talk about serendipity happening to them.  When it happens, it’s not because people were simply in the right place at the right time.  They usually are out in the world trying to make things happen. People often guard their …






The Grifters

Do you remember the movie The Grifters?  It was a dark movie, but in real life there are people like this that exist.  I have seen them circulate through the entrepreneur community and try to rip off investors and entrepreneurs. …






Best Hot Dog

I was at the Cubs game last night.  My brain is a little foggy.  I almost “walked home” after the Cubs won it.  (See what I did there)  When I go to baseball games, I eat a hot dog.  Wrigley …






Amazon Delivers

My wife and I bought a cabin in the north woods of Minnesota.  It’s way up north, Grand Marais.  The cabin is in the woods on a small lake.  It has running water from a spring on a hill, and …






Two Major Trends to Watch

One of the things you want to do when you startup a business is have the wind at your back.  If you can identify a niche, and ride the wave where it turns into a movement then a big trend, …






How To Fix Capitalism

Since the political campaigns, and even before them, I saw a lot of articles, tweets, comments and other media on how to fix capitalism.  It seems people are really upset with capitalism.  They blame it for income disparity and the …






Has Analytics Ruined Marketing?

One of the most fascinating, and creepy, things with the progress of the internet is the ability to microtarget.  I am an investor in Public Good.  The guys that started it were part of the Obama Tech Team.  I love …






Shorting A Bubble

It’s awfully hard to short a bubble.  Why?  As Eugene Fama says we can only see bubbles in the rear view mirror.  If everyone knew it was a bubble, there would be no bubble.  When bubbles happen, they are awfully …






Exchange Security

One of the things we didn’t worry about too much when I was on the board of CME was security.  We were more concerned with keeping people off the floor than we were about keeping hackers out of the new …