Posts by Jeff Carter

The Dichotomy That Is Chicago Today

Yesterday I spent the day listening to TechStars Chicago Demo Day pitches.  In the morning, the companies pitched to investors.  It was great to spend time and make new acquaintances with investors, and renew relationships with other investors.  The Chicago …






Do You Need A B Corp to Take Care of Employees?

I listened to Gordon Segal speak for a few moments the other day.  He started Crate and Barrel with his wife.  I doubt he could execute in the same way and be successful today, but that doesn’t matter.  What matters …






The Startup Pivot

There has been a lot written about startup pivots.  They happen.  Many of the companies I have invested in have done pivots.  Some are small changes.  Some are massive. I invested in a company, Get Video Stream.  They are optimized …






Key Question On The Blockchain

Yesterday, William Mougayar spoke at 1871 on The Business Blockchain. I want to thank everyone who came.  We had to turn people away on the last day.  This was the first event we have done around Business to Business Fin …






Questions For William

Today at 4PM, my partner and I are hosting a 90 minute presentation on The Business Blockchain.  The format should be fun.  William Mougayar is going to present for 20 minutes.  Then, it’s Q+A from the audience.  Chicago is where …






A Shooting By My Apartment

Yesterday, we drove back from Minnesota. As I pulled down Wabash an unmarked police car raced down the street in front of me. A policeman got out, left the door to his car open, and drew his gun. He started …






New Developments At Dabble

Dabble continues to evolve.  That’s one of the fun things about startups. You invest in one sort of business and then they find out new ways to execute the business. The company recently rolled out a new website.  It makes …






Putting On An Event-The Business Blockchain

I don’t put on very many events.  One reason we think they are important is to further develop the Chicago Fin Tech network.  As we continue to raise our fund, we are going to start trying to do more events …






Remaking An Old System

Had to drive up to Minnesota to close up our cabin and get our timeline in order.  We are rehabbing it.  It was a kit cabin built by Weyerhauser in 1961.  It’s 650 square feet of pure bliss.  It’s so …






The Future of Machine Learning

I listened to this podcast on my drive to Michigan last Friday. It’s really, really great. If you like to think about the future, and where the puck is going, put your headphones on and listen critically. What is revealed …






Where Is The Next Big Short?

Steve Eisman was in the news again.   People asked him where the next big short is.  I remember when I had to explain to people what shorting the market was-now thanks to Michael Lewis it’s part of the lexicon. …






The Cherry Bounce

In our family, we like to make concoctions. After a trip to Italy, we learned how to make Limoncello. We always have a bottle in the freezer now. We started making our own bacon. When you make your own bacon …






Sorry For New York

Yesterday I was at the Michigan v Colorado game in Ann Arbor.  110,000 people.  More than that when you consider all the tailgaters.  It was a nice day.  When I got home, I took a quick gander through Twitter to …






Where There Is Love

Drove up to Detroit, Michigan yesterday.  I have a few friends and some family up here.  The reason I came up is because my childhood friend runs a foundation, A New Day Foundation for Families.  I encourage you to go …






Talent In Chicago

The other day Peter Thiel was in Chicago speaking.  I was not at the speech. He’s not popular here since this is Hillary country.  But, now, he is less popular in the tech community!  He said, “very talented people head …






Making Money? Following Your Passion? Or Building Value?

The other day I substituted for my friend Professor Paul Magelli at the University of Illinois College of Business.  U of I was named one of the top 15 undergraduate business schools in the country.  My exposure to students from …






The Visionary vs The Operator

Apple recently released it’s new iPhone.  The reviews are in.  They upgraded the camera, software, and came out with some new colors.  It’s semi-waterproof, and dust proof.  Battery life is better.  The real radical change is the lack of headphone …






The Business Blockchain Event in Chicago

Blockchain has been talked about a lot in the startup community.  However, it’s not really understood well.  What’s the impact of blockchain going to be?  It’s really hard to tell. If you don’t know about blockchains, you should.  Here is …