Posts by Jeff Carter

Centralized VS Decentralized

I found this video interesting because it goes against my general opinion. It’s easy to say she is talking her book. That’s the cynical view. But, she makes some interesting points on servicing the back end of the transaction. I …






Should You Stay In College, or Go To College?

Over the past of the last year, I have read about a lot of people pulling out of college or not going to do a startup.  Peter Thiel has his experiment with “Thiel Scholars”.  He gives talented kids money, puts …






Don’t Fake It

Jaw-dropping from today’s Lending Club filing: pic.twitter.com/YHaPTj22c0 — Tracy Alloway (@tracyalloway) June 28, 2016 Saw this roll across my Twitter feed. Lending Club ($LC) must be in trouble. Their demise won’t be good for tech stocks. It sort of reflects …






Chicago Aldermen Tell Startups to Go Away

As expected, Chicago alderman passed very stringent regulations and taxes on ride sharing and on AirBnb.  They will justify their decision citing fear, and the broken city budget.  As a Lyft driver told me last night, “They seem to be …






Post Brexit

I wanted to let the dust settle a little before I commented or thought really hard about Brexit.  Volatile events like that have after shocks as well, and we haven’t seen those yet.  As you are reading stories  and opinions …






The Black Knight Strategy Doesn’t Work Long Run

Some people will remember this scene and many won’t. If you haven’t seen the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, download it and watch it. It’s funny. 100% satire. When you are a startup, it’s all about survival. We …






Government Can’t Stamp Out Great Ideas

A long time ago, I was on the CME/PAC. Often, legislators from Washington DC would come to CME and tour the floor. After the tour, we’d get to meet them, take our photos with them, and talk frankly about business …






#Brexit

Today Great Britain votes on Brexit.  I saw some stuff on “how to insulate your portfolio from Brexit”.  Truth be told, there is no way to do that.  It’s a binary event that will probably cause a quick market move, …






Learning From Winning

In startup circles, we talk a lot about failure.  Companies fail.  It’s a fact of life.  It sucks as both an investor, an employee, and as a founder.  When I was on the trading floor they used to say 90% …






StreamLink Software Can Save Governments Big Money

A while ago I invested in Streamlink Software via Bill Campbell.  He is a member of Hyde Park Angels and was the deal lead.  HPVP also invested in the deal.  Streamlink is based out of Cleveland, OH.  I am sure …






Heuristics. Sometimes They Lead to Bad Decisions

Humans think in heuristics.  They create a process, and they follow it.  It’s any approach to problem solving, learning, or discovery that employs a practical method not guaranteed to be optimal or perfect, but sufficient for the immediate goals. Heuristics …






The Tech Alimentary Canal Is Full

Interesting thoughts from Marc Andreessen and Steve Case. Of course, a cynic would say they are talking their book since they make money when companies exit or IPO. However, I see some things happening that might bear out their opinion. …






It’s Not If, But When

The innovation we are seeing today is like few times in human history.  It’s truly amazing.  It’s trite to say innovation is disruptive, but innovation today is really rubbing and creating a lot of friction in traditional hierarchy. I want …






A Gap Between Brokers And Content Creators

Most people have no idea what the trading floor was like.  They may have visited and seen a bunch of guys pushing, shoving and screaming.  For them it was like going to the zoo.  The reality is it was a …






Laptop or Tablet?

My MacBook Air screen was behaving badly.  I had bought the computer in 2012, and it was working fine.  One day, the screen went haywire.   I took it to the Apple Genius Bar and they were extremely helpful.  They …






Getting to No

One of the purposes of doing due diligence is getting to a NO.  That may seem uncomfortable and unfair to entrepreneurs. The simple reality is no one can invest in everything.  The quicker the NO, the better it is for …






How Can We Stop ISIS? We Need To Crush ISIS Now

I was as shocked as everyone else was at the terrorist attack in Orlando.  I don’t want to point to any political leaders response, since they are talking their book.  Spy are their supporters and detractors.   I just want …






Data Sovereignty

My friend Craig Vodnik wrote a piece on Medium talking about the Age of Data Sovereignty. This is a new trend among governments to try and control their people. You may or may not like Ed Snowden, but he tore …