Jeff Carter

Jeff Carter

Co-Founder
West Loop Ventures, Hyde Park Angels
Chicago

Introduction

co-founded Hyde Park Angels. Was a trader, and traded my own money-contrary to a lot of guys out there-I wasn't a broker. My word is my bond. Try to help you out even if I am not invested, and seek to make Chicago the best place around for supporting startups. We have a good base, but can do more.

I'm up for

Being a co-founder
Feedback on my startup
General networking
Investing in startups
Job opportunities
Mentoring

Interests

Founding startups
Lean startups
Marketing
Sales/Biz Dev
Social media/PR
Women in tech
Wordpress

Expertise

Business Development
Strategic Partnerships Advanced
and Networking...

Companies

current
West Loop Ventures, Hyde Park Angels
Co-Founder

my activity

Jeff posted a blog: The Bitcoin Landscape
“ How many companies are shaping the future of crypto-tech computing, decentralized services, cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin and the Blockchain? Who are they? I spent the last month combing and classifying through the crypto-technology market, and what star... ”
Jeff posted a blog: Risk And Investing
“ There is a lot of fear in the tech community over a bubble.  The last time there was a bubble, the entire stock market collapsed.  That’s not going to happen this time.  If there is a bubble and it bursts, private investors, VC funds and a lot of ent... ”
Jeff posted a blog: How To Organize A Network
“ Networks are all around us.  People are familiar with online networks and they have almost become a cliche.  Meeting in person is still stronger than meeting online, but online driving personal face to face connection is extremely powerful. I was par... ”
“ I am a big environmentalist believe it or not.  Love the outdoors.  Like to hike, fish and hunt.  I like to scuba dive.  I like clean air.  Who doesn’t? When I was growing up, the environmental movement took off.  There were books and movies. Who cou... ”
Jeff Carter has a new connection.
“ Fred Wilson has written about USV’s policy on following onto rounds.  It’s a controversial topic so he has actually written a lot about it.  Should you follow on when a company has to raise the next round?  Brad Feld has said that he used to invest $... ”
Jeff posted a blog: Go Big or Go Home
“ There were a lot of funny adages in trading.  “When in trouble double”; “If you got a hunch, do a bunch”.  Another one was “Go big or go home”.  In trading it meant, take more risk. But, that meme works in Startup Land too.  Too often, startups don’t... ”
“ Chicago is the fourth largest city in America.   Since I co-founded Hyde Park Angels in April of 2007, the startup community here has changed rapidly.  It’s no longer the city of Paddy Bauler who said, “We don’t want nobody that nobody sent.”  Chicag... ”
Jeff Carter has a new connection.
“ If you are a startup, how do you find money?  The other day when I spoke to a class at Chicago Booth we discussed it.  The class listed a bunch of the sources, and the pluses and minuses of each source.   I will list the ones we talked about, and hop... ”

recent blog posts

Jeff Carter
Just read off CB Insights where NYC did $4.5 Billion in VC funding last year.  That's awesome for them.  They have established an ecosystem that didn't exist before. Chicago shouldn't look and be mad that we only did $1 Billion in funding last year.  Instead, look at the growth in...
02/03/2015
VIEWS: 16
Jeff Carter
My kids are older.  They're 23 and 21.  Both grew up in the city.  When they graduated from Francis Parker, they and all their friends went all over the country to college. Now that they are graduating, the pull of Chicago is bringing them home.  For many, the pull of the...
01/15/2015
VIEWS: 26
Jeff Carter
Veterans Day is on Tuesday.  Of course, stores will have good sales.  The holiday season is upcoming. But, take a moment and thank a veteran for your freedom. 
11/08/2014
VIEWS: 36
Jeff Carter
On October 21st, CATTECH VII will take place at the Illinois Science and Technology Park in Skokie.   The festivities start at 8am with an investor only meeting.  At the meeting, we will get to know each other better, and continue to figure out better and more ways to syndicate deals...
09/28/2014
VIEWS: 90
Jeff Carter
Ohours.org is shutting down.  How will anyone schedule office hours efficiently?  When I am approached by people that want to get involved with the local startup ecosystem, one of the first things I tell them is to set up an account with Ohours.org, and start to mentor.     They...
08/25/2014
VIEWS: 100

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