Jeff Carter of Hyde Park Angels on the Importance of Being Coachable in Entrepreneurship

May 6, 2017

12:45 pm

Jeff Carter is a co-founder of Hyde Park Angels, one of the most active angel groups in the United States, and he is currently raising a VC fund, named West Loop Ventures. Before becoming an angel he was a trader for over 25 years and he continues to trade independently.

In this episode, we sit down with Jeff and talk to him about a wide range of topics, including how Hyde Park Angels got started, why traders make for good angel investors, and why having pornographers and money launderers latching on to your product early is a great sign. Plus, we’ll cover why it has been easier to find LPs for West Loop Ventures outside of Chicago, why you have to be a great analyzer of people and not just ideas for seed investing, why it’s important to have a vision for the future as a seed investor, why VCs can bet on ideas, but angels have to be on people, and why being coachable is so important for entrepreneurs.

Additionally, we’ll talk about how an entrepreneur/investor relationship is like dating, why Jeff makes a point of blogging everyday, and what we have to do to keep growing the Chicago tech scene. Take a listen below and stay up to date on the Chicago startup ecosystem.



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Photo: Flickr / Keith Allison

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Colin Keeley is the founder and host of Tech In Chicago, an independent podcast with interviews from Chicago’s top startup founders and venture capitalists.