Jeff  Carter

There is an old adage in business, ABC, always be closing. I think that in order to follow ABC, you have to ABL. Always be learning, or always be listening.

It’s been a whirlwind week for me. Each day I listened and learned.

On Monday I had lunch with an acquaintance that taught me the history and ins and outs of tech transfer at universities. Since I am an angel, it’s pretty important that I understand the logistics and niceties of tech transfer. I have barely scratched the surface on what I need to know, but I have some great mentors that can usher me through and get me to the flat part of my learning curve.

On December 6, I went to an angel conference. Heard a million business plans about things I didn’t know. Met some great people and listened to what they had to say, I learned a lot. Might have even created an opportunity for a company I am invested in.

December 7 was Pearl Harbor Day. I learned that the US really blew it by not listening. I hadn’t realized US intelligence had cracked Japanese code and knew they were massing for an attack. They didn’t listen. It cost us several thousand lives. I also had Ohours on December 7. I met with some local entrepreneurs and listened. Some really cool ideas brewing out there. Hope I was able to help them. This was my second experience with setting up office hours, and I am going to try and set up a lot more in the future.

December 8 I went to Illinois Launch, heard some business plans and connected an entrepreneur to someone that might be able to help them. Then I went to our HPA meeting and heard about three more companies. Listening to the debate of our angels was really interesting. I learned a lot.

Jeff Carter

Jeffrey Carter is an independent speculator. He has been trading since 1988. His blog site, Points and Figures was named by Minyanville as one of The 20 Most Influential Blogs in Financial Media.