Nic Carter is an internet entrepreneur, investor, Bitcoin proponent, and journalist.
As a journalist, Carter has written for Coindesk, The Block (in December 2019 and December 2020), Harvard Business Review, New York Magazine, and Bankless, among others. As of June 2021, Carter was a columnist at CoinDesk.
Carter has served as a co-author of a number of papers covering topics like Proof of Reserves, DeFi (Decentralized Finance) risks, and the emergence of stablecoins or cryptodollars.
Carter is also a co-founder at Coin Metrics and Castle Island Ventures.
Answering a question on Token Daily, Carter revealed that he first found out about Bitcoin in 2012:
I read about Bitcoin on various tech forums from 2012-14 and followed it closely. I got involved in late 2013 and had fun tipping back and forth. Loved the community aspect. When Bitcoin failed to die after Gox I really started taking it seriously. That was the moment for me. I wanted to write about it for my thesis because I had spent a lot of time on corporate governance in business school and I felt that it was worth determining what corp gov was like on blockchains. Turns out it’s a cargocult imitation most of the time. And super paradoxical. You probably shouldn’t be rebuilding corporate structures on blockchains if you want them to be functionally decentralized.
Nic Carter’s LinkedIn page states that he graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 2014 with a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Philosophy and International Relations. In 2017, he graduated from the University of Edinburgh Business School with a Master’s Degree in Finance and Investment.
From November 2017 to July 2018, Carter served as an Investment Research Analyst for cryptoassets at Fidelity Investments.
In August 2018, Carter criticized online media for their lack of understanding of cryptocurrencies and their unwillingness to learn more about them.
Nic Carter has 2 current jobs as Co-founder at Coin Metrics and Founding Partner at Castle Island Ventures.
In January 2017, Nic Carter co-founded digital asset analytics platform Coin Metrics. Since the company’s foundation, Carter has served as its Board Chairman.
In June 2018, Carter became a founding partner at Castle Island Ventures.
As part of Castle Island Ventures’ activity, Nick Carter co-hosts the On The Brink podcast with his Castle Island founding partner Matthew Walsh. The podcast features weekly news roundups, as well as interviews with prominent investors and crypto/blockchain entrepreneurs, such as Balaji Srinivasan (in February 2020) and Lyn Alden (in June 2020).
On June 9, 2021, Forbes reported that Central American country El Salvador approved Bitcoin as legal tender, becoming the first country in the world to formally adopt cryptocurrency.
On the same day, Nic Carter held a Twitter Spaces conference to discuss El Salvador’s decision. Forbes writes that Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele joined Carter’s conference.
He is personal investor in Core Weave, Stytch, BlockFi, Healthgent, and Rosaluna.
Nic Carter’s exact net worth is unknown. However, on a tangential note, in February 2021 CoinDesk reported that Castle Island Ventures raised $50 million for its second fund. The first fund had raised $30 million in June 2018.
Nic Carter is present on Medium and Twitter. Carter also has a YouTube channel, but he isn’t very active there.
Carter has a personal website as well where he lists his past and ongoing projects.
Carter has appeared on the Lex Fridman Podcast, The Times Podcast, The Verge Podcast, and Bloomberg TV.
Beginner's Guide #9: Altcoins, A History of Failure with Nic Carter -- What Bitcoin Did
January 31, 2020
CoinDesk: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Crypto News and Price Data
Nic Carter - Medium
Nic Carter | DeFi, Proof of Stake, and Regulation
November 18, 2021
Nic Carter: Bitcoin Core Values, Layered Scaling, and Blocksize Debates | Lex Fridman Podcast #173
March 31, 2021