This post is by Jeff Carter from Points and Figures
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Willie Nelson “On the Road Again” is ringing in my ears. I will be in Atlanta for a couple of days. We are still out of our apartment, it’s cold, so why not drive to Florida? I decided to do some business on the way rather than driving straight through. Plus, it’s easier on the puppy. We left Chicago this morning.
Hoping to be in my place February 1st. Grrrrr. The Ice Age came and went faster and more efficiently.
Over the past few years, we have gone away in February. This year, that probably won’t happen. Because of our situation, we are bugging out now.
I haven’t really ever been to Atlanta so I am looking forward to being there. The last time I was there it was an ice storm. Horrible. They do not know what to do with snow. Atlanta has a good fin tech ecosystem. are going to try and be active in it. This won’t be my last trip to Atlanta this year I suspect.
I have some meetings already lined up. But, if you are a B2B Fin Tech entrepreneur and want to chat, I will try to find time to meet you. I roll into town on the 16th. I leave on the 18th.
My friend, who grew up in Nashville and graduated from Tennessee, says that Atlanta is a magnet for the SEC and ACC schools. Similar to how Chicago is a magnet for the Big 10, MVC, Horizon, MAC, and all the other Midwest leagues along with Notre Dame.
My prediction was that Amazon would go to Atlanta with their HQ2. Atlanta put together a good video for it. It’s a media center and it is a center in the South which has risen again. People are moving south from the high tax states. I was wrong about my prediction for sure, but I don’t think that will stop Atlanta.
ICE is based here. If the Chicago and Illinois politicians go full on socialist crazy, one of the first taxes they will pass is a transaction tax on trading. If I were an exchange or high frequency trading firm, I’d be looking at office space in Atlanta and buying up real estate. It’s probably only a matter of time.
After Florida, we will head back and we will stay a few days in Chattanooga. Chattanooga has a startup scene although it is not huge and it’s not anchored on fin tech. I had a friend move near there, Sewanee. We just want to check out the area. By the way, if you are looking at schools, the University of the South in Sewanee is one of the most physically beautiful campuses I have ever been on. If you like the outdoors, it’s for you. Chattanooga is a beautiful place too if you like nature. I will report back on the town.
Then on to Nashville before I fly to California.