Nic Carter

Nic Carter

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Nic Carter is a venture capitalist and internet entrepreneur. Nic is the Co-Founder and General Partner at Castle Island Ventures, a blockchain-focused venture capital firm specializing in public blockchains. He is also Co-Founder and Chairman of Coin Metrics, the leading provider of crypto financial intelligence to the most prestigious institutions using crypto assets. Nic combines practicality with a data-driven approach in determining how entrepreneurs can best interact with new institutions. He has written extensively about crypto asset governance models, token holder rights, and public blockchains as political institutions, and has served as a co-author of a number of papers covering topics such as Proof of Reserves, decentralized finance risks, and the emergence of stablecoins or crypto dollars. Nic was the first investment research analyst of crypto assets at Fidelity Investments, where he devised research perspectives on public blockchains.

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  • Nic invests in anti-authoritarian technology.

  • He believes in freedom, Lockean property rights, and free enterprise.

  • He believes that it is absolutely imperative that we restore the private issuance of currency and create a genuine cash standard on the internet.

  • He also believes that social media handles are private property; their owners are their proprietors and censorship is the expropriation and eminent domain.


  • 2022 CoinDesk's Most Influential


  • Nic has been featured on CNBC, Yahoo! Finance, Bloomberg, Euronews, The Times, The Verge, TD Ameritrade Network, and Reason, among others.

  • He has written for CoinDesk, The Block, Harvard Business Review, New York Magazine, Newsweek, Bitcoin Magazine, and Bankless, among others.

  • He blogs on Medium and writes columns for CoinDesk.

  • He hosts the On The Brink podcast alongside Matt Walsh.

  • He has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.