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The other day I was talking to a friend who is just getting started with investing. He asked my opinion on how to build a portfolio from scratch. In this environment, that is a very tricky question. The S&P 500 currently trades at a quite rich 38x 10 year price/earnings ratio (AKA Shiller or CAPE P/E). The 12-month S&P 500 P/E is also quite high…
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Crypto Insider: Don’t Trust Visa

By Early Investing on December 16, 2021

Visa – which controls around 80% of the global card payments market – is moving into crypto consulting. The company plans to advise clients who want to navigate the world of crypto. And it already has a bank signed up – UMB Bank in Kansas City. Most bafflingly,…

All About the New Early Investing Website

By Vin Narayanan on December 15, 2021

The new Early Investing website is now live! For the first time since 2013, we’ve updated our look. Our continuing goal is to make the Early Investing website as easy to use as possible so that you can…
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Startup Insider: The 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

By Early Investing on December 13, 2021

The holiday season is upon us. And that means it’s time to do some shopping.  If you’re in need of some quality gift ideas, look no further. In this episode of Startup Insider, Vin Narayanan and Andy Gordon provide gift recommendations from some of…
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Ethereum Scaling Offers New Crypto Opportunity

By Adam Sharp on December 10, 2021

This week I wrote a piece for HIVE Blockchain, a crypto miner I am consulting for. In it, I went over a very interesting space: Ethereum scaling solutions. But for ETH to go truly mainstream, it needs lower fees…

Separating Signal and Noise in Crypto Markets

By Adam Sharp on December 10, 2021

Back in September, I wrote a piece called “Beware the Cardano Price Mirage.” In it, I warned that “cheap” tokens like Cardano (ADA) aren’t actually cheap at all. Here’s an excerpt: So although Cardano does currently trade at “just”…

The New Early Investing Website

By Early Investing on December 10, 2021

Using the Early Investing website is about to get easier! For the first time since we launched in 2013, we’re updating the look and feel of our website. And our entire mission is to make it easy for you to use and…
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Deal Details Startup: Responsum Health Security type: Crowd SAFE* Valuation (cap): $4.5 million Discount: 0% Minimum investment: $100 Where to invest: Republic Deadline: January 2, 2022…

Customization and the Future of Retail

By Allison Brickell on December 8, 2021

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I traveled to Pennsylvania to visit family. Thanksgiving dinner — filled with plenty of pie, of course — was delicious. And the next day (Black Friday) I took a leisurely stroll through the local Boscov’s.  Now, I typically don’t pay too much…
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Crypto Insider: Explaining the NFT Explosion

By Early Investing on December 6, 2021

NFTs (non-fungible tokens) have officially taken the world by storm. Collins Dictionary named “NFT” 2021’s word of the year. The use of the term increased 11,000% this year.  In basic terms, an NFT is a piece of digital content linked to the blockchain. NFTs are also…
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Bitcoin Hasn’t Reached Its Peak Yet

By Adam Sharp on December 3, 2021

Bitcoin has pulled back significantly, but I still think we’re in a long-term uptrend. I just don’t believe this cycle has peaked yet. With a high of $69,000 so far this year, we’re only up about 3.5x from the 2017 cycle high of around $20,000.  In…
This week Jack Dorsey resigned as CEO of Twitter. Jack founded Twitter and guided it pretty well over the years.  I’ve used Twitter for more than 10 years. Twitter has been a fantastic social network. In my opinion, it’s the best…
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Aavrani Grows Sales and Sets Its Sights on Expansion

By Andy Gordon on December 2, 2021

I just got off the phone with Justin Silver, the co-founder and COO of Aavrani. He reported significant progress on several fronts.  We introduced Aavrani — a beauty company rooted in Indian tradition and rituals — to First Stage Investor…

Top 10 Startup Valuations Both Online and Offline

By KingsCrowd on December 1, 2021

Note: Determining startup valuations is more of an art than a science. Lately, we’ve written about how startup valuations are reaching eye-popping highs. But how do online startup valuations and offline startup valuations compare? That’s the question that our friends at KingsCrowd address…
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Grammarly is on a roll. The popular auto-editing software tool has raised $200 million from Baillie Gifford and other investors at a $13 billion valuation.  Grammarly is not a particularly exciting company. It helps delete unnecessary prepositional phrases and other grammatical errors — not exactly earth-shattering…
It’s almost Thanksgiving. So in the spirit of giving, we have a treat for Early Investing subscribers. We’re thankful for your support of Early Investing. So while we typically only offer our Crypto Insider videos to…