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The Biggest Problem Remote Working Startups Need to Solve

By Vin Narayanan on February 15, 2022

Remote work isn’t going away. Workers want it — even if the companies that employ them don’t. And because companies are competing hard for top talent, they have to offer some flexible working options.  That doesn’t change the fact that it’s HARD to collaborate remotely. It’s one of the biggest pain points of every remote working environment. It’s why many companies (and workers) are moving to a “hybrid” work model where workers come into the office…
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The SEC decided to increase its regulatory oversight of alternative trading systems — specifically those dealing with government securities (treasurys, debt, etc.). Notably, this expanded oversight opens the door for regulators to poke their noses into crypto. It will allow them to regulate DeFi (decentralized finance),…
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Federal Reserve Threatens a 0.5% Interest Rate Hike

By Adam Sharp on February 11, 2022

The Federal Reserve is now openly hinting at a 0.5% interest rate hike, which could come at any time. It might do a 0.5% hike just to look like it’s trying to control inflation. But I remain confident that it can’t actually raise rates back to…

The Rise of Financial Censorship

By Adam Sharp on February 11, 2022

A good friend of mine recently bought a house in Florida.  To secure the best rate, he pledged his stock portfolio as collateral. But he encountered a problem when he went to get a loan from his bank, Wells Fargo. He owns marijuana stocks.
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I worry a lot about Mark, Liz and Julia. Mark was my flatmate in London in 1975, and we’ve kept in close touch ever since. Liz and Julia are my sisters-in-law. They all have diabetes. I already lost a dear friend to diabetes last year. I don’t want…

How to Play Today’s Jittery Stock Market

By Vin Narayanan on February 9, 2022

The stock markets are a mess this year. The S&P 500 is down 4.07% this year. The Nasdaq is down 7.95% and in correction territory. The Dow is down 1.56%. And the Russell 2000 is down 7.69%. My group texts — normally reserved for sports discussions…
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Take Advantage of the Golden Age of Medtech Investing

By Vin Narayanan on February 8, 2022

A basic market inefficiency has created a massive opportunity for startup investors interested in medical technology and drug development startups. And angel investors savvy enough to understand what’s going on have a rare opportunity to invest in medtech startups with massive upside that have been significantly…
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Startup Insider: Medtech Portfolio Company Changes Name

By Early Investing on February 7, 2022

Heart failure is a massive health problem in the U.S. More than 6 million Americans have it. And it’s one of the most expensive health problems for patients to manage.  Early detection is the key for effective treatment. But no company has been able to provide…
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What a beautiful bounce today for the crypto market. In the last 24 hours, bitcoin has ripped higher by about 10% and is now back over $40,000. Altcoins are following (for now). Most altcoins have gotten absolutely slaughtered lately. “Ethereum-killer” Solana…
San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge was completed in 1937 after just four years of construction. Here’s a picture of the “ribbon cutting” ceremony. Contrast this with today, when San Francisco government officials just celebrated the reopening of a…
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Robo Advisory Startups Are Coming for Crowdfunders

By Andy Gordon on February 3, 2022

The buyout that caught my attention this week involved fintech wealth management firm Wealthfront. UBS — the largest private bank globally — bought it for $1.4 billion.  The acquisition got plenty of press. Several articles focused on the low buyout price. For venture capital (VC) firms…

News Fix: Global Crypto Edition

By Allison Brickell on February 2, 2022

It’s been a hectic start of the year for crypto. Now that we’ve made it to the second month of 2022, let’s dive into crypto news updates.  Market Update First, a market update. Bitcoin has been on a downward trend…
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Lower Startup Valuations Are on the Horizon

By Vin Narayanan on February 1, 2022

Last week I wrote about how some of the country’s biggest asset managers are investing in startups because they simply can’t find a better alternative (and they really want one!). As a result, they’re all trying to identify and invest in the best…
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Marketing is both an art and a science. Companies are constantly trying to better understand their customers’ innermost desires. And it’s up to marketers to come up with creative ways to tap into those desires.  But marketers are working with very limited information. They don’t…
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The Crypto Market Seems to Have Hit Bottom… for Now

By Vin Narayanan on January 28, 2022

2022 has already been an interesting year for crypto. How interesting depends on your perspective. Let’s take bitcoin, for example. Here what bitcoin’s chart looks like: 1 Day: +0.33% 5 Day: +5.4%…

The Investor’s Guide to Making Money in Crypto

By Adam Sharp on January 28, 2022

I talked with an old friend this week. After we caught up, he asked, “You still doing that crypto stuff?” He wanted advice on various coins, trading and people to follow. So I told him what I know. Here are the key points. Don’t Trade…