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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 used to represent ownership of unique items, like pieces of art, collectibles and more. So NFTs can serve as certificates of authenticity for a piece of art. And they can…
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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…
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A Space Investment Worth Consideration

By Adam Sharp on November 23, 2021

Last week I found a space SPAC (special purpose acquisition company) that I think has big potential. The SPAC is dMY Technology Group (NYSE: DMYQ), and it will soon merge with Planet Labs. Planet Labs owns and operates a fleet of…
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Deal Details Startup: UpCounsel Security type: SAFE Valuation (cap): $28 million  Minimum investment: $250 Where to invest: Wefunder Deadline: December 9,…
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Our speculative portfolio coin Haven Protocol has bounced back pretty well from its recent troubles. It had an incident back in July where a hacker exploited a vulnerability. But Haven recently launched a successful fork of version 2.0. (Note the nice social traction…

Investors Overreact to Crypto Dips

By Adam Sharp on November 19, 2021

Bitcoin and DeFi (decentralized finance) tokens have been on an absolute tear over the last year. One year ago today, bitcoin’s price was around $18,600. Today it’s above $58,000. Ethereum was around $500 this time last year, and it’s over $4,000 today. Solana (SOL) is up…
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Crypto Insider: A New Crypto Investor’s Perspective

By Early Investing on November 18, 2021

If you’re new to crypto investing, you’re not alone. Crypto adoption is growing steadily, but it’s far from being a mainstream asset class. Crypto is still a nascent industry that has a lot of maturing ahead of it.  Some investors still see crypto as an exciting…

China May Lose Its Battle Against Crypto

By Vin Narayanan on November 17, 2021

I’m done with China. I’m done with it banning crypto transactions. I’m done with it pretending to protect the environment by banning bitcoin mining. I’m done with these silly little temper tantrums and fits impacting the crypto markets.
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In the first three quarters of this year, U.S. venture capitalists (VCs) invested around $59 billion in European startups. And European VCs aren’t worried about it — as long as their startup ecosystem keeps growing. This has a lot of implications for startup investors in the…
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How to Time a Crypto Exit

By Adam Sharp on November 12, 2021

I am a long-term investor. I make investments while expecting to hold them for at least 10 years.  But I do plan on selling some crypto during this bull market at some point. I may sell as much as half.  But I don’t think…

Explosive Returns Drive Record Crypto Investment

By Adam Sharp on November 12, 2021

Venture capitalists (VCs) invested a record $6.5 billion in crypto in the third quarter of 2021. Here are some highlights from a November 2 CoinDesk article. The U.S. continued to lead the world in VC funding into the crypto…