Archive: Early Investing

An Investor’s Approach to Business Models

By Vin Narayanan on July 20, 2022

I have Netflix on my mind. Yesterday, I wrote about how Netflix exploited market inefficiencies to build a dominant consumer brand for our Pre-IPO Profits members. (Editor’s note: It probably isn’t the market inefficiency you’re thinking of. Click here to sign up for Pre-IPO Profits if you want to read about it.) Then last night I started scrolling through my earnings report news feed and saw the…

A Strong Dollar Drives Bitcoin’s Price Down

By Vin Narayanan on July 15, 2022

Crypto Market Musings Phew. June inflation numbers came in hot on Wednesday — and the markets mostly yawned. Bitcoin is trading (as of this writing) at around $20,000. It was trading around $21,000 last week. Ethereum is trading around $1,131. It…

How Gamification Is Changing Our World

By Allison Brickell on July 13, 2022

Last week, I started a journey along with millions of other people.  I’ve never met these people. But we’re all driven by a common goal: to learn a new language. And we’re doing it on Duolingo. When I downloaded the Duolingo app to refresh…

There Is No Crypto “Contagion”

By Vin Narayanan on July 8, 2022

Crypto Market Musings Crypto’s recent correlation with the stock market is finally paying dividends. The stock market is rallying — and so is crypto. As of this writing, bitcoin is up almost 11% over the last five days and is trading…

3D Printing Has Finally Arrived

By Andy Gordon on July 6, 2022

Big things are expected from the 3D printing space. Really big things. But before you begin frantically searching for startups to invest in, there’s something you should know. A lot of people were saying the same thing about 3D printing five years ago. And — ahem…

How to Play a Correcting Real Estate Market

By Carolyn Price on June 24, 2022

The U.S. residential real estate market is in the midst of a market correction. The average 30-year mortgage rate is at 6.28% currently — the highest rate since 2008. Higher interest rates are limiting access to capital and making mortgage payments…

When Disruptive Startups Drop the Ball

By Vin Narayanan on June 22, 2022

I’m a huge golf fan. I watch all the major tournaments. I watch several Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) events a year. One of my dreams is to watch the Masters in person. I love playing too. In fact, I love playing so much that I recently golfed on…

This Crypto Bear Market Is Not Like the Others

By Vin Narayanan on June 17, 2022

Crypto Market Musings The crypto markets have been crashing hard for the past seven days. After spending about a month trading around $30,000, bitcoin is now flirting with $20,000. Bad inflation news last Friday combined with increased fuel prices sparked a massive sell-off in the equities…

Bridging the Funding Gap for LGBTQ+ Startup Founders

By Allison Brickell on June 15, 2022

Underrepresented founders — including people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ+ community — have historically received a very small piece of the venture capital (VC) funding pie. Female founders received just 2% of all U.S. VC dollars…

New Crypto Legislation to Be Optimistic About

By Vin Narayanan on June 10, 2022

Market Musings Bitcoin has been trading in a narrow range between $29,311 and $31,630 over the last seven days. Ethereum has been trading between $1,911 and $1,731. The trading range for both coins over the last 30 days has been a little wider, with bitcoin trading between $32,000…
2022 has not been kind to SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son. He’s calling it a “technology winter.” And the numbers are certainly chilling for Son. SoftBank’s Vision Fund lost 2.64 trillion yen ($20.5 billion) for the year ending March 31.  The previous year, it had made a…

Solana Teaches Crypto Investors a Critical Lesson

By Vin Narayanan on June 3, 2022

Crypto Market Musings As expected, bitcoin continues to trade in a fairly tight range between $28,000 and $30,000. Most other coins are loosely tracking with bitcoin. There are some exceptions, though. Tron, for example, is up about 17% in the last 30 days.
In the wake of yet another mass shooting, many Americans are outraged and terrified. While lawmakers continue to argue over gun control legislation, the effects of gun violence are being felt across the country.  That includes businesses too. The May 24 shooting in Uvalde, Texas —…

It’s Easier Than Ever to Invest in Works of Art

By Andy Gordon on May 25, 2022

I was in the fifth grade when Andy Warhol held his first solo painting exhibit in 1962. He was showing his set of 32 Campbell’s soup cans. The exhibit bombed. Pop art was just getting started in the early ‘60s. Art critics didn’t get him or his art. …

Crypto Needs to Solve the Stablecoin Problem

By Vin Narayanan on May 20, 2022

Demo Day Alert Before we get to the crypto markets, we wanted to alert you to a really cool demo day opportunity. One of the things I love the most about being a startup investor is meeting founders and having them demonstrate their products to me. It’s a…
A member reached out to us earlier this month wondering if there was a good way to track all of the startup investments they had made. This particular investor had made several startup investments across multiple investment platforms and had also done some private placement deals. They also…