Archive: First Stage Investor

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This Joe Knows Crypto

By Andy Gordon on August 16, 2018

Thanks, Joe. You did me a real solid yesterday. The Joe in question is one of my favorite cryptocurrency entrepreneurs, Joseph Lubin. He co-founded ethereum. And then he started ConsenSys, which helps startups build on top of the ethereum network. It’s one of the larger crypto firms, with 1,100 employees. When Joe speaks, you should listen. That’s exactly what I did yesterday, when I looked up from my desk and saw him being interviewed on Bloomberg…

Tariffs, Tweed and Tonic

By Allison Brickell on August 9, 2018

A few weeks ago, we asked First Stage Investor members about Amazon Prime Day and the value of cryptocurrencies. Here’s what we learned… This week, we’re trying to figure out how members feel about Trump’s tariffs, bitcoin futures and more. Click the image below to take…
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New Recommendation: Cardano (ADA)

By Adam Sharp on August 2, 2018

Note: Cardano (ADA) will replace new economy movement (NEM) in our crypto portfolio. I recommend selling your NEM for bitcoin on Bittrex, then using the proceeds to buy cardano. I have been waiting for the right time to switch NEM out for another coin in our portfolio – and I…
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If I asked you what the best thing about bitcoin is, I’m pretty sure most of you would answer, “Its upside.” It makes perfect sense. But not everybody would agree with you. Bitcoin has another, more hidden gift. It hasn’t been explored or discussed much. And it’s just as extraordinary…
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Where Cryptocurrency Prices Will Be a Year From Now

By Allison Brickell on July 19, 2018

In late June, we polled First Stage Investor members about marijuana stocks, startups and driverless cars. Here’s what we learned… This week, we’re asking what you think the value of cryptocurrencies will be in the next year… and how you celebrated (or didn’t celebrate) Amazon Prime Day.
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New Recommendation: EnergyFunders

By Adam Sharp on July 12, 2018

Deal Details Security type: Convertible note (will convert into shares in the future at no higher than a $10 million valuation) Valuation: $10 million cap Minimum investment: $1,000 Investment Portal: SeedInvest Raise: Series A Link to invest EnergyFunders is an investment platform…
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Editor’s note: Vin Narayanan here, stepping in for a vacationing Andy Gordon. Over the next few weeks, you’re going to be hearing more from me as Andy and Adam Sharp take some well-deserved time off. But that doesn’t mean you have to do without them while they’re at the beach!…
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New Recommendation: NowRx

By Andy Gordon on July 2, 2018

Deal Details Security type: Preferred Equity Round size: Up to $7 million Valuation: $20 million Share price: $2.00 Minimum investment: $1,000 Investment portal: SeedInvest Raise: Series A Of all the things that you can order…
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Do You Trust Driverless Car Tech?

By Allison Brickell on June 28, 2018

Editor’s note: Just a heads-up – we will be recommending a startup for you to invest in this week. You’re not going to want to miss this! Until then, here’s our next poll. These polls help us learn more about you so we can provide you better information. Hopefully you…
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Peer-to-Peer Lessons to Learn From

By Vin Narayanan on June 21, 2018

In a previous life, I worked in the business side of the casino industry. Some considered me an expert. I wrote about it. I edited books and magazines about it. I advised regulators. I helped run online casino companies (in Asia and Europe, where it was legal) and consulted. This…
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You Like Robots, but What About Dinosaur Bones?

By Vin Narayanan on June 14, 2018

In our last poll, we found out you like robots and holding bitcoin. In this week’s poll, tell us your thoughts on dinosaurs and when to buy bitcoin.
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SEC Chief: Bitcoin Not a Security

By Adam Sharp on June 7, 2018

For years, we’ve been thinking about how (and if) the Securities and Exchange Commission would regulate bitcoin. Yesterday, we almost got our answer when SEC Chairman Jay Clayton drew a line in the sand between bitcoin and initial coin offerings (ICOs). And it was mostly good news. “Cryptocurrencies – these…
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EOS Launch Is in “Chaos Mode”

By Andy Gordon on June 7, 2018

If you haven’t heard of the altcoin – and blockchain – EOS, it’s about time we caught you up. EOS is different… in almost every way imaginable. It claims to have game-changing technology. That may be the only thing it has in common with other blockchains. EOS says its technology…
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We recommended 20/20 GeneSystems to you exactly two weeks before Christmas last year. I considered it my special holiday gift to you, calling it “the best thing to happen to the cancer treatment space in years.” As a quick reminder, let me tell you why. Most cancers don’t have screening…
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DOJ Launches Bitcoin Probe

By Vin Narayanan on May 24, 2018

The Department of Justice has launched a probe into bitcoin price manipulation, according to a Bloomberg report today. The report, which cites four anonymous sources, says the DOJ – with the cooperation of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) – is looking at whether spoofing has…
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Facebook and Bitcoin Poll Generates Interesting Results

By Allison Brickell on May 24, 2018

Two weeks ago, we sent you a tech news poll created by Arbit, one of our portfolio recommendations. The response rate was fantastic – which tells us you’re paying attention. (That’s a relief.) We learned that 68% of you care about how Facebook uses the data it…