Archive: First Stage Investor


Circle Buys Out SeedInvest

By Andy Gordon on October 16, 2018

Something big happened last week, and it hit close to home. Circle bought out startup investment portal SeedInvest. We recommended SeedInvest to our accredited investor members back in April of 2014. We know we’ve made them a pretty big profit. We just don’t know exactly how big at the moment. We’ve also sourced many of our First Stage Investor portfolio holdings from SeedInvest. Digital Brands Group, EnergyFunders, NowRx, WorldViz and Gryphon were all on SeedInvest. And they’ve all been added…

Crypto and Macro Market Update

By Adam Sharp on October 11, 2018

As I write this on Thursday, crypto markets are falling sharply after a sustained period of relative stability. The unique thing about this crypto pullback is that it seems to be led by stocks, which have plummeted over the last few days. That’s unusual because bitcoin – and crypto in…

Bitcoin Has Come a Long Way in 10 Years

By Andy Gordon on October 4, 2018

The dramatic growth of bitcoin in the past decade is just a hint of the promising future to come.

Airdrop Alert: Mortgage Token (MTG)

By Vin Narayanan on October 2, 2018

Buying a house is a pain in the neck. And the worst part of the process is securing financing. But one startup thinks blockchain technology can make the process much easier.
Three weeks ago, on September 7, we did something we’ve never done before. We tripled down… For the first time in the history of our First Stage Investor service, we recommended you invest in the same startup for a third time. That company is DSTLD (now called Digital Brands Group).
Dear First Stage Investor, Back in August, we polled First Stage Investor members about U.S. space exploration, crypto storage preferences, investment check-ins and the longest bull market in American history. Here’s what we learned… We also learned that 28% of you check on your investments several times a…

Airdrop Alert: Qravity (QCO)

By Andy Gordon on September 18, 2018

We’re very pleased to be sending you our second airdrop recommendation. This one is Qravity. To refresh your memory, an “airdrop” describes a free coin giveaway. Its primary purpose is to get the attention of potential users of the coin or token. Remember, anyone can register to…

Crypto Market and Portfolio Update

By Adam Sharp on September 13, 2018

It’s been a rough few months for crypto owners. And if this is your first experience with a downturn, I want to assure you that this is nothing unusual. I strongly suspect we’re at or near the bottom of this market. Crypto markets are highly volatile and will remain so…

Goldman Sachs Pulls Back, but Will Jump Back In

By Vin Narayanan on September 6, 2018

Goldman Sachs has pumped the brakes on its proposed crypto trading desk. Earlier this year, the investment bank hoped to begin trading bitcoin by the end of the third quarter. But its plans never came together. So now it’s moving on to crypto Plan B – building…

Don’t Be Intimidated by Crypto Communities

By Vin Narayanan on August 30, 2018

We spend a lot of time discussing the importance of community when it comes to investing in crypto. In fact, if a coin doesn’t have a strong community, we won’t invest in it. And we think you shouldn’t either. We also know that for many of you, figuring out…

Where Do You Store Your Crypto?

By Allison Brickell on August 23, 2018

Two weeks ago, we polled First Stage Investor members about tariffs, bitcoin futures, startup sectors and cannabis-infused alcohol. Here’s what we learned… This week, we’re asking about the current bull market, space exploration, your crypto storage preferences and more. Click the image below to take…

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.

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…

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…
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…

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.