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Startup Insider: Startup Investing in Your Golden Years

By Early Investing on July 28, 2022

Startups can often feel like a young person’s game. We hear all the time about innovative entrepreneurs under the age of 30, young companies full of recent college graduates and fresh new ideas from younger generations. For older startup investors, this can present a problem. Startup investors almost always have to wait years before seeing any returns on their investments. Apple, for example, lagged behind Microsoft for two decades before it finally launched the iPod and started to…
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New Pick: Rapid, Eco-Friendly Lithium Production

By Andy Gordon on July 25, 2022

Everybody is worried about soaring oil prices. But I’ve been watching another resource that’s in high demand: lithium.  Its price has shot up 434% year over year, leaving oil in the dust. Users are beginning to panic. In April, Elon Musk tweeted…
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Blendid Makes Splendid Progress

By Teddy Lyons on July 21, 2022

Update as of October 13, 2022: Blendid’s raise is closing tomorrow. The company has made significant strides since our update, and we feel you should know the very latest in case you want to make a last minute investment.   In July 2022, Blendid…
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Crypto Insider: Shopify Explores NFTs

By Early Investing on July 18, 2022

Shopify is expanding into NFTs. The e-commerce platform — which allows retailers to sell their products directly to consumers — recently launched around 100 new features, including contactless payments, crypto payments and “tokengated commerce.”  According to TechCrunch, Shopify’s tokengated commerce uses NFTs to “‘reward true fans…
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Robots are just beginning to make their presence felt in modern life. Surgery, prosthetics and warehouses are just some of the areas where robots have found a foothold in recent years. There will be many more. These are early days.  But it’s not too early for…
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Startup Insider: The Perfect Time to Invest in Startups

By Early Investing on July 11, 2022

Investing in startups is an opportunity to bet on the future. And they have very different risk considerations than stock investments do.  Given the current bearish state of the stock market, startup investing seems more important than ever. The S&P 500 fell almost 21% in the…
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Two weeks ago, we recommended that First Stage Investor subscribers invest in Polkadot (DOT). Polkadot is a multichain crypto protocol that connects and secures a network of specialized blockchains. It offers interoperability, scalability, high energy efficiency and user-driven governance.
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Startup Insider: How to Build an Investment Thesis

By Early Investing on June 30, 2022

Wherever you are on your investing journey, it’s important to have guiding principles. Once you understand your own interests and strengths as a startup investor, you can start to build an investment thesis to guide your decision making.  An investment thesis is an argument for a…
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A few months ago, a founder pitched me on an interesting idea. It involved drinking and a form of bribery, so naturally I was interested. Her company increased attendance to a business event by sending a bottle of wine to invited participants. She claimed that attendance shot up…
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New Pick: An Interoperability Coin With Staying Power

By Vin Narayanan on June 23, 2022

Well, that happened quickly. On June 12, bitcoin was trading for more than $28,000. By the end of June 13, it had fallen as low as $21,000. By June 18, bitcoin had dipped below $18,000. Bitcoin has rallied a bit since then and is currently trading around $20,350.
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My first and last surgery was a couple of years ago. I’m glad I didn’t know then what I know now. My surgeon told me the risks were low and a favorable outcome was high. He didn’t mention that he’d be using instruments that would burn or at…
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Crypto Insider: A Common Crypto Investing Misconception

By Early Investing on June 13, 2022

Crypto investing and startup investing have a lot in common. When evaluating startups and crypto projects (many of which are startups themselves), investors need to consider the technology or service being offered, its customer base, traction, scalability and — perhaps most importantly — its founding team.
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We recommended CodeCombat almost two years ago in July 2020. The company develops video games that teach middle schoolers and high schoolers how to code. Since we recommended CodeCombat, the company has navigated the COVID-19 storm and is now growing sustainably and profitably. …
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Startup Insider: When a Startup Is Worth the Hype

By Early Investing on June 6, 2022

Sometimes it can seem like every founder claims that their company is “revolutionary.” Startups love to highlight how innovative they are. They’re doing something no one else has managed to do. They’re changing the world. Of course, many of those startups aren’t nearly as…
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There will never be a “next” Facebook or Google or Airbnb. Companies are a product of a specific time, place, technology know-how and need. It’s as if the universe wills them into existence.  Of course, founders play an important role. But there are a lot of…
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Sometimes — and especially in bear markets — investors need to be opportunistic. That’s why Andreessen Horowitz just launched a $4.5 billion fund for crypto projects. A16z is going bargain hunting. And with good reason. “Bear markets…