Archive: First Stage Investor


I Want Your Feedback on Bitcoin

By Adam Sharp on December 14, 2017

Dear First Stage Investor, What a week! Here’s where our portfolio stands (as of December 14, 2017)… Litecoin: $280.85 Bitcoin: $16,300.00 Ethereum: $678.44 New Economy Movement: $0.51. As I write, all our positions are in the green. Since we made our initial recommendations, we’re now up… 376% on bitcoin 128% on Ethereum 477% on Litecoin 83% on NEM. As you know, I believe we’re still in the early stages of this bull run. Short term, we may see a…

New Recommendation: 20/20 GeneSystems

By Andy Gordon on December 11, 2017

Deal Details Security Type: Preferred Stock Round Size: Up to $1.07 million Price per Share: $3.26 Valuation cap: $23 million Deadline: Midnight (PT) on Thursday, December 14 Investment portal: MicroVentures Liquidation preference: Pari passu with other series of preferred stock and senior to the common…

Don’t Set Price Targets on Cryptocurrencies

By Adam Sharp on December 7, 2017

In this week’s update, I’m going to answer an important and commonly asked question… What price should I buy the First Stage Investor cryptocurrency recommendations up to? My answer? I don’t set price targets. Cryptocurrencies are too new for that, with less than 1% of the world owning any…

Hold Strong During This Week’s Volatility

By Adam Sharp on November 30, 2017

This was one crazy week in the world of cryptocurrencies. Our portfolio has been on fire over the past few weeks. But today things are selling off hard. This correction is to be expected, and I can’t emphasize enough that this is nothing to be concerned about. As I type…
We’ve done quite well on our Bitcoin Cash (also called “Bcash”) position, and I have decided now is the time to take profits. Important: The Bcash ticker on Bittrex (our recommended exchange) is BCC. It may vary depending on your exchange. Just be sure you’re selling Bitcoin Cash, NOT bitcoin…

Who Screams the Loudest in the Cryptocurrency Debate?

By Cory Templeman on November 16, 2017

Dear First Stage Investor, On November 1, our fearless Co-Founder Andy Gordon called out the mainstream media in regards to the cryptocurrency debate. Like anything new and revolutionary, cryptocurrency has its believers and its skeptics. Both are making a ruckus. The mainstream press isn’t helping matters. As far as…

Bitcoin’s Next Fork Canceled

By Andy Gordon on November 9, 2017

Bitcoin’s fork, which was scheduled to take place on November 16, has been canceled. Support for the fork simply faded. Criticisms came mostly from longtime developers. Interestingly, many of them still agreed on the idea of larger blocks, which the new protocol would have provided. But they felt bullied and…

Last Chance to Invest in Arbit

By Andy Gordon on November 6, 2017

Arbit’s fundraise on MicroVentures ends at midnight on Tuesday, November 7. If you haven’t invested yet, this is a reminder that time is running out. We recommended Arbit in mid-October, and in a short amount of time it has nearly completed its raise goal of $700,000. Combining…

Terminology You Need to Know for Bitcoin’s Next Fork

By Andy Gordon on November 2, 2017

Dear First Stage Investor, Bitcoin’s next fork is happening in a couple of weeks. You’ll be hearing plenty from us on it, including what to expect and how it could affect you. There will be plenty of articles in the popular press too. To get you started, I thought it…

Last Chance to Invest in Scrap Connection and Keen Home

By Andy Gordon on October 26, 2017

Dear First Stage Investor, Scrap Connection’s fundraise on Wefunder ends at 11:59 p.m. next Tuesday, October 31. We recommended Scrap Connection back in February. Not surprisingly, like everything else it does, Scrap Connection has conducted a very successful raise, which is now nearing $900,000. Scrap Connection is…
Initial coin offerings (ICOs) show no sign of slowing down. According to Bloomberg, this time last month the amount raised from ICOs surpassed $2 billion. It’s now moved north of $3 billion in that short amount of time. In total, investors have contributed more than $3 billion to more than…

New Recommendation: Arbit

By Andy Gordon on October 18, 2017

Deal Details Minimum investment: $100 Investment type: Crowd SAFE (convertible note) Valuation cap: $5 million Discount: 20% Deadline: November 7, 2017 Investment portal: MicroVentures Conversion provisions: In connection with an equity financing of at least $1 million, the company has the option to convert the Crowd…

Must-Read Stories of the Week

By Andy Gordon on October 12, 2017

This week, I wanted to share five stories from the world of cryptocurrencies and private equity that caught my eye this week. Scouring the web for good insights is a key component of my research, and I want to pass that information along to you. Let’s get started……

New Recommendation: Jetpack

By Adam Sharp on October 11, 2017

Deal Details Minimum investment: $50 Investment type: Crowd SAFE (convertible note) Valuation cap: $3 million Deadline: October 27, 2017 Investment portal: Republic Dear First Stage Investor, We are living in an increasingly on-demand world. People want and need things right away. This is especially true on…

Banks Stepping Up Their Use of Blockchain Technology

By Andy Gordon on October 5, 2017

I still can’t decide what JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon was thinking when he recently dissed cryptocurrencies. He dubbed bitcoin a “fraud.” Was it cluelessness? Self-interest? Fear? If he feels that banks and cryptocurrencies can’t coexist, why is his own bank partnering with privacy-focused cryptocurrecy Zcash? (See my last post here…

Addressing Missed Opportunities

By Andy Gordon on September 28, 2017

In early September, I recommended a rising startup called Balance. In a nutshell, Balance is capitalizing on the growth of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain by making the platforms easier to use. Here’s my original recommendation that explains Balance in more detail. I was so bullish on Balance that I…