Archive: First Stage Investor

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Startup Insider: Vipin Jain on Star Trek and Food Robotics

By Early Investing on February 22, 2021

When you build an incredible food robot and your first two big customers are Walmart and Jamba Juice, you’re doing something right. That’s why we invited Blendid co-founder Vipin Jain to join us on First Stage Investor’s Startup Insider to discuss what his food robot does, how it does it, why he invented it (Hint: He’s a Trekkie), how things are going with Jamba Juice and Walmart and much more.   Andy recommended Blendid…
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Behind the Pick: A Pleasant Vetting Surprise

By Andy Gordon on February 18, 2021

Last week I recommended reusable respirator manufacturer Canopy to you. My reasoning for liking this company goes far beyond meeting growing market demand. Effective masks are not a “nice to have” product. Lives are at risk. Masks are a must-have. But…
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New Pick: Invest in the Next Generation of Medical Masks

By Andy Gordon on February 11, 2021

Deal Details Startup: Canopy Security type: Crowd IPA* Price per security: $5.61 Valuation (cap): $6.5 million Minimum investment: $100.98 Where to invest: Republic Deadline: May 1, 2021…
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Startup Insider: Demystifying Funding Risk

By Early Investing on February 8, 2021

The savviest startup investors know that the difference between being mildly successful and being wildly successful comes down to understanding risk. Because when you’re investing in companies with a limited operating history, some risks are worth taking. Others are not. Not all risks are created equal…
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Update: 20/20 GeneSystems Grows Revenue Sevenfold

By Andy Gordon on February 4, 2021

Yesterday I wrote about how the medtech and healthcare sector is seeing amazing growth. It’s one of my favorite sectors to look for promising startups in. But my love of this sector is nothing new. And today I want to give you an…
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In December, Andy Gordon recommended Cortex as a potential startup investment. Cortex uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help predict how people will respond to videos or pictures before they’re shot.  This is a massive step…
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New Pick: Invest in Fully Staffed Pharmacies

By Andy Gordon on January 28, 2021

Deal Details Startup: ShiftPosts Deadline: Friday, January 29th, midnight Security type: Convertible note Valuation cap: $4 million Interest rate: 10% Note term: 36 months Minimum investment: $1,000 Where…
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Startup Insider: Assessing CPG Startups

By Early Investing on January 25, 2021

Two weeks ago on First Stage Investor‘s Startup Insider, Andy Gordon and Vin Narayanan discussed how to evaluate biotech and pharmaceutical startups. In this week’s Startup Insider, Andy and Vin explore the different factors people need to consider before…
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Three Factors that Signal Upside Potential

By Andy Gordon on January 21, 2021

Sometimes it’s good to go back to basics. And one of the basics that every investor has to consider before making a startup investment is upside — does this startup have the right pieces put together to provide significant upside on my investment? …
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Deal Details Startup: SnapDNA Security type: Crowd SAFE Discount: 10% Valuation (cap): $28 million Minimum investment: $150 Where to invest: Republic Deadline: April 28, 2021…
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Startup Insider: Making Smart Biotech Investments

By Early Investing on January 11, 2021

Seed stage investing in pharma and biotech companies is a little different than seed stage investing in other sectors. When pharma and biotech companies approach crowdfunders, they’re usually pre-clinical — which means that human trials haven’t begun yet. And they’re raising amounts of money that can’t possibly sustain…
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Bitcoin’s Surge: Supply and Demand in Action

By Vin Narayanan on January 7, 2021

As I write this, bitcoin is trading around $38,300. That means investors that bought bitcoin at the previous market peak in late 2017/early 2018 are up 100%. And people that bought bitcoin at the beginning of 2020 are up about 432%. So why is bitcoin surging…
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Startup Insider: Crowdfunders Poised to Beat VCs

By Early Investing on January 4, 2021

2021 is here and the startup investing landscape is changing! This year, the limit on how much a startup can raise through crowdfunding increases from $1.07 million to $5 million. That’s great news for investors like us. And venture capitalists (VCs) don’t know…
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Closing Soon: Last Chance to Invest in Winc

By Vin Narayanan on December 28, 2020

About a month ago, the founders of Winc joined Andy and me on Startup Insider (click here to watch). They wanted to update the First Stage Investor members that invested in them on their progress. And they wanted to…
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A Bright Future: Startups, Bitcoin and DeFi

By Vin Narayanan on December 21, 2020

I am hopeful. That’s not an easy sentence for me to write here at the end of 2020. Even as the new year approaches, there’s still plenty to be concerned about. A close friend’s dad has taken a turn for the worse (not COVID related —…
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Bitcoin Breaks Past $20,000 Mark

By Vin Narayanan on December 17, 2020

Bitcoin did it! On Wednesday, bitcoin cracked the $20,000 mark and set a new all time high at $22,065.07. When I wrote to you last week, bitcoin was trading around $18,000. And I was hoping bitcoin would hang out around $18,000 for a…