Archive: Weekly Update


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 would be useful to review some of the basic terms people throw around when discussing subjects like forks. We’ll start with the “fork” term itself. Fork: Like a fork in…

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…

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……

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…

The Bitcoin Rally Is Back

By Adam Sharp on September 21, 2017

Last week, the price of bitcoin dropped sharply after Chinese officials announced they would be closing most cryptocurrency exchanges. In the update we sent Friday, when bitcoin had dipped to around $3,000, I said this was no reason to panic, and definitely not a reason to sell. In fact, we…

A Second Chance to Invest in a Now $130 Billion Disruptor

By Andy Gordon on September 14, 2017

The September issue of First Stage Investor hit your inbox last Friday. I hope you’ve already dipped into it. If you haven’t, you’re missing out on seeing me do something I’ve never done before… Double down on a startup recommendation. To tell you the truth, it wasn’t that hard of…

A Volatile Week for Cryptocurrencies

By Adam Sharp on September 7, 2017

I have just a quick update for everyone this week. I’m in Washington, D.C. today and tomorrow, where my friends at The Oxford Club invited me to speak to some of their Members about cryptocurrencies and equity crowdfunding. It was a volatile week for cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin briefly touched a new…

Keeping Up With the Bitcoin Boom

By Adam Sharp on August 31, 2017

A note from the Managing Editor: As promised, this week marks the launch of a brand-new benefit for First Stage Investor subscribers. Starting today, you will begin receiving the Weekly Update every Thursday. Because the Weekly Update is an exclusive benefit for subscribers, it will provide insights and updates that…