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Update: VirZOOM Now Open for Investment

By Andy Gordon on April 3, 2017

Great news – VirZOOM is now officially open for investment. If you recall, we gave you a sneak preview of this groundbreaking virtual reality startup in our March issue of First Stage Investor. And today its fundraise went live on VirZOOM makes a specialized exercise bike and games used with the bike. What’s more, VirZOOM is building a national network of vSports centers. They’re a combination of VR arcades, eSports arenas and LAN (local area network) gaming centers…

How “Accredited Investor” Laws Cost Me $500K

By Adam Sharp on February 24, 2017

We should all have the opportunity to invest in startups as we see fit. Laws restricting investment based on wealth should be abolished. Here’s why.

New Recommendation: Court Innovations

By Adam Sharp on February 24, 2017

Deal Details Minimum investment: $99.20 Valuation: $2.728 million (pre-money) Share price: $0.62 Deadline to invest: March 13 at 12:00 p.m. ET Investment Portal: Netcapital Note from Adam: This deal is only available to U.S.-based investors. This is unfortunate and beyond our control. We apologize to…

New Recommendation: Scrap Connection

By Andy Gordon on February 15, 2017

Deal Details Minimum investment: $200 Security type: Future preferred stock via SAFE (An agreement that grants the holder the right to equity at a later date, typically when the company raises another significant round of funding) Valuation: $4.5 million with a 15% discount Industry: Business-to-business commerce Raising up to: $300,000…

Upcoming Deal Notice

By Adam Sharp on January 4, 2017

Dear Startup Investor, In a few weeks, we’ll have an exciting new startup investment opportunity for members. The startup is Reliant Immune Diagnostics. It’s a medical diagnostic company that has the opportunity to change the way we diagnose conditions, receive prescriptions and take delivery of our medication. This company has…

New Recommendation: EVELO

By Andy Gordon on December 26, 2016

Deal Details Minimum investment: $1,000 Security type: Preferred shares Valuation: $7.5 million Price per share: $1.32042 Industry: Transportation, fitness Raising up to: $1 million Opportunity closes: 1/6/2017 I’m excited to announce our newest recommendation. It’s an electric bike company called EVELO. Electric bikes have taken the European consumer market…

Pre-IPO Fund #1 Update

By Adam Sharp on October 25, 2016

Dear Startup Investor, We’d like to provide you with an update on the companies from our first pre-IPO fund in 2014. Some of these companies may be targeted in our new pre-IPO fund, which is still open for investment. If you haven’t reviewed this opportunity yet, you can do…

New Recommendation: VetPronto

By Adam Sharp on October 12, 2016

Deal Details Valuation: $5 million cap (the maximum valuation your shares will convert at) Security: Convertible debt (a note that will convert into preferred shares) Maximum amount to be raised: $1,000,000 Currently raised: $132,000 (as of 10/10/2016) Minimum investment: $100 VetPronto offers on-demand veterinary service. That’s…

Member Update

By Adam Sharp on September 19, 2016

Dear Startup Investor, If you read our free e-letter, Early Investing, you know that I’m bullish on the legal cannabis industry. What we’re seeing today is a rare opportunity that comes along only every few decades. The illegal marijuana market is estimated to be around $50 billion per year…

Upcoming Exclusive Pre-IPO Fund

By Adam Sharp on August 17, 2016

Dear Startup Investor, My colleague Andy Gordon and I are hard at work preparing another pre-IPO fund for Startup Investor members. We are planning to launch within the next 45 days. If you aren’t familiar with the term “pre-IPO,” it refers to later-stage companies that are still private. One of…
As I talked with Barrow's Intense founder Josh Morton, it became clear that he has a deep understanding of what it takes to market and distribute this product.

Update on Geekatoo

By Andy Gordon on May 31, 2016

  Dear Startup Investor, 444 Castro Street, San Francisco. That’s where Adam and I met Geekatoo Founder Kevin Davis last summer. Geekatoo used to call it home. Not anymore. The slightly larger HelloTech recently acquired Geekatoo. HelloTech was Geekatoo’s competitor. It operated in the same market and chased the same…

Update on Dealflicks

By Andy Gordon on May 2, 2016

Dear Startup Investor, Last time we wrote to you about Dealflicks, it was doing just fine, even exceeding our expectations. That was last October. At the time, the company was pulling in revenue at a $4 million annual rate. And it had expanded to 600 locations.

Two Outstanding Opportunities: Virtuix and Wefunder

By Andy Gordon on April 19, 2016

Dear Startup Investor, Our friends at The Oxford Club invited Adam and me to come speak at their annual investment conference. That’s where we were last week. As in previous years, we talked a lot and learned a lot. And as in previous years, we’ve come back to Baltimore with…

Cannabis Science and the War on Drugs

By Adam Sharp on March 25, 2016

Medical cannabis is already beginning to disrupt the pharmaceutical space. As I'll explain, it has the potential to take significant market share.

Update on Appvance

By Andy Gordon on March 11, 2016

  Dear Startup Investor, I’m pleased to report that Appvance just closed its second post-Series A raise. This one was for $5 million. Half was new VC money. The other half was from a convertible note raise done last February and converted into shares as part of Appvance’s current…