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What’s Next

By Andy Gordon on August 13, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, I’ve always been keenly aware that we’re a startup living and investing in a startup world. We monitor the progress of startups we like. We also write about the changes taking place among our favorite startup portals and incubators. But who tracks us? Who writes about us? We don’t draw much attention from the media. Really, that’s what we prefer. We love the fact that we’re operating under people’s radar. It allows us to do our…
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Early-Stage Fund Enters Its Final Days

By Andy Gordon on July 16, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, We’ve been working closely with MicroVentures these past few months, helping its team to continue to identify great young startups for the early-stage fund we recommended to you in late March. It’s such a wonderful opportunity, I’ve urged, pleaded and cajoled Bill Clark into keeping…
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Friendly Reminder

By Andy Gordon on June 30, 2015

You Are Cordially Invited to the First Annual Startup Investor Summit August 23-24 San Francisco Dear Startup Investor, August will be here before you know it. So I’d like to make a suggestion. If you feel the mainstream media pays too much attention to the big institutional investors and not…
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The Supercomputer in Your Pocket

By Andy Gordon on June 25, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, Marc Andreessen coined the clever and funny phrase “software is eating the world” back in 2011. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that one of VC firm Andreessen Horowitz’s partners – Benedict Evans – has given his must-read slide presentation the title… “Mobile…
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Portfolio Update

By Adam Sharp on June 19, 2015

  Our portfolio company SeedInvest has been on a tear lately. The equity crowdfunding platform was the feature of a recent article in The Economist magazine. Open Season A new era begins in America’s securities markets SOMETIMES revolutions have small beginnings. SeedInvest is a three-year-old company with 20…
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What Bubble?

By Andy Gordon on June 17, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, We’ve heard lots of talk of a bubble recently. Of course, nervous talk of a bubble is one indication that we’re not in a bubble. The sheer excitement of a hot bubbly market precludes such nervous talk, you see. But if you want dozens of data-driven…
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Portfolio Update

By Andy Gordon on June 1, 2015

Dear Startup Investor, I have a brief update for you this week. It’s on Magnises, the NYC “black card” company for young and aspirational professionals. Magnises| Recommended: June 2014 Portal: Wefunder It’s one thing for this hybrid upscale credit card cum club company to tap…
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Portfolio Update

By Andy Gordon on May 15, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, Summer is around the corner. A good time to kick back and relax? At least just a little? A far-fetched notion for the seven startups we’re updating below. They’re busier than ever, from hopping from festival to festival (Bohemian Guitars) to wrapping up current fundraising efforts…
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Join Us in San Francisco This August

By Adam Sharp on May 7, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, I’ve got exciting news to share with you today. We’re hosting our first annual Startup Investor Summit August 23-24 in San Francisco. Two complimentary tickets are included with your membership (limited number of spaces, first come first served). All you need to do is book your…
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Kabam: Eyes on the Prize

By Andy Gordon on May 4, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, Kabam is pivoting. Again. If you invested in the pre-IPO fund we put together with MicroVentures, then you own a piece of Kabam. By the way, you’re in good company. Such big names as Alibaba, Google, Intel, MGM and Warner Bros have also invested in…
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Wefunder Deal Closes Friday

By Adam Sharp on April 23, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, One of our favorite recommendations, Wefunder.com, closes this Friday, April 24. We’ve known the team for a while, and believe it can grow the company into a very large and profitable one. Wefunder is a “portal” site that offers startup investments. It competes with AngelList, Ourcrowd,…
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Portfolio Update: Apploi

By Andy Gordon on April 17, 2015

Dear Startup Investor, My colleague Adam and I had lunch with Daniel Freedman yesterday. Daniel is the chief strategy officer and head of business development at Apploi. We recommended Apploi to Startup Investor members in June last year. Daniel confirmed our own observations. That the company is making good progress,…
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Portfolio Update

By Andy Gordon on April 14, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, March was a busy month for our companies. Appvance, SpeechTrans and Connect made significant upgrades to their products. And our two startup portal companies continue to upgrade and expand. Below we update you on nine of our 23 holdings (not including our latest recommendation)… That’s the…
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Social Bicyles: Update

By Andy Gordon on March 11, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor: Exciting news for Atlanta residents and SoBi investors… Social Bicycles just signed a contract with the city of Atlanta. It’ll be supplying the city with 500 bikes and 50 rental stations. To refresh your memory… SoBi’s brilliant idea was to put the “brains” of its…
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Dealflicks: New Round

By Adam Sharp on March 3, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor: We recommended Dealflicks to you right before Christmas. We liked this impressive little startup then. We like it even more now. And for the best of reasons. It’s making great strides with its marketing and getting more and more theaters to sign up with it.
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Portfolio Update

By Adam Sharp on February 12, 2015

Dear Startup Investor, Now that our portfolio has reached 21 companies plus the pre-IPO fund, we’re experimenting with new ways to update members on portfolio companies. We have some exciting updates to share, starting with Underground Cellar. But first, a note about limitations to our updates. Because we aren’t investors…