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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 our core beliefs is that as companies continue to stay private for longer, accredited investors seeking growth should diversify into private investments. It’s practically the only way to add “hyper-growth”…
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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.
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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…
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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.
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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.
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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…
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Update on Care at Hand

By Andy Gordon on February 29, 2016

Dear Startup Investor, Care at Hand is based in Washington, D.C. I’m in Baltimore, an hour away. So when Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky, the founder and CEO of Care at Hand, invited me to dinner, I hopped in my car, drove down I-95 and met him at the Blue Duck…
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Update on Magnises

By Andy Gordon on January 29, 2016

  Dear Startup Investor, Our portfolio holding Magnises is a credit card company. It also serves as a sort of club for millennials. And, much like an American Express card, it offers perks to its members. You can think of it as the American Express card for millennials… but clubbier.
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Tabs and Phabs and the Changing Face of Mobile

By Andy Gordon on January 7, 2016

  Dear Startup Investor, I thought I’d share with you an inside look at current mobile user trends, as reported by Flurry yesterday. Flurry – now part of Yahoo – has been tracking the mobile industry for seven years now. It monitors more than 2.1 billion smart devices worldwide. Flurry…
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Update on Trustify

By Andy Gordon on December 15, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, We recommended Trustify in late July. Back then, it lacked a major investor. But we liked the company so much, we recommended it anyway. A few weeks ago, it landed its big fish – Lowercase Capital. This venture capital (VC) firm is one of…
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  Dear Startup Investor, Time is running out… Your chance to invest alongside Barbara Corcoran (of Shark Tank fame) and her partner, savvy veteran investor Phil Nadel, won’t be around much longer. On December 31, the fund officially closes. This is your last chance to participate in an opportunity brimming…
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Update on Appvance

By Andy Gordon on November 13, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, There is a company in our Startup Investor portfolio that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s one of the startups I like the most, but talk about the least. The company is Appvance. I recommended it to you in January 2014. Its founder and CEO…
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Boom vs. Bust

By Andy Gordon on November 6, 2015

Dear Startup Investor, I emailed my partner Adam this morning. It said, “Read Sam Altman’s latest blog. He nails it.” Adam’s reply: “It’s nice someone in Silicon Valley agrees with us.” Ah, yes, finally a voice of reason. And from a respected entrepreneur and investor from deep inside Silicon Valley…
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Update on Dealflicks

By Andy Gordon on October 26, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, Dealflicks has recently made major strides in picking up new customers. Added to our portfolio last December, Dealflicks provides discounts of up to 60% on tickets from participating theaters. Moviegoers can access these discounts through Dealflicks’ website. Or they can download its mobile app. And now,…
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Conference Call With Phil Nadel of BCVP

By Adam Sharp on October 20, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, Thanks to everyone who joined our recent conference call with Phil Nadel of Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners. For those who missed the call, you can listen to a recording here. We covered a lot during the 45-minute call. Phil explained, in detail, what he looks…