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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 all-time high of $5,000, and most other coins rallied strongly. Then an announcement that China would ban ICOs (initial coin offerings) shook markets, and most crypto assets dropped around 20%.

New Recommendation: Balance

By Andy Gordon on September 5, 2017

Deal Details Minimum investment: $100 Raising up to: $1 million Valuation: $10 million cap (the max your investment will convert into shares at a future equity fundraise) Industry: Blockchain Investment portal: Wefunder Dear First Stage Investor, Balance, the company we’re recommending to you…

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…

New Recommendation: Geostellar

By Adam Sharp on August 24, 2017

Deal Details Minimum investment: $100 Raising up to: $1 million Valuation: $22 million cap (the max your investment will convert into shares at) Industry: Renewable energy Investment portal: Republic Dear First Stage Investor, What’s the first thing that pops into people’s heads when they…

It’s Bitcoin’s Time to Shine

By Adam Sharp on August 4, 2017

The cards are lined up perfectly for bitcoin. Its primary competitors are all vulnerable to disruption.
Deal Details Minimum investment: $100 Raising up to: $1.07 million Security Type: Promissory notes (Revenue sharing interests) Length of term: Until the repayment amount of 1.5X is repaid Interest rate: Dependent on two factors: future revenue and amount raised Fundraise period: Ends…

What Happens if Bitcoin Goes Mainstream?

By Adam Sharp on July 21, 2017

Bitcoin is spreading virally, and it may be headed for mainstream adoption. What would the price look like if we got there?

Update on Two MedTech Portfolio Companies

By Andy Gordon on June 28, 2017

Dear Startup Investor, We have updates on two of our outstanding medical technology companies. They serve as chronological bookends. Medical Surgery Technologies, or MST, was one of our first recommendations from late 2013. And Reliant Immune Diagnostics was one of our most recent recommendations from earlier this year.

New Recommendation: WhiteClouds

By Adam Sharp on May 9, 2017

Deal Details Minimum investment: $1,000 Valuation: $18 million (conversion cap) or 10% discount to next round’s price Raising up to: $1 million Investment portal: Wefunder I’m going to keep this alert brief. Our new recommendation, WhiteClouds, just launched on Wefunder late…

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…

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…