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Crypto Insider: Linking the Present and the Future

By Early Investing on November 7, 2022

As early investors, we often find ourselves looking to the future. We want to find the next revolutionary crypto project or startup — the companies that will change the world as we know it.  But sometimes the world isn’t ready for those changes. As a result, many companies with truly innovative ideas and stellar teams still fail because they can’t convince the market to adopt their product. That’s why we were so excited to…
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Behind the Pick: ID Verification That Maintains Your Privacy

By Early Investing on November 4, 2022

How many times have you needed to use some form of photo ID to verify your identity? For many of us, the answer is countless. Whether you’re opening a bank account, buying a car or even just picking up a concert ticket, photo identification is almost always required. …

Bitcoin Challenges Traditional Economic Theory

By Olivia Strobl on November 4, 2022

Crypto Market Musings In case you missed it, Elon Musk is officially “Chief Twit.” The business magnate became the sole director of Twitter after his deal to buy the company (finally) went through on October 27. Musk went on to use the platform to spread…
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Note: This recommendation was co-authored by KingsCrowd Investment Research Analyst Teddy Lyons. When you evaluate consumer packaged goods (CPG) startup investment opportunities, you need to focus on three critical components: Traction Brand Team.

Twitter and the Fight Against Fake News

By Allison Brickell on November 2, 2022

Well, it finally happened. After several legal snags and a full-blown trial, Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion.  One of Musk’s first priorities as the owner of the social media giant is to change Twitter Blue. Twitter Blue is an optional $4.99-per-month subscription that Twitter…
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Angel Insider: A New Way for Startups to Exit

By Early Investing on November 1, 2022

Two of the most common ways startups exit is via initial public offering (IPO) or acquisition.  But what about an “exit to community”? That’s what a growing number of founders are pushing for. It’s a new way…
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Startup Insider: A Spooky Startup With a Devilishly Good Idea

By Early Investing on October 31, 2022

It’s Halloween! Which means the First Stage Investor team is getting into the spooky spirit. We recently learned that there’s a startup that’s perfect for spooky season.  Chilling is a media production company that helps independent creators…
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New Pick: A Digital ID That Protects a Person’s Privacy

By Vin Narayanan on October 28, 2022

If a secure identity verification system… Doesn’t collect conventional identity touchpoints (like name, address, phone number, etc.) or traditional forms of identification (like driver’s licenses and passports)   And can’t reveal your actual identity  Can it actually work? And…

A Sweet Way to Identify Your Investment Style

By Allison Brickell on October 28, 2022

Halloween is nearly upon us. And investors have experienced their share of spooks this month. I shared a scary investment story. Inflation grew and sent the markets tumbling. And Mark Zuckerberg continued to use his…
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Do you keep up with the Kardashians? Well, we don’t, either. But there has been an interesting development in the crypto world that’s related to the famous family. Earlier this month, the SEC charged Kim Kardashian for endorsing a…
Startup investors and collectibles investors have a lot in common. They both need to evaluate potential investments with little to no track records — whether it’s a very early stage startup or a baseball card featuring a rookie player — and they both take on a lot of…
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New Pick: The Best of the Oracle Blockchains

By Vin Narayanan on October 24, 2022

I say or write “timing the market is a fool’s errand”™ so often I’ve started trademarking it. It’s almost impossible to predict the bottom of any market. And crypto markets are much more difficult to predict than others. The crypto markets have been stuck in neutral for extended…
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Crypto Monitor: Two Years Later, Cosmos Is Still Going Strong

By Early Investing on October 21, 2022

It’s been two years since we recommended Cosmos (ATOM) to Crypto Asset Strategies subscribers. And it has consistently outperformed the market since then. We first recommended Cosmos when it was trading for $5.15. As of this writing, we’re up…

Bitcoin Gives Investors a Break During the Bear Market

By Vin Narayanan on October 21, 2022

Crypto Market Musings Bitcoin (BTC) is traditionally an extremely volatile asset. But not right now. Bitcoin volatility (.BVOL) is at a 100-day low. Since September 1, bitcoin has largely been trading in a narrow range between $18,400 and $20,000. And BTC…
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New Pick: Breast Cancer Screening Tech That Saves Lives

By Andy Gordon on October 20, 2022

Note: This recommendation was co-authored by KingsCrowd Investment Research Associate Inez Sanjaya. The first time I learned that mammograms were incredibly painful was the first time Cecily got one after we got married. I guess this is something mothers…

The Trick to De-Risk Startup and Collectibles Investments

By Vin Narayanan on October 19, 2022

The baseball card universe has changed quite a bit since I was growing up. People don’t just buy cards for the bubble gum or trade doubles to complete their sets like I did. Instead, they seek out unique or scarce cards that can grow in value. They keep…