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Angel Insider: Africa’s Red-Hot Startup Scene

By Early Investing on October 18, 2022

African startups are on fire right now. According to the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, venture capital deals on the continent reached $3.5 billion from January through June this year. That’s more than double the amount in the same period in 2021. If the current trend continues, fundraising will hit $7 billion this year — 35% more than the $5.2 billion raised in 2021. In this episode of Angel Insider, Vin Narayanan…
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Startup Insider: Gryphon Sees Supercharged Sales Growth

By Early Investing on October 17, 2022

When we first recommended Gryphon in 2018, we were impressed by the company’s innovative product and excellent team. The company makes arguably the most secure and functional wireless internet router on the market. The Gryphon router uses artificial intelligence and machine learning technology…
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How to Take a Value Investing Approach to Crypto

By Vin Narayanan on October 14, 2022

This week’s inflation news was not good. Inflation, unsurprisingly, has risen faster than expected despite the Fed’s aggressive rate hikes. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is up 0.4% from last month, and the core CPI (which excludes highly volatile food and…
Crypto Market Musings The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the month of September is finally here, and it’s not what economists and the Fed wanted. The CPI increased 8.2% from last September and increased 0.4% month to month. The financial markets tumbled right after yesterday morning’s news. Ethereum…

The Early Investing Podcast: The Perfect Crypto Regulations

By Early Investing on October 12, 2022

Crypto is in a weird regulatory position. It doesn’t fit neatly into any one legal category — not securities, commodities, protocols or anything else. The SEC doesn’t quite know how to handle it.  Meanwhile, the crypto community is worried that the government will enact stifling regulations…
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A Different Kind of Due Diligence Process

By Vin Narayanan on October 11, 2022

In order to survive and thrive, human civilization needs water, food and energy. Everything else flows from these three things. That’s why as a startup investor, I keep a close eye on anything that’s changing or potentially disrupting one of these spaces. Investing early in game-changing innovations in…
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Behind the Pick: A Game Changer for Sports Fans

By Early Investing on October 7, 2022

Sports fans are some of the most passionate people on the planet. They care deeply for their teams and follow them religiously. But for most sports fans, going to a game in person or watching it on TV is the closest they ever get to their teams. …
Crypto Market Musings As of this writing, bitcoin is up about 3% over the last seven days and trading around $20,000. Ethereum is up about 2% over the last seven days and trading around $1,358. There’s no Fed meeting this month, so we won’t…
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The first Ford car was sold on July 23, 1903 — a little before my time. Over the years, cars and trucks have become faster, sleeker and safer. But the vehicle my grandfather drove in the 1920s… the one my father drove in the 1940s… and what I…

A Truly Terrifying Tale of a Terrible Investment

By Allison Brickell on October 5, 2022

My friend Jason told me it was a great idea.  “He’s already got tons of regulars,” he said. “They love his drinks. And we would get shares at a discount because he knows my brother! He just needs some money to get this new place started.”…
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Angel Insider: How to Invest in Web3

By Early Investing on October 4, 2022

Web3 is the vision for a new version of the internet that’s built on decentralization, blockchain technology and token-based economics. A key part of Web3 will be the metaverse — a virtual world that often incorporates elements of virtual or augmented reality. And people will own their data. …
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Startup Insider: Air Travel Innovations Take Off

By Early Investing on October 3, 2022

In December 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first successful flight with a self-propelled craft. And while airplanes have become much more advanced since that first flight, their engines haven’t actually changed much since the 1960s.  That’s a big problem. Aviation emissions are one of…
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New Pick: The Next Generation of Sports Fandom

By Vin Narayanan on September 30, 2022

It’s been a heavy year for crypto investors. We’ve spent the year talking about bear markets, inflation, interest rates, stock market correlation, dollar cost averaging and so much more.  These are all important topics. They’re hardly fun or exciting, though. And investing in crypto…

Commercial Real Estate’s Unused Office Problem

By Carolyn Price on September 30, 2022

As the popularity of hybrid work increases, office vacancies are becoming a major concern for building owners, cities and workers.  While some companies are encouraging employees to return to the office full time, they tend to seek more modern spaces in popular locations to lure their…
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New Pick: Taking Interoperability to a New Level

By Vin Narayanan on September 29, 2022

In bear markets, people tend to fixate on bitcoin and ethereum when it comes to crypto. And for good reason. If bitcoin and ethereum are falling, the crypto markets are likely following their lead. But if you look beyond bitcoin and ethereum, it’s possible to find…

The Early Investing Podcast: Adobe’s Pricey Figma Acquisition

By Early Investing on September 28, 2022

It’s a tale as old as time. A startup creates a great product, generating lots of sales and happy customers. A corporate behemoth tries to compete with the startup by launching its own version of the product. The corporate behemoth fails miserably and decides to buy the startup…