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Startup Insider: The Evolution of Crowdfunding

By Early Investing on May 16, 2022

Break out the cake and champagne — it’s Regulation Crowdfunding’s sixth anniversary! On May 16, 2016, Regulation Crowdfunding — or Reg CF — went into effect and allowed startups to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding. Reg CF was first made possible by the JOBS Act, which was passed in 2012 and allowed non-accredited investors to invest in startups through crowdfunding.  The JOBS Act, Reg CF and crowdfunding all cracked open the world of…
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The crypto markets are a bloodbath right now. Bitcoin crashed around 22% over the last week, dipping down to $26,638 on Thursday. And the crypto markets as a whole lost more than 16% of their overall capitalization overnight.  Investors…

Crypto Is No Longer a Non-Correlated Asset

By Vin Narayanan on May 13, 2022

Market Musings Crypto is in official bear market mode. Bitcoin briefly fell below $27,000 on Thursday. As of this writing, it’s down around 43% on the year and down about 60% from its all-time high of $67,802 last November. Ethereum dropped to close to $1,748 on Thursday. That’s…
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The Third Time Is Not the Charm for This Startup

By Andy Gordon on May 12, 2022

NowRx will complete its third crowdfunding raise on SeedInvest later this month. We’ve recommended it twice. And it has worked out incredibly well for our members who invested.  But the third time is not…
May 16 marks the sixth anniversary of crowdfunding under Regulation Crowdfunding. But it was the JOBS Act of April 2012 that made it possible. Whether you go by 10 years ago or six years ago, crowdfunding has come a long way. …
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Our Five Criteria for Evaluating Startups

By Vin Narayanan on May 10, 2022

Hopefully you’ve noticed the changes at Pre-IPO Profits recently. We emailed you an interesting startup investment opportunity last month. This month, we’re bringing you an exclusive webinar about investing in the KingsCrowd Capital Fund. In June, we’ll…
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The wine market was worth $64 billion in 2021 — and that’s just in the U.S. Yet this gargantuan industry has been sorely lacking in innovation. Until Winc came along, that is. Winc is a wine club…
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We received an email from a member recently that asked the following questions (and I’m paraphrasing): Why are underperforming coins still in the Crypto Asset Strategies portfolio? Why aren’t coins like ethereum, solana and others that have performed well in…

Fidelity Is Changing the Bitcoin Market

By Vin Narayanan on May 6, 2022

Market Musings The 30-day trendline for bitcoin isn’t pretty. And Thursday was particularly ugly, with bitcoin dropping to $35,871. The broader stock market was routed on Thursday as well. And as of this writing, spot gold and silver prices are down. Investors are skittish.  French regulators…
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Seattle in the early 1990s was booming. And no sector was growing faster than aerospace. But Seattle was also midwifing the birth of a new kind of coffeehouse. Starbucks reimagined the experience of a damn good cup of coffee. It struck a deep and broad chord. Starbucks stores…

The Nightmare of Navigating Student Loans

By Allison Brickell on May 4, 2022

What do you picture when you think of college?  Maybe you see cavernous lecture halls. Football stadiums packed with fans. Beautifully manicured lawns where students study or play frisbee or make lifelong connections. For many of today’s students, that image includes mountains of debt.
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Ethereum is a crucial network within the crypto ecosystem. It’s the backbone for much of the decentralized finance world. It’s by far the most popular network for decentralized apps. And most NFTs — which reached a trading volume of more than $17 billion last year — trade on…
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Today we’re presenting Behind the Pick, a special edition of Crypto Monitor.  Last Friday, we recommended a new crypto to Crypto Asset Strategies subscribers: Stargate Finance. It’s an interoperability coin created by LayerZero, a startup backed by…

The Fun and Profitable World of Collectibles

By Vin Narayanan on April 29, 2022

Before crypto, before startups, before I even knew what the stock market was, I was into collectibles. Baseball cards. Garbage Pail Kids cards. Cabbage Patch Kids. Action figures (especially “Star Wars”). I loved them all. And I collected them all. I didn’t know the…
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Most of you know that I’m an Ethereum bull. I believe that Ethereum is one of the most important networks in the crypto space. It’s the backbone for much of crypto’s decentralized finance (DeFi) system. Most NFTs trade on the Ethereum network. And trading volume for NFTs alone…
Elon Musk finalized his deal to buy Twitter this week for $44 billion. If you’ve been following me on Twitter (@vinistic), you know that I’ve been obsessed with Musk’s efforts to buy Twitter and…