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“We need decarbonization now, across every sector in every country,” U.N. Secretary General António Guterres tweeted earlier this week. Don’t kill the messenger here, but he’s spitting in the wind. A plea for governments to pick up the pace of decarbonization will do little good. Not even the increasing incidence of fires, floods and extreme heat has gotten governments to act with the urgency and alacrity necessary to prevent a destructive global climate crisis. …
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“We need decarbonization now, across every sector in every country,” U.N. Secretary General António Guterres tweeted earlier this week. Don’t kill the messenger here, but he’s spitting in the wind. A plea for governments to pick up the pace of decarbonization will do little good. Not…
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October 2020 Recommendation: Ethereum Competitor

By Adam Sharp on November 3, 2021

Editor’s Note: Due to a production error, we failed to post this recommendation from last October. You have our sincere apologies. We have taken measures to make sure that mistake does not happen again. Additionally, we’re in the process of updating our portfolio provider. Once that change is made, it…
Note: Elemeno Health is a software-as-a-service platform that provides essential procedural information to doctors and nurses in real time. And it was recently rated a “Deal to Watch” by the KingsCrowd investment team. So we were curious to learn…
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Startup Insider: What Makes a Bad Founder

By Early Investing on November 1, 2021

At First Stage Investor, we spend a lot of time talking about founders. We usually focus on what makes a good founder — the qualities that investors should look for before they sink money into a startup.  But since we just celebrated…
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Layer One Ethereum Competitor Performing Well

By Adam Sharp on October 29, 2021

Layer one blockchains competing with ethereum have been on FIRE, especially Solana (SOL). One of our portfolio coins falls in that blockchain category, and it’s been doing extremely well too. In fact, it’s been doing well enough that some of you might be thinking about taking profits.

The Metaverse Must Be Decentralized

By Adam Sharp on October 29, 2021

As soon as I saw the headline, I cringed. “Facebook changes its name to Meta.”  The new name is a not-so-subtle reference to the Metaverse. Facebook plans to invest $10 billion to build an immersive VR platform (demo here). They envision…

KingsCrowd is a Very Unique Investment Opportunity

By Andy Gordon on October 28, 2021

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve presented nearly 100 startup investment opportunities to First Stage Investors.  All of these companies impressed the hell out of me. But there’s one startup that stands apart from all the rest. It’s the only one I’ve…
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Strong Follow-On Deals Have These Features

By Adam Sharp on October 26, 2021

When I first got into startup investing, I was mostly investing in early-stage deals. Valuations usually fell between $3 million-to-$10 million (with a few exceptions of around $40 million). I was focused on trying to find the potential big winners as early as I could. And I definitely…
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Startup Insider: The Most Promising Cannabis Companies

By Early Investing on October 25, 2021

Last week, one of the leading marijuana business conventions — MJBizCon — took place in Las Vegas. And First Stage Investor’s own Vin Narayanan was there to see firsthand what’s going on in the cannabis industry. Many people have been disappointed by…
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Bitcoin Poised for More All Time Highs

By Adam Sharp on October 22, 2021

Bitcoin has pulled back from the all-time-high of around $67,000 it reached earlier this week. But it’s still looking great at around $60,000.  A pullback here is actually quite healthy. We don’t want it to go up vertically. Parabolic (near vertical) moves inevitably correct hard. Steady…
Full disclosure: I own a small amount of DWAC shares (.02 percent of portfolio investment). Note that this is a highly speculative investment and is already up a ridiculous amount. Do not construe this as financial advice.  On Thursday, former President Donald Trump launched a special…
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Pierre Rogers, the founder and CEO of First Stage Investor holding Yahyn, thinks he’s on to something very big and immensely disruptive. He thinks it will upend America’s incredibly convoluted alcoholic beverage industry. It should make life much better for…
Note: Startup investors spend a lot of time learning about founders. We want to know about their backgrounds, how much business experience they have, what they think the future will look like… But we don’t spend enough time learning about other investors.
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Watch Out for This Serious Startup Investing Red Flag

By Adam Sharp on October 19, 2021

Oftentimes in seed rounds, companies explain that they need to raise money before really getting the business started. This can be a serious red flag, depending on the situation. If the company was founded months (or years) ago but has made little to no progress, that’s…
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It’s an exciting week to be a crypto investor. After years of waiting, we finally have a bitcoin ETF!  At least… as close as we can get to a bitcoin ETF right now. ProShares will launch its Bitcoin Strategy ETF tomorrow. The ETF is…