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Lessons From a New Startup Investor

By Allison Brickell on April 6, 2022

I’ve been working at investment-related companies since 2015. But I’m still pretty new to the investing world. My background is in communication and journalism, not finance. So for the last seven years or so, I’ve been researching the online startup markets and observing my colleagues’ approach to investing. Last week, I took the plunge and made my first startup investment: Rasa. The company uses adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms to…
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Investing With a Potential Recession on the Horizon

By Vin Narayanan on April 5, 2022

I broke my ankle pretty badly a couple of weeks ago. It’s going to take four to six months to heal. I’m wearing a walking boot now. And as far as I’m concerned, the walking boot might be the greatest invention since the printing press. The…
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Vitalik Buterin, founder of Ethereum, is worried about the future of crypto. In an interview with Time magazine, he said he was concerned about the dangers to overeager investors, high transaction fees and the exorbitant displays of wealth that have come to be synonymous…
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Last week, Goldman Sachs made crypto history. The bank completed its first over-the-counter crypto trade with crypto firm Galaxy Digital.  Goldman executed the transaction in the form of a bitcoin non-deliverable option (NDO). Goldman and Galaxy – which have an ongoing partnership – seem pleased with…

Goldman Sachs Signals Crypto Is Here for the Long Haul

By Vin Narayanan on April 1, 2022

Goldman Sachs has made its first crypto trade. No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. The trade actually happened last week.  It was a bitcoin derivatives trade with Galaxy Digital. And Goldman is interested in participating in a full-fledged options market…
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VirZOOM Fights to Find Sustainable Growth

By Andy Gordon on March 31, 2022

It must be possible to feel very good and very bad about a company at the same time. Because that’s how I feel about VirZOOM. To refresh your memory, VirZOOM offers an app that can be used with just the Oculus Quest headset or in conjunction…

Startup Price Inflation Signals Danger for Investors

By Andy Gordon on March 30, 2022

Price inflation in the startup world is running rampant.  This isn’t new. But I do wonder when it’s going to peak. We’re not there yet. If anything, it’s getting worse. I’ll give you a recent example. I was talking to a founder yesterday who…
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Angel Insider: VCs Are Missing Out on Female Founders

By Early Investing on March 29, 2022

Historically speaking, funding for female founders has been pretty paltry in the venture capital (VC) world. From 2011 to 2020, the amount of VC money going to female-only-founded startups never went above $4 billion. In 2020 — despite U.S. startups raising a record $143 billion — funding to…
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Startup Insider: Data Takes Over

By Early Investing on March 28, 2022

In 2011, Marc Andreessen — co-founder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz — proclaimed that “software is eating the world.” It’s been a mantra of tech investors ever since. But today an even more powerful force is overtaking software: data. Data is a gold mine for…
On Tuesday, I attended a founder event hosted by Wefunder and Brex in New York. It was a chance for founders and investors to meet and get to know each other. And it was hopping! I spent so much time speaking to founders and other investors that I…
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Biden Pushes Government to Regulate Crypto

By Vin Narayanan on March 25, 2022

President Biden signed an executive order earlier this month that directs several federal agencies to develop policies and regulations for cryptocurrencies. Mainstream media reports — and some crypto analysts — linked this development to the U.S. trying to stop Russia from…
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I never thought this day would come. I’m recommending a company that is replacing coffee with a hot beverage that is damn nearly as rich and roasty but a hundred times more healthy.  Listen, I love my coffee. I drink three to…

Data Is Eating the World

By Vin Narayanan on March 23, 2022

For more than 10 years, “software is eating the world” has been an article of faith among startup investors. Marc Andreessen — co-founder of both Netscape and venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) — wrote these famous words in a blog post in…
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Crypto Insider: Microsoft Invests in Ethereum

By Early Investing on March 21, 2022

Microsoft is officially paying attention to the crypto space. The tech giant backed a recent $450 million funding round for ConsenSys, a blockchain startup founded by Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin. ConsenSys develops software that runs on the Ethereum network. And its valuation jumped to $7 billion with this…
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Crypto Monitor: The Vision and Venture Capital Behind Web3

By Early Investing on March 18, 2022

Andreessen Horowitz is a venture capital firm known for its focus on new technologies. The firm has $28 billion in assets under management across multiple funds — including $3 billion in crypto funds. And in January, a16z said it would raise $1 billion for Web3 seed investments.

The Best Strategy for Collectibles Investing

By Vin Narayanan on March 18, 2022

Normally, it’s not big investment news when a Super Bowl-winning quarterback retires or unretires. But then, not every Super Bowl-winning quarterback is Tom Brady. Brady is widely considered to be the greatest quarterback of all time (as a Michigan State alum, I found that sentence painful…