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Why Competition Is Critical for Startup Investors

By Vin Narayanan on September 7, 2022

I had a chance to play poker with some founders a few weeks ago at LA Tech Week. I mostly kept my mouth shut at the table. Between the game and flowing drinks, the founders were in a chatty mood. And I didn’t want to interrupt the flow. One of the more fascinating conversations was about their shared hatred of certain questions that venture capitalists ask. And at the top of the list was, “What happens…
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Startup Insider: Inside LA Tech Week

By Early Investing on September 1, 2022

LA Tech Week is an event for founders, investors and all manner of tech enthusiasts to connect and learn. This year’s event, which ran from August 15 to August 21, was expected to draw a small number of people. But thousands showed up.
Things are only impossible until they are not.  These inspiring words were spoken by Captain Jean-Luc Picard, a character from “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” And I’m not quoting him just because I like Star Trek. (Though I really do.) Star Trek shows us…
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Crypto Insider: Two Cryptos We’re Following

By Early Investing on August 29, 2022

For crypto investors, curiosity is a virtue. The crypto market is full of fascinating tokens for us to consider. Some projects, like bitcoin, are well established. Others are brand new. And new projects are emerging all the time. So if a coin catches your eye, research…
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This month’s recommendation is risky — even for crypto. We’re jumping into the metaverse. The metaverse is essentially a digital parallel (well, mostly parallel) to our physical universe. It’s a place where people will “live out” their digital lives using avatars (digital representations) of themselves. People…

The Three Eras of the Collectibles Market

By Early Investing on August 26, 2022

The collectibles market is a fascinating area of investing. Where else can you find sports memorabilia, trading cards and Star Wars action figures all in the same space? It’s also a…
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New Pick: A Trustworthy Gig Workforce

By Andy Gordon on August 25, 2022

Great investment opportunities come in all shapes and forms. Some startups are solving the world’s biggest problems — like climate change and the global pandemic. They focus on the scary problems that can do great harm. These problems get the most attention. But I greatly appreciate…
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Angel Insider: SoftBank Warns Investors About Startup Winter

By Early Investing on August 23, 2022

SoftBank is worried. Earlier this month, SoftBank founder and chief executive Masayoshi Son said unicorn founders are refusing to accept lower valuations in fresh funding rounds. As a result, “startup winter” — or the funding crunch startups are currently facing in…
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Startup Insider: This Startup Reimagines Cars as a Service

By Early Investing on August 22, 2022

America loves its cars. From classic car shows to “The Fast and the Furious” to congested highways across the country, cars are entrenched in American culture. In 2020, 91.5% of U.S. households had at least one vehicle. And year after year,…
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Crypto Monitor: Coinbase and BlackRock Join Forces

By Early Investing on August 19, 2022

Earlier this month, Coinbase shares soared after the crypto exchange announced a partnership with BlackRock that will allow BlackRock’s institutional clients to buy bitcoin. Coinbase will provide crypto trading, custody, prime brokerage and reporting capabilities.  This seems like a…

The Crypto Rally Is Over – What’s Next?

By Yasmin Sharbaf on August 19, 2022

Editor’s Note: Vin is out of the office attending LA Tech Week. So KingsCrowd Investment Research Analyst Yasmin Sharbaf is filling in for him on this weekly crypto market update. We think you’ll be interested to hear her point of view. Crypto Market Musings Last week,…
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We recommended Monogram Orthopedics to you back in 2019 and again in 2021. The company is developing advanced robotics technology combined with 3D printing to disrupt the joint replacement industry. We recently caught up with Monogram CEO Benjamin…

How Startups Can Help the Inflation Reduction Act

By Allison Brickell on August 17, 2022

As temperatures rise across the country, climate change is grabbing more headlines — and the attention of the U.S. government.  The Senate just passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which includes the most comprehensive climate legislation in U.S.
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What You Can Learn From the Investor Community

By Vin Narayanan on August 16, 2022

As you read this, I’m probably attending an LA Tech Week event. Tech weeks have become increasingly popular over the past few years. They’re like an industry conference on steroids. Tech weeks are designed to bring a community’s tech industry together…
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Crypto Insider: Ethereum Prices Before and After the Merge

By Early Investing on August 15, 2022

The crypto community is anxiously awaiting the Ethereum Merge, in which Ethereum will switch from a proof of work protocol to a proof of stake protocol. The Merge will make Ethereum more scalable, secure and sustainable. The Merge is currently slated to happen on September 19…
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How to Invest During a Bear Market (and Stay Sane)

By Vin Narayanan on August 12, 2022

I talk about investing all the time. I speak to groups at investment conferences. I talk about investing on multiple podcasts. I write about investing. I text about it with my friends. My barber talks to me about it while I’m getting a haircut (I’d rather talk football,…