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Deal Details Startup: Monogram Orthopaedics Security type: Common stock Offering Maximum: $34.9 million Valuation: $89.9 million Price per share: $7.52 Minimum investment: $250.80 Where to invest: StartEngine Deadline: To be determined but likely in 10 to 12 weeks I first presented Monogram Orthopaedics to First Stage Investor…
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Deal Details Startup: Monogram Orthopaedics Security type: Common stock Offering Maximum: $34.9 million Valuation: $89.9 million Price per share: $7.52 Minimum investment: $250.80 Where to invest: StartEngine…

Beware the Cardano Price Mirage

By Adam Sharp on September 24, 2021

This week I struck up a conversation with another parent at my kid’s tennis lesson. The topic of cryptocurrency came up. This gentleman — whom we’ll call Bill — told me that he likes Cardano (ADA) and Dogecoin (DOGE) because they’re so much cheaper than bitcoin…
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China Bans Crypto Again

By Adam Sharp on September 24, 2021

China is banning crypto — again. And markets are selling off hard in response. It’s deja vu all over again. It reminds me of a great quote from venture capitalist Fred Wilson:…
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Illusio’s Future Remains Bright

By Andy Gordon on September 23, 2021

I first presented Illusio to First Stage Investor subscribers in April 2020. It was interesting timing, to say the least. We were finally realizing just how serious COVID-19 was. It certainly affected Illusio… and not in the best of…
Note: The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everything from education to events to healthcare. So it makes sense that it’s impacted the investment landscape too. But while traditional venture capital firms have had to change some of their methods, investing online is nothing new for crowdfunders. So did 2020…
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Startup Investing in 2014 vs. Startup Investing in 2021

By Adam Sharp on September 21, 2021

When I first started investing in startups in the summer of 2014, seed-stage deals were typically valued between $4 million and $5 million. I remember seeing a few deals at $1 million and a few more at $2 million and $3 million.  Today I’d estimate the…
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Last week, financial software giant Intuit confirmed it was buying Mailchimp — an email marketing/content tool — for a whopping $12 billion.  The buyout proves there are lots of different ways for a startup to succeed. But it also raises a lot of questions — namely,…
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Revolut is a fast-growing e-bank in the U.K. that’s worth $33 billion. And this week we found out that it is using bitcoin to pay for its U.S. office rental space.  Ryan Weeks of The Block did a nice writeup on…

The Dark Side of NFTs

By Adam Sharp on September 17, 2021

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about how NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are the perfect viral asset. NFTs have a lot of interesting characteristics. They’re speculative, subjectively valued and community-based. You could say they’re the perfect viral asset. And because…
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Deal Details Startup: Amass Security type: Preferred equity Valuation: $75 million Share price: $3.8 Minimum investment: $498 Where to invest: SeedInvest Deadline: February 12, 2022 Amass is a luxury lifestyle beverage brand. But it’s also so much more.  To help you…

3 Qualities to Look for in a Startup Before You Invest

By Allison Brickell on September 15, 2021

If you’re at all new to startup investing, you might feel a little overwhelmed. I know I’ve felt that way. It’s one thing to invest in the stock market. At least there, you’re investing in a public company that has years of financial data…
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Online Startup Investing Is the Future

By Adam Sharp on September 14, 2021

One of the concerns people have about online startup investing is getting a read on founders over the internet. However, I don’t think this is a real problem. The best way to evaluate founders is to simply evaluate their business. How much progress have they made?…
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Crypto Insider: Binance Surrenders to Financial Regulators

By Early Investing on September 13, 2021

Binance, the world’s biggest crypto exchange, has been having a rough time lately. The exchange is facing increasing scrutiny from governments around the world. Financial watchdogs from Britain, Japan, Germany, the U.S. and other countries have all issued warnings to Binance…
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Keep an Eye on FTX Token

By Adam Sharp on September 10, 2021

FTX Token (FTT) is the native currency of the FTX crypto exchange. FTX is a very fast-growing and profitable exchange founded by 29-year-old billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried. Bankman-Fried is pretty much the Midas of the crypto world. He’s a…
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Startup Insider: Last Chance to Invest in Genius Juice

By Early Investing on September 9, 2021

Genius Juice — which creates simple and delicious two-ingredient coconut smoothies — is one of the First Stage Investor team’s favorite startups. Andy Gordon presented it to subscribers about four months ago. He summed up Genius Juice’s prospects succinctly…