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Which Platforms Have the Most Successful Deals?

By KingsCrowd on September 8, 2021

Editor’s Note: At Early Investing, we research startups that are raising money on all sorts of crowdfunding platforms. Some of the most common platforms include Wefunder, Republic, StartEngine, Netcapital and SeedInvest. But with so many platforms out there, it can be overwhelming for a founder to know which platform is best for their startup. And it can be just as difficult for an investor to figure out which crowdfunding platforms they should…

Which Platforms Have the Most Successful Deals?

By KingsCrowd on September 8, 2021

Editor’s Note: At Early Investing, we research startups that are raising money on all sorts of crowdfunding platforms. Some of the most common platforms include Wefunder, Republic, StartEngine, Netcapital and SeedInvest. But with so many platforms out there, it can be overwhelming…
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The Gut Microbiome’s Connection to COVID-19

By Adam Sharp on September 7, 2021

There is growing evidence that COVID-19 severity is influenced by our gut microbiome. Those who have high levels of beneficial, symbiotic bacteria in their guts tend to have better outcomes than those who have “dysbiosis” (unhealthy gut microbiomes).  A study in the prestigious medical journal…
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Institutional Crypto Adoption Ramps Up

By Adam Sharp on September 3, 2021

In today’s Early Investing newsletter, I wrote about some very bullish rumors from Mike Alfred, a leading player in the institutional bitcoin world. In a pair of tweets, he revealed that a large number of institutions have bought into bitcoin — and more…

Institutional Bitcoin Investing Is Finally Happening

By Adam Sharp on September 3, 2021

Mike Alfred is one of the most influential players in the institutional bitcoin investment space. He founded a company called Digital Assets Data. His company — which sold institutional-grade crypto data feeds — was acquired by NYDIG, a leading provider of…
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Deal Details Startup: TÖST Security type: Crowd SAFE* Discount: 0% Valuation (cap): $12 million Minimum investment: $150 Where to invest: Republic Deadline: October 1, 2021 About a decade ago, a good friend asked me what makes a great food and beverage…

How Early Investors Can Profit From the Unicorn Explosion

By Andy Gordon on September 1, 2021

Unicorns used to be a rare breed. Not anymore.  When Aileen Lee of Cowboy Ventures first coined the term “unicorn” — referring to startups worth $1 billion or more — in 2013, she identified 39 unicorns. The vast majority were valued below $5 billion. Apart from…
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Big Tech’s Disturbing Censorship Continues

By Adam Sharp on August 31, 2021

Big tech censorship continues to be a major concern. I first wrote about this issue almost a year ago. I’ve also written about how it creates investment opportunities.  And this trend of censorship shows no signs…
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NFTs Have Unrealized Potential

By Adam Sharp on August 27, 2021

I’ve been watching the non-fungible token (NFT) space closely over the last three months or so. And my conclusion is pretty simple. Art NFTs are here to stay — and we’re just beginning to see the potential utility for NFTs beyond artistic projects. …

NFT Mania: The Perfect Viral Asset

By Adam Sharp on August 27, 2021

I’ve been following the non-fungible token (NFT) space closely over the last three months. NFTs are a form of digital collectible. They’re based on blockchain technology, which makes each one unique, indivisible and verifiable.  NFTs have gotten a lot of attention recently. But they’ve existed for…
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A founder’s ability to break out of the region where they started their company is a major factor in determining their success.  Starting a small business in the suburbs of Ohio is one thing — expanding that business to Chicago, New York and San Francisco is…

How Crowdfunders Can Invest Better Than Venture Capitalists

By Allison Brickell on August 25, 2021

Drake Dukes, co-founder of startup data platform Gravity, shared some interesting data recently from his analysis of 992 unicorn founders. Now for our secret sauce… Here is the FounderDNA™ of every unicorn founder (992 analyzed): 53% are Serial Founders 35% are Technical…
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The Immense Promise of Microbiome Medicine

By Adam Sharp on August 24, 2021

As many of you know, I’m very excited about the potential of the microbiome as both an investor and as a way to improve your health. Last month, I wrote to you about why startup investors should be excited about this sector. And…
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Startup Insider: A Shocking Amount of Exit Experience

By Early Investing on August 23, 2021

For years, venture capital (VC) firms have favored founders who have experience leading companies to successful exits. “Look for founders with prior exits,” VC investors say. “They know what they’re doing.” But Drake Dukes, co-founder of data company Gravity, analyzed 992 unicorn founders and…
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Introduction to Solana (SOL)

By Adam Sharp on August 20, 2021

Solana (SOL) is an up-and-coming Ethereum competitor. It’s a proof-of-stake coin, and its network is extremely fast and powerful. The requirements to run a validator are extreme (it requires a powerful server with 128GB of RAM, which is a lot…
Back in December 2020, I wrote the following in “Institutional Bitcoin Is Here to Stay:” Insurance giant MassMutual announced last week that it had purchased $100 million worth of BTC. It also took a $5 million equity stake in New York…