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Deal Details Startup: Ayoba Security type: Crowd SAFE* Discount: 15% Valuation (cap): $7 million Minimum investment: $100 Where to invest: Republic Deadline: August 21, 2021 Note: Ayoba’s raise deadline is right around the corner, so if you’re interested in investing, make sure you get in by Saturday, August 21.  Once upon a…
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Deal Details Startup: Ayoba Security type: Crowd SAFE* Discount: 15% Valuation (cap): $7 million Minimum investment: $100 Where to invest: Republic Deadline: August 21, 2021 Note:…

Why the “Friends and Family” Round Needs to Change

By Vin Narayanan on August 18, 2021

I am a true believer in the American Dream — the idea that anyone, regardless of race, social class or birthplace can find success in this great country. I believe because I’ve witnessed my family’s journey. My dad immigrated to the U.S. from India 50 years…

The Startup Valuation Madness Continues

By Adam Sharp on August 17, 2021

I recently went down to Miami for the Mining Disrupt conference. I met some very interesting startup founders building promising crypto companies. But I didn’t invest in any of them. The reason is simple: they were too expensive. For example, there was one pre-revenue startup in…
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Crypto Insider: Crypto Portfolio Review

By Early Investing on August 16, 2021

It’s a good day for the crypto market. Bitcoin has gained 45% over the past month. But interpreting and understanding the crypto market is more of an art than a science. So in this episode of Crypto Insider, Vin Narayanan and Andy Gordon offer…
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Inflation Pushes Bitcoin Higher

By Adam Sharp on August 13, 2021

It was a very nice week for crypto. Bitcoin is up 9% over the last week, while ethereum is up 12.9%, according to CoinMarketCap data. Ethereum jumped on its implementation of EIP-1559, a network upgrade that burns a portion of miner…

A Brutal Market for Shorting Stocks

By Adam Sharp on August 13, 2021

In 2008, I had a big short and put position on mall REITs (real estate investment trusts) and big bank stocks. It worked like a charm at first. My positions were up anywhere from 30% to more than 140%. These companies were leveraged to the hilt.
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Upstack — the outstanding company I’m presenting to you today — finds, vets and provides companies with software developers from all over the world. It makes money from charging its clients an hourly rate that is about 37% more than the rate it pays its developers.  …

Envisioning a Better System for Women’s Health

By Allison Brickell on August 11, 2021

As the senior editor at both KingsCrowd and Early Investing, I do a lot of reading, editing and research on startups.  At KingsCrowd, I edit dozens of analyst reports on a regular basis. These reports provide detailed analysis of different startups,…
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Congress is looking to crypto to help fund part of its $1 trillion infrastructure plan. But the language used in the infrastructure bill is so broad, it could spell bad news for the crypto universe.  Essentially, the bill requires anyone who…
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Crypto Faces More Government Scrutiny

By Adam Sharp on August 6, 2021

There’s a proposal in the infrastructure bill making its way through Congress that could be bad for crypto. CNBC recently covered the issue in an article titled “White House backs senators pushing for stricter crypto reporting rules.” (Vin Narayanan covered this in more…

PayPal Censorship Highlights Bitcoin’s Importance

By Adam Sharp on August 6, 2021

When I talk about bitcoin, I usually focus on its importance as independent, scarce money.  And how it’s a hedge against inflation. What I don’t talk about enough is the importance of bitcoin’s uncensorable nature — the fact that no one…
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Crypto Needs Its Own Bill Clinton

By Vin Narayanan on August 5, 2021

I don’t praise politicians often. And I rarely praise former President Bill Clinton. But in 1998, Clinton fought for and signed into law a 10-year moratorium on taxing internet access. The new law also prevented most e-commerce purchases from being taxed.  Clinton argued at the time…

Startup Origin Story: Univoice

By KingsCrowd on August 4, 2021

Editor’s note: A founder’s origin story is incredibly important. It’s essential to understand why a founder started their company and how they envision the future when you’re considering their company as a potential investment. It also helps you understand the advantages or disadvantages they bring to the table.
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A Public Venture Capital Fund Worth Investigating

By Adam Sharp on August 3, 2021

Draper Esprit — a publicly traded venture capital (VC) firm — is in the news again. TechCrunch just published a piece titled “Why Draper Esprit doubled down on its status as a publicly listed VC.” Here’s a snippet of what Draper Esprit co-founder…
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Startup Insider: Trade Secrets vs. Patents

By Early Investing on August 2, 2021

A key part of a startup’s success is its defensibility — how it protects itself from the competition. It’s not enough for a company to offer a high-quality product. It needs to provide something that’s valuable and different from anything else out there. And…