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NowRx Plans to Expand

By Andy Gordon on October 29, 2018

What do I know now about First Stage Investor portfolio holding NowRx that I didn’t know before? A lot. Vin Narayanan (our Senior Managing Editor) and I had the pleasure of breaking bread with NowRx CEO Cary Breese and Chief Technology Officer Sumeet Sheokand last Friday in San Francisco. Vin had been attending a fintech conference in Las Vegas, and I had been at a crypto conference in Los Angeles earlier in the week. When I called up Cary –…

Startups to the Rescue

By Allison Brickell on October 29, 2018

Global warming has become a massive problem. But startups can tackle it in ways that might just save the planet.
We’re busy traveling this week, so we’re taking the opportunity to revisit a Mailbag we published over the summer. Its insights haven’t lost their relevance. - The Early Investing Team

Crypto Is a Work in Progress, Not a Finished Product

By Vin Narayanan on October 27, 2018

Critics treat crypto like it’s a finished product instead of an evolving product. It's the same mistake internet critics made.

Crypto Monitor: Explaining Haven Protocol Edition

By Vin Narayanan on October 26, 2018

Summary In this week’s Crypto Monitor, Adam Sharp looks at why people should invest in Haven Protocol (XHV), Fidelity joining the institutional move into crypto, a new upcoming catalyst and much more. If you’re interested in a particular topic, we’ve listed…

Crypto Flight to Safety

By Adam Sharp on October 25, 2018

The crypto market has been holding up incredibly well over the last few months. It’s impressive, especially considering that markets have been dumping so-called “risk assets” like growth stocks. Tech stocks have been getting ripped up lately, but crypto has been steady through the storm so far. The market has…

Why Public Blockchains Will Outlast Private Blockchains

By Andy Gordon on October 24, 2018

Private blockchains may be advancing more quickly than public blockchains, but they lack key qualities that will help them survive in the long run.

Earn Bitcoin for Completing Simple Tasks

By Adam Sharp on October 23, 2018

Instead of a traditional airdrop recommendation, today I’m going to tell you about a unique way to earn bitcoin online. The service I’m talking about is Earn pays users to answer questions, complete surveys and do simple tasks on the web. Everything is paid out in bitcoin, and it…

Five Things You Can Learn From a Successful Investor

By Andy Gordon on October 22, 2018

You can learn a lot from extraordinary investors.

Stablecoins Shift in Value

By Allison Brickell on October 22, 2018

Stablecoins are meant to hold steady, but lately the market has started valuing them differently... and it’s an interesting reflection of how the market perceives risk.
The Early Investing team tackles questions about startup investment tracking and bitcoin investing in a 401(k) account.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and Vin’s grandmother have one very important quality in common. And it’s one all investors can learn from.

New Recommendation: Haven Protocol

By Adam Sharp on October 19, 2018

Exchange: Bittrex Market cap: $8 million Total supply: 18.4 million coins Current supply: 5.3 million I’m excited to announce our newest speculative portfolio pick, Haven Protocol (XHV). Haven is a fascinating proof-of-work cryptocurrency that’s unlike any other project I’ve seen. Haven is a very…

Net Censorship on the Rise

By Adam Sharp on October 19, 2018

Google, Facebook, Twitter and others have ramped up censorship of unpopular political views. Can free speech be saved?

Will We Follow Canada’s Lead?

By Allison Brickell on October 18, 2018

A few weeks ago, we polled First Stage Investor members about a journey to the moon, national debt anxiety, password management and reasons for crypto ownership. Here’s what we learned… We’re a little surprised so many of you would turn down a free trip to the moon… but…
Fidelity, the fifth-largest asset manager in the world, is spinning off a cryptocurrency trading company for institutional investors. But the market hasn’t moved. What is it waiting for?