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StartEngine Is Anticipating the SEC’s Next Moves

By Andy Gordon on November 19, 2018

Andy catches up with the CEO of StartEngine, one of the First Stage Investor portfolio holdings, and learns about new developments in the company.

Mailbag: Decriminalizing Marijuana, Bitcoin Halving

By Early Investing on November 18, 2018

In this week’s Mailbag, the Early Investing Team answers questions about marijuana decriminalization and bitcoin halving.

Digging Into the Marijuana Business in Vegas

By Vin Narayanan on November 17, 2018

Half of the Early Investing Team traveled to MJBizCon this week... and it’s one of the most exciting conferences they’ve ever been to.

Crypto Market Update

By Adam Sharp on November 16, 2018

As you likely already know, crypto markets have slumped lower over the past few days. Bitcoin’s trading at around $5,595 as I write this, and altcoins are down similarly. Things have stabilized a bit over the last 24 hours, but we could be in for more selling over the coming…

Cyber Monday, Criminal Evidence and More

By Allison Brickell on November 15, 2018

Back in October, we polled First Stage Investor members about 5G technology, recreational marijuana, climate change and bitcoin futures. Here’s what we learned...

Look for Startups That Check These Three Boxes

By Andy Gordon on November 14, 2018

I’m always on the lookout for a company that meets three key criteria. So I was excited to discover two companies that checked all the boxes.

The New and Much Cooler 1%

By Andy Gordon on November 12, 2018

Things are only going to get worse for 99% of investors in the public markets. The good news is things are only getting better for you, the 1% who have embraced crowdfunding.

Distrusting Candidates (but Not Crypto)

By Allison Brickell on November 12, 2018

A week after the midterm elections, we’re seeing how crypto is playing an increasingly large role in political campaigns.

Mailbag: Open-Source vs. Private Blockchains, SEC Delays

By Early Investing on November 11, 2018

In this week’s mailbag, the Early Investing team addresses private blockchains potentially moving ahead of open-source projects and the SEC missing a deadline.

News Fix: Not All Political Victories Are Created Equal

By Vin Narayanan on November 10, 2018

It’s been a good week for the legal marijuana industry. But before we get too excited, we need to remember that not all political victories (or defeats) are created equal.

The “Why” of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

By Adam Sharp on November 9, 2018

Adam explains the “why” of bitcoin and how cryptocurrency is driven forward by the idea that the world needs an alternative to fiat.

Crypto Monitor: Ethereum nearing Serenity

By Vin Narayanan on November 9, 2018

Summary In this week’s Crypto Monitor, Adam Sharp and Andy Gordon discuss the major improvements being made to ethereum, a proposed blockchain city in Nevada, Coinbase raising even more money and much more. If you’re interested in a particular topic, we’ve…

Why Did We Recommend a Huge Pot Stock?

By Adam Sharp on November 8, 2018

At first glance, Canopy Growth Corporation seems out of place in our portfolio of startups and cryptocurrencies. But it’s there for good reason.

Why the Crypto Community Gets It

By Andy Gordon on November 7, 2018

Is the crypto cup half full or half empty? One thing is for sure: Change is coming. How fast is in the eyes of the beholder.

Airdrop Alert: (RWRD)

By Andy Gordon on November 6, 2018

Editor’s Note: Airdrops are free crypto. Companies use airdrops to promote use and awareness of the coin. Investors hope the coins rise in value. There’s no risk in play here. But there are potential rewards to be gained. Airdrop Recommendation: Today I’m recommending members take advantage…

Seven Possibilities for Crypto’s Future

By Andy Gordon on November 5, 2018

It’s incredibly early for crypto. Yes, a lot has happened so far. But that’s nothing compared to the future. Nobody really knows how everything will play out. So much more awaits. It’s exciting. It’s scary. It’s mysterious. Which is why I love to hear predictions. And I heard a bunch…