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Crypto Market Rallies, Bitcoin Still on Top

By Adam Sharp on July 30, 2021

It’s been very encouraging to watch the crypto rally this week.  Bitcoin has led the way over the past week, rising 20% from the beginning of the week to Friday. Most altcoins are up anywhere from 5% to 15% over the same time period.  I continue to be most bullish on bitcoin based on the current environment.  I’m still watching inflation closely. Newly released numbers show U.S. inflation rose…
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Crypto Market Rallies, Bitcoin Still on Top

By Adam Sharp on July 30, 2021

It’s been very encouraging to watch the crypto rally this week.  Bitcoin has led the way over the past week, rising 20% from the beginning of the week to Friday. Most altcoins are up anywhere from 5% to 15% over the same time period. …

Gold and Bitcoin Are Critical Inflation Hedges

By Adam Sharp on July 30, 2021

The entire U.S. stock market is currently valued at around $53.9 trillion. That’s all the companies on the NYSE, Nasdaq and OTC markets combined.  During the 2008 global financial crisis, the whole stock market was valued at just $11.4 trillion.
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New Pick: A Better, Fresher Take on Indoor Gardens

By Andy Gordon on July 29, 2021

Deal Details Startup: modgarden Security type: *Convertible Promissory Note (converts into non-voting common stock at $1 million*) Maturity Date: 2 years from closing Valuation Cap: $9.5 million  Discount Rate: 20% Minimum investment…

The Disruptive Force That Shaped My Life

By Vin Narayanan on July 28, 2021

All startups have an origin story. So do all founders. These origin stories are important. They explain why a startup began. Or why we believe particular founders will be persistent, constantly fight for success and never give up on their…
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The health area I’m most excited about for the next 10-plus years is microbiome medicine. A microbiome is the collection of microorganisms in a particular environment, like soil or the human body.  One of the most important microbiomes in our body is our gut microbiome. It’s…
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Startup Insider: Venture Capital Learns From Crowdfunding

By Early Investing on July 26, 2021

Equity crowdfunding is often seen as the balancing force to traditional venture capital. Venture capital is exclusive and focuses on writing large checks to a few companies. Equity crowdfunding prioritizes inclusivity and the power of many small investments added together.  But what if there were a…
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Why We Need Crypto Bears

By Adam Sharp on July 23, 2021

Lately I’ve been watching a crypto YouTube Channel called UpOnly. It’s run by two experienced crypto traders, Ledger and Cobie.  In April, they hosted a show titled Big Brain Crypto Club. It included some of the…

My Favorite Financial Thinkers

By Adam Sharp on July 23, 2021

As investors, we live in very interesting times. It’s a challenging environment that’s complicated by actors like the Federal Reserve, which can move markets like nothing else I’ve ever seen. In such a crazy environment, smart, independent thinking is priceless. These are some of the independent…
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Cityzenith Continues to Meet High Expectations

By Andy Gordon on July 22, 2021

I first recommended Cityzenith in August 2019. The company enables users to design, monitor, control, analyze, optimize, predict, and collaborate on physical assets all from one application. In other words, it uses “digital twin” technology — 3D virtual replicas of buildings, infrastructure and other physical assets…

The Inside Scoop on “Outside” Founders

By Andy Gordon on July 21, 2021

Ali Tamaseb has written an interesting book called Super Founders. Super founders are the founders of unicorns — aka startups valued at $1 billion or more.  These days, $1 billion is the price of entry to what used to be a very…
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Alternative Investments to Consider

By Adam Sharp on July 20, 2021

Last week in Early Investing, I wrote a piece about how startup valuations are getting a little crazy. As I’ve discussed here recently, these rising prices have caused me to cut back…
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Startup Insider: Reimagining the Private Markets

By Early Investing on July 19, 2021

Scott Kupor is one of the sharpest minds in venture capital. He’s the managing partner of Andreessen Horowitz and the author of Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It. Kupor testified before Congress earlier this year…
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A New Decade of Inflation

By Adam Sharp on July 16, 2021

Bitcoin continues to trade in a pretty tight range between $30,000 and $35,000. There’s a possibility that it could drop to the $20,000 range, but I don’t see it going much lower than that. Of course, anything can happen with crypto. Regardless, I remain certain that…

How To Deal With Crazy-High Startup Valuations

By Adam Sharp on July 16, 2021

I saw a pretty interesting thing on Twitter this week. Founders Fund general partner Keith Rabois posted the following. Biggest change in the venture landscape now: There are no VC funds with pricing discipline. All of us have caved.
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Deal Details Startup: Sugarfina Security type: Crowd SPA (Stock Purchase Agreement) Price per security: $10 Valuation: $125 million Minimum investment: $500 Where to invest: Republic Deadline: May 1,…