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The ICO Landscape Is Changing

By Adam Sharp on March 8, 2018

When I launched this service last year, I planned on having a mix of exchange-traded coin and ICO recommendations. Since then, however, the ICO landscape has changed… dramatically. The recent market pullback has cooled enthusiasm, but that’s not the primary problem. The bigger culprit is the fact that a large number of ICOs have recently decided to exclude U.S. investors (or only accept big $1 million-plus investments from private parties). For example, on (an ICO research site), this is…
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A Pure Marijuana Play for a Growing Market

By Adam Sharp on March 2, 2018

It’s not every decade that a $141 billion global market goes from prohibited to legalized. Today I’m going to look at one of the most intriguing cannabis stocks I’ve found so far.

Episode 3: Crypto Monitor

By Adam Sharp on March 2, 2018


Exclusive Invitation to DSTLD Webinar

By Andy Gordon on March 1, 2018

Livestreamed to Your Computer Monday, March 5, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET Click here to register. Dear First Stage Investor, It’s been a busy few months for our portfolio company DSTLD. When we checked in with co-CEOs Mark Lynn and Corey Epstein in…

New Recommendation: Decred (DCR)

By Adam Sharp on March 1, 2018

Price: $76 Market cap: $522 million Circulating coins: 6.8 million Total coins: 21 million Type: Cryptocurrency Recommended exchange: Bittrex Alternative exchange: Poloniex Decred (DCR) is a pure cryptocurrency play, and I consider it one of the few legitimate bitcoin challengers. The name Decred stands for decentralized credits. And this coin’s…

How Did ICO Investors Really Do in 2017?

By Andy Gordon on February 28, 2018

Fortune magazine’s report on an ICO study reveals the failure rates of last year’s ICOs and cautions readers against investing in them. Here’s why the report is misleading.

Crypto Asset Strategies Portfolio Update

By Adam Sharp on February 27, 2018

I’ll have a new recommendation for you in the next day or so. It’s a good one, so watch your inbox. Vertcoin Vertcoin (VTC) is currently trading at $4.20, according to The community continues to grow, and Vertcoin remains one of the most active crypto “subs” on…

Venezuela’s Crazy Crypto Experiment

By Adam Sharp on February 23, 2018

Venezuela has begun issuing its new petro cryptocurrency. The experiment may fail, but it hints at the full potential of blockchain tech.

Startup Portfolio Update

By Adam Sharp on February 22, 2018

We’re overdue for a startup portfolio update. So let’s go over some recent highlights. Court Innovations (CI) has made great strides in its mission to bring every courtroom online. I spoke with CEO MJ Cartwright this month and got exciting news: It’s considering doing another round of equity…

A Simple Way to Assess Startup Risk

By Andy Gordon on February 21, 2018

The Berkus Method, a four-factor valuation formula, gives you a nice framework to assess investment opportunities in terms of current risk and chances of future success.

Clarity on Crypto’s Biggest Threat: Government

By Adam Sharp on February 16, 2018

The prospect of widespread bans has been a looming threat hanging over the crypto world. For now, that threat has passed.

Q&A With 20/20 GeneSystems

By Andy Gordon on February 15, 2018

Today, we’re bringing you a fascinating conversation we had with Jonathan Cohen, the founder and CEO of our recently recommended company 20/20 GeneSystems. 20/20 focuses on reducing cancer mortality worldwide through early detection. It has pioneered a novel approach of continuous machine learning using large data sets…

Episode 2: Crypto Monitor

By Adam Sharp on February 15, 2018

Longtime crypto believers are sending the message that government is NOT to be trusted. This makes us wonder: How much longer can the government remain “balanced” in the face of such a radical creed?

One of the Keys to Crypto Profits

By Adam Sharp on February 9, 2018

Cryptocurrencies are a (potential) monetary revolution. Bitcoin could become a common investment asset and value transfer vehicle.