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Initial coin offerings (ICOs) show no sign of slowing down. According to Bloomberg, this time last month the amount raised from ICOs surpassed $2 billion. It’s now moved north of $3 billion in that short amount of time. In total, investors have contributed more than $3 billion to more than 200 ICOs this year, according to data from Coinschedule.com. September was a very busy month for ICOs. Last month brought in $850 million from 37 offerings. However, when…
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New Recommendation: Arbit

By Andy Gordon on October 18, 2017

Deal Details Minimum investment: $100 Investment type: Crowd SAFE (convertible note) Valuation cap: $5 million Discount: 20% Deadline: November 7, 2017 Investment portal: MicroVentures Conversion provisions: In connection with an equity financing of at least $1 million, the company has the option to convert the Crowd…
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Must-Read Stories of the Week

By Andy Gordon on October 12, 2017

This week, I wanted to share five stories from the world of cryptocurrencies and private equity that caught my eye this week. Scouring the web for good insights is a key component of my research, and I want to pass that information along to you. Let’s get started……
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New Recommendation: Jetpack

By Adam Sharp on October 11, 2017

Deal Details Minimum investment: $50 Investment type: Crowd SAFE (convertible note) Valuation cap: $3 million Deadline: October 27, 2017 Investment portal: Republic Dear First Stage Investor, We are living in an increasingly on-demand world. People want and need things right away. This is especially true on…
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Banks Stepping Up Their Use of Blockchain Technology

By Andy Gordon on October 5, 2017

I still can’t decide what JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon was thinking when he recently dissed cryptocurrencies. He dubbed bitcoin a “fraud.” Was it cluelessness? Self-interest? Fear? If he feels that banks and cryptocurrencies can’t coexist, why is his own bank partnering with privacy-focused cryptocurrecy Zcash? (See my last post here…
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Addressing Missed Opportunities

By Andy Gordon on September 28, 2017

In early September, I recommended a rising startup called Balance. In a nutshell, Balance is capitalizing on the growth of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain by making the platforms easier to use. Here’s my original recommendation that explains Balance in more detail. I was so bullish on Balance that I…
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The Bitcoin Rally Is Back

By Adam Sharp on September 21, 2017

Last week, the price of bitcoin dropped sharply after Chinese officials announced they would be closing most cryptocurrency exchanges. In the update we sent Friday, when bitcoin had dipped to around $3,000, I said this was no reason to panic, and definitely not a reason to sell. In fact, we…
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A Second Chance to Invest in a Now $130 Billion Disruptor

By Andy Gordon on September 14, 2017

The September issue of First Stage Investor hit your inbox last Friday. I hope you’ve already dipped into it. If you haven’t, you’re missing out on seeing me do something I’ve never done before… Double down on a startup recommendation. To tell you the truth, it wasn’t that hard of…
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A Volatile Week for Cryptocurrencies

By Adam Sharp on September 7, 2017

I have just a quick update for everyone this week. I’m in Washington, D.C. today and tomorrow, where my friends at The Oxford Club invited me to speak to some of their Members about cryptocurrencies and equity crowdfunding. It was a volatile week for cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin briefly touched a new…
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New Recommendation: Balance

By Andy Gordon on September 5, 2017

Deal Details Minimum investment: $100 Raising up to: $1 million Valuation: $10 million cap (the max your investment will convert into shares at a future equity fundraise) Industry: Blockchain Investment portal: Wefunder Dear First Stage Investor, Balance, the company we’re recommending to you…
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Keeping Up With the Bitcoin Boom

By Adam Sharp on August 31, 2017

A note from the Managing Editor: As promised, this week marks the launch of a brand-new benefit for First Stage Investor subscribers. Starting today, you will begin receiving the Weekly Update every Thursday. Because the Weekly Update is an exclusive benefit for subscribers, it will provide insights and updates that…
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New Recommendation: Geostellar

By Adam Sharp on August 24, 2017

Deal Details Minimum investment: $100 Raising up to: $1 million Valuation: $22 million cap (the max your investment will convert into shares at) Industry: Renewable energy Investment portal: Republic Dear First Stage Investor, What’s the first thing that pops into people’s heads when they…

It’s Bitcoin’s Time to Shine

By Adam Sharp on August 4, 2017

The cards are lined up perfectly for bitcoin. Its primary competitors are all vulnerable to disruption.
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Deal Details Minimum investment: $100 Raising up to: $1.07 million Security Type: Promissory notes (Revenue sharing interests) Length of term: Until the repayment amount of 1.5X is repaid Interest rate: Dependent on two factors: future revenue and amount raised Fundraise period: Ends…

What Happens if Bitcoin Goes Mainstream?

By Adam Sharp on July 21, 2017

Bitcoin is spreading virally, and it may be headed for mainstream adoption. What would the price look like if we got there?
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Update on Two MedTech Portfolio Companies

By Andy Gordon on June 28, 2017

Dear Startup Investor, We have updates on two of our outstanding medical technology companies. They serve as chronological bookends. Medical Surgery Technologies, or MST, was one of our first recommendations from late 2013. And Reliant Immune Diagnostics was one of our most recent recommendations from earlier this year.