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Update on Appvance

By Andy Gordon on March 11, 2016

  Dear Startup Investor, I’m pleased to report that Appvance just closed its second post-Series A raise. This one was for $5 million. Half was new VC money. The other half was from a convertible note raise done last February and converted into shares as part of Appvance’s current raise. To refresh your memory, we invested in Appvance in January 2014. Appvance uses the cloud to simulate millions of users piling into an app simultaneously. Nobody was doing this…
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Update on Care at Hand

By Andy Gordon on February 29, 2016

Dear Startup Investor, Care at Hand is based in Washington, D.C. I’m in Baltimore, an hour away. So when Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky, the founder and CEO of Care at Hand, invited me to dinner, I hopped in my car, drove down I-95 and met him at the Blue Duck…
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Update on Magnises

By Andy Gordon on January 29, 2016

  Dear Startup Investor, Our portfolio holding Magnises is a credit card company. It also serves as a sort of club for millennials. And, much like an American Express card, it offers perks to its members. You can think of it as the American Express card for millennials… but clubbier.
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Tabs and Phabs and the Changing Face of Mobile

By Andy Gordon on January 7, 2016

  Dear Startup Investor, I thought I’d share with you an inside look at current mobile user trends, as reported by Flurry yesterday. Flurry – now part of Yahoo – has been tracking the mobile industry for seven years now. It monitors more than 2.1 billion smart devices worldwide. Flurry…
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Update on Trustify

By Andy Gordon on December 15, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, We recommended Trustify in late July. Back then, it lacked a major investor. But we liked the company so much, we recommended it anyway. A few weeks ago, it landed its big fish – Lowercase Capital. This venture capital (VC) firm is one of…
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  Dear Startup Investor, Time is running out… Your chance to invest alongside Barbara Corcoran (of Shark Tank fame) and her partner, savvy veteran investor Phil Nadel, won’t be around much longer. On December 31, the fund officially closes. This is your last chance to participate in an opportunity brimming…
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Update on Appvance

By Andy Gordon on November 13, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, There is a company in our Startup Investor portfolio that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s one of the startups I like the most, but talk about the least. The company is Appvance. I recommended it to you in January 2014. Its founder and CEO…
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Boom vs. Bust

By Andy Gordon on November 6, 2015

Dear Startup Investor, I emailed my partner Adam this morning. It said, “Read Sam Altman’s latest blog. He nails it.” Adam’s reply: “It’s nice someone in Silicon Valley agrees with us.” Ah, yes, finally a voice of reason. And from a respected entrepreneur and investor from deep inside Silicon Valley…
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Update on Dealflicks

By Andy Gordon on October 26, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, Dealflicks has recently made major strides in picking up new customers. Added to our portfolio last December, Dealflicks provides discounts of up to 60% on tickets from participating theaters. Moviegoers can access these discounts through Dealflicks’ website. Or they can download its mobile app. And now,…
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Conference Call With Phil Nadel of BCVP

By Adam Sharp on October 20, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, Thanks to everyone who joined our recent conference call with Phil Nadel of Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners. For those who missed the call, you can listen to a recording here. We covered a lot during the 45-minute call. Phil explained, in detail, what he looks…
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In this interview, Phil explains his early-investing strategy. To invest in Phil and Barbara’s fund, which will give you access to 10-20 startups, click here: https://angel.co/barbara-corcoran-fund/fund…
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Conference Call for Members

By Adam Sharp on October 8, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, Our conference call with Phil Nadel of Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners starts soon, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Here’s the information: Dial-in number: 1.302.202.1114 Conference code: 305432 Talk with you shortly… Adam Co-Founder, Early Investing Startup Investor Portfolio…
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Special Investment Alert: Privy

By Andy Gordon on October 7, 2015

Dear Startup Investor, We recommended Privy last September. At the time, we were convinced that Privy was tackling and solving a big problem. And we liked its user-friendly dashboard. To refresh your memory… Its platform gives retailers tools that track when a customer redeems a store’s online offer. Not…
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Conference Call for Members

By Adam Sharp on October 6, 2015

Dear Startup Investor, I’ve lined up a special event for Startup Investor subscribers this Thursday, October 8, at 12 p.m. Eastern Time. It’s a conference call with Phil Nadel, founding partner of Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners. We recently recommended a fund that will invest alongside Barbara and Phil. The minimum…
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Reminder About MicroVentures

By Andy Gordon on September 10, 2015

  Dear Startup Investor, We feel so strongly about this recommendation that we’re sending you a reminder, just in case you spent your last days in August on vacation or it slipped through the cracks. You can click on this link to see the original recommendation (sent to your inbox…
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Special Alert on Trustify (Recent Recommendation)

By Andy Gordon on August 24, 2015

Dear Startup Investor, I’m rushing this out to you because something extraordinary is happening with Trustify. Remember Trustify? I recommended it to you on July 29. At that time, the Ashley Madison hacking scandal was very new. But already business at Trustify was picking up thanks to the scandal.