Author: Andy Gordon

I made my chops as an entrepreneur and investor with over 30 years of experience at building wealth for myself and others. I graduated from the London School of Economics a year after the bicentennial. By the way, this is the same school that produced 34 heads of state including John F. Kennedy… and another 18 Nobel Laureates…

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The One Thing All Good Founders Have in Common

By Andy Gordon on March 10, 2021

Why do founders become founders? There are certainly easier paths to wealth. Like what I do. A good startup investor makes more than a great startup founder eight out of 10 times. I should know — I’ve done both. And I’ve made a lot more investing…
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New Pick: This Medtech Startup is Ahead of Its Time

By Andy Gordon on March 4, 2021

Deal Details Startup: InnaMed Security type: Future Equity Agreement (SAFE) Valuation (cap): $20 million (to increase to $25 million) Minimum investment: $100 Where to invest: Wefunder Deadline…

Hardware Startups Have a Secret Strength

By Andy Gordon on March 3, 2021

Hardware is risky. Making something you can touch and feel usually takes more money and time than developing software products.  Yet five out of the last seven startups I recommended to my First Stage Investor members are hardware (or hybrid hardware and…
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New Pick: Invest in Detecting Heart Failure Early

By Andy Gordon on February 25, 2021

Deal Details Startup: Oracle Health Security type: Stock Purchase Agreement Price per security: $2.00 Valuation: $20 million Minimum investment: $250 Where to invest: Republic Deadline…
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Behind the Pick: A Pleasant Vetting Surprise

By Andy Gordon on February 18, 2021

Last week I recommended reusable respirator manufacturer Canopy to you. My reasoning for liking this company goes far beyond meeting growing market demand. Effective masks are not a “nice to have” product. Lives are at risk. Masks are a must-have. But…
The wrong kind of IPO is getting all the attention these days. And the right kind is being virtually ignored.  The much praised — but highly flawed — special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) is the talk of the town right now. SPACs are shell companies that raise…
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New Pick: Invest in the Next Generation of Medical Masks

By Andy Gordon on February 11, 2021

Deal Details Startup: Canopy Security type: Crowd IPA* Price per security: $5.61 Valuation (cap): $6.5 million Minimum investment: $100.98 Where to invest: Republic Deadline: May 1, 2021…

Technology is Changing Food and Beverage Discovery

By Andy Gordon on February 10, 2021

I felt like pizza the other day — not an uncommon occurrence for me. Back in the ancient BC days (before COVID), my wife and I would hoof it over to our favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant — a 12-minute walk (or four minute drive).
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Update: 20/20 GeneSystems Grows Revenue Sevenfold

By Andy Gordon on February 4, 2021

Yesterday I wrote about how the medtech and healthcare sector is seeing amazing growth. It’s one of my favorite sectors to look for promising startups in. But my love of this sector is nothing new. And today I want to give you an…

Amazing Growth in the Medtech and Healthcare Sector

By Andy Gordon on February 3, 2021

Usually, a sector’s growth is driven by one or two things. It could be consumer trends — like the current surge in alcoholic consumption during the pandemic. Or it could be technological advances. Think of how drones and self-driving cars will upend the delivery of goods and services. …
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In December, Andy Gordon recommended Cortex as a potential startup investment. Cortex uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help predict how people will respond to videos or pictures before they’re shot.  This is a massive step…
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New Pick: Invest in Fully Staffed Pharmacies

By Andy Gordon on January 28, 2021

Deal Details Startup: ShiftPosts Deadline: Friday, January 29th, midnight Security type: Convertible note Valuation cap: $4 million Interest rate: 10% Note term: 36 months Minimum investment: $1,000 Where…
I recently said that government-driven opportunities are one of my favorite drivers of upside and profit. This is what I wrote: “When a new [government] rule allows a product or activity that was previously prohibited or the opposite — or when they ban or prohibit something previously allowed…
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Three Factors that Signal Upside Potential

By Andy Gordon on January 21, 2021

Sometimes it’s good to go back to basics. And one of the basics that every investor has to consider before making a startup investment is upside — does this startup have the right pieces put together to provide significant upside on my investment? …

The Disadvantages of a SPAC Investment

By Andy Gordon on January 20, 2021

Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) are enjoying their moment in the sun. They’ve shot into prominence as a way for startups to make an initial public offering (IPO) and join public stock exchanges. They offer founders unprecedented speed. And for some investors — more…