Author: Vin Narayanan

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New Pick: An Interoperability Coin With Staying Power

By Vin Narayanan on June 23, 2022

Well, that happened quickly. On June 12, bitcoin was trading for more than $28,000. By the end of June 13, it had fallen as low as $21,000. By June 18, bitcoin had dipped below $18,000. Bitcoin has rallied a bit since then and is currently trading around $20,350.

When Disruptive Startups Drop the Ball

By Vin Narayanan on June 22, 2022

I’m a huge golf fan. I watch all the major tournaments. I watch several Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) events a year. One of my dreams is to watch the Masters in person. I love playing too. In fact, I love playing so much that I recently golfed on…
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New Pick: A Deliciously De-Risked DeFi Crypto

By Vin Narayanan on June 17, 2022

As expected, the crypto markets tumbled this week (and some last week as well). The timing of the downswings are fairly predictable now — whenever new inflation data or interest rate hikes hit. The bad economic news triggers a sell-off…

This Crypto Bear Market Is Not Like the Others

By Vin Narayanan on June 17, 2022

Crypto Market Musings The crypto markets have been crashing hard for the past seven days. After spending about a month trading around $30,000, bitcoin is now flirting with $20,000. Bad inflation news last Friday combined with increased fuel prices sparked a massive sell-off in the equities…

New Crypto Legislation to Be Optimistic About

By Vin Narayanan on June 10, 2022

Market Musings Bitcoin has been trading in a narrow range between $29,311 and $31,630 over the last seven days. Ethereum has been trading between $1,911 and $1,731. The trading range for both coins over the last 30 days has been a little wider, with bitcoin trading between $32,000…
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The amount of venture capital flowing into startups dipped below $40 billion last month, according to a Crunchbase report. That’s the lowest monthly investment rate in more than a year and well below the $70 billion invested in November, according to…
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Tron’s Troubling Founder

By Vin Narayanan on June 3, 2022

Not every crypto is spilling red ink this year. While bitcoin is down about 37% in 2022, Tron (TRX) is up about 10% this year. And most of the gains have happened in the last 30 days. Last month,…

Solana Teaches Crypto Investors a Critical Lesson

By Vin Narayanan on June 3, 2022

Crypto Market Musings As expected, bitcoin continues to trade in a fairly tight range between $28,000 and $30,000. Most other coins are loosely tracking with bitcoin. There are some exceptions, though. Tron, for example, is up about 17% in the last 30 days.
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Sometimes — and especially in bear markets — investors need to be opportunistic. That’s why Andreessen Horowitz just launched a $4.5 billion fund for crypto projects. A16z is going bargain hunting. And with good reason. “Bear markets…
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The public markets are a mess. The private markets are a mess. The precious metals markets are a mess. And the crypto markets are a mess. Those are the facts. I fully expect the crypto markets to be highly volatile and continue to bottom out over…

Crypto Needs to Solve the Stablecoin Problem

By Vin Narayanan on May 20, 2022

Demo Day Alert Before we get to the crypto markets, we wanted to alert you to a really cool demo day opportunity. One of the things I love the most about being a startup investor is meeting founders and having them demonstrate their products to me. It’s a…
A member reached out to us earlier this month wondering if there was a good way to track all of the startup investments they had made. This particular investor had made several startup investments across multiple investment platforms and had also done some private placement deals. They also…

Crypto Is No Longer a Non-Correlated Asset

By Vin Narayanan on May 13, 2022

Market Musings Crypto is in official bear market mode. Bitcoin briefly fell below $27,000 on Thursday. As of this writing, it’s down around 43% on the year and down about 60% from its all-time high of $67,802 last November. Ethereum dropped to close to $1,748 on Thursday. That’s…
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Our Five Criteria for Evaluating Startups

By Vin Narayanan on May 10, 2022

Hopefully you’ve noticed the changes at Pre-IPO Profits recently. We emailed you an interesting startup investment opportunity last month. This month, we’re bringing you an exclusive webinar about investing in the KingsCrowd Capital Fund. In June, we’ll…
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We received an email from a member recently that asked the following questions (and I’m paraphrasing): Why are underperforming coins still in the Crypto Asset Strategies portfolio? Why aren’t coins like ethereum, solana and others that have performed well in…