Author: Vin Narayanan

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Startup Deals for Accredited Investors Only

By Vin Narayanan on March 15, 2022

Early Investing co-founder Andy Gordon and I recently met with several founders in Los Angeles and San Francisco. We’re looking for startups that you might be interested in investing in. The startups we looked at included cutting-edge robotics companies, medtech disruptors and moonshots that could change…
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Keeping an Eye Out for Startups That Automate Work

By Vin Narayanan on March 8, 2022

The labor market is tight. The American economy added 678,000 non-farming jobs in February as the unemployment rate fell to 3.8%. New jobless claims are at their lowest levels since the start of the…
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I’m worried about Uniswap (UNI). Uniswap is one of crypto’s most well-known decentralized exchanges. UNI is the governance token for Uniswap. And since September, the price of UNI has been plummeting. In fact, not even bitcoin hitting its all-time high of more than…

DOJ Gives Bitcoin Investors an Unexpected Assist

By Vin Narayanan on February 25, 2022

The Department of Justice gave bitcoin investors an unexpected assist earlier this month. On February 8, the DOJ announced that it had seized more than 94,000 bitcoins that were allegedly stolen when Bitfinex was hacked in 2016. The DOJ also announced…
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The Biggest Problem Remote Working Startups Need to Solve

By Vin Narayanan on February 15, 2022

Remote work isn’t going away. Workers want it — even if the companies that employ them don’t. And because companies are competing hard for top talent, they have to offer some flexible working options.  That doesn’t change the fact that it’s HARD to collaborate remotely. It’s…

How to Play Today’s Jittery Stock Market

By Vin Narayanan on February 9, 2022

The stock markets are a mess this year. The S&P 500 is down 4.07% this year. The Nasdaq is down 7.95% and in correction territory. The Dow is down 1.56%. And the Russell 2000 is down 7.69%. My group texts — normally reserved for sports discussions…
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Take Advantage of the Golden Age of Medtech Investing

By Vin Narayanan on February 8, 2022

A basic market inefficiency has created a massive opportunity for startup investors interested in medical technology and drug development startups. And angel investors savvy enough to understand what’s going on have a rare opportunity to invest in medtech startups with massive upside that have been significantly…
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Lower Startup Valuations Are on the Horizon

By Vin Narayanan on February 1, 2022

Last week I wrote about how some of the country’s biggest asset managers are investing in startups because they simply can’t find a better alternative (and they really want one!). As a result, they’re all trying to identify and invest in the best…
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The Crypto Market Seems to Have Hit Bottom… for Now

By Vin Narayanan on January 28, 2022

2022 has already been an interesting year for crypto. How interesting depends on your perspective. Let’s take bitcoin, for example. Here what bitcoin’s chart looks like: 1 Day: +0.33% 5 Day: +5.4%…
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The Real Reason VCs Are Investing So Much In Startups

By Vin Narayanan on January 25, 2022

Last month, I flew out to Seattle for an event to meet up with angel investors, venture capitalists and some of the largest players in wealth management and private equity. The people in the room represented firms that had more than $10 trillion in assets under management combined.

Bitcoin Enters the Jack Dorsey Era

By Vin Narayanan on January 19, 2022

Bitcoin is now in the Jack Dorsey era. The former Twitter CEO (and co-founder) is betting big on bitcoin. Dorsey renamed his payment company — formerly Square — “Block” to signal its new focus on crypto and blockchain technology. And his outsized presence looks like it may dominate…

All About the New Early Investing Website

By Vin Narayanan on December 15, 2021

The new Early Investing website is now live! For the first time since 2013, we’ve updated our look. Our continuing goal is to make the Early Investing website as easy to use as possible so that you can…

China May Lose Its Battle Against Crypto

By Vin Narayanan on November 17, 2021

I’m done with China. I’m done with it banning crypto transactions. I’m done with it pretending to protect the environment by banning bitcoin mining. I’m done with these silly little temper tantrums and fits impacting the crypto markets.
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Much has happened in the crypto world since we spoke to you just last week! As I write this, bitcoin is trading for more than $51,000. Big banks are pushing hard to release crypto products. And the SEC is doing SEC things. Let’s take a look at the…

Why I Will Never Invest in a Scooter Startup

By Vin Narayanan on October 6, 2021

I love riding scooters. They’re ubiquitous in big cities and college towns. Everywhere you walk, there they are — just waiting to be used.  Electric scooters are perfect for trips that are too far to walk, but too short to drive. It requires almost no effort…