Author: Vin Narayanan

Making the Most of 2021: New Year’s Resolutions

By Vin Narayanan on December 30, 2020

Traditionally, I haven’t been a big New Year’s resolutions guy. Which is weird — because I love life hacks. I’m always looking for the best fitness app, the best portfolio tracking tool, the best note taking tool… you get the picture. I used to view New…
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Closing Soon: Last Chance to Invest in Winc

By Vin Narayanan on December 28, 2020

About a month ago, the founders of Winc joined Andy and me on Startup Insider (click here to watch). They wanted to update the First Stage Investor members that invested in them on their progress. And they wanted to…
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A Bright Future: Startups, Bitcoin and DeFi

By Vin Narayanan on December 21, 2020

I am hopeful. That’s not an easy sentence for me to write here at the end of 2020. Even as the new year approaches, there’s still plenty to be concerned about. A close friend’s dad has taken a turn for the worse (not COVID related —…
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Bitcoin Breaks Past $20,000 Mark

By Vin Narayanan on December 17, 2020

Bitcoin did it! On Wednesday, bitcoin cracked the $20,000 mark and set a new all time high at $22,065.07. When I wrote to you last week, bitcoin was trading around $18,000. And I was hoping bitcoin would hang out around $18,000 for a…

The Technical Founder Myth

By Vin Narayanan on December 16, 2020

There are a lot of investing myths floating around out there. Here are a few common ones: You need a lot of money to invest.  Cheap stocks have more upside than expensive stocks.  You can’t make money when the market is crashing.
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Slow and Steady is the Key to a Strong Crypto Asset

By Vin Narayanan on December 10, 2020

Slow and steady isn’t necessarily a bad thing — especially in crypto. Over the last seven days, the price of bitcoin has dropped about $1,000. As I write this, bitcoin is trading around $18,200. And that’s OK. In fact, if bitcoin decides to pitch a tent…

Be Ready for Direct Listings

By Vin Narayanan on December 9, 2020

I’m starting to think IPOs — initial public offerings — are overrated. That’s a really weird thing for an early investor to say. Because for early investors, the IPO is the holy grail. It’s why you invest in startups. An IPO is one of the few moments in…

Diversify Your Crypto Portfolio

By Vin Narayanan on December 2, 2020

Bitcoin cracked the $19,800 mark this week. It’s likely only a matter of time before bitcoin tops $20,000 and sets new all time highs. Who knows? As you read this, bitcoin could already be over $20,000. It’s a terrific time to be a bitcoin investor. In…

Economic Freedom Plan

By Vin Narayanan on September 30, 2020

I’ve been thinking a lot about freedom in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing. As Americans, freedom is in our DNA. It’s written into the Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created…
Last week, Republic founder and CEO Kendrick Nguyen joined us for an exclusive live webinar. As many of you know, Republic is one of the most innovative equity crowdfunding platforms. In addition to helping everyday investors like you and me invest in startups, they also provide access to…
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Webinar Reminder: Meet Republic’s CEO

By Vin Narayanan on July 27, 2020

Editor’s Note: In case you missed it, we’re hosting a special webinar with Republic founder and CEO Kendrick Nguyen on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT. The invitation is below. We hope you join us. Andy Gordon will be back on Thursday with…

Upcoming Webinar: Meet Republic’s CEO

By Vin Narayanan on July 22, 2020

In the past few weeks, we’ve written extensively about the Republic Note. In early July, Andy Gordon first reported on the Note — calling it an opportunity unlike any other. And on Monday, Andy recommended that our First Stage Investor…
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Startup Insider: Investing During a Pandemic

By Vin Narayanan on July 9, 2020

We have a special Thursday edition of Startup Insider for you this week. In this week’s show, Adam Sharp and I talk about how to approach investing in the middle of a pandemic. Watch the video below. Or read on for more details on the topics we covered…

Early Investing Webinar with Republic CEO

By Vin Narayanan on July 1, 2020

We know that many of you were unable to attend our webinar with Republic’s Chuck Pettid last week. So if you missed our discussion about crowdfunding real estate and video game investments, here’s the video so you can watch it at your leisure (you can also read more…
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Crypto Monitor: Feeling Good About Crypto

By Vin Narayanan on June 5, 2020

Crypto Monitor is back!  Adam and I are both working from home. But we’ve figured out how we can keep bringing you this show every other week. Click on the video to watch this week’s show. Or read the summary below. This week,…