Author: Vin Narayanan

T. Boone Pickens’ Real Legacy Has Nothing to Do With Oil

By Vin Narayanan on September 14, 2019

This week, the News Fix is dedicated to legendary disruptor T. Boone Pickens. His true legacy went far beyond oil.

News Fix: Binance Gets Dollar-Backed Stablecoin Approved

By Vin Narayanan on September 7, 2019

In the news this week: Binance’s stablecoin is approved by New York regulators, the marijuana industry ramps up its lobbying efforts and no one wants to buy WeWork shares.

What the Past 28 Years Have Taught Us About Disruption

By Vin Narayanan on August 21, 2019

In the middle of a lucrative basketball career in 1991, Shelly Pennefather left society to become a cloistered nun. A lot has changed since then. And if we could explain the past 28 years to her, we’d tell her it was a time of disruption.
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Revolut Offers Breakthrough Fractional Trading

By Vin Narayanan on August 19, 2019

Fractional trading shows just how much crypto’s influence on the investment world is growing.

A Broken Payments System That’s Bad for Everyone

By Vin Narayanan on August 14, 2019

The payments ecosystem is a hot mess. And the Federal Reserve, banks and crypto all offer potential solutions. But only one of those is really trustworthy.
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The First Stage Investor team is reviewing startup investing basics to get new investors up to speed. First up are time frame, liquidity and portfolio construction.
Cannabis businesses need to learn from Icarus: Don’t fly too close to the sun. It could be your downfall.

Investors “Flying to Safety” With Cryptocurrency

By Vin Narayanan on August 9, 2019

The global economy has been sending a warning: Investors need a hedge against fiat money now more than ever. Bitcoin and altcoins fit the bill.
Bitcoin and gold have a lot in common. For one, neither is a viable payment option in today’s economy. But fintech company Glint is trying to change that.
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Airdrop Alert: Althea

By Vin Narayanan on August 6, 2019

Today’s airdrop, Althea, wants to bring you a decentralized internet service that’s faster, cheaper and better than what traditional internet service providers can provide.
The Early Investing trinity is startups, cryptocurrency and cannabis. In this week's News Fix, we look at two companies that intersect with all three sectors.

News Fix: FDA Warns Curaleaf About Health Claims

By Vin Narayanan on July 27, 2019

In the news this week, the FDA sends Curaleaf a warning letter, Toyota invests in Didi and Steven Mnuchin is still salty about bitcoin.
In the news this week, Facebook undergoes intense scrutiny at two congressional hearings, Curaleaf increasingly dominates the cannabis market and Chinese startups struggle to raise money.
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This week, legislators had the opportunity to make progress on key issues surrounding Facebook’s innovative Libra proposal. But too many politicians wasted it.
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Airdrop Alert: Rally

By Vin Narayanan on July 9, 2019

This week’s airdrop is Rally, a social media rewards system that wants you - not social media companies - to earn money for your data.