Best of 2018: Startups

The holidays have come and gone, and 2018 is drawing to a close. But before we jump into the new year, we’re taking some time to reflect. So for the next few days, we’re looking back at our favorite Early Investing reads of 2018.

Today’s focus is startups. As loyal Early Investing readers know, this year we added more crypto and cannabis content. But we still love startup investing. In fact, we’re always on the lookout for new trends, potential pitfalls (for startups and investors) and better ways to invest in startups. Here are some of our favorites from the past year…

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems

SoftBank makes startups offers they can’t refuse… to the tune of $100 million checks.

But, as the wise Andy Gordon points out, sometimes too much money is a bad thing. It makes startups sloppy, undisciplined and inefficient. Founders who think they’re too rich to fail make us more than a little nervous.

Reverse Engineering Your Startup Evaluations

Vetting startups is no easy task. Most fail, and they often require investors to take big financial risks. But if you look at things from a company’s perspective, you can learn healthy startup behaviors… and which ones might be worth investing in.

Investing for the Greater Good

Startups can be agile in ways that established giants can’t be. With passion, drive and limber business models, they can not only produce big returns… but also help save the planet. And who wouldn’t feel good supporting that?