Archive: Early Investing

Elon Musk finalized his deal to buy Twitter this week for $44 billion. If you’ve been following me on Twitter (@vinistic), you know that I’ve been obsessed with Musk’s efforts to buy Twitter and take it private. Now that the sale is closed, we can focus on Twitter’s future as a social media platform.  Musk clearly has some sort of…

Washington Contemplates a Digital Dollar

By Vin Narayanan on April 22, 2022

Editor’s note: We’re trying a new format for our Friday crypto updates. We hope you enjoy the new look. And don’t forget that once a month, Vin will be writing about collectibles instead of crypto. Market Musings As of this writing, bitcoin is up around 2%…

News Fix: Cannabis Industry Reaches New Highs

By Allison Brickell on April 20, 2022

It’s April 20, which means cannabis enthusiasts around the country are celebrating what Ronald Reagan once called “probably the most dangerous drug in the United States.” Today, that remark seems pretty outdated. A full 37 states have legalized marijuana in some form (medically or recreationally). Eighteen…

Instagram Embraces NFTs

By Vin Narayanan on April 15, 2022

NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are having a moment.  These tokens typically represent some sort of collectible — often a digital collectible. But NFTs can also be used to represent wine, sneakers and other physical goods. Like bitcoin, NFTs are based on blockchain technology. Each NFT…

Now Is the Best Time to Be a Startup Investor

By Vin Narayanan on April 13, 2022

Andy Gordon and I recommend a startup for our First Stage Investor members to invest in every two weeks (click here to sign up). When Andy and I first started working on startups together in 2018, we couldn’t do…

Ethereum Merge Searches Give ETH a Boost

By Vin Narayanan on April 8, 2022

Google searches are an interesting signal in crypto investing. They’re not necessarily predictive. But they do often correlate with price. The correlation between Google searches for bitcoin and the price of bitcoin is fairly well established. The more searches…

Lessons From a New Startup Investor

By Allison Brickell on April 6, 2022

I’ve been working at investment-related companies since 2015. But I’m still pretty new to the investing world. My background is in communication and journalism, not finance. So for the last seven years or so, I’ve been researching the online startup markets and observing my colleagues’ approach to investing.

Goldman Sachs Signals Crypto Is Here for the Long Haul

By Vin Narayanan on April 1, 2022

Goldman Sachs has made its first crypto trade. No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. The trade actually happened last week.  It was a bitcoin derivatives trade with Galaxy Digital. And Goldman is interested in participating in a full-fledged options market…

Startup Price Inflation Signals Danger for Investors

By Andy Gordon on March 30, 2022

Price inflation in the startup world is running rampant.  This isn’t new. But I do wonder when it’s going to peak. We’re not there yet. If anything, it’s getting worse. I’ll give you a recent example. I was talking to a founder yesterday who…
On Tuesday, I attended a founder event hosted by Wefunder and Brex in New York. It was a chance for founders and investors to meet and get to know each other. And it was hopping! I spent so much time speaking to founders and other investors that I…

Data Is Eating the World

By Vin Narayanan on March 23, 2022

For more than 10 years, “software is eating the world” has been an article of faith among startup investors. Marc Andreessen — co-founder of both Netscape and venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) — wrote these famous words in a blog post in…

The Best Strategy for Collectibles Investing

By Vin Narayanan on March 18, 2022

Normally, it’s not big investment news when a Super Bowl-winning quarterback retires or unretires. But then, not every Super Bowl-winning quarterback is Tom Brady. Brady is widely considered to be the greatest quarterback of all time (as a Michigan State alum, I found that sentence painful…
I once ran a business in Asia. And the only reason I made a bit of money was because I was more lucky than business savvy.  But when I went to Thailand, I was prepared. I had a great plan. Thailand had just approved some new…

What to Expect in Economic Warfare

By Adam Sharp on March 11, 2022

This will be my last article for Early Investing. I have absolutely loved my time here. It’s simply time to move on. You all are in amazing hands. I’m working on a new project called Convivium…
Since Russia invaded Ukraine two weeks ago, the war has taken over worldwide news headlines. From the atrocities of war to human rights catastrophes, heroic acts by Ukranians and the impact of the war on the global markets, it’s hard to keep up with all of the news.

Use These Assets to War-Proof Your Portfolio

By Adam Sharp on March 4, 2022

What a week it’s been. My God.  The good news is that I don’t think we’re going to see a direct military conflict between the U.S. and the EU against Russia. And the same for a no-fly zone. It’s too risky. Putin has made…