Archive: Early Investing

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 was hoarse by the end of the night. Almost every conversation began with founders explaining what their startup did or investors explaining their investment thesis. Almost every conversation…

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…

Is Hawaii a Startup Paradise?

By KingsCrowd on March 2, 2022

Note from Early Investing’s editors: There’s been a lot of buzz about how Silicon Valley may be losing its throne as a startup hub. Factors such as sky-high living expenses in California, the rise of remote work and online startup investing are changing the entrepreneurial and venture capital…

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…

What Disruptive Startups and Figure Skating Have in Common

By Allison Brickell on February 23, 2022

In the startup world, big ideas have the potential to become big moneymakers. Good ideas — especially if they’re executed well — can change the world.  But revolutionary ideas scare people. They often fail because the world isn’t ready for them yet.  As startup…

Cause for Optimism

By Adam Sharp on February 18, 2022

Last week I wrote about the disturbing rise in financial censorship. This is especially visible in Canada, where the government is increasingly desperate to stop the flow of funds to protestors in the capital.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has now invoked…

Startup Investing and Impact Investing Go Hand in Hand

By Andy Gordon on February 16, 2022

I don’t have many hard-and-fast rules as an investor. But one I follow to the letter.  I don’t invest in jerks. I have my own ideas of how to put that into practice.  When I’m looking at a public stock company, I…

The Rise of Financial Censorship

By Adam Sharp on February 11, 2022

A good friend of mine recently bought a house in Florida.  To secure the best rate, he pledged his stock portfolio as collateral. But he encountered a problem when he went to get a loan from his bank, Wells Fargo. He owns marijuana stocks.

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…
San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge was completed in 1937 after just four years of construction. Here’s a picture of the “ribbon cutting” ceremony. Contrast this with today, when San Francisco government officials just celebrated the reopening of a…

News Fix: Global Crypto Edition

By Allison Brickell on February 2, 2022

It’s been a hectic start of the year for crypto. Now that we’ve made it to the second month of 2022, let’s dive into crypto news updates.  Market Update First, a market update. Bitcoin has been on a downward trend…