Archive: Early Investing

The Ideal Startup Portfolio Size

By Andy Gordon on September 29, 2021

Most meetings I attend aren’t very exciting. But yesterday’s was fascinating because we discussed one of the most important questions an early investor can ask.  What is the ideal number of companies for a successful startup portfolio?  Many opinions were put forward. So what did we decide? That it needs further research and exploration. But there is an ideal number. And it should be obvious to everybody. That number is… one. For…

Beware the Cardano Price Mirage

By Adam Sharp on September 24, 2021

This week I struck up a conversation with another parent at my kid’s tennis lesson. The topic of cryptocurrency came up. This gentleman — whom we’ll call Bill — told me that he likes Cardano (ADA) and Dogecoin (DOGE) because they’re so much cheaper than bitcoin…
Note: The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everything from education to events to healthcare. So it makes sense that it’s impacted the investment landscape too. But while traditional venture capital firms have had to change some of their methods, investing online is nothing new for crowdfunders. So did 2020…

The Dark Side of NFTs

By Adam Sharp on September 17, 2021

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about how NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are the perfect viral asset. NFTs have a lot of interesting characteristics. They’re speculative, subjectively valued and community-based. You could say they’re the perfect viral asset.

3 Qualities to Look for in a Startup Before You Invest

By Allison Brickell on September 15, 2021

If you’re at all new to startup investing, you might feel a little overwhelmed. I know I’ve felt that way. It’s one thing to invest in the stock market. At least there, you’re investing in a public company that has years of financial data…

Which Platforms Have the Most Successful Deals?

By KingsCrowd on September 8, 2021

Editor’s Note: At Early Investing, we research startups that are raising money on all sorts of crowdfunding platforms. Some of the most common platforms include Wefunder, Republic, StartEngine, Netcapital and SeedInvest. But with so many platforms out there, it can be overwhelming…

Institutional Bitcoin Investing Is Finally Happening

By Adam Sharp on September 3, 2021

Mike Alfred is one of the most influential players in the institutional bitcoin investment space. He founded a company called Digital Assets Data. His company — which sold institutional-grade crypto data feeds — was acquired by NYDIG, a leading…

How Early Investors Can Profit From the Unicorn Explosion

By Andy Gordon on September 1, 2021

Unicorns used to be a rare breed. Not anymore.  When Aileen Lee of Cowboy Ventures first coined the term “unicorn” — referring to startups worth $1 billion or more — in 2013, she identified 39 unicorns. The vast majority were valued below $5 billion. Apart from…

NFT Mania: The Perfect Viral Asset

By Adam Sharp on August 27, 2021

I’ve been following the non-fungible token (NFT) space closely over the last three months. NFTs are a form of digital collectible. They’re based on blockchain technology, which makes each one unique, indivisible and verifiable.  NFTs have gotten a lot of attention recently. But they’ve existed for…

How Crowdfunders Can Invest Better Than Venture Capitalists

By Allison Brickell on August 25, 2021

Drake Dukes, co-founder of startup data platform Gravity, shared some interesting data recently from his analysis of 992 unicorn founders. Now for our secret sauce… Here is the FounderDNA™ of every unicorn founder (992 analyzed): 53% are Serial Founders 35% are Technical…
Back in December 2020, I wrote the following in “Institutional Bitcoin Is Here to Stay:” Insurance giant MassMutual announced last week that it had purchased $100 million worth of BTC. It also took a $5 million equity stake in New York…

Why the “Friends and Family” Round Needs to Change

By Vin Narayanan on August 18, 2021

I am a true believer in the American Dream — the idea that anyone, regardless of race, social class or birthplace can find success in this great country. I believe because I’ve witnessed my family’s journey. My dad immigrated to the U.S. from India 50 years…

A Brutal Market for Shorting Stocks

By Adam Sharp on August 13, 2021

In 2008, I had a big short and put position on mall REITs (real estate investment trusts) and big bank stocks. It worked like a charm at first. My positions were up anywhere from 30% to more than 140%. These companies were leveraged to the hilt.

Envisioning a Better System for Women’s Health

By Allison Brickell on August 11, 2021

As the senior editor at both KingsCrowd and Early Investing, I do a lot of reading, editing and research on startups.  At KingsCrowd, I edit dozens of analyst reports on a regular basis. These reports provide detailed analysis of…

PayPal Censorship Highlights Bitcoin’s Importance

By Adam Sharp on August 6, 2021

When I talk about bitcoin, I usually focus on its importance as independent, scarce money.  And how it’s a hedge against inflation. What I don’t talk about enough is the importance of bitcoin’s uncensorable nature — the fact that no one…

Startup Origin Story: Univoice

By KingsCrowd on August 4, 2021

Editor’s note: A founder’s origin story is incredibly important. It’s essential to understand why a founder started their company and how they envision the future when you’re considering their company as a potential investment. It also helps you understand the advantages or disadvantages they bring to the table.