Archive: First Stage Investor

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Deal Details Startup: SnapDNA Security type: Crowd SAFE Discount: 10% Valuation (cap): $28 million Minimum investment: $150 Where to invest: Republic Deadline: April 28, 2021 I know exactly what my perfect startup looks like. It begins with delivering a solution that is badly — almost desperately — needed. And nobody else is…
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Startup Insider: Making Smart Biotech Investments

By Early Investing on January 11, 2021

Seed stage investing in pharma and biotech companies is a little different than seed stage investing in other sectors. When pharma and biotech companies approach crowdfunders, they’re usually pre-clinical — which means that human trials haven’t begun yet. And they’re raising amounts of money that can’t possibly sustain…
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Bitcoin’s Surge: Supply and Demand in Action

By Vin Narayanan on January 7, 2021

As I write this, bitcoin is trading around $38,300. That means investors that bought bitcoin at the previous market peak in late 2017/early 2018 are up 100%. And people that bought bitcoin at the beginning of 2020 are up about 432%. So why is bitcoin surging…
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Startup Insider: Crowdfunders Poised to Beat VCs

By Early Investing on January 4, 2021

2021 is here and the startup investing landscape is changing! This year, the limit on how much a startup can raise through crowdfunding increases from $1.07 million to $5 million. That’s great news for investors like us. And venture capitalists (VCs) don’t know…
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Closing Soon: Last Chance to Invest in Winc

By Vin Narayanan on December 28, 2020

About a month ago, the founders of Winc joined Andy and me on Startup Insider (click here to watch). They wanted to update the First Stage Investor members that invested in them on their progress. And they wanted to…
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A Bright Future: Startups, Bitcoin and DeFi

By Vin Narayanan on December 21, 2020

I am hopeful. That’s not an easy sentence for me to write here at the end of 2020. Even as the new year approaches, there’s still plenty to be concerned about. A close friend’s dad has taken a turn for the worse (not COVID related —…
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Bitcoin Breaks Past $20,000 Mark

By Vin Narayanan on December 17, 2020

Bitcoin did it! On Wednesday, bitcoin cracked the $20,000 mark and set a new all time high at $22,065.07. When I wrote to you last week, bitcoin was trading around $18,000. And I was hoping bitcoin would hang out around $18,000 for a…
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DEAL DETAILS Startup: Cortex Security type: Preferred Stock Round size: Up to $1.07 million Valuation: $8.42 million Minimum investment: $250 Investment portal: Wefunder Deadline: February 15, 2021…
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Slow and Steady is the Key to a Strong Crypto Asset

By Vin Narayanan on December 10, 2020

Slow and steady isn’t necessarily a bad thing — especially in crypto. Over the last seven days, the price of bitcoin has dropped about $1,000. As I write this, bitcoin is trading around $18,200. And that’s OK. In fact, if bitcoin decides to pitch a tent…
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New Pick: Invest in Food Robotics That Works

By Andy Gordon on December 7, 2020

DEAL DETAILS Startup: Blendid Security type: Crowd note Valuation (cap): $50 million Discount rate: 20% or 25% Minimum investment: $100 Where to invest: MicroVentures Deadline: June 7, 2021…
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Exclusive Crypto Update: The 2020 Crypto Surge

By Early Investing on December 3, 2020

The crypto markets are surging. Bitcoin is trading at more than $19,000. And the First Stage Investor crypto portfolio is in terrific shape. Monero is up 72% since we recommended it. Litecoin is up 82%. Ethereum is up 107%. Bitcoin is up 466%.
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Startup Insider: Post-Pandemic Trends

By Early Investing on November 30, 2020

We finally have some good news on the COVID-19 front! It looks like the FDA will approve two vaccines shortly. And that by May or June of next year, we will start getting back to “normal.” So what does normal mean for startup investors? Which consumer…
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Startup Insider: An Update from Winc’s Founders

By Early Investing on November 23, 2020

Winc is one of our favorite startups in the First Stage Investor portfolio. Winc is combining big data and a really smart supply chain to disrupt the way wine is made and sold. And since we recommended them right…
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2021 Forecast: How Biden Will Affect Startups

By Andy Gordon on November 19, 2020

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting ready for 2020 to be over. Between the prospect of a vaccine and the new $5 million crowdfunding limit, I think next year has a lot going for it. Of course, next year will see the Biden presidency begin too.
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Can Robots Invest Better Than Us?

By Andy Gordon on November 16, 2020

Can robots invest better than you or I can?  That’s the fundamental question asked — and only partly answered — by six researchers who built an investment algorithm. The researchers compared the algorithm’s performance with the returns of 255 angel investors. The algorithm used the same…
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New Pick: Invest in the Future of Soda

By Andy Gordon on November 12, 2020

Deal Details Startup: Smart Soda Security type: Stock Purchase Agreement Share price: $0.50 Valuation (cap): $10.7 million Minimum investment: $100 Where to invest: Republic Deadline…