Archive: First Stage Investor

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Crypto Insider: AI and NFTs Are Changing Art Commerce

By Early Investing on September 26, 2022

Humans have long been fascinated by the concept of artificial intelligence (AI). It’s been the subject of many stories and works of art throughout history — far before the term AI was ever coined. Greek mythology tells the tale of Talos, a giant made of bronze who protected the island of Crete. In the 15th century, Swiss alchemist and philosopher Paracelsus wrote “Of the Nature of Things,” in which he describes a procedure that can fabricate an “artificial…
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I love companies that make me think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” These are almost never pure technology plays because the technology is already there. It’s merely waiting for a clever company with a clever idea to make profitable use of it.  The technology-in-waiting here…
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20/20 GeneSystems has been busy. We first recommended the company in December 2017 when we learned about its incredible cancer detection technology. 20/20 GeneSystems identifies cancer risk early on by using tumor antigen markers. It can improve cancer detection by up to 30%…
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Inflation Is Keeping the Crypto Bear Market Alive

By Vin Narayanan on September 15, 2022

If you’re a crypto investor, you might as well grab a Snickers bar because this bear market is not going anywhere for a while. The crypto bear market is largely being driven by the declining stock markets. The stock…
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Crypto Insider: Ripple Effects of the Ethereum Merge

By Early Investing on September 12, 2022

The Ethereum Merge — when Ethereum will shift from a proof of work protocol to a proof of stake protocol — is almost here. It’s scheduled to happen within a week. Ethereum developers set September 19 as the soft deadline, but they seem to be ahead of schedule,…
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Most people who grew up in the 1960s cite two events they can vividly remember. The first is when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. The other is when the U.S. landed on the moon in 1969. I will never forget the day Kennedy was killed.
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Startup Insider: Inside LA Tech Week

By Early Investing on September 1, 2022

LA Tech Week is an event for founders, investors and all manner of tech enthusiasts to connect and learn. This year’s event, which ran from August 15 to August 21, was expected to draw a small number of people. But thousands showed up.
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Crypto Insider: Two Cryptos We’re Following

By Early Investing on August 29, 2022

For crypto investors, curiosity is a virtue. The crypto market is full of fascinating tokens for us to consider. Some projects, like bitcoin, are well established. Others are brand new. And new projects are emerging all the time. So if a coin catches your eye, research…
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New Pick: A Trustworthy Gig Workforce

By Andy Gordon on August 25, 2022

Great investment opportunities come in all shapes and forms. Some startups are solving the world’s biggest problems — like climate change and the global pandemic. They focus on the scary problems that can do great harm. These problems get the most attention. But I greatly appreciate…
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Startup Insider: This Startup Reimagines Cars as a Service

By Early Investing on August 22, 2022

America loves its cars. From classic car shows to “The Fast and the Furious” to congested highways across the country, cars are entrenched in American culture. In 2020, 91.5% of U.S. households had at least one vehicle. And year after year,…
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We recommended Monogram Orthopedics to you back in 2019 and again in 2021. The company is developing advanced robotics technology combined with 3D printing to disrupt the joint replacement industry. We recently caught up with Monogram CEO Benjamin…
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Crypto Insider: Ethereum Prices Before and After the Merge

By Early Investing on August 15, 2022

The crypto community is anxiously awaiting the Ethereum Merge, in which Ethereum will switch from a proof of work protocol to a proof of stake protocol. The Merge will make Ethereum more scalable, secure and sustainable. The Merge is currently slated to happen on September 19…
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As I’ve written — and said — often, trying to time the markets is a fool’s errand. The crypto markets, in particular, are too volatile to time precisely. And for buy-and-hold investors, investment time horizons are more important than investing at exactly the right moment. If you’re holding…
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Our broken healthcare system has no shortage of startups trying to fix big stubborn problems.  The opportunities are plentiful. That’s the upside. But the reason there is so much opportunity is that healthcare in the U.S. has been so resistant to change. And that’s the downside. …
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We first recommended Smart Soda in November 2020. The company makes healthy, vitamin-infused sodas that it sells through two business lines — ready-to-drink bottles and proprietary soda dispensing machines. And in the nearly two years since our recommendation, the company has achieved remarkable…
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Crypto Insider: Coinbase Tussles With the SEC

By Early Investing on August 1, 2022

Coinbase has been struggling lately. About two weeks ago, an ex-Coinbase product manager was charged with fraud over an alleged insider trading scheme involving crypto. Then last week, Coinbase shares dropped more than 20% after news broke that it’s facing an SEC probe into whether the platform is…