Archive: First Stage Investor

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Note: This recommendation was co-authored by KingsCrowd Investment Research Analyst Teddy Lyons. I prefer to stay as far away from hospitals as possible.  Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate hospitals. But I also know that hospitals are businesses that are concerned with revenue and profit just like any other company. And that means that patient care is not always a top priority. This…
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New Pick: A Storm-Proof Decentralized Exchange Crypto

By Vin Narayanan on December 22, 2022

There are many things we can learn from the FTX debacle. First, and most importantly, FTX’s core problems had little to do with crypto. Fraud, mismanagement, hubris and lack of board oversight — among other things — created an unnecessary crypto crisis where…
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World Tree Steps Up Its Game

By Andy Gordon on December 19, 2022

World Tree is raising again — this time on StartEngine. This raise gives old and new investors alike a chance to grab a revenue share of the 2032 Empress Splendor harvest.  Raising every year is baked into World Tree’s…
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Note: This recommendation was co-authored by KingsCrowd Investment Research Analyst Teddy Lyons. Imagine if there was a material that was as strong as steel, but three times lighter.  Impossible, right? Well, the startup I’m going…
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What Went Wrong With NowRx

By Andy Gordon on December 12, 2022

Last Monday, I told you that NowRx was going out of business. Today, I’m going to share some more thoughts on why it happened.  The company says it was because of the deteriorating economy. But there’s a lot more to it…
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Startup Insider: Inside Arka’s Commitment to Sustainability

By Early Investing on December 8, 2022

We recommended Arka to First Stage Investor members last month. We were very impressed with the way the company is bringing the packaging and shipping industry into the 21st century. Its software-as-a-service solution enables actual packaging management for third-party…
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NowRx Is Going Out of Business

By Andy Gordon on December 5, 2022

As many of you know, NowRx is going out of business. NowRx issued an email yesterday detailing some of the asset sales of the company that have recently taken place, including a link to the company’s announcement last Wednesday that Alto Pharmacy has acquired the rights to NowRx’s…
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Note: This recommendation was co-authored by KingsCrowd Senior Investment Research Analyst Léa Bouhelier-Gautreau. Moonshot companies are tricky to evaluate. By definition, moonshots are bold, audacious, innovative attempts to solve massive problems. And if the solution is successful, it can…
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Crypto Insider: FTX News Goes From Bad to Worse

By Early Investing on November 28, 2022

The bad news about FTX just keeps coming. Sam Bankman-Fried, or SBF, told CNBC he is still trying to lock down a multibillion-dollar deal to bail out his bankrupt crypto exchange — a deal that seems highly unlikely to happen given SBF’s tarnished reputation. And we recently found…
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FTX and the Crypto Regulations Still to Come

By Vin Narayanan on November 21, 2022

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks in the crypto market as it tries to sort through the fallout of crypto exchange FTX filing for bankruptcy. For a more detailed account of how it happened, please read this update I wrote…
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Note: This recommendation was co-authored by KingsCrowd Investment Research Analyst Teddy Lyons.  My colleague Teddy Lyons recently moved into a new apartment. Once he unpacked, he realized that there were a dozen additional items that he needed to order…
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Startup Insider: HEVO Breaks Into New Territory

By Early Investing on November 14, 2022

When we first recommended HEVO to First Stage Investor members in April, we were impressed by the company’s wireless charging technology for electric vehicles. A driver simply lines up their car with a pad on the ground that syncs…
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Barrow’s Intense Bounces Back From COVID-19 Troubles

By Teddy Lyons on November 10, 2022

We recommended Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur back in 2016. Barrow’s is a Brooklyn-based producer of premium handmade ginger liqueur. We recently caught up with CEO Josh Morton to learn more about the company’s progress and future plans.  Back in 2019, the…
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Crypto Insider: Linking the Present and the Future

By Early Investing on November 7, 2022

As early investors, we often find ourselves looking to the future. We want to find the next revolutionary crypto project or startup — the companies that will change the world as we know it.  But sometimes the world isn’t ready for those changes. As a result,…
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Note: This recommendation was co-authored by KingsCrowd Investment Research Analyst Teddy Lyons. When you evaluate consumer packaged goods (CPG) startup investment opportunities, you need to focus on three critical components: Traction Brand Team.
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Startup Insider: A Spooky Startup With a Devilishly Good Idea

By Early Investing on October 31, 2022

It’s Halloween! Which means the First Stage Investor team is getting into the spooky spirit. We recently learned that there’s a startup that’s perfect for spooky season.  Chilling is a media production company that helps independent creators…