Archive: First Stage Investor

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Competition is an essential part of the startup world. When evaluating a startup, investors need to study its target industry and understand what its competition looks like.  But this is where investors typically fall into a trap. If the startup has a lot of competitors, investors may assume that’s a bad sign. And that it’s unlikely to succeed against so many competing products. If the startup has few or no competitors, they assume that’s a good…
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Crypto Insider: All About Crypto Mining

By Early Investing on February 28, 2022

As the crypto market matures, a growing number of investors are adding crypto assets to their portfolios. Various crypto projects are making promising progress – like improving transaction speeds and cutting down on fees. So the market is only getting more inviting. But few investors truly…
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Most American investors can’t take advantage of some of the best markets and most explosive growth opportunities just because they’re happening outside the U.S.  So we’re forced to seek workarounds.  We can invest in shares of non-U.S. companies through American…
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Blendid Makes a Smooth Transition to the East Coast

By Andy Gordon on February 17, 2022

I first recommended Blendid in December 2020.  To refresh your memory, Blendid is not only the name of the startup, but also the name of the food robot that makes delicious and incredibly healthy smoothies. Blendid uses the latest technological advances…
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The SEC decided to increase its regulatory oversight of alternative trading systems — specifically those dealing with government securities (treasurys, debt, etc.). Notably, this expanded oversight opens the door for regulators to poke their noses into crypto. It will allow them to regulate DeFi (decentralized finance),…
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I worry a lot about Mark, Liz and Julia. Mark was my flatmate in London in 1975, and we’ve kept in close touch ever since. Liz and Julia are my sisters-in-law. They all have diabetes. I already lost a dear friend to diabetes last year. I don’t want…
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Startup Insider: Medtech Portfolio Company Changes Name

By Early Investing on February 7, 2022

Heart failure is a massive health problem in the U.S. More than 6 million Americans have it. And it’s one of the most expensive health problems for patients to manage.  Early detection is the key for effective treatment. But no company has been able to provide…
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Robo Advisory Startups Are Coming for Crowdfunders

By Andy Gordon on February 3, 2022

The buyout that caught my attention this week involved fintech wealth management firm Wealthfront. UBS — the largest private bank globally — bought it for $1.4 billion.  The acquisition got plenty of press. Several articles focused on the low buyout price. For venture capital (VC) firms…
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Marketing is both an art and a science. Companies are constantly trying to better understand their customers’ innermost desires. And it’s up to marketers to come up with creative ways to tap into those desires.  But marketers are working with very limited information. They don’t…
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Lots of sectors are broken: banking, housing, education, day care and infrastructure. But none of these are as broken as the physical disability space. Fewer than one out of five arm amputees who need prosthetics actually use them. Available prosthetics are too heavy, clumsy and uncomfortable. They’re super…
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Crypto Insider: Six Major Crypto News Stories Explained

By Early Investing on January 24, 2022

The crypto markets have been in a downward trend lately. But long-term crypto investors have nothing to worry about.  That’s because there are big things happening in the crypto world. In fact, six major crypto news stories broke on the same day in the last week…
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Startup Insider: ESG Investing Makes an Impact

By Early Investing on January 20, 2022

A growing number of investors are focusing on companies with ESG initiatives — environmental, social and corporate governance. These non-financial factors are standards that measure the ethical impact and sustainability of an investment in a company. This is also known as impact investing or sustainable investing. …
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New Pick: Invest in the Uber of the Apparel Industry

By Andy Gordon on January 13, 2022

Passenger drones – AKA flying cars – are technological marvels. But science fiction has been promising flying cars for decades. So seeing them become reality now feels right. But apparel startup Sene feels like it’s been ripped from the future. It has made a commercially thriving…
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While many Americans across the country have pledged to take part in dry January, others still seek out alcohol as a way to relax and socialize.  If only there was a high-quality company that could provide for both types…
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Here’s the deal. I’ve just given you $100 million to start your own bank (you can thank me later) on your own private island. U.S. rules don’t apply there. You make your own rules. So what would they be? Here’s my fantasy list… I’m the only…
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Startup Update: Turning Misfortune Into Opportunity

By Andy Gordon on December 30, 2021

We first presented Amsterdam-based Tradefox in 2017 (back when it was called Scrap Connection). We presented the company again in 2019. It provides a business intelligence and trading platform for…