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Startup Insider: The Most Promising Cannabis Companies

By Early Investing on October 25, 2021

Last week, one of the leading marijuana business conventions — MJBizCon — took place in Las Vegas. And First Stage Investor’s own Vin Narayanan was there to see firsthand what’s going on in the cannabis industry. Many people have been disappointed by the cannabis industry’s uneven growth. But lack of consumer demand hasn’t been the problem. Instead, complicated licensing and regulations — each state has its own laws and requirements — have…
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Pierre Rogers, the founder and CEO of First Stage Investor holding Yahyn, thinks he’s on to something very big and immensely disruptive. He thinks it will upend America’s incredibly convoluted alcoholic beverage industry. It should make life much better for…
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It’s an exciting week to be a crypto investor. After years of waiting, we finally have a bitcoin ETF!  At least… as close as we can get to a bitcoin ETF right now. ProShares will launch its Bitcoin Strategy ETF tomorrow. The ETF is…
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New Pick: The Startup That’s Cleaning Up Space

By Andy Gordon on October 14, 2021

Deal Details Startup: Launchspace Technologies Corporation Security type: Common stock Round size: Up to $1.07 million  Share price: $100.26 Valuation: $48,999,970 Minimum investment: $100.26 Investment portal:…
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Much has happened in the crypto world since we spoke to you just last week! As I write this, bitcoin is trading for more than $51,000. Big banks are pushing hard to release crypto products. And the SEC is doing SEC things. Let’s take a look at the…
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Startup Insider: Investing Lessons From the Toast IPO

By Early Investing on October 4, 2021

Toast — a provider of hardware and software to restaurants — went public a week and a half ago at a roughly $30 billion valuation.  But unlike most billion-dollar startups, Toast wasn’t on venture capitalists’ radar from the beginning.
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Crypto Insider: Regulators Push for Crypto Rules

By Early Investing on September 30, 2021

Legislators have caught crypto fever once again. In August, we covered Congress’ $1 trillion infrastructure bill, which includes overly broad language that forces most anyone who touches a crypto transaction to report it to the IRS. That requirement isn’t feasible for…
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Deal Details Startup: Monogram Orthopaedics Security type: Common stock Offering Maximum: $34.9 million Valuation: $89.9 million Price per share: $7.52 Minimum investment: $250.80 Where to invest:…
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Illusio’s Future Remains Bright

By Andy Gordon on September 23, 2021

I first presented Illusio to First Stage Investor subscribers in April 2020. It was interesting timing, to say the least. We were finally realizing just how serious COVID-19 was. It certainly affected Illusio… and not in the best of…
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Last week, financial software giant Intuit confirmed it was buying Mailchimp — an email marketing/content tool — for a whopping $12 billion.  The buyout proves there are lots of different ways for a startup to succeed. But it also raises a lot of questions — namely,…
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Deal Details Startup: Amass Security type: Preferred equity Valuation: $75 million Share price: $3.8 Minimum investment: $498 Where to invest: SeedInvest Deadline: February 12, 2022 Amass is a luxury lifestyle beverage brand. But it’s also so much more.  To help you…
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Crypto Insider: Binance Surrenders to Financial Regulators

By Early Investing on September 13, 2021

Binance, the world’s biggest crypto exchange, has been having a rough time lately. The exchange is facing increasing scrutiny from governments around the world. Financial watchdogs from Britain, Japan, Germany, the U.S. and other countries have all issued warnings…
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Startup Insider: Last Chance to Invest in Genius Juice

By Early Investing on September 9, 2021

Genius Juice — which creates simple and delicious two-ingredient coconut smoothies — is one of the First Stage Investor team’s favorite startups. Andy Gordon presented it to subscribers about four months ago. He summed up Genius Juice’s prospects succinctly…
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Deal Details Startup: TÖST Security type: Crowd SAFE* Discount: 0% Valuation (cap): $12 million Minimum investment: $150 Where to invest: Republic Deadline: October 1, 2021 About a decade ago, a good friend asked me what makes a great…
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A founder’s ability to break out of the region where they started their company is a major factor in determining their success.  Starting a small business in the suburbs of Ohio is one thing — expanding that business to Chicago, New York and San Francisco is…
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Startup Insider: A Shocking Amount of Exit Experience

By Early Investing on August 23, 2021

For years, venture capital (VC) firms have favored founders who have experience leading companies to successful exits. “Look for founders with prior exits,” VC investors say. “They know what they’re doing.” But Drake Dukes, co-founder of data company Gravity, analyzed 992 unicorn founders and…