Archive: Pre-IPO Profits

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Regulation Crowdfunding deals (startup deals anyone can invest in) are getting a lot more interesting lately.  Take a look at Calm Company Fund on Wefunder. I’ve been following this investment firm for more than a year.  Calm…
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Startup Valuations Aren’t Changing Anytime Soon

By Adam Sharp on June 22, 2021

Lately, I’ve written a lot about how expensive startup valuations have become. It’s gotten pretty silly in some cases.  Now I’m wondering: Are they going to get cheaper anytime soon?  Based on what I’m seeing, I’m leaning towards no.
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Don’t Make These 6 Investing Mistakes

By Adam Sharp on June 15, 2021

One of my favorite startup investors, Jason Lemkin, tweeted something very insightful the other day. My top mistakes investing: Investing when not 90%+ sure within 20 mins Not doing pro-rata 100% time if great Investing in any founder don’t 100% trust Not investing just b/c don’t 100% understand it Investing…
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How to Invest in an Overheated Market

By Adam Sharp on June 8, 2021

It’s been a fascinating last year and a half in the startup investing world. We went from a complete meltdown in March 2020 to one of the hottest venture capital markets I’ve ever seen. I’ve been quite selective throughout this time, preferring to stick to early-stage…
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Inflation appears to have arrived in the U.S. I say “appears to have arrived” because in my opinion, we’ve been dealing with at least 6% inflation for more than 5 years. The reason you haven’t heard about that is because the government manipulates the official consumer price index…
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Syndicate Leads Should Have Skin in the Game

By Adam Sharp on May 18, 2021

About a third of the deals I’ve seen on AngelList recently share a disappointing trait — the syndicate lead has only invested $1,000-to-$2,000. This is almost always a red flag, because it’s a sign that the lead has a low amount of conviction in the deal. And that…
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When Is a High Valuation Worth It?

By Adam Sharp on May 11, 2021

In recent months, I’ve talked a lot about how expensive some startup rounds are becoming.  That doesn’t mean you should avoid every round that looks expensive at first glance. Sometimes startup investments seem expensive when they are…
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Focus on Traction When Investing in Startups

By Adam Sharp on May 4, 2021

Traction is by far the most important signal for startup investors. That may seem obvious. But when I started out, I was more excited about investing in breakthrough technology. I often overlooked a company’s traction when I made my investment decision. But really, there’s nothing more…
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Use Your Personal Network for Deal Flow

By Adam Sharp on April 27, 2021

Lately I’ve been spending more time looking for offline angel investments. I want to make sure that I’m not missing out on prime opportunities by focusing exclusively on online deal flow. So I’ve been reaching out to colleagues, friends and companies I’m familiar with to let them know…
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Later-Stage Valuations Are Getting Out of Control

By Adam Sharp on April 20, 2021

I’ve been invited to a few deals lately with mind-blowing valuations. I was being asked to invest in SaaS (software as a service) businesses with $1 million of revenue. They were showing about 150% growth rates. Yet they were being valued at nearly $250 million.  This…
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Don’t Write Off Weird Startups

By Adam Sharp on April 13, 2021

Some of the best startup investments I’ve made — and some of the best that I’ve missed — have been “crazy” or “weird” ideas. Take Density, one of the first startups I invested in back in 2014. Density’s mission is to…
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Three AngelList Syndicates Worth A Look

By Adam Sharp on March 30, 2021

I’m an AngelList superfan. It’s a beautiful marketplace for early-stage investors. The site has grown incredibly since I started investing in 2014, and today there are more than 100 syndicates to choose from. Here are some of my favorites. Jenny Rooke – Biotech …
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Last week, the SEC’s new rules around equity crowdfunding went into effect. Now companies can raise up to $5 million per year from the crowd. On the first day, we got a good idea of the potential of this new medium. Gumroad — an online platform…
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I’ve been writing about rising valuations for a while now. But this week, I saw a deal that was so crazily priced, I just have to write about it again. This young San Francisco-based startup had about $700k in annual recurring…
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Top Tips From Six Years of Startup Investing

By Adam Sharp on March 9, 2021

I’ve now been investing in startups for more than six years. And it’s taken that long to prove concretely that what I’m doing is working.  This is the frustrating — yet rewarding — truth of startup investing. It takes a very long time to see results.