Archive: Pre-IPO Profits

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Investing in Indian Startups

By Adam Sharp on October 13, 2020

India has a very intriguing startup scene (and overall economy) — lots of innovation, high economic growth, a good and improving education and good demographics. It can be hard to find good investment opportunities unless you live in India. But those opportunities do exist. And I believe they’re worth the…
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Choosing Between Startups and Tech Stocks

By Adam Sharp on October 6, 2020

Today we’re going to briefly compare tech stocks with startup investments. We’ve reached a point in the public market where many tech stocks are overvalued by what I would guess is a multiple that ranges  from 2x-to-10x.  The valuations at this point are simply silly, as…
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Don’t Be Tempted by More Liquidity

By Adam Sharp on September 29, 2020

AngelList is rolling out a new feature called Transfers, which will make it easier to sell private startup equity.  This has been in the works for a while now. Multiple platforms are working on similar “secondary platforms” to make it easier…
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The Future of Venture Capital

By Adam Sharp on September 15, 2020

AngelList’s new rolling funds — which we discussed a few weeks back — are likely to change how the platform operates considerably.  The current system involves syndicate leads raising money on a deal-by-deal basis. I think…
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Where the Best Deals Are

By Adam Sharp on September 8, 2020

Just after the COVID-19 lockdown began, startup deals slowed to a crawl. And they stayed at that pace for a few weeks. Now, things are roaring back. Many new early-stage investment funds have formed over the last few months. Competition for “hot” deals is crazier than…
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How the Tech Exodus Affects VCs

By Adam Sharp on August 25, 2020

Last week I wrote about the current trend of businesses fleeing California. I believe this will be one of the defining issues of our time. California’s tech exodus can be traced to many deep and complex societal issues. California has taxes…
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AngelList’s New Rolling Funds Worth the Look

By Adam Sharp on August 11, 2020

Back in February, AngelList introduced a new feature called “rolling funds.” It’s a new type of fund that invests in startups.  To understand what’s unique about rolling funds, we first need to know how traditional venture funds work. Traditional funds typically…

Real Estate Returns Versus Stocks

By Adam Sharp on August 4, 2020

Note: This is a guest post from our friends over at MillionAcres. They’re focused on finding the best real estate investment opportunities for accredited investors like you and me. And as they show here, real estate investing, much like angel investing, can be far more lucrative than investing in stocks.
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Finding the Best AngelList Syndicate Leaders

By Adam Sharp on July 28, 2020

Chris Sacca is a legend in the angel/VC world. His first VC fund — Lowercase Fund I — has been called the best-performing fund of all time.  Here’s how Fortune described it back in 2015. Can you name…
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The Importance of Co-Investors

By Adam Sharp on July 21, 2020

As online angel investors, there’s an easy metric we can use when judging possible investments. If we pay attention to who else is investing in a startup’s round (also known as co-investors), we can learn a lot about the quality of the deal.  For example, if…
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Over recent months, AngelList has made some major updates to their investor dashboard (if you haven’t been given access to the new dashboard yet, they should be rolling it out to you soon). To access the dashboard, log into Angel.co and…
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Today in America, accredited investors still have a major advantage over non-accredited investors (approximately 92% of America).  We can invest in all private startup and company deals, including those on sites like AngelList. These Regulation D deals have no limit on the amount of money the…
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AngelList Access Funds Show Promise

By Adam Sharp on June 30, 2020

Let’s talk about AngelList Access funds. These funds allow you to make a single investment and get exposure to the hundreds of top startup deals that take place on AngelList. I wrote about them back in January. Now,…
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Traditionally, startup investors (VCs and angels) tended to do deals in person. It’s a slow and inefficient method. But it’s the way things have always been done. During this crisis, everyone has been forced to operate remotely. But from what I’m reading…
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Startup Investing in a Recession

By Adam Sharp on June 16, 2020

The U.S. stock markets are nearing all-time highs. But all is not well with the economy. A huge portion of small businesses are struggling to pay bills. Big corporations are faring better, but they have their own issues that need to be addressed — too much…