Top Tech and Investing News

Today, we’re going to look at top tech and investing news from around the web and catch up on the latest news from some of our First Stage Investor portfolio companies.

First Stage Investor Recommendation Fills Up at $499,000

Court Innovations, a company we recommended to members of First Stage Investor last Friday, has filled up its equity crowdfunding round on Court Innovations is bringing court case resolution online, and we think it’s got a very bright future ahead of it. This is the company I mentioned last Friday in my P.S. If you’re curious about what kinds of companies we’re recommending to members, check out Court Innovations. The deal’s full, but you’ll get a good idea of the types of opportunities we’re presenting.

Legendary Venture Capital Firm Makes First Publicly Traded Investment

Union Square Ventures is a legend in the venture capital world. So my ears perked up when it announced an investment in Tucows (Nasdaq: TCX), a tech firm that’s been public for 15 years. Tucows is building modern fiber networks in cities across the U.S., competing with telecom giants like Comcast and Verizon. USV’s investment certainly has me weighing Tucows’ prospects.

CircleUp Discusses Its AI-Powered Private Investing Tool, Helio

Private online investment platform CircleUp discusses Helio, which analyzes hundreds of thousands of retail businesses and looks for under-the-radar opportunities. This is a fascinating look at how innovative companies like CircleUp are scouring the web for hidden gems using advanced algorithms and machine learning.

Virtuix Offers Update on Shipping, New Games

If you’re not familiar with Virtuix, you may want to read this first. The virtual reality startup continues to ship product to pre-order customers and has given an update on new games and commercial licensing. Virtuix was one of our first recommendations to First Stage Investor members.

VetPronto Expands to Tampa Bay Area

First Stage Investor portfolio company VetPronto was featured on Tampa’s local ABC News affiliate. The company’s innovative veterinary house call service is proving to be popular in cities all over the country.

Warren Buffett’s Annual Shareholder Letter (PDF)

Berkshire Hathaway’s famous founder reviews performance over the last year and gives an optimistic assessment of the U.S. economy.

Snapchat Soars in IPO

Social network Snapchat rose 35% to 40% in initial trading after its IPO yesterday. If the gains stick, this should fire up the tech IPO pipeline for the foreseeable future. Members of our accredited research service, Startup Investor, acquired shares last year as part of a pre-IPO fund we recommended.

Coming up next week, I’ll have an interview with the founders of a “collective intelligence” company that could revolutionize early-stage investing. It’s one of the most fascinating ideas I’ve come across in a long time.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Adam Sharp

Founder, Early Investing