Author: Allison Brickell

Credit Card Companies Swipe $90 Billion From Retailers

By Allison Brickell on March 4, 2019

Credit card swipe fees cost retailers $90 billion last year. And retailers are responding with efforts to get around them.

Poll: California’s Weed Problem and Our Delivery Drone Future

By Allison Brickell on February 28, 2019

In last month’s poll, we learned First Stage Investor members had a lot of entrepreneurial experience and a solid ability to explain bitcoin. This month, we’re diving into drone delivery, the California weed market and more.
In 2018, Singapore surpassed the U.S. in ICO fundraising. And it’s more than earned its crypto-friendly reputation.

Airdrop Alert: Ferrum Network

By Allison Brickell on February 19, 2019

This week’s airdrop, Ferrum Network, is tackling two major obstacles to mainstream crypto adoption: slow transaction speeds and lack of interoperability between networks.

Edibles Market Grows in Colorado, Around the World

By Allison Brickell on February 18, 2019

Colorado’s market share of edibles and concentrates is steadily growing. And it’s something investors should pay attention to.

Lightning Network’s Trust Chain Goes Viral

By Allison Brickell on February 11, 2019

The bitcoin community is out to prove the Lightning Network’s strength. And it’s cultivating a sense of trust that’s integral to bitcoin’s ability to survive and thrive.

Employee Happiness Can Drive Startup Success

By Allison Brickell on February 4, 2019

For startups, employee happiness can have a big impact on the bottom line.

Crypto Monitor: Keeping an Eye on New Altcoins

By Allison Brickell on February 1, 2019

In this week’s Crypto Monitor, we’ve found some interesting altcoins that warrant additional investigations... and institutional investment is picking up the pace.

Massachusetts Turns to Marijuana to Stay Warm

By Allison Brickell on January 28, 2019

Last week, Massachusetts saw its recreational marijuana sales climb to a record high before dropping down to a major low as a major winter storm rolled through.

Poll: Can You Explain Bitcoin?

By Allison Brickell on January 24, 2019

In our last poll, we learned about First Stage Investor subscribers’ 2019 investment goals. This month, we’re taking a deeper dive into crypto.

Venture Capital Investing Surpasses Dot-Com Levels

By Allison Brickell on January 21, 2019

Venture capital spending just hit its highest level since the dot-com era, and it’s raising questions about the future of startup funding.
In this week’s News Fix, startup founders question the venture capital model, Rhode Island experiences FOMO and ethereum classic gets some relief after a 51% attack.
In this week’s Crypto Monitor, Adam Sharp and Vin Narayanan discuss bitcoin whales, Bakkt’s progress, Russian rumors and more.
In the first Cannabis Report of 2019, Canopy Growth Corp. is off to a strong start, Florida is changing its tune and Rhode Island is feeling the domino effect.

Florida’s Medical Marijuana Market Grows

By Allison Brickell on January 14, 2019

Florida’s medical marijuana market has seen substantial growth over a nine-month span and will likely continue in 2019.