Author: Andy Gordon

I made my chops as an entrepreneur and investor with over 30 years of experience at building wealth for myself and others. I graduated from the London School of Economics a year after the bicentennial. By the way, this is the same school that produced 34 heads of state including John F. Kennedy… and another 18 Nobel Laureates…

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Invest in the Next Generation of Coders

By Andy Gordon on July 16, 2020

Deal Details Startup: CodeCombat Security type: Preferred equity Valuation: $25 million Share price: $1.71 Stage: Series A Minimum investment: $500 Where to invest: SeedInvest Deadline: August 7. (But campaign may end earlier if maximum target is reached.)   CodeCombat…

Grading the SEC’s Proposed Crowdfunding Changes

By Andy Gordon on July 15, 2020

The SEC is about to make a series of modifications to equity crowdfunding regulations. These updates come a little more than four years after it first enabled regular investors like you and me to crowdfund startups.  Back then, the SEC was mostly concerned with protecting investors.
It’s full speed ahead for Cityzenith. We recommended the digital twin visualization software company to you last August. It’s made tremendous progress in almost 12 months. In fact, so many good things are happening at once, it’s hard to know where…
Crowdfunding has come a long way. It’s far more diverse and interesting than it was just a year ago. There are investment portals that now offer a way to buy and sell shares of startups whose raises have ended. There are portals that offer crowdfunders shares of startups…

Invest in Fixing the Trucking Industry

By Andy Gordon on July 1, 2020

Deal Details Startup: Fleeting Security type: Crowd SAFE Discount: 20% Valuation (cap): $10 million Minimum investment: $100 Where to invest: Republic Deadline: Invest ASAP! Raise is almost filled up What I do is very simple. I try to find very…

Invest in the Startup Changing HR

By Andy Gordon on June 25, 2020

TV has made dysfunctional families (Arrested Development) and companies (The Office) cute and funny. They’re not. And maybe that’s why we watch these shows. If we don’t laugh, we’d probably cry. I’m not sure how one would restore a dysfunctional family to emotional health. But now there’s a remarkable company…

Startup Founders Leaning Into COVID-19 Economy

By Andy Gordon on June 24, 2020

It’s been surprisingly difficult to pigeonhole the effects of COVID-19 on startups. I’ve reached out to many startups to see how they’re doing in the current market. And much to my surprise, many founders have told me that COVID-19 is a “net positive” for their companies. None have…

Investors Should Avoid Getting Hertz

By Andy Gordon on June 17, 2020

Hertz is the latest example of baffling investor behavior.  On May 22nd (the Friday leading into Memorial Day weekend), bankruptcy rumors caused the car-rental company’s  stock to drop 7.5%. The rumors turned out to be true. Hertz officially filed for bankruptcy that night. And by the…
Time is running out to invest in NowRx. When we urged you to invest last November, it was a compelling opportunity. Since then, it’s gone from compelling to irresistible. Growth has taken off. And Friday is…

Invest in the Startup That’s Securing Biometrics

By Andy Gordon on June 11, 2020

Deal Details Startup: Trust Stamp Security type: Preferred equity Valuation: $25 million Share price: $7.79 Stage: Series A Minimum investment: $997 Where to invest: SeedInvest Deadline: July 19.

Bringing Inclusion to Startup Investing

By Andy Gordon on June 10, 2020

Crowdfunding can’t fix the social ills of this country by itself. But it can be part of the solution. New companies — with 99% of their growth ahead of them —  are the economic engine of the U.S.  Per dollar of revenue, they hire more people…

COVID-19 Hasn’t Ruined Your Startup Investments

By Andy Gordon on June 4, 2020

One of these days (hopefully soon) my colleague Vin and I will sit down in front of a camera and discuss the best and worst things about startup investing in the middle of a pandemic. But before that happens, I’ve been tossing around a couple of ideas I…

Choosing Between Stocks and Startups

By Andy Gordon on June 3, 2020

When it comes to investing, there’s no lack of choices. The trick is making the right one. And those choices look a lot different now than they did before COVID-19 hit. Stock investors, in particular, need to recalibrate their strategies. There are two basic options for…

TradeFox’s COVID-19 Pivot May Change Industry

By Andy Gordon on June 1, 2020

COVID-19 has hit TradeFox harder than most companies in our First Stage Investor portfolio. As a trade analytics company (primarily in scrap metal and recyclables), TradeFox provides business reports on more than 110,000 companies worldwide. It was doing great…

Invest In A Wine Startup With A Massive Inventory

By Andy Gordon on May 28, 2020

Deal Details Startup: Yahyn Security type: Common equity Round size: Up to $20 million Valuation: $4,955,781 Share price: $44.38 Minimum investment: $133.14 Raise: Seed Investment Portal: Netcapital Deadline: June 30, 2020 COVID-19 is changing our world in so many ways. Socially. Professionally.