Archive: Early Investing

Now that we’re in the holiday season, the Early Investing team is reflecting on the startups and products we’ve discovered over the past year. When we get closer to Christmas, we’ll share some of our favorites.  But before we get to the good presents, we’ve got to talk about the lumps of coal. So in this episode of The Early Investing Podcast, Allison Brickell, Vin Narayanan and Andy Gordon review…

What DeFi Needs to Mature Into a Thriving Ecosystem

By Vin Narayanan on December 2, 2022

Crypto Market Musings There are two things driving the market right now: FTX collateral damage and potential interest rate hikes. Every time an FTX domino falls — like BlockFi declaring bankruptcy a few days ago — crypto…

Startups Could Revolutionize the Supply Chain

By Allison Brickell on November 30, 2022

When the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global health emergency in January 2020, we had no idea how long-lasting COVID’s impact would be. Almost three years later, we’re still feeling the effects of the pandemic. People are still catching COVID. And the damage COVID did to…

The Early Investing Podcast: Ray Dalio Misjudges the Eurozone

By Early Investing on November 23, 2022

According to Ray Dalio — owner of the largest hedge fund in the world — the Eurozone is in trouble. The Eurozone comprises 19 countries, including Spain, France and Germany. And Dalio thinks it’s in gradual decline. “Its weaknesses are its people’s lower than average work…

The Silver Lining of the FTX Collapse

By Yasmin Sharbaf on November 18, 2022

Crypto Market Musings The impact of the FTX scandal continues to shake the crypto world. The exchange filed for bankruptcy last Friday after its rival Binance stepped back from saving it. And news of FTX’s corruption and bad investments just seems to keep…

Crypto Markets Spiral on FTX’s Bankruptcy News

By Vin Narayanan on November 16, 2022

Someday, there will be a Netflix documentary about Sam Bankman-Fried. SBF — as he’s known in crypto circles — was worth more than $14 billion about 10 days ago. Today, the founder and former CEO of popular crypto exchange FTX is bankrupt. SBF’s stunning fall from grace is…
Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of the FTX crypto exchange and a very popular figure in the crypto community, has lost nearly 94% of his total wealth. FTX was having liquidity problems, so Binance stepped in to acquire the struggling exchange. The Bloomberg Billionaires Index assumes that existing FTX investors…

Bitcoin Challenges Traditional Economic Theory

By Olivia Strobl on November 4, 2022

Crypto Market Musings In case you missed it, Elon Musk is officially “Chief Twit.” The business magnate became the sole director of Twitter after his deal to buy the company (finally) went through on October 27. Musk went on to use the platform to spread…

Twitter and the Fight Against Fake News

By Allison Brickell on November 2, 2022

Well, it finally happened. After several legal snags and a full-blown trial, Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion.  One of Musk’s first priorities as the owner of the social media giant is to change Twitter Blue. Twitter Blue is an optional $4.99-per-month subscription that Twitter…

A Sweet Way to Identify Your Investment Style

By Allison Brickell on October 28, 2022

Halloween is nearly upon us. And investors have experienced their share of spooks this month. I shared a scary investment story. Inflation grew and sent the markets tumbling. And Mark Zuckerberg continued to use his…
Startup investors and collectibles investors have a lot in common. They both need to evaluate potential investments with little to no track records — whether it’s a very early stage startup or a baseball card featuring a rookie player — and they both take on a lot of…

Bitcoin Gives Investors a Break During the Bear Market

By Vin Narayanan on October 21, 2022

Crypto Market Musings Bitcoin (BTC) is traditionally an extremely volatile asset. But not right now. Bitcoin volatility (.BVOL) is at a 100-day low. Since September 1, bitcoin has largely been trading in a narrow range between $18,400 and $20,000. And BTC…

The Trick to De-Risk Startup and Collectibles Investments

By Vin Narayanan on October 19, 2022

The baseball card universe has changed quite a bit since I was growing up. People don’t just buy cards for the bubble gum or trade doubles to complete their sets like I did. Instead, they seek out unique or scarce cards that can grow in value. They keep…
Crypto Market Musings The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the month of September is finally here, and it’s not what economists and the Fed wanted. The CPI increased 8.2% from last September and increased 0.4% month to month. The financial markets tumbled right after yesterday morning’s news. Ethereum…

The Early Investing Podcast: The Perfect Crypto Regulations

By Early Investing on October 12, 2022

Crypto is in a weird regulatory position. It doesn’t fit neatly into any one legal category — not securities, commodities, protocols or anything else. The SEC doesn’t quite know how to handle it.  Meanwhile, the crypto community is worried that the government will enact stifling regulations…
Crypto Market Musings As of this writing, bitcoin is up about 3% over the last seven days and trading around $20,000. Ethereum is up about 2% over the last seven days and trading around $1,358. There’s no Fed meeting this month, so we won’t…