Archive: Startup Investing
Why We’re Looking for More Series A Startup Investments
By Andy Gordon on September 16, 2019
The First Stage Investor team is on the lookout for more Series A companies to recommend. And we’re also keeping an eye on escalating valuations.
Startup Investors: Watch Out for These Five Red Flags
By Adam Sharp on September 10, 2019
Adam Sharp lists his top five red flags to watch for when evaluating startup investments.
What the Past 28 Years Have Taught Us About Disruption
By Vin Narayanan on August 21, 2019
In the middle of a lucrative basketball career in 1991, Shelly Pennefather left society to become a cloistered nun. A lot has changed since then. And if we could explain the past 28 years to her, we’d tell her it was a time of disruption.
Look for Startups That Check These Three Boxes
By Andy Gordon on November 14, 2018
I’m always on the lookout for a company that meets three key criteria. So I was excited to discover two companies that checked all the boxes.
Smart Investors Don’t Follow the Crowd
By Andy Gordon on August 1, 2018
Early Investing's Andy Gordon offers three tips on how to avoid "instant experts" while investing.
Startups Should Be Wary of SoftBank’s Approach to Venture Capitalism
By Andy Gordon on July 25, 2018
SoftBank is fond of writing big checks to fund startups. But founders should be wary. Big checks can come with big problems.
Q&A: A Founder’s Journey From Hardware to Pure Software
By Andy Gordon on July 18, 2018
Andy sits down with the founder of Pixilated, a photo booth startup, to learn about the ways the company is tackling its market.
Diversifying and Finding Investment-Worthy Startups
By Early Investing on July 8, 2018
Early Investing co-founders Andy Gordon and Adam Sharp answer questions about diversifying your cryptocurrency portfolio and where to find pre-IPO startups to invest in.
Andy Gordon Gives Amazon’s PillPack Acquisition a “4”
By Andy Gordon on July 4, 2018
Andy Gordon isn’t impressed by Amazon’s $1 billion purchase of PillPack. He explains why here.
Did Crowdfunding Just Leave VC Investors in the Dust?
By Andy Gordon on June 6, 2018
Thanks to secondary transfer platforms, investors now have ways to profit off of companies that haven't gone public yet.
News Fix: Big Investors Get Great News, but Who’s Going to Buy a Blockchain Phone?
By Vin Narayanan on May 19, 2018
This week’s News Fix looks at good news for institutional investors who want to invest in cryptocurrencies, the SEC’s “fake” ICO website, the proposed blockchain phone and other news from the week that was.
Changing Market Conditions Require a New Approach to Investing
By Adam Sharp on May 18, 2018
The market distortions from the "wealth effect" are starting to normalize, which means you need to change your investment strategy.
A Simple Way to Assess Startup Risk
By Andy Gordon on February 21, 2018
The Berkus Method, a four-factor valuation formula, gives you a nice framework to assess investment opportunities in terms of current risk and chances of future success.
How “Accredited Investor” Laws Cost Me $500K
By Adam Sharp on February 24, 2017
We should all have the opportunity to invest in startups as we see fit. Laws restricting investment based on wealth should be abolished. Here’s why.
Cannabis Science and the War on Drugs
By Adam Sharp on March 25, 2016
Medical cannabis is already beginning to disrupt the pharmaceutical space. As I'll explain, it has the potential to take significant market share.