Archive: acquisition

We first recommended TÖST in 2021. The company sells non-alcoholic sparkling beverages made with simple ingredients and low sugar.  We recently caught up with CEO Brooks Addington to see how things have been going over the last year and a half.  Location Count As a consumer packaged goods (CPG) startup, TÖST is retail-oriented. So expanding its retail store presence is always front-of-mind for the company.  When we…
Some big news hit the crowdfunding world in late 2022: StartEngine announced its plans to acquire fellow crowdfunding platform SeedInvest. Circle, which acquired SeedInvest back in 2019, entered into an agreement to divest SeedInvest to StartEngine. StartEngine announced the news on…

Angel Insider: A New Way for Startups to Exit

By Early Investing on November 1, 2022

Two of the most common ways startups exit is via initial public offering (IPO) or acquisition.  But what about an “exit to community”? That’s what a growing number of founders are pushing for. It’s a new way…

The Early Investing Podcast: Adobe’s Pricey Figma Acquisition

By Early Investing on September 28, 2022

It’s a tale as old as time. A startup creates a great product, generating lots of sales and happy customers. A corporate behemoth tries to compete with the startup by launching its own version of the product. The corporate behemoth fails miserably and decides to buy the startup…
Every investor has preferences and biases that influence which startups they choose to invest in. And some sectors play to an investor’s values more than others. Whenever anybody asks me which sectors I prefer, I say it doesn’t matter to me. And I mean it. …
Note: This article contains incorrect information. Please read this correction piece instead. First Stage Investor sincerely apologizes for this mistake. DBG (Digital Brands Group) holds a unique distinction in the First Stage Investor portfolio. It’s the only company we’ve recommended three…

Patience Pays in Startup Investing

By Adam Sharp on February 9, 2021

I recently had my first startup investment go public. But don’t get too excited yet. The company, Plurilock Security, just listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange at quite a tiny valuation — around $15 million. I took the opportunity to add to my position. I really…

Cannabis Report: Curaleaf Grows by Acquisition

By Early Investing on July 25, 2019

Curaleaf is growing the only way it can. And it’s nothing to sniff at.
One of our portfolio companies has been acquired, which is great news for investors.