Archive: COVID-19


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 made more than $2 million last year teaching kids how to code. Its impressive traction is hard-earned. Nick Winter founded the company back in 2013. And he’s slowly built it…

Protect Your Portfolio While You Can

By Adam Sharp on July 10, 2020

It’s a strange world out there for investors today. Stocks in the U.S. are very expensive — despite the fact that S&P 500 earnings may drop 40% in the second quarter. Investment grade bonds yield tiny amounts that amount to basically…

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…
Traditionally, startup investors (VCs and angels) tended to do deals in person. It’s a slow and inefficient method. But it’s the way things have always been done. During this crisis, everyone has been forced to operate remotely. But from what I’m reading…

Startup Insider: Adjusting Your Investment Strategy

By Early Investing on June 8, 2020

The investment landscape has shifted dramatically as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But never fear! Andy Gordon and Vin Narayanan are here to help guide the way. In the first Startup Insider since the pandemic began (click on the video below to watch), Andy and…

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…

The New Work-From-Home Economy

By Adam Sharp on May 29, 2020

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the long-term effects of the COVID-19 crisis lately. And the one thing I keep coming back to is the new work-from-home trend. This is going to change our economy in ways we can’t even imagine yet. Facebook’s…

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.
Much has changed since we recommended Winc last December. The popular direct-to-consumer wine company was one of the last pre-pandemic recommendations we made. Now lockdowns and quarantines have become our normal. And with so many of us stuck at home, meals have taken center stage in our lives. So it’s…

Not All Hot Sectors Have Staying Power

By Adam Sharp on May 15, 2020

In today’s world of quarantines and lockdowns, there’s a huge divide between winners and losers. Brick-and-mortar retail, travel, and construction are all getting hammered. But some sectors are still thriving. Today we’re going to take a look at a few of them — and discuss whether they’re worth investing in…
Deal Details Startup: Elemeno Health Security type: Crowd SAFE Discount: 0% Valuation (cap): $12 million Minimum investment: $100 Where to invest: Republic Deadline: September 16, 2020 Timing is everything — especially in investing. And the startup I’m recommending you invest in today has…

New Crowdfunding Rules Bring New Opportunities

By Andy Gordon on May 13, 2020

Economic crises can reveal a lot about established companies. Are they nimble enough to pivot? Can they come up with creative solutions to adapt to a new environment? Was the company prepared for an emergency? Apple and Google were sitting on a pile of cash. They were definitely prepared for…

Startup Deal Flow Changing

By Adam Sharp on May 12, 2020

One of my favorite AngelList syndicate leaders recently wrote a note to all the members of his syndicate. He told us the volume of new deals he’s seeing is down about 90%. Many of the startup deals we’re seeing right now were arranged before the COVID-19 quarantines started. These deals…

Negative Interest Rates in America?

By Adam Sharp on May 8, 2020

Back in October, I wrote an article titled “How Will We Deal With All The Debt?” Here’s an excerpt (emphasis mine): The federal government’s deficit for 2019 should come in around $1 trillion. That’s the equivalent of about…