Archive: disruption


Angel Insider: The Dangers of Disrupting the Auto Industry

By Early Investing on January 10, 2023

It’s a tough gig for electric automakers right now. Electric vehicle maker Rivian originally forecast it would produce 50,000 cars in 2022. Then it cut that production target in half to 25,000. And it still missed the target. Rivian produced 24,337 vehicles last year and delivered only 20,332.  Tesla, a rival of Rivian, also missed its production targets. Both companies saw their share prices plunge as a result.  Both companies are…

Our Five Criteria for Evaluating Startups

By Vin Narayanan on May 10, 2022

Hopefully you’ve noticed the changes at Pre-IPO Profits recently. We emailed you an interesting startup investment opportunity last month. This month, we’re bringing you an exclusive webinar about investing in the KingsCrowd Capital Fund. In June, we’ll…
Startup disruptions are like earthquakes. The bigger the earthquake, the more widespread its impact. Likewise, major disruptions can upend entire industries. Major earthquakes can topple buildings. And big disruptions can expose the vulnerabilities of powerful legacy companies, diminishing their ability to compete.  Airbnb disrupted the global…

Robo Advisory Startups Are Coming for Crowdfunders

By Andy Gordon on February 3, 2022

The buyout that caught my attention this week involved fintech wealth management firm Wealthfront. UBS — the largest private bank globally — bought it for $1.4 billion.  The acquisition got plenty of press. Several articles focused on the low buyout price. For venture capital (VC) firms…

The Disruptive Force That Shaped My Life

By Vin Narayanan on July 28, 2021

All startups have an origin story. So do all founders. These origin stories are important. They explain why a startup began. Or why we believe particular founders will be persistent, constantly fight for success and never give up on their…

Startup Insider: (Don’t) Follow Your Passion

By Early Investing on July 8, 2021

Venture capital legend Marc Andreessen — founder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of the earliest architects of the internet — has some advice for young people. Don’t follow your passion. “Your passion is likely more dumb and useless than anything else. Your passion should be your hobby, not your work.

Startup Insider: Why Startups Shouldn’t Fear Amazon

By Early Investing on June 21, 2021

It’s Amazon Prime Day, which means millions of people across the world are scanning Amazon’s marketplace for deals on everything from portable ice makers to dog DNA tests. This shopping holiday has historically generated massive sales. On Prime Day in 2020, third-party sellers on Amazon made more than…
Verizon has reportedly sold Yahoo and AOL today for around $5 billion. But Verizon spent $9 billion total to acquire both companies! Today’s sale marks the end of Verizon’s attempts to break into digital advertising. In this week’s Startup Insider, Andy Gordon and Vin Narayanan take a look…
Like a huge portion of Americans, I use Amazon a LOT these days. And with a 50% market share, it absolutely dominates online sales in the country.  But lately I’m frustrated with it. I’ve bought a few items recently that were…

Three Factors that Signal Upside Potential

By Andy Gordon on January 21, 2021

Sometimes it’s good to go back to basics. And one of the basics that every investor has to consider before making a startup investment is upside — does this startup have the right pieces put together to provide significant upside on my investment? …

Big Tech’s Growing Vulnerability

By Adam Sharp on October 30, 2020

Today we’re going to talk about big tech censorship — and how it makes established social media platforms vulnerable to disruption. I’m going to try my best to avoid the political side of things and focus solely on the investing implications. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Apple and…

Invest in Technological Disruption

By Adam Sharp on October 23, 2020

These are strange times, economically and socially. The future seems as uncertain as it’s ever been. At first glance, now might not appear to be a good time to invest in startups. But I truly believe it is. The primary reason I’m still investing…
COVID-19 has disrupted life as we know it. And when we emerge from this crisis, there will be a new economic normal. Adam Sharp looks at what will change.

The Five Future Disruptions I’m Already Grateful For

By Andy Gordon on November 27, 2019

It’s almost Thanksgiving, so here are five future disruptive technologies that Andy Gordon is already thankful for.

Nothing Is Immune to Disruption – Including Breakfast

By Vin Narayanan on November 16, 2019

No industry is safe from disruption. Even milk and orange juice are in trouble.

Mailbag: Don’t Dismiss Sectors or Cannabis Stocks

By Early Investing on October 13, 2019

In this week’s Mailbag, the Early Investing team tackles cannabis stocks and startup sectors.