Archive: san francisco
Central Bank Digital Currencies Are a Threat, But Not to Bitcoin
By Adam Sharp on February 4, 2022
San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge was completed in 1937 after just four years of construction. Here’s a picture of the “ribbon cutting” ceremony. Contrast this with today, when San Francisco government officials just celebrated the reopening of a new bathroom at a train station after 20 years by cutting a toilet paper ribbon with their fingers. I use this example because the contrast between the…
Market Changes Favor New Startup Investors
By Adam Sharp on June 25, 2021
I’ve now been investing in startups online for seven years. Over that time, I’ve invested in around 125 individual startups and three funds (those funds in turn invested in another 30 startups). The vast majority of deals were early — seed stage, pre-seed or Series A. And over…
San Francisco Startup Valuations Continue to Balloon
By Adam Sharp on March 16, 2021
I’ve been writing about rising valuations for a while now. But this week, I saw a deal that was so crazily priced, I just have to write about it again. This young San Francisco-based startup had about $700k in annual recurring…
How to Handle Silicon Valley’s Rising Valuations
By Adam Sharp on February 16, 2021
It’s getting a little crazy out there in some pockets of the startup investing world. All the Series A deals I’ve seen lately have been much more expensive than they were even a year ago. I recently saw a fast-growing software company raising a Series A with just…
The Biggest Change to Venture Capital Since Crowdfunding
By Adam Sharp on December 4, 2020
Note: In May, I wrote an article titled “The New Work From Home Economy.” Then in August, I wrote a piece called “Tech Companies Flee California (Finally).” I recommend reading those first if you haven’t.
Investing Outside of the Bay Area
By Adam Sharp on November 5, 2019
The Bay Area is losing its edge. Here’s where else you can find good startup deals.
San Francisco Startups Inhale Almost Half of California Venture Capital Funding
By Allison Brickell on September 30, 2019
San Francisco is known for being a hub for startups and venture capital. Here’s just how much its funding dominates the rest of California.