Why Investors Should Target Seed Stage Companies Right Now
By Vin Narayanan on June 7, 2022
The amount of venture capital flowing into startups dipped below $40 billion last month, according to a Crunchbase report. That’s the lowest monthly investment rate in more than a year and well below the $70 billion invested in November, according to Crunchbase data. The slowdown in investing reflects broader concerns with the economy. But it’s not the most interesting data point in the Crunchbase analysis. Crunchbase reports…
Startup Valuations Remain High, But There Are Exceptions
By Adam Sharp on January 18, 2022
I had hoped that the dramatic startup valuation increases in seed and Series A rounds would start slowing late last year. Unfortunately I haven’t seen much evidence of that so far. I’d guess that seed stage startup valuations are still up around 2.5x since I started…
Crypto Startups Keep Attracting Massive Investments
By Adam Sharp on December 21, 2021
NYDIG is a startup that specializes in solutions for institutional bitcoin investors. And it recently raised a whopping $1 billion at a $7 billion valuation. Here’s an excerpt from CoinDesk’s reporting: NYDIG said Tuesday it raised…
Top 10 Startup Valuations Both Online and Offline
By KingsCrowd on December 1, 2021
Note: Determining startup valuations is more of an art than a science. Lately, we’ve written about how startup valuations are reaching eye-popping highs. But how do online startup valuations and offline startup valuations compare? That’s the question that our friends at KingsCrowd address…
Startup Insider: Why U.S. Venture Capitalists Are Targeting European Startups
By Early Investing on November 15, 2021
In the first three quarters of this year, U.S. venture capitalists (VCs) invested around $59 billion in European startups. And European VCs aren’t worried about it — as long as their startup ecosystem keeps growing. This has a lot of implications for startup investors in the…
What VC Gets Wrong About Crowdfunding
By Andy Gordon on March 24, 2021
A tech startup founder was bragging to me about his recent hires a couple of days ago. He found some outstanding people and said that the talent available in 2021 was off the charts. But it wasn’t just luck or happenstance. The highly experienced people he…
Where the Best Deals Are
By Adam Sharp on September 8, 2020
Just after the COVID-19 lockdown began, startup deals slowed to a crawl. And they stayed at that pace for a few weeks. Now, things are roaring back. Many new early-stage investment funds have formed over the last few months. Competition for “hot” deals is crazier than…
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.
Getting in Before the IPO Party Starts
By Andy Gordon on March 27, 2019
CNBC can’t decide whether IPOs are good or bad for investors. It ought to subscribe to Early Investing...
Mailbag: Understanding Valuations, Fed Trends
By Early Investing on March 24, 2019
In today’s Mailbag, Early Investing’s Andy Gordon explains startup valuations and Adam Sharp breaks down the latest Fed news.
Mailbag: Exploring AngelList, Weighing Seed and Series A Investments
By Early Investing on March 17, 2019
In this week’s Mailbag, the Early Investing team explains how AngelList works and the differences between seed and Series A companies.
Attainable Returns Are Something to Brag About
By Andy Gordon on March 13, 2019
Unicorns are great for bragging rights, but they’re not the only measure of success for an early investor.