WeWork Disaster Shows Crowdfunding’s Advantages
By Andy Gordon on January 6, 2021
Just this week, I came across an intriguing startup investment opportunity. A Philadelphia-based company was offering shared office space for physicians and related medical practices. Doctors — especially those just starting their practices — are often forced to accept expensive and long-term leases. It’s a real problem that needs fixing. Then I remembered WeWork — the shared offices startup. And the huge IPO that was planned. It was set to generate enormous profits in 2019 for…
The Problem With Ratchet Terms
By Andy Gordon on January 15, 2020
After a slew of underperforming IPOs, investors seem more risk-averse than they used to be. And that may mean ratchet terms are on the rise.
A Shift in Private Markets
By Adam Sharp on January 14, 2020
Since WeWork’s massive IPO failure, the startup investing landscape has started to change. Unprofitable unicorns are no longer getting a free pass.
SoftBank Is No Longer Getting a Pass
By Andy Gordon on January 8, 2020
SoftBank has a history of writing big checks for flawed startups. And it doesn’t seem to have learned its lesson.
The Five Metrics Startup Investors Are Most Likely to Get Wrong
By Andy Gordon on December 4, 2019
Early investors have few metrics to go by when evaluating potential startup investments. Here are five metrics, in particular, that investors often misconstrue.
Why Startups Should Be in Every Portfolio
By Adam Sharp on December 3, 2019
We’re headed for a long-overdue recession. So it’s a great time to invest in startups.
News Fix: Who Watches the Watchers?
By Vin Narayanan on November 2, 2019
In the news this week: Colleges become legal battlegrounds for cannabis, China praises blockchain and the Fix ponders who watches the watchers.
Mailbag: Defining Reasonable Revenue Growth
By Early Investing on October 27, 2019
In this week’s Mailbag, the Early Investing team explains reasonable revenue growth numbers and underperforming IPOs.
News Fix: The Two-Minute Drill Version
By Vin Narayanan on October 26, 2019
In the news this week: Adam Neumann gets a hefty severance package, Indian startups have a record year and the Senate finally starts thinking about marijuana research.
News Fix: Former CFTC Chair Suggests a Digital Dollar Will Uphold U.S. Dominance in Global Finance
By Allison Brickell on October 19, 2019
In the news this week: Pennsylvania introduces a comprehensive marijuana legalization bill, the former CFTC chair calls for a digital dollar and Canva’s valuation gets a boost.
Why Big Budgets Can Lead to Low Returns
By Andy Gordon on October 16, 2019
The most successful IPOs over the past decade all have one thing in common. And it’s not revenue growth.
Top Blogs for Startup Investors
By Adam Sharp on October 15, 2019
To learn more about startup investing from some of the top venture capitalists in the world, check out Adam’s recommended reading.
Silicon Valley Is Just as Responsible for IPO Dysfunction as Wall Street
By Andy Gordon on October 9, 2019
The IPO process is broken. And Silicon Valley isn’t owning up to its role in that dysfunction.
Mailbag: Early Investors Don’t Need to Worry About WeWork
By Early Investing on October 6, 2019
In this week’s Mailbag, the Early Investing team addresses celebrity investors and the WeWork debacle’s impact on the startup investing world.
Gold Confiscation, $90K Bitcoin and IPOs Gone Wrong
By Adam Sharp on October 4, 2019
Today we’re looking at three important stories: the history of gold confiscation, why IPO investors are last in line and the possibility of $90,000 bitcoin.
Pre-IPO Investors Don’t Need to Worry About WeWork
By Adam Sharp on October 1, 2019
WeWork has been a disaster, especially for SoftBank. But fortunately for pre-IPO investors, it’s not really impacting the private startup markets.