September 7th: Your $50 Million Payday?
Six Factors for Early-Stage Investing Success
The cylinder of the .38 mm handgun spins around and around. It makes the familiar “whirrrrrrr” sound – but this time the sound isn’t coming from a movie or TV show.
The hammer of the revolver clicks into place. I involuntarily shudder. It’s my turn.
Hands shaking, I slowly lift…
In Early-Stage Investing It Pays to "Be a Follower"
Remember a game called “Follow the Leader” from when you were a kid?
One kid, the leader, would stand up at the head of a line. He’d touch his nose, zig and zag, click his heels. Everyone else would have to copy what he did.
The Worst Investment I Ever Made
The champagne was flowing.
Music filled the air.
Beautiful people were dancing, lounging, and having the time of their lives…
That’s the image I had in my head when I wrote a check for what turned out to be the worst investment of my life.
Dim Lights, Big City
4 Countries, 12 Investments in 1 Day
Those are my feet you're looking at...
They haven’t moved much this weekend:
In and out of the pool. A stroll through town to the classy restaurant in the converted farmhouse. A little tapping when I went to hear some live music.
And yet, over the course of two days,…
Ask This Question Before Making Your Next Investment
When life gets bumpy, some people ask, “Why me?” To avoid a bumpy ride when investing in early-stage companies, it’s best to ask, “Why now?”
The above passage is from the “7th Commandment” section of our whitepaper, The 10 Commandments of Crowdfund Investing, which can be found…
Are you Looking for a “Ten-Bagger”?
This is Part 3 of a 3-Part Adventure. To read Parts 1 and 2, start with our post below from July 17.
You know how male peacocks flash their bright colors to attract the ladies?
A short, tanned guy was walking towards me on Fifth Ave. Stuffed into the chest…
Crowdfunding: 3 Golden Rules from Peter Lynch
The paperback book came flying at me like a drunk bird. It hit my chest and dropped to my lap.
“Read it,” said the short-tempered money manager (and book-thrower) who’d been interviewing me for a job on Wall Street. “Then we’ll talk.”
So I read the book. And a few…
Venturing Into Equity Crowdfunding: The Difference
This is Part 2 of a 3-Part Adventure. To read Part 1, see blog post below from July 17.
“Great company,” said the man in the bow tie. “But it’s looking like a crappy investment.”
I was sitting on a swanky leather couch in a Fifth Avenue office, chatting with…
Kickstarter: From $0 to $600 Million
Can you guess which website raised over $600 million in financing in its first four years of existence?
Zynga? Groupon? Facebook? No, it wasn’t any of those.
How about Kickstarter.com?
Ding Ding Ding!
Crowdfunding is Born
Yes, the site I’m talking about is Kickstarter.com. And the $600 million they raised? …