In This Investing Battle, You're The Winner

With school out for summer, the trash-talking playground bullies have gone quiet. But in the halls of early-stage investing, the zingers continue to fly. The season’s most riveting grudge match? The Old-School Venture Capitalists versus The New-School Equity Crowdfunders! Today we’ll take a quick look at each side’s insults – and reveal…

Read More

Tags: Venture Capital Ourcrowd Angellist 500 Startups FundersClub Angellist Syndicates SeedInvest Dave Mcclure

Protect Yourself From Cocky Founders

The numbers are clear: 3 out of 4 start-ups fail. For the founders of these companies, that means years of working around the clock, endless uphill battles, low or no pay... And at the end of the road, 75% of them will have nothing to show for it. It makes you…

Read More

Tags: Diversification

Why Kids Are The Best Investors

Peter Lynch was a rock star of a stock picker. During his 13 years at the helm of Fidelity’s Magellan Fund, he racked up 29% annual returns. To put that in perspective, a $50k investment would have grown to $1.4 million. How did he accomplish this feat… and how can you…

Read More

Tags: Peter Lynch Oculus

Invest Like a Gambler

Any gamblers in the house? Here’s an interesting fact for you: The odds of consistently winning at poker are about 5% to 10% -- that’s similar to the odds angel investors face when trying to pick winning start-ups. Amazingly, despite the odds, an elite group of poker players consistently manages…

Read More

Tags: Investing Start-up Investing

The Most Profitable Investment... Ever

What was the most profitable investment of all time? Was it Warren Buffett’s investment in Coca-Cola in 1987? Was it when savvy investors picked up shares of Amazon or Netscape in the 90s? Or was it something more unexpected? I recently came across a list of the world’s most profitable…

Read More

Tags: Facebook Investing Warren Buffett Ebay

The Dark Side of Equity Crowdfunding

Equity Crowdfunding is on a roll. Angels have already invested $393 million into deals on the biggest platforms. And this is still the first inning: many predict this new form of venture capital will become a $300 billion industry. To put that in perspective, traditional sources of early-stage financing, like venture capital,…

Read More

Tags: Equity Crowdfunding Crowdfunding