“Wow, what a year!” said my Crowdability co-founder, Matt Milner.
We were sitting on an Amtrak train headed back to New York City. We were sipping scotch and winding down after a whirlwind business trip.
Matt was right – it has been a heck of a year – and we’ve made more progress than we could ever have hoped for.
And even though we’ve only been in business for a few months – much less than a year – I’ve always thought it was important to take a little time off at the end of a long year to reflect on things... to take stock of what we’ve accomplished, what we’ve learned, and even more importantly, how we’ll improve in the coming year.
And we think you’d be well served to do the same. Let me explain…
Take a Page From Our Playbook
To be honest, Crowdability started out as a fun “side project” for Matt and I. But the response we received was so overwhelming that we decided to dedicate all of our time to it.
Part of that decision was due to the amazing feedback and encouragement we’ve received from you and thousands of other Crowdability readers. But it’s also due to the rapid progress the SEC has made on the JOBS Act.
In fact, we think things are going to start moving even faster in 2014. And to help you prepare for that, we thought now might be a good time for you to take a page from our playbook: Spend the next few days reviewing and reflecting on some of the most important and popular essays we’ve published in 2013.
We highly recommend printing them out and regularly going back to them as you continue to wade into the equity crowdfunding waters.
Get Ready for 2014
1. Equity Crowdfunding 101 – You received this report as part of your Crowdability “welcome package.” If you haven’t read it yet, then read it now – and if you have read it, then read it again. It explains why equity crowdfunding could be one of the most important financial reforms in history and why we think it’s one of the greatest profit opportunities of our lives. You can download the report here »
2. 3 Golden Rules from Peter Lynch – You normally wouldn’t associate a die-hard value investor like Peter Lynch with something as speculative as investing in startups. However, we believe that many of Lynch’s “conservative” investing principles can be applied to this “risky” asset class. Check out Lynch’s 3 Golden Rules and how they can help you with your crowdfunding investments here »
3. How to Make Money in Equity Crowdfunding, Guaranteed – In this essay Matt explains the primary way you’ll earn enormous returns in this asset class…without ever touching the stock market. A quick and worthy read »
4. The 3 Most Common Crowdfunding Concerns – After collecting emails from subscribers for 3 months, we’ve identified and responded to the most concerns new early-stage investors have about this emerging asset class. This is a “must read” if you have cold feet about crowdfunding »
5. The Proven System for Early-Stage Investing Success – In addition to the “3 concerns” we mentioned above, the biggest misconception many novice early-stage investors have is that startup investing is too “risky.”
Make no mistake, it can certainly be high-risk, but it’s also high-reward. And there are people – “venture capitalists” to be exact – who have been investing in this asset class for decades and continue to trounce the stock market.
It’s why they’re some of the wealthiest people in the world. And in this essay, we show you a study that reveals the secrets behind the most successful early-stage investors, and how you can use them too »
Happy New Year
We hope you enjoyed catching up on some of our favorite essays from 2013. We certainly enjoyed writing them.
You won’t receive another essay from us until next year, so until then we want to wish you and your family a very happy and healthy new year.
All the best in 2014!