Say Goodbye to 3D Printing

Have you ever seen the Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz movie, “There’s Something About Mary”? In one scene, Ben Stiller’s character, Ted, picks up a hitchhiker who considers himself an entrepreneur:     Hitchhiker: You heard of this thing, the 8-Minute Abs?     Ted: Yeah, sure, 8-Minute Abs. Yeah, the exercise…

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Tags: Equity Crowdfunding Venture Capital 3d Printing Prediction

Get Paid To Go On Vacation

I’m writing this from a white-washed island in Greece called Folegandros. Yes, it’s summertime… And I’m honoring the age-old investor tradition of “Sell in May, go away.” Typically, I can’t get paid to travel like this… But thanks to a new crowdfunding opportunity, now I can. And so can you.…

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An "Auto-Pilot" Investment Strategy

Late last year, Amazon.com announced the use of “drones” to deliver packages. Drones are remote-controlled aircraft. They’re mainly used for military purposes. At the time, it smelled like a publicity stunt… Flying saucers delivering little brown boxes of books and shampoo? Really, Mr. Bezos? But as it turns out, it’s legitimate. In fact,…

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Invest in the Next Ben & Jerry's

They say you should invest in what you know and love. “Well,” you might say jokingly, “I know and love food. Does that count?” Funny you should ask… Foods and Beverages as Start-Ups Food and beverage products can be great investments. Once upon a time, Naked Juice was a tiny start-up.…

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Tags: CircleUp Consumer Products

How To Get a 10x Return

Let’s play a quick round of “Which Investment Is Less Risky?” Here are your choices: Start-up A: 7 years in business. Millions in revenue. Current value of $10 billion. Start-up B: 1 year of business. Hardly any revenue. Current value of $1 million. OK, so which investment is less risky?…

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Own a Piece of the Red Sox?

Picture your favorite sports team. Now imagine that you’re sitting on your couch, browsing their website before a game… When suddenly you see that you can buy a piece of the team! You wouldn’t just be a fan anymore… you’d be an owner. You’d probably become even more passionate. I’ve been a New…

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The Next WhatsApp?

Every so often a “Big Bang” occurs in the start-up world... A new company emerges that gives birth to an entirely new industry. These companies reach such scale that they create a universe of other businesses in their orbit. We call these Big Bang companies, “platforms.” Facebook, Apple, Google… each of them…

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Tags: Equity Crowdfunding Airbnb Early-stage Investing Wefunder

Want 10% Of My Salary?

We love assets that throw off cash: Dividends from stocks… Rental income from real estate… Income from the people we own. “Uh… what?” you might be asking yourself. “People we ‘own’?” Yes, you read that right. Let me explain… The $1 Trillion Impetus There’s a new type of crowdfunding that’s gathering…

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