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2017 IPO Alert

By this time next year, we’re predicting a flurry of IPO activity. And I’m not talking about small IPOs. I’m talking about tech IPOs from Uber, Airbnb, and Snapchat. Multi-billion dollar offerings. IPOs like this can create enormous wealth—especially for the investors who get in prior to the IPO. So…

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Tags: GSVC SharesPost 100 Fund

Why You Should Eat Dessert FIRST...

My dad used some strange parenting techniques. Before every meal, for example, he insisted we eat dessert. Häagen-Dazs coffee ice cream, chocolate cake, cinnamon buns—those were the “appetizers” around our kitchen table. But as it turns out, he was using reverse psychology: after years of stuffing myself full of junk…

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Takeover Alert: The Next Wave of M&A Targets

Takeovers are one of the most surefire ways to earn big profits—fast. However, for most investors, picking the correct takeover targets has historically been a game of luck, not skill. With that being said, some investors know how to consistently identify (and profit from) companies that are ripe for a…

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Tags: M&A Mergers And Acquisitions

“Magically” Make Money

Back in college, I played in a rock band. I’d love to tell you how great we were. But the truth is, everything about us was horrible, starting with our name: “The Drooling Dogs.” But even worse than our name was our skills. You see, none of us actually knew…

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Bitcoin: Exposed!

By now, you’ve probably heard of Bitcoin, the digital currency. In its early days, many believed Bitcoin would only be used by Internet geeks. But it’s gradually become part of the mainstream financial ecosystem. That being said, many folks still don’t understand Bitcoin—and they don’t realize that professional investors are…

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Tags: Bitcoin

As Close to a "Sure Thing" as You Can Get

Investing in early-stage private companies can be incredibly lucrative. It’s the only investment I know of where you can turn a few hundred dollars into millions. But to be fair, it does have its drawbacks: For one thing, it can be risky. And it often takes many months, if not…

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Own Hearst's Mansion… For Less

A few years back, I sold a start-up I’d founded to Hearst, the media company that owns everything from Cosmopolitan Magazine to ESPN. To pay my respects, I decided to visit the legendary Hearst Castle. The Hearst Castle is a 90,000 square foot mansion on California’s coast, about halfway between San…

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Smells like money to me...

Computers have gotten pretty smart over the years, but most folks still believe humans are better at certain tasks. For example, we’re better at creating art or music, or playing games like chess—essentially, any task that requires creative thinking. But on February 10th, 1996, IBM proved us wrong. That’s when…

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A $237 Hamburger!?

Imagine going into your local diner and ordering a hamburger. A few minutes later, it gets delivered nice and hot, cooked just how you like it. You gobble it up. But then the waitress drops off the check and—$237!? What the… You might be thinking, “C’mon, Wayne. A hamburger will…

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This Indian Programmer is Making Some People Very Rich

Have you ever heard of Naval Ravikant? Most folks haven’t—not yet, anyway. But if you’re an ordinary investor with dreams of hitting it big, this programmer from India might play a starring role in your financial future. You see, not once, not twice, but three times in the past few…

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