Six Dating Analogies to Demystify the Startup Hiring Process
How to Raise a Seed Round amidst Economic Collapse and a Global Pandemic
On Microsoft in the Nineties and Timeless Lessons from the Dot-com Bubble
The Future State of Startups according to a Tenured Operator & Investor
On startup creation and investor interest in a down market
On the Dyson Sphere, Customer Discovery, and the Two Variables of Founders
Or: Direct Transfers and Forward Contracts and Equity-linked Financing Notes, Oh My!
The Opportunity Cost of Being an Entrepreneur and How to Hedge your Risk
Episode #22 | Investing via Gen Z Interests & Adapting to Fast-Changing Times
Examining Q4 2022 and Projecting to Q1 2023
The Definitive Ranking of the 150 Most Active & Influential Angel Investors of 2022
Episode #21 | On Founding a Company, Becoming Homeless, and Breaking into VC
Episode #8 | Adam and Tom talk SBF and the situation that continues to unravel
Five Tested Tactics to Turn “Maybe” into “Yes”
Episode #20 | On Showing Grit, Finding Innovation Avenues, and Investing for Tomorrow
Chatting with Composer COO & Co-Founder Ananda Aisola about their recent Customer Round
Episode #19 | Automating Growth, Building with Community, and the Need for Grit
Episode #6 | Adam and Tom talk SBF and the situation that continues to unravel
A Deep Dive into Africa’s Startup Ecosystem and Fundraising Landscape with Ajim Capital Founding Partner Eunice Ajim
Or: The Reports of Crypto's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Episode #5 | Adam and Tom deal with the fallout of FTX thanks to CZ exposing SBF. Plus, why are there so many acronyms?
Episode #4 | Adam is left on his own to tell you about this week in the markets.
Five Lessons Founders can learn from legendary horror Producer Jason Blum
Episode #3 | Adam and Tom finally learn that less is more. Also, we're still discussing Elon Musk & Twitter...r
Vibecap GP Dave Goldblatt Explains Why Decentralization Really Matters
Episode #2 | Adam and Tom talk Elon's plans for Twitter and VCs investing in public equities
Episode #1 | Introducing Secondary Saturdays
How COVID Paved the Way for Venture’s New Era
On the Power of Emotive Marketing and Neumann’s Second Act
Episode #18 | On the Rise of the Solo Investor and the Relationship between Team & TAM
Serial Founder Nick DeWilde’s Six Traits that Distinguish Expert Generalists from Novices
A Deep Dive into Southeast Asia’s Startup Ecosystem and Fundraising Landscape with Veteran Operator and Investor Viktor Kyosev
Episode #17 | From AngelList to Angel Investing
At Stonks, we’re focused on building the absolute best demo day experience in the world. We host nearly 200 demo days a year with partners like 500 Global, Techstars, Tachyon & others. Over 100 Unicorns have come from these partners’ demo days in the past — startups like Uber, Dropbox, Canva, Sendgrid, Carta, and Paypal.
A Founder’s Guide to Captivating VCs through Word and Phrase
Five Phrases to Never Say during a VC Pitch
Episode #16 | Capital and People in Crypto Investing & Focusing on the Fringe.
On Investor Interest in Troubling Times
Or: It’s Time to B̶u̶i̶l̶d̶ Invest!
Due to the seemingly inevitable march of globalization, our world is more interconnected today than it ever was before. Ironically, despite this growing overlap, inter-regional correlation rarely follows. That is, startup and venture capital conditions in one market seldom (if ever) correlate directly to the conditions in another. A wide variety of factors — whether currencies, climates, commerce, or disparate socioeconomic conditions — generate a myriad of diverse environments for local startups and investors.
Investor demand, early-stage deal trends, fundraising activity, and other measures of relative market performance can vary materially by geography.
**Spoiler Alert: This is the largest change to the Stonks platform since we started.**
The amount of capital earmarked for startup investing has never been higher. Ripe market conditions, record-breaking funding levels, and an influx of traditional and non-traditional investors in 2021 has helped insulate the world of early-stage investing.
With headlines increasing mentions of bear markets, inflation, and stagnant IPO / public equity demand, the worlds of startup investing and venture capital continue to show promising trends and insulation from broader market downturns.
Event RSVP count is a strong indicator of a Demo Day's ability to generate higher levels of investment interest.
Following an impressive start to Q1, Stonks saw investment interest on the platform slow on a per startup basis towards the end of March into April. Looking at the numbers, the weeks of March 27th, April 3rd, and April 10th saw 16, 20, and 9 startups receive investment interest on Stonks, respectively. Over those same periods, median investment interest generated per startup remained low, failing to eclipse $350K in any week.
At Stonks, we think Demo Days are one of the most exciting ways to bring founders and investors together and we’ve set out to build the ultimate Demo Day Platform; starting with how you host and run a demo day behind the scenes.
At Stonks, we believe everyone should be able to invest in startups.
Startup investing is limited to those who are accredited investors, per SEC rules. Deals cannot be discussed or shared publicly, unless the startup or a qualifying platform is verifying accreditation. This has historically been a significant burden for both startups and platforms.
We’re a small team of 16 at Stonks.
Index investing in the public markets has yielded superior returns for most investors than active stock-picking. The data shows that fewer than 20% of active money managers outperform an index (such as SPY) over 10 years. Stretch it out to 15 years, and fewer than 5% of active money managers will outperform a broad index.
As the resident software engineer amongst my friends, I get asked all the time for advice on how to bring their ideas into the real world. The good news is there are more options than ever, but the nuances between them are important to understand before jumping into development.
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