It’s a deceptively simple question, but one that investors often forget to ask: “How much am I really paying for my investment accounts?”

Can you answer that question?

Investing invariably comes with fees — and financial institutions are not generally known for their transparency, even with their legal requirements for disclosure.

While some investors might know their returns and be aware of a few seemingly innocuous (and pleasingly low) fees to account for the service, a quick look at the small print reveals a world of hidden fees and expenses that bite deep into investor profits.

These aren’t dainty little…


A curated list of the world’s best startup resources.

Instead of dozens of bookmark folders in Chrome, I decided to compile the best startup resources in one location. Think YC Startup Library on steroids.

It is categorized by:

  • Title
  • Brief summary
  • Link
  • Topic (ranging from fundraising to legal)
  • Media type (essays, tools, websites, blogs, etc.)
  • Author
  • Free or Paid
  • Whether they’re worth your time.
  • Deep summary

This is for the dreamers and doers. Never stop, never give up. Go get 'em! 💪🏼

Link: https://airtable.com/shreD7HDcACwpa0Tn


Cryptocurrency has taken the financial world by storm in recent years. A form of digital currency, cryptocurrency was designed to be anonymous and secure, and not backed by real assets or tangible securities.

In 2009, the first Bitcoin Block was introduced by Satoshi Nakamoto (known only by this pseudonym). Cryptocurrencies are traded between consenting parties with no broker and tracked on digital transaction ledgers called blockchains, which are duplicated multiple times through a network of computers. Apart from Bitcoin, other examples of cryptocurrency include Ethereum, LiteCoin, and Electroneum, among others. Over 6700 variations of cryptocurrencies are traded publicly, totaling $645.7…


5-steps to get on track to financial freedom. It’s easier than you might think.

The stock market provides a great opportunity to grow wealth. While volatility and general uncertainty are considerations to always bear in mind when investing, stocks remain a solid investment option for long-term investors, particularly because a down cycle translates into a buying opportunity for stock at a lower price.

The easiest and most direct way to access the stock market is to open an online investment account, which can then be used to purchase shares of stock in a company or shares of a mutual fund…


Should I use a financial advisor? Should I use a robo-advisor?
Should I use a financial advisor? Should I use a robo-advisor?

Robo-advisors

Robo-advisors, platforms attempting to revolutionize investing for individuals, use computer algorithms to build and manage a client’s investment portfolio. Robo-advisors allow you to establish an investment horizon and risk tolerance and are offered at low cost for those investors who may have little experience or not much capital to begin their investing journey.

As an individual investor, the robo-advisor prompts you to provide basic information through a series of questions tailored to discovering your investing heartbeat and capacity. The robo-advisor will digest that data and spit out a uniquely-tailored approach for allocating assets and building a portfolio of diversified investments…


You’re running a startup. You don’t have time for fluff. Let’s teach you how to raise seed capital in 6 minutes.

This is a breakdown of the key ideas from Techstars Anywhere Managing Director, Ryan Kuder, as he walks through what to consider when raising your first round. Let’s dive in.

Top 3 Things for Fundraising

  1. Build a great company.
  2. Build a great investor pipeline.
  3. Be prepared.

Your Objectives:

MAKE IT TO THE NEXT ROUND OR GET TO "DEFAULT ALIVE."STAY ALIVE.DON’T GO BANKRUPT.

Most startups focus on raising capital before building a great company. Your job as a founder — first and foremost — is…


For some reason, LinkedIn’s top hashtags are quite the black box. Yet, LinkedIn is such a powerful tool for professionals to market their products and services, and hashtags are a great way to increase eyes on posts.

Consequently, I parsed through LinkedIn to find the top hashtags.

Given that hashtags are fluid, this article will be periodically updated. Note, the number of followers has been rounded because ain’t nobody got time for that.

Before we dive in — this article was sponsored by Compoundly.com.


This article is the first in our “For Innovators” series. The series will address some of the more complex, but important, questions faced by founders of startups, with an emphasis on the legal issues. With that said, however, we’ll dive into many facets of entrepreneurship, including lean startup, building a (remote) team, and raising capital in the post-COVID era. The hope of this series is to provide a practical, founder-centered approach to building a startup. This article will provide you with a 101 on convertible debt so you can stand toe-to-toe with the savviest angel and hold your own.

You Should Care About Convertible Debt

Convertible…


Special Purpose Acquisition Companies

Startups are now more than ever taking their companies public through special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”). SPACs do not take part in commercial operations and are commonly known as “shell companies.” These companies are designed to raise enough money to discover a target company and secure a reverse merger. After funds are raised, the SPAC must complete an acquisition (via a reverse merger in which a public company, in this case, the SPAC, acquires a private company) within two years, or the money raised will go back to its investors. …


This article is applicable for startup entrepreneurs looking to build out the founding team just as much as Fortune 500 CEOs looking to outsource innovation via acquisition. For example, if you’re a founder looking to offer stock in your company, you may be engaging in an unregistered security offering. Likewise, if you’re a business owner looking to acquire that hot new startup that is “revolutionizing or democratizing [insert anything],” you’ll also find this helpful.

This piece addresses the overarching principles of registering a securities offering and related exemptions. …

Mario Claudio Lattuga

🚀 Founder, Compoundly 💼 Securities lawyer ☕️ Espresso enthusiast 📞 Let’s chat - https://bit.ly/30i00Ry

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