Andy Gordon

Co-Founder, Early Investing

Andy has three decades of experience in the private and public sectors as an entrepreneur and advisor. The CIA, former Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer, and Fortune 500 companies such as Lockheed Martin and Dow Chemical have all trusted his advice. Andy founded and ran an international trade and finance company based in Asia. Upon returning to the U.S., he joined a Florida investment advisory service that quickly gained a reputation for recommending companies with outstanding value and fundamentals. Andy has taught marketing and finance courses at local Maryland universities and has written a half-dozen books on global business, published by McGraw-Hill, Frost & Sullivan and others. He now regularly shares his worldly knowledge about investing in startups, cryptocurrency and cannabis with everyday investors in the free daily e-letter, Early Investing.


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Don’t Plant Trees – Invest in Them

Investing in a startup that produces highly sought-after timber will fatten your wallet AND do more to save the environment than any government program to plant trees.

Recession-Proof Your Startup Portfolio

Startups are a good alternative to the stock market during a recession. Just make sure your startup investments are recession-proof.

Corporate Venture Capital Can Benefit Startups and Early Investors

Corporate venture capital is growing like crazy. Here’s what founders and early investors need to know about it.

2020 Will See a Surge of Accredited Investors

The U.S. government is still shutting too many investors out of the startup space. But it seems like things are finally starting to change.

The Problem With Ratchet Terms

After a slew of underperforming IPOs, investors seem more risk-averse than they used to be. And that may mean ratchet terms are on the rise.

SoftBank Is No Longer Getting a Pass

SoftBank has a history of writing big checks for flawed startups. And it doesn’t seem to have learned its lesson.

How to Ignite Capital Growth in 2020 (Not Through IPOs)

Direct listings minimize risk for startup investors and help them cash out faster. But they also come with a downside. Fortunately, that may change in 2020.

The Five Metrics Startup Investors Are Most Likely to Get Wrong

Early investors have few metrics to go by when evaluating potential startup investments. Here are five metrics, in particular, that investors often misconstrue.