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Bitcoin’s Back in a Big Way

Everyone has the crazy uncle who bought cryptocurrencies and claimed “blockchain is the future” back in 2018. While this may not have been on your mind as of late, crypto is back in a big way. Yesterday, Bitcoin hit an all time high. As a result, publicly traded companies which interface in cryptocurrency and blockchain are rising.

Shares of crypto mining and investment company Riot Blockchain are up over 620% this year. $RIOT invests in crypto-related projects and maintains a Bitcoin mining op... Read More

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  • 00:57

    Bitcoin’s Back in a Big Way

    Everyone has the crazy uncle who bought cryptocurrencies and claimed “blockchain is the future” back in 2018. While this may not have been on your mind as of late, crypto is back in a big way. Yesterday, Bitcoin hit an all time high. As a result, publicly traded companies which interface in cryptocurrency and blockchain are rising. Shares of crypto mining and investment company Riot Blockchain are up over 620% this year. $RIOT invests in crypto-related projects and maintains a Bitcoin mining operation in New York with over 6,040 Bitcoin miners. The company expects to more than double the number of miners in their facility in the first four months of 2021. Shares of Bitcoin mining company Marathon Patent Group have risen over 480% YTD. The company owns a data center with over 21,500 Bitcoin miners at a facility in North Dakota. As of May this year, $MARA’s facility was capable of generating 900 BTC per day, which would be worth over $16 million per day at the current price. MicroStrategy, a business-intelligence company covered in the Rippers earlier this year, shifted over 90% of their cash reserves into Bitcoin. The $425 million purchase made Bitcoin the largest reserve currency of $MSTR by far. The company attracted a lot of investor attention because of the purchase, prompting a 175% rise since the purchase.

  • 01:20

    Airbnb and DoorDash IPO, While Gene Editing Companies and SPACs Continue to Build Excitement

    DoorDash and Airbnb have been a hot topic as of late, with both going public in back-to-back IPOs. $ABNB more than doubled in its market debut, rising over 112%. $DASH ended up rising over 85% in its first day of trading, going from its $102 starting share price to $189 by the end of the day. Both companies are now just short of hitting a $100 billion market cap valuation. Shares of genetic editing companies Sangamo and Editas Medicine jumped today, adding to impressive runs for these genomic companies. This year has brought gene therapy and gene editing tools like CRISPR to the mainstream on markets. Both companies have been on the Rippers list before due to excitement around the technology. Shares of $SGMO rose over 52% after the company announced consolidated results from their early-stage Hemophilia A trial. $EDIT rose over 32% after the company said they submitted a request to the FDA to start a trial in sickle cell disease. Silver Spike Acquisition Corp. is seeing green today after an announcement of a merger with WeedMaps. The deal values WeedMaps, an online platform for marijuana businesses and customers, at over $1.5 billion. SPACs, a novel way of taking companies public, have continued to capture the economy of attention on the street. $SSPK is up over 37% since the announcement.

  • 39:56

    How StockX Co-founder Josh Luber Turned His Childhood Love of Sneakers into a Billion-Dollar Company

    StockX co-founder Josh Luber joins Social Leverage’s Howard Lindzon for another episode of Investing for Profit and Joy. You could not find a better spokesperson than Josh when it comes to the ethos for this show. Josh has been collecting sneakers since he was 8 years old; it was the only thing he cared about. Now, he has turned his love for sneakers and a fun hobby into a billion-dollar business (and he’s got the sneaker wall to prove it). StockX is the first of its kind. But, it’s founded on a not-so-new concept — the stock market. Josh co-founded the Detroit-based company in 2016. StockX is a stock market for everything from sneakers to streetwear to collectables where customers participate in a live ‘bid/ask’ marketplace. Profits happen in seconds. Josh has an incredible product, company and story -- all of which Howard dives into on this episode. In this episode of Investing for Profit and Joy, Howard and Josh talk about the resale business, the regrowth of the collectables market, investing in everything from sneakers to Pokémon cards, how he built his company from just a side project during his time at IBM, his tips for success and more.

  • 43:48

    $6.2B VC fund manager talks trends and what companies & stocks will be the next big winners. Full Episode

    GGV Capital's Jeff Richards joins Social Leverage's Howard Lindzon to talk the state of the market, creator economy, industries ripe for innovation and clothing brands. GGV Capital is a $6.2B global venture capital firm across 15+ funds. GGV has invested early in companies like Alibaba Group, DraftKings, and Peloton. Jeff focuses on enterprise/cloud and marketplace investments, and led GGV’s investments in BigCommerce (NASDAQ: BIGC), BlueKai (acq by Oracle), Boxed, Brightwheel, Buddy Media (acq by Salesforce), Coinbase, Electric.ai, Evolv OnDemand (acq by Cornerstone), Flipboard, Gladly, Handshake, HotelTonight (acq by Airbnb), Lambda School, Namely, People.ai, PlushCare, Slice, Stream, Tala, Tile, Vic.ai, WorkBoard, and Zylo. Jeff has also been actively involved in GGV’s investments in Domo, Opendoor, Square, and Wish.

  • 00:35

    $6.2B VC fund manager talks trends and what companies & stocks will be the next big winners.

    GGV Capital's Jeff Richards joins Social Leverage's Howard Lindzon to talk the state of the market, creator economy, industries ripe for innovation and clothing brands. GGV Capital is a $6.2B global venture capital firm across 15+ funds. GGV has invested early in companies like Alibaba Group, DraftKings, and Peloton. Jeff focuses on enterprise/cloud and marketplace investments, and led GGV’s investments in BigCommerce (NASDAQ: BIGC), BlueKai (acq by Oracle), Boxed, Brightwheel, Buddy Media (acq by Salesforce), Coinbase, Electric.ai, Evolv OnDemand (acq by Cornerstone), Flipboard, Gladly, Handshake, HotelTonight (acq by Airbnb), Lambda School, Namely, People.ai, PlushCare, Slice, Stream, Tala, Tile, Vic.ai, WorkBoard, and Zylo. Jeff has also been actively involved in GGV’s investments in Domo, Opendoor, Square, and Wish. Prior to joining GGV, Jeff founded two software companies: R4, a supply chain SaaS business acquired by VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN), and QuantumShift, a telecom software business backed by Texas Pacific Group (TPG).

  • 07:14

    Bitcoin, Community and Not Being a D*ck - Chamath's Advice to Robinhood Investors

    Social Capital founder and CEO Chamath Palihapitiya and Social Leverage's Howard Lindzon discuss bitcoin, Stocktwits, Robinhood and his advice for people interested in investing in cryptocurrency - "Be open and be kind"

  • 08:22

    What do Bitcoin, Dunkin and Snapchat All Have in Common?

    Bitcoin hits $13,000. These are levels we haven’t seen since their crash in late 2017. Zaid explains how they bounced back and what financial institutions are helping with this growth. Snapchat is soaring to all-time highs. Zaid explains how the company has been able to differentiate themselves ever since Facebook essentially stole their best feature -- stories. Dunkin has been one of the few companies to succeed during the pandemic, and now is in talks to be bought by the food and restaurant company Inspire. Zaid explains why their digital infrastructure and influencer marketing (hi Charlie!) has helped them catch the attention of Inspire and what this means for the future.

  • 00:57

    Which ETFs Are Making Major Gains Despite COVID-19?

    Industries battered by COVID-19 have had the biggest gains on Monday and Tuesday after clarity emerged in the presidential election and $PFE vaccine data. Shares of travel companies saw some of the biggest jumps. The travel and tourism tech ETF $AWAY and U.S. airline ETF $JETS both jumped over 10% since the opening bell rang Monday morning. REITs were also among the biggest benefactors from the positive vaccine and election outlook. Shares of the iShares Global REIT ETF, which invests in a large variety of international real estate companies, jumped 8.2%. $REET was joined by the monolithic Vanguard Real Estate ETF, $VNQ, which jumped over 5%. REITs have been hammered amidst COVID-19 because of concerns about repayment and investment stability. Both ETFs fell over 36% from December 2019 to March 2020 amidst the fallout from the pandemic. Two financial service companies jumped onto our Rippers list today on the heels of their Q3 earnings reports. Money transfer company Moneygram jumped 10.4% after it reported revenue growth. Over the last few years, $MGI has been advancing a digital-first transformation of its international business. It was joined by Nelnet, a student loan servicer, which has been diversifying into banking and other financial services. The bulk of $NNI revenue growth in Q3 came from “asset generation” on derivatives.

  • 02:10

    We Turned $30,000 into $30,000,000 Investing: Meet Dumb Money

    We're three friends who turned $30,000 into $30,000,000 using nothing more than Twitter and a 0% commission trading account. Dumb Money looks to consumer behavior that could be tied to an increasing stock. Chris Camillo, Dave Hanson, and Jordan Mclain bring a different sense of observation to investing in the stock market. It's that simple. Anybody can do it: we're Dumb Money.

  • 07:30

    Stonks Only Go Up: Chad Explains

    Chads can’t help themselves. In bed, or in the market. That’s why Ri Westwood, aka @nycsadgirl, is taking her dating app expertise to YouTube to bring you a new series from Bullish, “Chad Explains.” Our first episode dives into something that everyone is talking about - stocks. In this series, Ri goes into her Hinge messages and proves her point - men don’t go to therapy. They just buy stocks. Each week, Ri is posing a question to her matches that will help us understand investing a bit more and hopefully land our girl either a date, or a husband in asset management. Want more from Ri? Check her out twitter.com/nycsadgirl instagram.com/nycsadgirl For more from Bullish, follow us: twitter.com/bullishstudios instagram.com/bullishstudios Bullish is a conversation about money for the curious. Earn more, spend smarter and grow your money it a way that's right for you.

  • 00:45

    Semiconductor and Cancer Diagnostic Companies Jump After Major Acquisitions

    The semiconductor space is undergoing a seismic shift. Nowhere else is this more evident than in Advanced Micro Devices, a company which was suggested to be in imminent danger just five years ago. Today, $AMD announced their $35 billion all-stock acquisition of Xilinx. The deal, which was announced informally earlier this month, accompanied kickass earnings for Q3. $AMD sank 4%; $XLNX rose over 9%. The diagnostic company that creates cancer diagnostics such as Cologuard made two hefty acquisitions today. Shares of $EXAS have been depressed since August 2019 when the company merged with Genomic Health, something done to push them toward profitability. However, stocks shot up over 23% today on the plan to acquire two blood diagnostic companies: Thrive for $2.15 billion and Base Genomics for $410 million. Both acquisitions are expected to be used to bolster Exact Sciences’ cancer screening diagnostics for 10 different types of cancer. Our biggest Ripper of the day is Scholar Rock. This lesser-known biotech makes a drug for the rare genetic disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). There is currently no cure and few available treatments for SMA. $SRRK announced positive results from their phase 2 clinical trial for their SRK-015 drug for patients with SMA type 2 and 3. On the news, $SRRK announced their intent to do a capital raise to fund more trials for their extensive pipeline of forthcoming trials. The stock popped 124% today to $30.76.

  • 01:12

    Tiger King’s Carole Baskin Causes a Certain Stock to Roar After Cameo Appearance

    Two fuel cell companies made double-digit gains in trading today. Plug Power, which announced a partnership with French automaker Renault, jumped over 22.3% today. $PLUG, which makes hydrogen fuel cells, was one of last year’s most popular stocks among retail investors. Excitement in $PLUG helped push up shares of FuelCell Energy. $FCEL, which makes commercial-scale fuel cell systems, jumped nearly 21% today. Today’s weirdest Ripper has us thinking we’ve reached ‘peak retail investor.’ Shares of the animal health and veterinarian business Zomedica jumped 39% today. The reason? Carole Baskin of “Tiger King” promoted the penny stock in a video. The video appears to have been a purchased engagement from Cameo, a website where people can pay for customizable videos from celebrities and influencers. The random investor who paid $300 for this Cameo walked so that $ZOM investors could run. Quaint e-commerce company Etsy — and one of 2020’s biggest Rippers — took off in trading today. $ETSY, which caters to the DIY and crafting crowd, rose 12% for no attributable reason. However, new consumer reports about the explosion of e-commerce and online shopping in Q4 2020 help support excitement in the stock. $ETSY jumped 250% last year and has already risen 14% since the start of 2021.

  • 01:06

    Amazon Is About to Make You Want to Dust Off Your Old Blackberry Phone

    Remember the days before iPhones when the coveted phone of choice was the Blackberry? It may seem like a vague memory of the past, but BlackBerry just had one of its best days in years. The company rose over 59% in the early week after striking a deal with Amazon’s AWS cloud on an intelligent data platform for vehicles. The deal between $AMZN and $BB would focus on helping automakers understand and utilize the sensor data collected from vehicles. Several cybersecurity cloud platforms rallied in trading today. Crowdstrike ($CRWD) ran up over 13% and Zscaler rallied over 26%. $ZS reported earnings from a strong quarter, while also reiterated a robust outlook for the quarter ahead. $ZS is mainly a cybersecurity company which has benefited a large volume of companies in need of security solutions for broad technical operations. It had the third-best performance among U.S tech stocks this year right behind Zoom ($ZM) and Fastly ($FSLY). One of the biggest IPOs of the year was Snowflake, which captured investing interest from Berkshire Hathaway and Salesforce. Many wondered if both companies overpaid to get a piece of the pie, but there might be enough to go around. Shares of $SNOW popped over 16% after their first earnings report showed the company with 119% revenue growth in the trailing quarter. Though the company is still losing money, growth and cost-cutting could contribute to the company turning profits late next year.

  • 16:27

    FuboTV CEO Talks 2021 Expansion plans for Live Sports streaming service.

    FuboTV sits at the intersection of three red-hot trends that investors are chomping at the bit to gain exposure to. Think Roku, YouTubeTV, and DraftKings all rolled up into one company. That’s the dream scenario for FuboTV CEO and Co-Founder David Gandler, who joined Voices of Wall Street for an interview to discuss the sports-first streaming service’s massive opportunity to capitalize on cord-cutters abandoning cable TV, advertisers shifting their budgets to connected TVs, and legalized sports betting gaining traction across the U.S. Gandler also tells Host Dion Rabouin that exclusive rights to live sporting events is something that FuboTV should be exploring, and that nothing is off the table.

  • 00:57

    Bitcoin, Mining and Farming Stocks Hit Gold

    Bitcoin just hit a new all-time high above $20,000, prompting a handful of publicly traded companies dealing with blockchain to rise. The biggest winner is Marathon Patent Group, featured in one of our deeper dives on Rippers several weeks ago. $MARA interfaces in Bitcoin mining — a lucrative, albeit expensive, field. $MARA has run up 700% this year, well above Bitcoin’s 205% run. It turns out Bitcoin isn’t the only thing we’re mining today. They’re joined by Coeur Mining, which ripped 12.84% today. The ‘gold rush’ was largely due to the impressive rate from which $CDE is taking gold and silver out of the ground. In Q3, the mining company produced over 95,000 ounces of gold and 2.6 million ounces of silver. Can you think back to high school when your teacher talked about hydroponics? Aka growing plants in things that are *not* traditional soil. It turns out that two hydroponics companies scored back-to-back places on today’s list. GrowGeneration, which has been featured on the list three times before, is up 11.6%. $GRWG is joined by the imaginatively named Hydrofarm Holdings Group, which just IPOed last week. $HYFM is up 11.2% today. Hydroponics have been loosely related to a rush in the cannabis space, with many believing that hydroponics will mediate a boom in the marijuana growing sector.

  • 17:03

    Richard Sherman: how he invests (Tesla & real estate), negotiating contracts & advice for rookies.

    NFL players are no stranger to big paydays and big bankruptcies. Over 70% of the NFL goes broke and the average player is in the league for just 3.3 years. With 1/3 of Americans admitting to not budgeting, Sherman took control of his finances and future.

  • 11:22

    Investor uses Google Trends to Predict the Future

    The Dumb Money Community is amazing. Finding other people who think the same way as we do, using social arbitrage to make smart stock investments. Nolan Antonucci uses Google Trends to decide stock market trades and investments. Nolan has been a prolific member of the Dumb Money Discord community and just started his own YouTube channel. Go check him out and subscribe to his new GoTr Investing channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa7J...

  • 01:07

    Early 2021 Market Trends

    The U.S. government passed a new end-of-year stimulus package, which included a $600 stimulus “stimmy” check. Though it was expected that the stimulus would send stocks in the green, the last few weeks of 2020 priced in much of the stimulus package. In addition, the state of Georgia is hosting two senate elections today to decide the fate of the U.S. Senate. This decides whether or not Joe Biden will command a majority for the first two years in office, which has left some investors with mixed feelings. As a result, stock indexes pared losses yesterday on the first trading day of the year. As stocks went down, cryptocurrencies went up. At the start of December, Bitcoin-mining companies such as $MARA and $RIOT made their way onto the Rippers list. Since then, Bitcoin has taken an even more aggressive trajectory - running all the way up to $35,000. Ethereum, another cryptocurrency, has risen above $1,100. Both of these price points are all-time highs and represent a ‘second coming’ in the crypto market. The New York Stock Exchange made the decision to remove three Chinese telecom companies from the exchange. This decision was made in light of recent laws passed to hold Chinese businesses to higher auditing standards. The passing of these laws was highlighted on Rippers a few months ago as “something to keep in mind”, especially given the propensity for poor China-U.S. relations to bleed over into a Biden presidency. The law specifically requires delisting businesses which “pose a threat to U.S. national security.”

  • 00:48

    #BullishRippers election special - something for every type of panic trading.

    A treasury bond ETF like $GOVT or $ICSH might be a good store of value for the near-term. Treasuries are extremely low risk, low reward. They’re a good place to put your money. A more exciting, albeit slightly more risky, alternative to a treasury bond is corporate bonds. Corporate bonds like $VTC or $VCSH might be a solid store of value. Silver & gold! And no, we’re not talking about the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas song — we’re talking about $GLD and $SLV . These are two ways to gain exposure to a trust holding precious metals. Commodities are generally solid stores of value during times of uncertainty and turbulence. If commodities or treasuries aren’t doing it for you, one more alternative is to invest some of your money in emerging or international markets. If you haven’t invested in international companies (or an ETF or fund tracking them), then you might be missing out on greater growth. International market funds invest in industrialized countries like the U.K and Canada and have favorable risk profiles (see $IDV or $IDEV for ideas). Another risky alternative is investing in emerging markets like Brazil, South Africa and China (see $SCHE or $EEM ).

  • 08:17

    TikTok star Zaid Admani teams up with Bullish to create a new business news show.

    No Bull with Zaid explains market trends, changes in technology and what moves major companies are making next – but without all the bs.

  • 17:28

    Investors Translate Weibo Posts to Gauge Stock Interest in $NIO

    Chris is up $175k on his recent $NIO trade, but if he had gotten in just a bit earlier that number could have been closer to $700k if he had gotten into the stock when our featured guests from the Dumb Money community suggested to get into the stock back in late September of 2020. By translating posts from Chinese social media platform Weibo, these two members of the Dumb Money Discord community think that this stock could easily double — and it's already up massively this year! Chris estimates he's made around $4 million this year thanks to the Dumb Money Discord community. It's completely free to join: https://dumbmoney.tv/discord

  • 19:42

    Snoop and Mac Dre’s Favorite Grower (Champelli) Goes Legal

    “What’s your favorite strain that you don’t see no more?” ~ B-Real of Cypress Hill. Ask any West Coast head from the ‘90s, and there’s only one answer: The Butler, the Champagne and most famously known as Champelli. Today’s episode of CASH ONLY features the one and only Champelli — a Bay Area legend, known for growing his namesake weed strain that was a favorite among hip-hop heavy hitters like Mac Dre, Snoop Dogg, B-Real, Beanie Sigel and others. Champelli essentially invented the model for how you could develop a cult-favorite cannabis brand in the illegal market. His weed was so good that it brought him into unbelievable situations with infamous artists right as the magic was happening. His life was like a movie, and act two saw the grower going on the lam and hiding out in Europe right as his weed achieved holy grail status in California. When he returned to the States, Pelli got popped for cannabis conspiracy with intent to distribute, and he spent time in federal prison. But his story doesn’t end there. For act three, the inimitable cultivator is back in the Golden State and he’s pushing to reintroduce his heirloom flower to the legal market. Call it a canna-comeback. In this in-depth interview, the mythic marijuana maestro details his journey from smoking up the heart of hip-hop, to shepherding the Champelli strain into glory, to his life as a fugitive. We also discuss the difficulties of reintroducing rare genetics and securing a cannabis license, his ongoing ties to the rap world and his advocacy efforts in support of Richard Delisi, the longest-serving cannabis prisoner who was just released. Visit www.delisidonations.com to learn more. Follow Champelli on IG: https://www.instagram.com/champelli415/ Visit Champelli's website: https://champelli.bigcartel.com/

  • 22:55

    Jumia Co-CEO on Africa's Untapped eCommerce Goldmine

    Africa's e-commerce opportunity is enormous and largely untapped, with online sales making up less than 1% of retail sales in the region. Investors are taking notice and piling into shares of Jumia, the leading e-commerce platform in the continent. Jumia co-founder and co-CEO Sacha Poignonnec spoke with host of Voices of Wall Street Dion Rabouin about Jumia’s strategy to dominate e-commerce, expand deeper into fintech and build out food delivery services. Poignonnec also discusses profitability targets and his take on why Amazon and Alibaba have yet to encroach on his turf.

  • 27:26

    Top 1% of OnlyFans & PornHub: Vanessa Sky on Sex Work and Hustling

    Welcome to episode three of CASH ONLY, a show that explores the bleeding edge of drugs, sex, crime, and money. Today’s xxxtra special guest is the one and only Vanessa Sky — adult performer, OnlyFans VIP, podcaster, and a longtime homie of our hosts. Vanessa has been a sex worker for over six years, starting with both sugar baby work and porn shoots. “I remember being 17 and counting down the days until my 18th birthday,” she says with a laugh. Since her salad days, Vanessa has starred in hundreds of adult films, racked up millions upon millions of views on the various tube sites, and is typically in the top 2% of all OnlyFans creators — at least when she feels like regularly using the platform. Hilarious, articulate, and devilishly charming, Vanessa also produces her own podcast called “The Lucky Slut,” which is about to go back into production. Vanessa details her adult career trajectory without mincing words. On top of breaking down the various types of sex work, she explains which forms are the most lucrative and which are the most exploitative. From there, we dovetail into the complications of porn production during a pandemic (no more gangbangs….) and highlight what it takes to be successful on OnlyFans. Not only does Vanessa show us her “OnlyFans binder” — a physical calendar that keeps track of her content creation and customer requests — she also shares stories about some of her stans’ stranger video requests and offers her own definition of a “simp.” We even talk about how sex workers are taxed, and the clever ways people can legally game the system and reduce Uncle Sam’s cut. For more on Vanessa Sky, visit her website and follow her on OnlyFans. https://www.theluckyslut.com/ https://onlyfans.com/theluckyslut

  • 00:32

    Tesla's Stock is Up Over 400% This Year.

    Tesla announced the company will deliver 30-40% more vehicles from last year. Elon Musk also promised a $25,000 self-driving car by 2023. Tesla's market cap is now over 380 billion making it more than Ford, GM, and Toyota combined.

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