Some of the advantages of early stage investing include the increased transparency that comes with getting in when the company is still small. You will likely have the chance to meet the founder and the team, and really get to know who and what you are investing in. Another advantage includes the preferential tax treatment that comes with investments made in “qualified small businesses”. These are companies with less than $50 million in assets both before and after the investment. Capital gains in “qualified small businesses” that are held for 5 years or longer are 100% tax exempt, up to the greater of $10 million or 10x your investment. That alone can save you up to $2 million in potential taxes assuming your investment is successful.
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The problem is not that Facebook and Google are the only advertising platforms. The problem is that they are considered mainstream media and without these two, the trend of cryptocurrencies gaining legitimacy is delayed. That is right, I said delayed not blocked or prevented.
The World Has Changed.
Five years ago, when bitcoin was unknown to most people, this might have been a fatal move. Today is a different story. I recently traveled to a remote mountain town in the interior of Mexico. Everyone I met had heard about Bitcoin and eyes lit up with excitement when I ask if I could pay for lunch with bitcoin.
Today are dozens of websites dedicated to cryptocurrencies, either holding them, exchanging them or just writing about them. Probably the most effective advertising remains on Google, it is called Google Search and it is free.
If someone wants to learn about owning bitcoin or any other currency, there is a ton of educational information.
The Flipside Is Being Ignored.
Not All Regulation Is Inherently Bad.
If we examine the full spectrum of regulation to this point on a global scale there is one common target most everywhere. That is the practice of exchanges. So far there has been little or not regulation, threatened or enacted, to protect investors from loss of funds due to security breaches.
Capitulation Is A Good Sign.