Alternative Assets: Niches, Marketplaces, Arbitrage

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๐Ÿ” Problem

Mainstream assets (stocks, bonds, real estate) tend to trade in efficient markets. It’s hard to find an edge when others have the same access and information.

๐Ÿ’ก Solution

Alternative assets (tax deeds, sports cards, fine art) have access and information problems. They may be illiquid, volatile, hard to authenticate and value. But every problem presents an opportunity.

๐Ÿ Players

  1. Wine
  2. Watches
  3. Art
  4. Facebook Groups
  5. Music Royalties
  6. NFTs
  7. Instagram Accounts
  8. Domain Names
  9. Whisky
  10. Spotify Playlists

๐Ÿ”ฎ Predictions

  • Alternative assets will become more accessible. Vinovest (wine), Otis (collectibles) and Masterworks (fine art) give us access to alternative assets.
  • Transaction costs will drop. Marketplaces, like Swapd, save time and sometimes broker fees by moving deals from DMs to public listings. Fractional ownership platforms sidestep 25% premiums from auction houses like Sotheby’s.
  • Influencers will exert more control over alt prices. See Logan Paul and Pokemon. Gary V and Sports Cards. Jack Dorsey and Bitcoin. Buffett, like Binance, also bumps prices.

โ˜๏ธ Opportunities

๐Ÿ”‘ Key Lessons

๐Ÿ˜  Haters

“You still haven’t defined an alternative asset.”
It’s easier to define what it’s not. An alt is not easily accessible (stocks), easily understandable (residential real estate) or mainstream (bonds). These tend to be hard to access (Birkin bags), understand (synthetics), illiquid (vintage cars) or new (NFTs).

All of these assets are liquid.”
Be careful with absolutes. Liquidity, to me, means that you can quickly buy and sell without taking a 30% haircut in fair market value. Sure, fire sales do happen.

“Non-cash-flowing assets can be a great store of value.”
This implies stability. If that holds true, sure.

“It’s against many terms and conditions to sell social media accounts.”
Big and small players wrap an account in an entity and sell the business. Not the account.

“Facebook, Instagram and Spotify? What about platform risk?”
Factor platform risk into your price.

Influencers affecting prices is immoral and illegal.”
Maybe. Maybe not. It’s also inevitable and hard to control. “Social investing” platforms like Public, Robinhood and Twitter put us in the age of shilling.

“Is this financial advice?”

“Alternative asset classes are missing.”
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๐Ÿ”— Links

  1. Who should I talk to about alternative assets? โ€ข The tweet behind this report.
  2. Micro Private Equity โ€ข A report on buying and selling some of these alternative assets.
  3. Drop Culture โ€ข A look at what drives the price of non-cash-flowing assets.
  4. Equity Crowdfunding โ€ข The force behind fractional ownership platforms.
  5. DeFi โ€ข Decentralized finance will disrupt auctions, marketplaces and governments.

๐Ÿ™ Thanks

Thanks to Stewart Townsend, Daniel Hunter (, Emmett Armstrong (OnRamp Data), Logan Johnson, A.J. Lawrence, Peter Askew ( + +, Russell Lieberman (Atlan Inisghts), Vajresh Balaji (Fintech Democracy), Mushfiq (The Website Flipping Newsletter), Jeremiah Boehner (Tensor Social), John Crain (SuperRare), Ethan Jones (Tools for MGMT), Ace Chapman, Stefan von Imhof ( and Anthony Zhang (Vinovest). We had a great time jamming on this report.

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