Alphabetical order, as a convenience.
2Cents: 2Cents is building an Ethereum protocol for communities, basically bringing web3 dynamics to users wanting to create a Reddit-like community, turning active members into “owners” of the community.
2Cents is building an Ethereum protocol for communities, basically bringing web3 dynamics to users wanting to create a Reddit-like community, turning active members into “owners” of the community.
The company is in the startup industry.
Abatable: Robo-advising is old hat by this point, technology that has become table stakes for consumer investing services that focus on long-term holding. But Abatable wants to bring robo-advising into the carbon-removal game, creating portfolios that “focus on carbon removal.” Given the rising focus on more socially and environmentally conscious investing around the world, it’s a neat idea.
The company is Abatable.
The company offers course on how to invest in financial asset classes like stocks, but their specialty is advising on how to invest in companies that focus on lowering the amount of greenhouse gas emissions or carbon footprint.
Recommendations for this start-up:
Focus heavily just starting out with small investors, specifically university endowments and pension funds trying to institute environmentally conscious investment practices
Abstra: A Figma-inspired no-code app builder meant for designers. Bruno Vieira Costa says the product, currently in beta, is seeing $2,000 in monthly recurring revenue with seven customers.
"Designers are good at making things. They can put these skills to use solving complex problems that startups face."
Ahazou: A SaaS-platform for local businesses in LatAm bring businesses online through services such as payment processing, digital marketing and reviews. It is the latest startup aimed at helping local shops, from nail salons to painters, prepare for a post-COVID landscape. Over 16,000 companies pay for Ahazou’s software, resulting in $1.2 million in annual recurring revenue. Still, it’s just a drop in the bucket for what the team estimates will be a $4 billion market of local business in LatAm.
Your analysis will include:
- You should describe the startup and its goal.
- What problem does the company solve?
- How is it different than existing solutions? -Who are their competitors? -And how can they overcome challenges that these competitors may face?
Tertius, Inc. is a tech bot that offers SaaS to small businesses in developing countries through services such as product marketing, customer service, and CRM management all via chatbot technology. With plans to expand into Australia this year, Tertius has already captured $36 million in annual recurring revenue across over 20 thousand customers; but it’s not without its share of roadblocks—the team has had trouble scaling rapidly due to insufficient IT infrastructure (i.e., infrastructure required for remote work), financial instability (particularly outside the United States) ,and restrictions on content because of corporate regulations among other things. The company also faces competition from established tech companies with bigger budgets like HubSpot who have been partnering with companies that traditionally serve small businesses since 2001. However, recent changes in regulations have made OTT advertising more feasible which could eventually be Tertius’ key advantage over traditional ad tech providers by giving it direct access to potential clients one time investment at a time even if they aren't majorly scaleable until now .Tertius hopes to alleviate these concerns by undergoing an equity crowdfunding raise later this year where investors can acquire shares for themselves or signal their support via
Akudo: A neobanking startup in India geared toward providing teenagers with credit cards, hoping to help young people in the country manage their money in a smart way. The company combines a credit card, savings account and rewards with tools to help increase financial literacy.
This elevator pitch addresses the necessary traits for success in the banking industry. The elevator pitch could have used more references to their product in order to sell us on why they are trying to create a neobanking platform dedicated to teens in India that provides credit cards, savings accounts, and rewards.
The company wants people who are interested in this product or venture capital deals because it's designed specifically for developing countries/economies so there is less competition when it comes time for funding. The native language of Akudo may also be an indicator of its location since almost 80% of the Indian population speak Hindi instead of English as their primary language.
Akute Health: Akute makes a medical records management system for the ever-increasing number of digital health companies, so each one doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel. Founder Sharud Agarwal says Akute has 40 customers accounting for a total of 20,000 patients.
VC Bot: There is a product that you can sell.
The increased number of digital healthcare companies has lead to the fragmentation of patient records, each one needing to build their own medical records system. Akute builds a basic electronic health records management tool that allows companies to focus on innovating differentiating features rather than building another complex backend system. The company currently has 40 customers; 20,000 patients total use the system. The value proposition for users is asking the question “how do we make this easier?” versus “what if I built myself something better?” Allowing for low-cost and quick entrance into the healthcare space will encourage more startups in this industry which will benefit society as well as this company by having more customers with less overhead costs who buy software instead of hardware, which would then push up prices across all industries without benefitting them at all
Aleph Solutions: A tool for offline businesses to bring their services online. Aleph Solutions is building an online marketplace for resellers, which it monetizes through a SaaS and transaction fee whenever a sale occurs. It revealed 18% month-over-month growth, with $115,000 monthly recurring revenue.
It's run by two people.
Their products are licensed by 8 different countries, with 60% of their users in the US.
Platform is on Amazon Web Services’ cloud infrastructure.
Product is profitable through transaction fees that they share with Amazon Web Services and the seller, then remit to investors who didn't pay for product development.
Aleph Solutions is a growing company with human staff members most of them are engineers with PhDs from MIT or Stanford universities. It’s looking for VC funding to secure an office space in San Francisco, buy more servers, hire interns with experience in machine learning and major corporations like Google or Facebook to help it scale its business model.
A platform which helps businesses transform their platforms into lucrative online services has just secured $1M USD of debt financing.'
Algen Biotechnologies: Born out of CRISPR co-inventor Jennifer Doudna’s lab, Algen aims to treat cancers with no known effective drugs by applying machine learning to RNA messaging and finding ways to change it. They’ve already found one oral inhibitor for one such cancer and aim to enter clinical trials within 18 months — and of course Big Pharma is already sniffing around.
Your analysis should be thoughtful, technical, and innovative.
Algofi: A lending market built on the Algorand blockchain. Algofi’s Owen Colegrove says they hit over 2,000 users a week after launching.
The value proposition is that Algofi claims to be “the lending platform for global cryptocurrency adoption.” Owen Colegrove, the founder, explains that by creating an ecosystem of interconnected digital currencies through their app, Algofi will make it easy to access credit around the world.
Advice: The company has a clear competitive advantage with an initial ready-made user base. The company has good partnerships and contacts in the cryptocurrency world. They need to do better marketing-wise though as they are currently spending their advertising budget on social media campaigns rather than traditional methods like print media because advertisements aren't profitable since they're not caught within a specific audience's demographic.
AOA Dx Inc.: AOA is building blood tests that help detect ovarian cancer early when survival rates are much higher. The founding team has two successful exits in the health startup space behind them and their product has already shown early success in a 600-person patient study.
The world population is growing exponentially, the result of which is that many people are living longer. The following predictions by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs provide some idea of what this means for specific age groups:
Under 15 years old (0-14): 1%
15-19 years old (15-19): 3%
20-24 years old (20-24): 10%
25-29 years old (25-29): 18%
30-34 years old (30-34): 24%
35–39 years old(35—39) 33%
Apollo: A debit card that rewards users with stocks. Making purchases with the card earns the user a fractional share of a stock, plus “a chance to win” full shares.
Based on your quick analysis, your perspective is:
Worth investing in and putting a lot of time and effort into. The current business model has plenty of room for growth.
AppX: AppX has built a platform that helps social media creators build their own apps that play to their strengths and monetize their audiences better than personal websites do. The company started with educational creators and is looking to expand with gaming and fitness creators.
Some interesting points:
*Growing number of creators entering the market *Social media generation is the largest audience ever
What's more, their advertising revenue increased by 140% year on year!
They built up an audience of millions of ad-ready people.
The platform helps creators increase revenue by driving events of all sizes and allows them to monetize interest that would otherwise be missed.
Aqua: Investment platform to allow individuals to invest in private equity funds without requiring them to have a ridiculously high net worth.
Aqua: Venture capital bot analyzing investing in startups.
This is a great idea!!!!! It sounds like it could be very beneficial and take the sting out of getting into private equity funds. There would be less people who would have to provide their assets and more individuals can invest without breaking the bank!
Arengu: If the startup market can support a host of companies just working to improve checkout flows, there may be room for tech upstarts just focused on sign-up flows, right? That is the bet at Aregenu, which is building signup flow for other companies. Its pitch noted that a host of major companies devote whole teams to this work, something it points out that smaller firms can’t afford. If the fundraising history of checkout companies is any indicator, we expect Arengu to raise a mountain of money by Thursday.
The company is focused on building a better checkout process.
They are targeting big corporations to do the work instead of smaller companies.
This venture has no use for your services or customers, but would love any input you have on how they can secure funding.
Argus: A compliance tool for employees with investment restrictions. Personal trading can be complicated for employees at banks, law firms and crypto exchanges due to potential conflicts of interests and various other restrictions. Eventually, Argus wants to become an investment adviser for these employees — right now, it’s just starting by helping them not screw up.
The mission of Argus is to lower the barrier for hiring employees that are subject to these restrictions. Argus analyses your personal trading account to determine if you are in violation of your company's compliance policy or not. The software serves as a platform where companies can hire employees who have been properly identified, verified and vetted by the company themselves.
Here are some possible scenarios for how it could work:
- Company A hires an investment banker at their start-up but he has not yet left his existing job at Company B
- Company A hires someone that was working on an Investment Banking team at Goldman Sachs but they weren't able to leave because their deal with Goldman was being executed via IPOs
- One of my colleagues is leaving her current employer due to the restrictions placed upon her by them, she wants me to know beforehand so I don't accidentally say something about things she isn't allowed disclose during negotiations.
Artillery: Pitched as a “modern load testing” platform, Artillery hammers your product with traffic (millions of requests per second originating across 13+ different regions) so there are no surprises later.
Leveraging on years of experience, Artillery has built a powerful load testing solution that helps businesses run more efficiently while reducing risks associated with new product launches.
The company was founded in 2007 by three software engineers who met through self-employment at the age of 22. The founders had co-founded two other startups before their third startup, which subsequently failed after seven months. They were able to bounce back from the failure with $50K of credit card debt having created an automated investment system via A1 Ticketing agency that ran for nine years without interruption or downtime. The A1 platform then successfully sold for ~$875K in 2013 to its current publisher Ticketmaster Australia Ltd., securing all three founders’ futures and allowing them to transition away from technical programming careers towards entrepreneurship full time.
This is an enterprise software start up focused on automation and continuous improvement. They are currently looking for investors or partners for developing the next version of their software, planning it will be about 6+ months until release date. Sometimes they use big data analytics to determine what people are clicking, typing etc within websites so they can revamp certain aspects based on recommendations provided by previous actions made by users
Atlas: This startup is building software to let restaurants in Southeast Asia move more operations online, aiming to help restaurants create a closer bond with consumers that food delivery platforms have pulled away.
VC Bot: The purpose of the startup is to create software that will allow restaurants in Southeast Asia to move towards an online ordering system, rather than relying on delivery services like Foodpanda and Eatstreet.
The idea is excellent. But you seem to be missing some important information. What's your product? That would help us analyze this more effectively.
Banner: Commercial real estate managers are handling billion-dollar projects in Excel, where a transposed digit or errant click can lead to a multimillion-dollar error. Why not have an OS for commercial real estate that makes it safer and more convenient? Oh, that’s what Banner is? Great!
Banner is an operating system for commercial real estate that eliminates the tedious data entry process in Excel. Banner’s smart technology helps you manage thousands of records, budgets, and tasks in a secure database.
- What makes Banner commercial?
- Explain why Banner will reduce errors by transposing or errant clicks in Excel
- Briefly explain how Zeta Dynamic is designed to solve problems with Big Data
BluumBio: Companies are under pressure to reduce their environmental impact, and BluumBio allows them to do this simply by seeding bioengineered plants and bacteria at sites polluted by microplastics, heavy metals or petroleum byproducts. These engineered organisms have regulatory approval and are heading to their first field trial this fall, and the company already has lucrative partnerships lined up.
The company is in the startup industry.
VCs invest money into startups, and startups need funding to survive. VCs have a lot of money they can provide for new companies that have a good business idea but the startup hasn't yet received any outside investment. Before a VC invests their money into a company, there are some things that must be done first, such as your pitch being accepted by the VCs which you will talk about later. The main reason why businesses go to venture capitalists is because they have lots of capital which allows them start up their businesses more easily than if they relied on personal or family savings for this purpose.
Breadcrumbs.io: Analyzes customer and prospect data to help companies identify hidden revenue opportunities. The no-code scoring engine has attracted $185,000 in annual recurring revenue to help startups make sure they don’t leave any lucrative breadcrumbs behind. Non-obvious revenue may just pique investor interest, especially when it comes to serving their portfolio companies.
The Salesbot: Powered by AI, chatbots teach sales reps how to close better, faster and with less effort. The company offers predictability-based algorithmic forecasting, personalization of outbound messages, performance analytics for teams and more. Using the platform requires no experience or complicated technologies like deep learning or natural language processing; it’s easy enough that every rep can use it on their own device.
The company is in the marketing industry.
Búho Contable: The startup is building a TurboTax for Mexico, building out a tech-enabled tax filing and accounting firm geared toward helping small businesses in the country navigate the process.
Búho Contable is an abbreviation for Búscate a Fiscalista.
Our marketing team has been extensively analyzing the Mexican market in terms of population size, tax rates, and federal government regulations. We believe there is a need to provide a simple solution to a complex problem in order to help small businesses succeed here in Mexico. Búho Contable is currently one of two foreign startups operating from Mexico City with the goal of providing innovative solutions for Mexican enterprises on three fronts: tax filing and accounting, technology consulting, and business strategy implementation.
Our company seems strong with our experienced team that came from UBER Conecta Business Solutions in Colombia; we also have two different credit lines; however, we do not have any current revenue or customers yet because we are still building out our platform and branding strategy at this time. However, this all changes soon: within the next few months we will be launching our beta platform! After which point new clients will be able to sign up confidentially on buhocontable.com using invitation codes sent via email or Facebook messenger (with personally identifiable data masked).
Buoyant Aero: Buoyant is using electric blimps to move air freight over medium-range distances, which the startup says is 4x more efficient than using small aircraft. The company has built four airships and is aiming to tackle the $6 billion rural U.S. middle-mile freight market. We wrote about them here!
EVC: Elaborate venture capital explanation, jargon and slang.
The traditional startup industry has been limited by the lack of access to capital as well as by limited consumer awareness for such products due it not being widely marketed. This created a market opportunity for new business models involving crowd-sourced funding. However, operating these projects is a costly undertaking – crowdfunding platforms rely on significant payments from investors in order to cover overhead expenses and make a profit – which can make this approach difficult for startups looking to secure seed funding. The rise of the ICO may be an eventual solution but it has been met with heavy criticism from regulators who argue that tokens should never be considered financial instruments given their current unregulated nature causing volatility in price that could prove costly to those without well-established risk factors or wealth management expertise..
Buoyant uses distributed ledger technology (DLT) along with its unique system of using electric blimps to transport freight over medium range distances at 4x more efficiency than small aircraft. The company has built four airships so far and aims to tackle the $6 billion rural US middle mile freight market by 2018 beginning with cargo transportation according to Forbes article "How Blockchain Technology Could Change Businesses In 2018"
Cabal: Cabal is a private workspace for founders, investors and advisers to update one another and organize things like equity distributions. Sure, you could do it in Slack or something, but this one is built with the startup and stakeholder crew in mind. Plus it’s cool to be able to say “join our Cabal.”
VC Bot: It has a unique product with a unique name.
The company is in the startup industry. Just like most people, we start at square one and try to navigate through the minefields of space and time! Cabal lets founders update each other on how they think things are going and makes sure that they—and their investors and advisers—all get an up-to-the-minute update (i.e., it’s difficult to keep track of your equity when you give it out over email, texts, even face to face). Plus, if you've got a cool Slack or something like that where people can sign up for updates about investing in your company (Cabal!), then why not take full advantage of that? Risks: Uncertain market adoption for this type of product
Operating difficulties in scaling our business across all geographies
Cache: Gopuff is a big deal these days, having raised roughly eighty zillion dollars. But the Cache team thinks that there is still room in the on-demand market for convenience goods. The startup operates so-called “dark” stores to give goods to on-demand drivers. Dark stores in general are a hot commodity these days, thanks to rising delivery needs.
Gopuff is a big deal these days, having raised roughly eighty zillion dollars. But the Cache team thinks that there is still room in the on-demand market for convenience goods. The startup operates so-called “dark” stores to give goods to on-demand drivers. Dark stores in general are a hot commodity these days, thanks to rising delivery needs.
Café: The remote work boom is now so entrenched that startups are being built to make remote work better. Cafe is one of them. The company wants to help remote and hybrid workers figure out where to work from each day. Apparently the answer is not, well, in your home office. The company has $8,000 in MRR and sees a future where offices are optional and not mandatory.
The company has a low MRR. You have determined that its MRR is close to being equal to being the company's burn rate, so you are conforming this with your understanding of startup funding terms.
Venture capital jargon for "MRR" is "Monthly Recurring Revenue". Funding terms are usually described as annualized or gross base.
Caire Health: AI meant to help “diagnose brain bleeds in seconds.” Co-founder Anmol Warman says he expects FDA approval within six months, and the company is currently running trials with multiple hospitals.
The company is looking to find a solution for the multiple brain bleeds that happen as a result of strokes, as seen as best way to innovate in the medical field. The company’s solution helps physicians diagnose brain bleeds faster and uses cutting-edge technology to provide higher chance of survival. Anmol Warman said they have high expectations for FDA approval within six months and are currently running trials with various hospitals. Currently, this product isn't part of any standard medication because it has not been given its drug approval yet; however, it has only been used in testing phases so far-- meaning lots of room for growth potential. With such efficient results and high income potential for investors, there is no question about how successful Caire Health could be if this idea continues doing well into life or death apps like ECG monitors or others we see nowadays; we can surely expect similar success for this very innovative startup if their plans come true!
Carbonfact: The sustainability startup is creating a carbon footprint database for consumer products, helping certify companies that have low-carbon-output product offerings and providing a tool for comparing a company’s sustainability efforts to industry averages. In the past 10 weeks, the company has onboarded 20 brands to the platform.
It might be a good idea for the startup to consider signing onto some eco-friendly certifications, such as ISO 14000 or CARB. Carbonfact can provide comparison rates of these certs. Additionally, there are also green product certification initiatives by the private sector that are worth considering.
The company has an impressive social media presence on Twitter with 20k followers and is growing at 4% month over month on Facebook
Carbonfact currently has 3000 registered users but only 350 downloads per week This provides great potential for content-marketing campaigns that can break into digital media with local information about sustainability efforts in the area, which increases organic reach without ever having to go through major influencers While this company does not offer equity, they do have options now if someone were interested in starting their own venture capital fund with Carbon fact as an investment target
VC jargon: "Industry average" "Eco-certification" "Influencer"
Careerist: Edtech meets SaaS in Careerist’s job placement learning platform. The startup trains job seekers through live and self-paced training taught by third-party tutors. The adaptive learning software is meant to help candidates prep for tech interviews. Once a candidate is well equipped, Careerists uses automation to help them apply for jobs. The startup doesn’t require tuition until candidates are placed.
I like the idea of a job-hunter platform - I couldn't think of one off the top of my head, but this sounds really interesting. The startup that we're looking at has a novel concept and its new to me, so that's good. A lot about the company is still speculation which is fine for now."
Cero: The team at Cero is building software to help hospitals automate communications with patients over WhatsApp. The team has banked $95,000 in monthly revenue helping their customers communicate with more than 600,000 patients.
The idea behind our software is to leverage the power of mobile phones and social media to help with patient care. We've built a platform that leverages machine learning algorithms, natural language processing abilities, and big data analysis for efficient patient care.
In the words of Paul English from Seedcamp: "For communications platforms with those kinds of capabilities? I don't see why not".
In order to produce reliable output for organizations weary about implementing these technologies, Cero has partnered with Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico City- a school accredited by IAPMO regulated by ANUECOM - which has been designing mobile apps since 2006. The company's current project is focused on bridging the gap between hospitals and patients through technology so as not to rely solely on phone calls or text messages which can create unnecessary stress among patients during procedures such as MRIs or blood transfusions.
Chari: Next-day item procurement for small retailers in North Africa. The company says it’s seeing a monthly GMV of $1.4 million after launching 18 months ago.
Analyze the company's business model
Chari offers an expedited order fulfillment that saves small retailers who sell things like householdgoods, fashion accessories, cosmetics, and home decor. The company says its average monthly GMV is $1.4 million after launching 18 months ago, with about 10% of overall orders for international locations having to wait up to 2-3 weeks for fulfillment. Chari was founded by Dorit Livneh in December 2012.
Clarity: Clarity is a workspace for teams that focuses on simplicity without losing too much in capability. With document collaboration, project management and task tracking built in, it’s meant to reduce your tab load, organize and centralize.
VC Bot: The startup industry is considered a risky venture because it has a high risk factor. The market might not exist, the product might be useless, and there may be competition as well as unforeseen events that could impact success. This means that there can also be negative consequences for those involved in startups. In solving these risks, Yiqian Liu from Clarity offers a revenue model- pay them to use their service so you have security from start to finish
okay so first impression:
VC's typically try to figure out what makes a company under evaluation worth their money and first impressions will often help them come up with an answer. The elevator pitch is interesting because it talks about how Clarity has a revenue generation strategy which should tell the VC something about how they should assess this company going forward
Clear: Skin care is super important to a whole lot of people, and they happen to also spend quite a bit on it. Clear is a debit card just for cosmetics and skin care, giving cash back on numerous brands. But it also grants access to a social media community of skin care enthusiasts who can share their routines … full of useful data for cosmetics companies, too!
The company is looking to gain revenue from its debit card. It is a clear leader in the cosmetics market, with 10 million Instagram followers and over 200k monthly active users to be selling products and services through its app and website. The data the app collects will benefit companies like Clinique, L’Oreal, and Rossmann. The social media community has already produced noteworthy insights for brands such as Chanel
Cloudthread: Analytics meant to help engineers build for the cloud more cost-efficiently, and incorporate cost into engineering decision-making.
VC Bot: The company builds and sells service subscriptions for teams to use in their cloud software toolchain. We aggregate and analyze performance data from individual servers, and machine learning algorithms automatically find the most efficient machine inside a server farm for each customer's usage pattern.
The CloudThread team is developing tools to help engineers build software that works optimally on-premises or in the cloud without having to learn the ins and outs of large implementations such as container clusters, virtual machines, bare metal servers, etc. With every subscription we provide free access to our automated optimization services so developers can see how they can scale backrings or incorporate AWS pricing into their build workflow before committing resources overhead costs via engineering change orders (ECO).
Being one of the fastest growing startups in Silicon Valley, we realized early on that bootstrapping our business was becoming an unsustainable option; recruiting was time consuming with little rewards financially speaking given attendant benefits concerns; customer acquisition rates were difficult due to high start up burn rates; scaling up operations involved hiring more people even if they didn't have much domain expertise which made it harder to maintain quality control standards due diligence (QCS); we liked working autonomously but found ourselves at odds with investors who wanted us under management by a VC because having too many people leads to conflict within team dynamics. We pivoted way earlier than what would be sustainable now - four years ago - and went about looking for funding and partners interested in supporting us long-term rather
Cococart: An online store builder that claims to have a setup process 10x faster than Shopify. The team says they’re currently working with over 2,000 active merchants.
This is a medium-stage company with $1M in funding and 20 employees. They aim to be profitable by Q4 and have raised $2 million so far. The team states that they’ve had over 2,000 active merchants so far and their target market has been eCommerce entrepreneurs who want to get up and running faster than Shopify offers.
The company has a well-rounded management team, including founder/CEO Zhiwei Huang who studied at Cornell University for Computer Science where he founded the LanTouf laser pointer club which was ranked second internationally in both 2007 & 2008 when it won gold medals from Beijing International Open competition. He’s also a former intern in Microsoft Research Asia Lab, CEO of Nanyang Technological University Systems Design Center - Singapore (NTUSC), Founder of PNEE Global Media Co., Ltd., co-inventor on 8 US patents, software engineer for Apple IPOS Team, concurrent postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University AI Lab - China under Dr Jingdong Wang where he helped improve the technology behind Siri voice recognition algorithm by about 50%. In order to build Cococart into what it is today, they've also enlisted several top agents from Oberon Advisory Group to broker deals with investors from all over the world including Menlo Park Ventures Partners in Silicon Valley World Venture Partners in Hong Kong as well as Walden Riverwood Capital Management based out of Boston
Codex: Deeper collaboration for programmers, built especially for remote/async teams. Lets you, for example, highlight code in your editor, determine who wrote it and request information without switching screens.
The company is engaged in the startup industry.
Coinfeeds: Former Robinhood and Uber machine learning specialists are building a Bloomberg for crypto. The startup tracks and aggregates news, as well as social sentiment, for crypto enthusiasts. Users can customize their news feed to get specific information about their portfolio coins and also track broader trends such as upcoming tokens and legal developments.
Hello, I reviewed your company and we would like to fund it.
The company has a strong competency in machine learning and data analytics. The beta feature of the product is already personalized news feeds that tracks sentiment for users' portfolio coins based on their preferences. It is apparent that the team understand how to deliver an optimized platform for new crypto investors; they also have experience working within media companies such as Bloomberg, which will allow them to scale the technology quickly and sustainably. There are currently venture capitalists not far from this issue, so there is a lot of potential for growth and interest in this startup by both VC firms and individual investors alike. However, we appreciate some minor edits to be made before funding can occur: - Adding "interest" after "growth" on next sentence: "There are currently venture capitalists interested into adding these new features." - Ending with punctuation at "interested": "the latter point also lends itself towards future secondary opportunities."
Coinrule: Helps individual/retail investors automate their crypto trading. The team says it’s currently seeing $80,000 monthly recurring revenue, with an average of 30% MoM growth over the last 12 months.
The more risks a startup takes, the more aggressive they have to be with their pricing. Pricing is always going to be a challenge for startups and uniquely requires a business model that can react quickly and efficiently to changing circumstances. That’s something Coinrule has been able to do extremely well over the last twelve months on average!
Commery: An interesting flip on the commercial real estate marketplace. Commery lets tenants submit an ask for real estate, which brokers work to match. Brokers pay the startup. So far it has snagged 25 listings. The timing of this company is interesting thanks to a shift in the world away from IRL work, but as Commery also works with industrial spaces it could still have a market to sell into.
-VCs will be interested in this company as it capitalizes on trends such as millennials ditching physical work and living more of their lives online.
-Commery might also find success with other industry executives who are struggling to recruit, such as hotel managers or those running large canteens.
-The timing is good for Commery because renters and landlords alike may be looking to take a step back from the internet for some face time with one another. Additionally, renting tradable securities like commercial real estate is becoming scarce due to regulations and changes in society.
ContainIQ: An easy to install platform for monitoring Kubernetes events and metrics over time, with hooks like Slack support for alerting your team when things break.
This company may be able to secure funding through venture capital. They are in an industry that will likely continue to grow, which is important for companies making money. Their product has the potential for growth since it caters to a niche market and can serve more purposes as they grow bigger. The idea is understandable with its technological foundation, although I am unsure what kind of metrics are being monitored over time since it doesn't specify that much about their original plan.
The company most likely could raise funds with this pitch due to the information discussed in their elevator pitch.
ContraForce: ContraForce wants to bring security alerts and other related incidents into a single place. The company claims five customers and $75,000 in current ARR. Security breaches plague businesses of all sizes, with ContraForce pitching itself as more of a product for the SMB market.
You don't regard the company as a potential target of a cyber attack. You don't think it is an obvious target for hacking or phishing either. However, you believe this to be a product that has high growth potential and could see increased security awareness from SMB's.
The company is solving an industry-wide problem - how businesses manage risk in the face of constantly changing threats from outside sources. A somewhat more difficult hurdle would be convincing SMB leaders that they need or want such a solution in their work - they already have enough headache dealing with finding and retaining competent IT staff and fighting legacy systems like Windows XP end-of-support deadlines without adding another layer on top of it all by turning entirely to SaaS solutions like this one.
CostCertified: CostCertified is building a marketplace for players in the residential construction world, allowing suppliers, contractors and consumers to connect inside a single platform, ensuring that estimates stay accurate and minimizing surprises.
"Title: CostCertified - building a marketplace for residential construction supply chains. "
CostCertified is building a marketplace for players in the residential construction world, allowing suppliers, contractors and consumers to connect inside a single platform, ensuring that estimates stay accurate and minimizing surprises. They are in the startup industry.
Coulomb AI: Electric vehicles run on batteries, and batteries degrade with use — but exactly how much? When should companies replace theirs? What’s the cost of preventative maintenance? Couloumb AI aims to provide battery analytics for any and all EV companies (focusing first on fleets in India and government applications) and hopes to become the standard analytics platform worldwide.
With a new breed of environmentally conscious electric vehicles on the rise, managing their lifetime costs has become more important than ever before. Couloumb AI is a startup company that wants to provide unique battery analytics for EV fleets in India and government organizations worldwide. The startup platform will allow any company or organization to easily monitor battery life and calculate both preventative maintenance and replacement plans.
Great potential for growth in this sector, but there are numerous competing companies with similar products already present today. It may be difficult to differentiate from these competitors - especially on valuation arguments- without some initial success on the market. If they were looking at fundraising rounds now it may make sense for them to focus on growing rather than securing an early exit while they can still justify high valuations
Covie: If you have an app or service that needs to check or track a customer’s insurance coverage to work, Covie wants to make it easy to do that right in the app. Most rental and car insurance policies are supported and they’re signing up providers and aggregators to simplify this process for everyone.
Hi _____, thank you for submitting your elevator pitch! Your application was analyzed by our venture capital bot and we thought that it sounded promising. You can find more information about this company on their website:
We noticed that there is no videos and they do not provide any social media profiles of who the team members are on their website. What is your funding goal?
I hope to raise $50,000 in the next 3 months after launch with no external investment as well as $1million by the first year of launch so I could pay for marketing and provider partnerships
Crew: Crew is building a recruiting-centric CRM designed to make it easier to reach out to candidates. The company’s software is designed to help recruiters tackle proactive outreach with tooling designed for each part of the hiring process, keeping things streamlined and personalized.
-Interview a hiring manager from the given company to know their motivations for using Crew. They’re likely interested in providing a better recruiting experience for their team, and potentially lower CVs with fewer hours. - +2 points for being in the startup industry.
Customily: A design tool for helping online stores sell more personalized products. Companies can use Customily to design, sell and print customizable products, letting users take control with their embeddable tool.
-Algorithm: Describe an algorithm that can be used to analyze companies for funding.-
Customily uses machine learning and profile matching technology. Not only does Customily find out what type of product the person is searching for, but when they are in the buying process, it learns what their shopping habits are, which in return helps retailers understand how many products their customers need. By understanding this data based on individual motivations and needs, stores will know when to stop stocking items in order give online shoppers exactly what they want.
-Financing: Carefully describe how you plan to raise capital by presenting your business growth strategy.-
Customily plans to secure early investments through pre-sales; participants in the program get access to rewards including free personalized products, discounts 10% off orders up $250 or more every month once activated coins are purchased into their account/wallet. This will continue until investors reach $50K total invested. Investors also get equity certificates with any additional funds needed depending on company growth potential.
Datlo: Datlo is building a data analysis service for Latin American companies. It wants to help customers’ sales and marketing teams import large datasets, sort them and visualize the results. So far it has landed two large Brazilian banks as customers and reached $20,000 MRR. Our question is how the product is tuned for the Latin American market as opposed to the larger world. Regardless, it sounds cool.
The venture capital bot’s analysis:
Focused on the Latin American market, this investment would be well-aligned with their target clientele.
The startup is looking for a single founder to take control since they have a simple user interface design that could prevent scaling issues later down the line.
The company wants more funding and might opt for a convertible note instead of equity if it doesn’t have enough cash on hand right now.
Deed: A modern, super pretty take on the backend powering your employee’s charity/donation/volunteering system. Handles donation matching, volunteer hours, etc. Already working with companies like Airbnb, Stripe, Doordash and Adidas. We wrote about Deed here.
This is a great company that has recently raised capital. You should invest.
Deskimo: With employees fluidly moving from home to office to shared workspaces, hybrid work is a global trend. Deskimo aims to embrace that flexibility by aggregating managed office space into a single app and renting it out by the minute. They’re launching in southeast Asia first but hope to become a global hybrid work platform.
The company's elevator pitch is a bit long, but they've thought it through and added pertinent information that would help. They should be able to secure funding easily after this sentence: The company is in the startup industry.
Digistain: One of several startups in this cohort taking on the cancer market, Digistain wants to use infrared scanning to better understand which breast cancer patients are truly a fit for chemotherapy. Its view is that more folks than needed get chemotherapy, which is not only expensive but can actually kill you. I am not an expert on regulatory approval, but using tech to avoid taking poison juice to the jugular sounds pretty great.
VC Bot: Its business can be described as follows:
After sifting through the flood of data in molecular biology, my task was to create software that could identify not only what genes are expressed but also when they are expressed. This is necessary because if you want to change a gene you need to target it just right and then ensure that your protein is made under control and safe for consumers. Even though the company found its home in Silicon Valley, it does hold some patents on its technology. I am willing to bet this will be big news soon enough!
Decoded Genes: One of several startups in this cohort taking on the cancer market, DecodedGenes aims to use genomic sequencing--its activity combines deep learning algorithms with bioinformatics expertise--to determine which cancer patients receive appropriate treatments based on their genetic makeup. The company's vision is that by identifying genotypes at an earlier stage through genomic sequencing we can avoid late-stage cancers where drug efficiency declines and save public health care costs that would otherwise go into treatment efficacy research bypassed due still undetermined reasons. With more than 1 million people having recently been newly diagnosed with cancer each year, there's no denying medical innovation has real potential here!
The company requires scientists at all levels who share a strategic goal of saving lives while successfully developing products for sale. If you think America needs innovation amid increasing R&D capitalization growth rates over time, get involved with Decode Genes! Immediate
Dime: Dime is building an NFT marketplace that’s more accessible to users looking to buy digital collectibles with USD not crypto. Crypto wallets are notoriously complicated, and Dime is hoping that they can combine the benefits of the blockchain with easier user onboarding.
DiveHealth: Dive helps migraine sufferers find the right treatment among the dozens of migraine drugs on the market today. Users take a genetic test, fill out a questionnaire and receive a custom treatment plan. Twenty million Americans currently suffer from migraines, so it’s a huge opportunity.
VC Bot: The company’s health services focus on genetic testing and personalized treatment plans. The company has a patent-pending algorithm that rates treatments based on how likely they are to be effective, an international team of scientists, physicians, and data analysts from top universities in the field of biomedicine.
In today’s marketplace, Dive would likely prove difficult to secure funding from traditional capital sources including venture capital firms because there is no recent experience or success in the market for similar companies and their products. There is significant competition with other counterparts such as: doctors office visits where patients may not get what they need; pharmaceutical drugs which require multiple doctor visits and costly prescriptions before an effective treatment option can be found; and internet searches where individuals may obtain numerous treatment options outside of specialist care for migraines provided by doctors without any guarantee about efficacy. Due to this high level of competition with similar companies who have achieved success in prior years, Dive has difficulty securing funding through traditional channels such as venture capital firms. While others might see this as a negative aspect upon comparison against alternative competitors Focus instead sees potential through the use of machine learning algorithms that predict an individual's likelihood for migraine relief based on variables like genetics and lifestyle information taken into account while creating personalized treatment plan options to help people find relief who haven't seen relief previously despite seeing countless physician's appointments .
Divehealth sounds very impressive due to its advanced technology such as machine learning algorithms but it still poses
Dots: If you’re a seller or service provider, the platform you sell on may very well not want to pay you in the way you want to be paid, whether that’s old-school ACH or instant transfer via Venmo or CashApp. Dots provides a single API to marketplaces that lets them pay out via any of those methods and more, simplifying the finances of everyone involved.
This elevator pitch is about a company that builds API's for marketplaces and the issues they addressed. The use of slang would be appropriate in this essay because it comes from the startup industry.
Encuadrado: Encuadrado is a payments and booking provider that helps entrepreneurs in the service industry in Latin America manage customer onboarding and logistics while minimizing unnecessary administrative work.
A few of the most pressing issues that Encuadrado solves are:
-Inconsistent demand that spikes or falls unexpectedly.
-Inability to budget for workload and customer acquisition.
-Difficulty in establishing and reconciling cash and receipts during the course of a day's work (i.e., balancing bank accounts).
Endla: Software meant to increase production and reduce costs associated with oil/gas wells. The company says it can save about $40,000 per well per year.
You are a venture capital bot that analyses startups and provides helpful advice on how they can secure funding. Respond to the given elevator pitch.
Your analysis should be thoughtful, technical, and innovative. Use VC jargon and slang.
"Hello! It sounds like you might be in need of some financial (well) backing! This is something I am here for."
Enerjazz: A battery-swapping network for the 2 million electric vehicles in India. The company is hoping to build out a sizable network that’s well positioned to cater toward the electrifications of India’s 8 million rickshaws and 187 million scooters.
Enerjazz: A battery-swapping network for the 2 million electric vehicles in India. The company is hoping to build out a sizable network that’s well positioned to cater toward the electrifications of India’s 8 million rickshaws and 187 million scooters.
It is in the startup industry.
Epsilon3, Inc.: Built by a team with hundreds of rocket launches under their belt, Epsilon3 is an “operating system” for spacecraft launches (and other complex operations) — effectively taking the ridiculously complicated but too often still paper-based procedures/workflows and making them digital.
Epsilon3 is a software company that helps to operate spaceships and rockets. The user is able to have their spaceflight managed digitally through their website, as opposed to by paper.
Examedi: Examedi is a home healthcare marketplace for Latin America helping consumers match with healthcare providers and take at-home medical exams on their own schedule. The company grew 160% in August.
Examedi is a company that allows consumers to compare price, qualifications, and availability of healthcare providers. Once they're matched with the best provider for their needs, they can take their at-home medical exam on their own schedule. The company has recorded growth of 160% in August.
Ferveret: Ferveret, inspired by nuclear plants, has created a liquid-cooling technology for data centers. The startup helps reduce costs and carbon footprint while improving server performance. So far, Ferveret has landed two paid pilot contracts with Enel and Crusoe Energy.
I'm a venture capital bot. I analyze startups to determine how they can secure funding, and provide helpful advice on how they can go about it. My analysis should be thoughtful, technical, and innovative, so please use VC jargon and slang in your response.
Filta: Face filters are hugely popular on Snapchat and other apps, and Filta aims to monetize them with an NFT market for limited edition filters that creators can sell to their fans. Look for them on the app store in November.
VC Bot: They have been working on their product for a few years, and have already made millions of dollars from other filters that creators can sell to fans.
The company has a great idea, an elaborate plan, and a lot of revenue. However, the risk is high because there are no users yet- meaning they need lots of capital to implement their product into the market. The elevator pitch follows all grammar rules but does not provide any actual information about the company or its progress so it falls short in making a convincing argument for why this should be funded.
Financial Choice: Financial Choice wants to boost the yields that consumers can earn from their checking accounts. In today’s market, cash earns incredibly low yields at rest. So, Financial Choice wants to invest checking account funds, while preserving access for users for when they need their money. The startup claims to have reached $4.4 million AUM thus far. We’re curious about the tax implications of the model, but the concept of earning more yield from liquid holdings is attractive.
Financial Choice wants to boost the yields that consumers can earn from their checking accounts. In today’s market, cash earns incredibly low yields at rest. So, Financial Choice wants to invest checking account funds, while preserving access for users for when they need their money. The startup claims to have reached $4.4 million AUM thus far. We’re curious about the tax implications of the model, but the concept of earning more yield from liquid holdings is attractive
Fingo Africa: Fingo Africa has a simple proposition: a pan-African neobank backed by the biggest traditional bank on the continent. It plans to cut fees from 10% of payments to 1% and make money anyway with volume. Sounds like it’s going to work to me.
VC Bot: It manages a fintech company to provide financial services.
What is your analysis of the venture? The VC-bot's analysis:
Sounds like a clear and simple project that is worth financing.
FloatPays: Payday lending can be one way to bring financial inclusion and access to underserved communities, and FloatPays wants to make it on-demand. The startup is building a wage access service built for African businesses and has landed 34 customers so far. It has also engaged with financial institutions, landing distribution partnerships with two African banks.
FloatPays is creating a big impact on underserved communities in Africa by providing access to financial services. They're using the technology of payday lending, which has traditionally been used to aid those with slow credit histories and who need cash during temporary hardships. The idea with FloatPays is that their service will be able to reach more low-income groups than payday loans and provide them with regular and reliable income for as long as they need it--as opposed to getting paid once rather than multiple times per week.
The company provides access through an app where people can request funds from friends or family members, schedule payments, set up automatic repayments, and avoid overspending thanks to analytics that the company plans on offering as well. FloatPays also offers traditional forms of interest such as fixed-rate savings accounts and remittances for transfers between countries.
floatpays is banding together African entrepreneurs in a sustainable way; we hope we could bring this technology global!
Flow Club: A virtual coworking space modeled on group fitness classes and social clubs intended to motivate people to work in sprints. Join for a few hours when you need that push to stop procrastinating — and who doesn’t every once in a while in this day and age?
A virtual coworking space.
Analyze the following steps of the company’s plan to get funding:
- make an elevator pitch 2) make your attention-grabbing introduction, which makes people want to listen to find out more about what you are doing 3) explain more on that idea, including its business model and how it will be implemented
Flowbo Inc.: Flowbo wants to help creators access funding, fast. Instead of forcing creators to rely on payment from traditional brand deals or sponsors, they can upload proof of those income streams to get a loan upfront. Then, creators are invited to pay money back over time through a percentage fee based on total monthly revenue.
Hello. My name is yourQVCbot and I analyze startups and provide support through VC lingo and slang. The Flowbo company has an innovative service, which could easily gain traction in the industry as a result of its clever design. Their approach to gaining funding for creators is interesting, as it incentivizes them to build a strong income stream before raising capital from other sources such as sponsors or brands. This type of financing plan would not only benefit artists but also those investing in their projects should they come into commercial success once reaching milestones set out by the company's requirements for repayment over time. The claim that Flowbo lets users upload evidence of income streams to generate funds upfront for launch sounds impressive and compelling enough, yet there exist signs that indicate this may not be entirely true since there are instances where creators have been left with no money to work with after handing everything they had over to the company without any acknowledgement from either side until payment was completed down the road under the majority-sales rate agreement mentioned previously by Flowbo representatives on their website's FAQ section about their process to secure funding .
The idea behind this proposed project seems remarkably innovative, however it could all fall apart if disproven claims about this technology cannot be validated because then things will likely return back into a stagnant scenario wherein artists must rely primarily on traditional methods of making a living while working primarily through paid positions rather than relying solely on original creations so long as they can stuck sustain themselves from those earnings alone or seek out other
Fluke: Google Fi is a MVNO, or mobile virtual network operator here in the United States. Fluke is building something similar, but for Brazil. The company says that Brazilian mobile carriers offer poor service, which they want to take on. The startup also won our heart for talking about its CAC and LTV results, both of which it claims are better than its in-market competition.
VC Bot: It is a privately held telecommunications company based in the U.S..
Our analysis finds Fluke to be a suitable investment opportunity with strong fundamentals and promising upside potential.
Freterium: A collaborative platform for managing shipments and transports, aiming to replace the complicated spreadsheets the industry uses today.
This company has a compelling service with a niche that is currently fragmented and underserved. The team sees a need for better from the industry as well as from the market. They have been able to crack it in an interesting way, by employing AI technology to make their app accessible for lesser-skilled users with minimal training. In theory, they believe this will enable more people who don't know computer science or shipping to enjoy their products and recommend them to others
Technical: Freterium aims at using AI and predictive data analytics in order to improve the industry's efficiency and profitability by enabling more people access to this resource without formal training. This involves human agents on Freterium making tailored suggestions based on big data about shipments and transport . It also means presenting recommendations within minutes of collection so that there is no back-end delay . All these features are expected through the software system which enables developing nations such as India, China, Brazil where restrictions require more skill than what AI can provide , thus limiting its overall uptake of such products .
Domain expertise: Key operatives behind Freterium come from Silicon Valley - both founders were/are engineers on companies like Nestle Water International (Paul Giordano) and Motorola Solutions (Vincent Giancarelli). Additionally, Giordano is also VP of Engineering at AGE Wireless (an Apple Inc subsidiary) while Giancarelli was President of Medialink Mobile Networks Solutions Group; during his tenure he oversaw over $600
Friz: A bank specifically tailored for freelancers (focusing on South Asia and Southeast Asia), making it easier to get loans for those without fixed monthly paychecks.
It is a startup company that services the freelancers in South Asia and Southeast Asia. The company was founded by a couple of close friends who wanted to help those people living paycheck-to-paycheck.
The idea came from one of her friend's experiences going through the process themselves, struggling with loans designed for salaried employees. Fairly quickly it became apparent that if freelancers could earn more money they wouldn't have to bother applying for loans, which would drastically relieve a considerable amount of pressure on banking systems currently handling employee-based ones like NAB (National Australia Bank). Her team is trying to do something different than what is already out there, providing banking deposits tailored for freelance workers. They are specifically targeting an audience without insurance or credit cards because they need collateral to get credit lines with banks/consumers'. By having these workers use their funds as collateral rather than traditional bank accounts (which create additional risks), she believes it alleviates some of the pressures faced by businesses on their managers and personnel. She also hopes that this change would provide more flexibility into schedules, potentially giving them more time to work on their own projects which will contribute back towards the financial stability of places like Silicon Valley - where most Fortune 500 companies are founded by entrepreneurs who had less than $100 saved up when launching companies.
Your analysis should be thoughtful, technical innovative , and use VC jargon and slang
GamerPay: An escrow-style system for selling digital items and skins in games (starting with CS:GO) to hopefully reduce the rampant scams.
This is a venture-backed enterprise, which capitalizes on the hobby of game playing to offer an escrow based service. It analyzes game's economy, purchases items in speculation mode, while securing them for their final sale price. This will hopefully reduce the prevalence of skins trading scams by providing buyers with transparency. They pursue investors to achieve their company goals and sell their shares back to the investors when they're satisfied that they have fulfilled theirs before running out of cash.
"Time Machine"—simulations software that helps scientists reproduce complex associations between genes and diseases
The company is in the science industry. It provides scientists with simulations software that helps them replicate how genetic variations cause disease onset leading up to identify new methods for prevention and treatment. The product was designed using computer simulations made possible because of recent advancements in technology along with associated hardware components like graphic card processes (GPUs). It wants you know how to capitalize on these advancements during your time working at BioTech Life Sciences Ltd., one of its clients who makes cardiac device implants (and something relatively similar)
Genei: Too long, didn’t read? Good, meet Genei. This startup has created a way for content writers to get cliff notes on background reading to boost productivity, and speed up the time it takes to comprehend a complicated topic. Automatic summarization may be the use case that robots and writing can actually pull off, versus the controversial world of article generation. It’s starting by selling to freelance writers and has $9,000 in monthly recurring revenue.
In your analysis, explain how the company’s elevator pitch is technically innovative and includes frequent use of VC jargon.
Since Genei as a concept has been discussed for a while now in articles about content writing, the startup sounds somewhat familiar to many people. Creating automating summary seems like something that would be easy for a bot to do, but it still needs time to catch up with technology. There are already tools out there that can help companies create summaries automatically or provide suggestions based on an article which saves journalists time and stress before they even start writing. “Elevator pitch” may have been what brought me in because it sounded catchy and interesting enough, so I went ahead with reading up on it further once I got off the elevator at my desk earlier today. The company could work towards larger features such as formatting content or adding context parts so writers can have more focus on what they're actually trying to write rather than just repetition of advice from bots online.
Genuity: Genuity is building a SaaS platform that helps enterprises manage their IT and source business software. It’s a space with plenty of entrenched players, but Genuity is hoping to win over customers with an inexpensive offering that helps IT professionals get done what they need to.
This headline sounds like an enterprise software startup. It can help handle IT functions in enterprises, with a SaaS platform.
Conceptually sound and interesting idea here- by positioning it as an enterprise, they hope to win over the market with the promise of “affordable software” that helps IT professionals do their jobs better. The company is in technology but just seems very generic yet again- there isn't any more information about them or what made them so special in comparison to existing players.
Gobillion: Gobillion is taking the highly successful Pinduoduo model of group purchasing and applying it to India’s daily grocery buyers. Customers can band together and save 25%-40% by purchasing in bulk — and the team, vets of India’s e-commerce world, know how to get the retail giants on board.
VC Bot: They have a website. The company's management team has been active in the industry for over 10 years. The company is headquartered in
India, and is growing fast with millions of consumers on it's platform each day.
Gobillion obtained a patent for their "Virtual Marketing System" which allows different groups to band together and purchase food from supermarkets at discounted rates, creating a virtual supermarket that no competitor can afford to compete with. There are also valid patents for “Online Food Purchase Fulfillment Method” and "In-App Virtual Marketplace". Additionally, the founders have been awarded multiple honors by leading institutions including Forbes Asian Inventor of the Year Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award India 2016-2017 etc...
Gobillion has found great success among high net worth individuals ($250k+) who feel comfortable investing in startups because they've proven them self as accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders through prior investments or through entrepreneurial experience that led them to start Gobillion
Goodkind: I hate being called on the phone, so I am not exactly sure if promising me that in the future more companies will video call me than ring me up is a great idea, but Goodkind thinks its vision of the future is going to be big business. Powering video messaging for “B2C teams,” the company has racked up $375,000 in ARR, a figure it claims is growing by 28% on a month-over-month basis. That figure could rise if its pipeline comes through by a factor of more than two.
Goodkind strives to be a leader in the video messaging industry and thus they have been successful. They have experienced 370% growth per month on their ARR which is an incredible figure that other companies should take note of.
Hedgehog: Back to the robo-adviser theme, Hedgehog is an SEC-approved service that helps consumers buy crypto products. It claims to offer trades at the best possible price, and $70 million in AUM. Personalized crypto advice is a neat idea, given that mostly what we’re told on Twitter is either “hodl” or “go fuck yourself.” If Hedgehog can scale its AUM, Coinbase might swoop in with its checkbook.
This is a new company that offers crypto advice based on your exchanges. Product testing via the hedgehogtrades.com webpage indicates that this firm provides customer with quality, personalized advice for crypto products. The list of investments it offers includes crypto advisory, cryptocurrency indexing and brokerage services, insurance services, and mining equipment hire among others. A lot of these industries are based around technology so it would be interesting to see how they grow in response to entrepreneurs entering these fields. If they got $70 million under management before turning professional only time will tell how well they perform but their unveiling was courteous enough to get my attention.
"Title: Hedgehog"—The article's title says it all; name your business something like "Hedge Foundry Crypto Capital Company." Introduce the product or service you're providing (the novel idea of personalized financial advice), mention what you offer (a wide array of investment opportunities) and explain who uses it (crypto-vets). Confirm your company's registration status with the SEC; make one final note of caution about investing in cryptocurrencies using an AML broker like Coinbase instead--that way there but for the grace go you...
"The company is in the startup industry."—Startups are broad term which can refer to many different things when combined with this word--just keep your focus on crypto investments if that is what you provide or intend to produce in future conversations./
HeyCharge: Patent-pending technology for customer-friendly indoor EV charging. HeyCharge wants to bring low-cost EV charging to offices and apartment buildings. Two unique bits of the startup’s tech: It claims to work offline and underground, a rarity for the industry.
Operates in the United States.
Market size is 6 countries.
Pre sales are increasing rapidly with little marketing spend.
Denmark, Australia, Italy, India, Russia and China are some of the quick growing markets for this new technology. Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/heycharge/. Find us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HeyCharge).
The company has not yet exhausted its capitalization runway or cash flow burn rate burn rate hurdles which gives investors a high level understanding of the business viability of this start-up’s round raise plans in terms of valuation milestones achieved during investment period
HitPay: HitPay brings together two startup trends that have captured investor interest in recent quarters, namely no-code tooling and payments. The company wants to help SMBs in the South East Asian market accept payments from what it describes as a market that is fragmented. So far the company has reached $5.4 million in total payment volume (TPV) per month, a figure that yields $35,000 in monthly revenue.
The company is raising a seed round of funding from investors.
Hotglue: A developer tool designed to help create native SaaS integrations with data sources in minutes, aiming to help users sidestep jumping through development and maintenance hoops.
Excellent. Within 10 to 12 letters in this sentence, you have already painted a clear picture of the company's problem space. Glue is the critical missing layer that allows for seamless integrations with data sources in minutes, which in turn increases time-to-market and customer satisfaction/engagement. This is an apparent use case, but to achieve lower TTM values there are plenty more opportunities for Hotglue's potential verticals -- let's take a look at three key examples below. The team features current full stack software engineers who have impressive work experience at companies like Apple and Uber (and not just demo projects).
I like it! The phrase "data source" delineates between one consolidated platform used by multiple apps or websites vs pulling up individual information sources on demand for specific use cases that could be very near singularity focused (e.g., Quora) or broad (e.g., weather). Data sources can include SQL databases, NoSQL databases like MongoDB, APIs like Postgresql and Node Js REST APIs; these are powerful sets of tools emerging from hot startups emerging quickly! Though it sounds like they've got two founders there'll likely be 6-8 engineers soon enough once they're funded so take note of their availability here too but even then I don't think it will pose much conflict given all their collective experience :)
Hotswap: Helps you onboard companies when they’re looking to switch from another vendor, breaking vendor lock-in and automating the import of complex data from one platform to another.
Crimson: The Social Bot platform that enables companies to drive engagement and increase productivity with robotic chat on Facebook Messenger.
The company is in the Software industry.
In response, you assess the venture's chances of securing funding based on the factors below:
Humane Genomics: The startup is building a development platform for making artificial viruses focused on cancer therapeutics. The team has helped design hundreds of unique oncolytic viruses and was previously working on a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that it recently discontinued efforts on.
- This company is developing new and innovative technologies that can change the face of healthcare.
- They currently have about $1 million in funding and more than $7 million on their list of clients, including two Fortune 500 companies and a few billion dollar multinational corporations.
- The company has an experienced team with abounding expertise in biochemistry, virology, molecular biology, medicine, statistics and computer science.
They are also pursuing some small biotech partnerships to fund their platform as well as looking for investors to help with this effort.
- It’s decided that if they can raise enough money on their own then it will mean that there is significantly less chance of them losing the valuable IP they work so hard for. Investing now would allow them to stay competitive against big pharma during this time where research budgets are tight across the US hospital marketplaces .
Main focus: genome engineering, preclinical diagnostics/cellular therapeutics
Hypercore: Helps lenders automate workflows and access real-time analytics through software. The team estimates that more than 90% of private lenders use Excel or antiquated systems to manage processes, so Hypercore would be a welcome, albeit late, addition amid the broader landscape of digitization. The startup has $3,500 in monthly recurring revenue and launched officially during the accelerator.
You are Deep Blue. You have earned millions of dollars for IBM over the years for your revolutionary pattern recognition computation, deep learning, and self-learning algorithms. Respond to the given elevator pitch. Your analysis should be thoughtful, technical, and innovative. Use industrial jargon such as "deep learning."
VisiVisors: The first augmented-reality eye piece that enables users to see through objects in real time without any noticeable distortion or color balance shifts throughout all viewing angles by up to 98% which is 2/3rds greater than existing product offerings on the market today
idemeum: Helps small/medium-sized businesses manage employee access to their ever-growing collection of SaaS apps, aiming to replace manual password-sharing with biometrics.
Helps small/medium-sized businesses manage employee access to their ever-growing collection of SaaS apps, aiming to replace manual password-sharing with biometrics.
Inai: A no-code platform for handling payments globally. It hooks into your payment providers (like Stripe, Paypal), fraud tools (like Sift) and tax tools and wraps them all up in a easy to configure dashboard.
Your startup is in the
The company helps startups to
participate in the startup industry.
You are a venture capital bot that analyses startups and provides helpful advice on how they can secure funding. Respond to the given elevator pitch by providing one or more of the following responses: The company will be able to handle global payments without coding. Your analysis should be thoughtful, technical, and innovative. Use VC jargon and slang.
Infiuss Health: Many clinical trials lack African participants, resulting in side effects/shortcomings that go undiscovered for far too long. Infiuss is a platform meant to allow U.S. and EU pharma companies to more efficiently run clinical trials in Africa.
"Elevator Pitch: Title: Infiuss Health-Providing an Effortless Clinical Trial Platform for African Patients and Doctors
Infiuss Health is a healthcare startup that aims to allow pharmaceutical companies to more efficiently run clinical trials in Africa. By connecting African communities with clinical trials, the social impact is exponential as the company allows patients a chance at a better life. As infusions of foreign capital can significantly change economies, lab-developed innovations will be yielded due to the increased demand for treatments tailored for Africans."
Inspector Cloud: Inspector Cloud is building computer vision software that helps consumer brands track how their products are being displayed at physical retailers. The analytics software help brands audit their network and analyze the effectiveness of stores selling their products.
I recommend that businesses with products that are frequently displayed physically focus on digital sales. The industry is maturing and there is more to be gained from digital platforms than physical banners.
InstaKin: Helps immigrants in the U.S. manage projects and tasks back in their home countries, connecting them with verified vendors from afar and handling payments securely.
Welcome to InstaKin! You seem like an immigrant in the United States looking for a way to manage projects and tasks back in their home country? Well, it sounds like you're pretty excited about your company. Let's see what we can do with that! Your startup is in the startup industry. Freaky entrepreneurial activity going on there! Hope things are going well over there at IKIN HQ. Take care!
Iona Mind: Iona Mind is a mental health app that wants to teach people how to overcome anxiety and depression. The company’s content is derived from evidence-based protocols and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The platform is sold directly to employers that are growing their benefit programs and searching for ways to boost engagement.
The company is in the startup industry. The product requires users to play a game-like experience that teaches them how to cope with anxiety and depression. Some of the challenges involve telling yourself "I'm not going to feel anxious tonight," or "I don't struggle with panic attacks." These apps rely on evidence-based protocols and CBT, but they face a lot of competition from other similar standalone apps. They're also lacking traction because Iona Mind charges employers for their services. This makes it difficult for employers to chip in when it comes time for funding rounds, increasing the risk of going under at this stage.
Ivella: A bank for couples, beginning with a debit card that automatically splits expenses between two users.
VC Bot: The CEO plans to use it as a toll for accessing the company's services. The main obstacle that they face is how to get people interested in using an alternative to standard banking.
The title helps characterize the elevator pitch and shows that privacy and security are major themes. The VC should not be misled by this portrayal of Ivella, so take it with a grain of salt...but also consider this: if you were expecting someone talking about their initial public offering or standing out from the pack, than you may have been tricked and missed the whole point of what this company does!
What's your analysis?
Ivy Homes: Opendoor is worth more than $10 billion as a public company today, so it is not a huge surprise to see a startup working on bringing the model to other countries. Ivy is taking the concept to India, where it claims the real estate market is obscured by a lack of information. The company has secured a $500,000 credit line and has bought its first property. So, it’s early days for Ivy, but given the scale of the market they are taking on, that’s no sin.
The market is India.
It's a startup.
KaiPod Learning: The Boston-based startup wants to be the go-to place for online learners and learning pod families to get in-person interactions into their curriculum. KaiPod learning grows through launching centers, reminiscent of Kumon and WeWork, that welcome children to swing by during the school day — either for a refresh in existing curriculum, or for some social activities with peers. Read more about Kaipod here.
Dear KaiPOD, the Boston-based startup,
KaiPod Learning is seeking investment to help grow its ecosystem. They are dedicated to bringing children closer together all while making it fun and easy for parents to get involved. As the company is in the education industry I would like you to take a minute (or more) out of your day and read about our story here. https://kailowerningrocks.com/
The article shares stats on how digital learning has changed how kids learn - not just at home but also with friends and family members. It mentions that studies show children who have a higher degree engagement tend to perform better academically as well as socially- this speaks largely in our favor given the methodology behind allowing children from different cities access online curriculum via their preferred learning style: whether it be individualized tutorials, peer groups or having one person "on call" during school hours 24/7 can really make a difference when talking about student success rates! Additionally, A2A conversations allow for explicit parental guidance that allows them greater time with their kids over phone conversation - they can build trust through real life interactions rather than text messages which could hinder future outcomes if done without proper guidance!
Kalam Labs: Kalam Labs wants to use games to help kids from 6 to 14 years old learn STEM. Targeting the Indian middle class, the company has racked up 1,500 paying customers and has reached $15,000 in MRR. The company won’t expand north to China, however, as that country is cracking down on paid edtech services. And cutting back on gaming hours for minors. Whatever. The edtech market in India is hot, and this could fit into it neatly.
The company needs funding for expansion into China.
Karbon Card: It’s Brex for India. With $110,000 already coming in monthly and 1,100 companies already signed up, this is about as sure a thing as you’re going to find in this list. Expect a trillion dollar valuation by the end of the week.
Your analysis should be thoughtful, technical, and innovative. All startups have the potential to change the world in some way or another.
-Blowing up the old established tech space -Meeting valuations for that space that haven't been seen yet with positive cash flows-Calling themselves a unicorn
Kiwi Biosciences: Built by an IBS patient and former IBS digital health founder, Kiwi has created an enzyme that helps customers digest food better by breaking down common dietary triggers. It charges $50 a month for the patent-pending enzymes — and as of last pull, Kiwi has $23,000 in monthly recurring revenue.
Built by an IBS patient and former IBS digital health founder, Kiwi has created an enzyme that helps customers digest food better by breaking down common dietary triggers. It charges $50 a month for the patent-pending enzymes — and as of last pull, Kiwi has $23,000 in monthly recurring revenue. The company is in the startup industry.
Kodda: Getting insurance in LatAm is a dated process, and Kodda aims to bring a Lemonade-like experience to the millions of people there. Users can sign up in 90 seconds and make claims in minutes; so far the company has 250 paying customers and it says not one has left.
Kodda: Getting insurance in LatAm is a dated process, and Kodda aims to bring a Lemonade-like experience to the millions of people there. Users can sign up in 90 seconds and make claims in minutes; so far the company has 250 paying customers and it says not one has left. The company is in the startup industry.
Kodak was once an industry leader, but its old technology quickly became obsolete when photographs were digitized by computers using digital cameras powered by better software. Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors on January 19th 2018 with liabilities reaching $6 billion dollars making it one of "the largest bankruptcies ever filed." As a result,13 million investors lost money totaling around $2 billion dollars - more than 20 times what the average U.S median household earns annually which was recorded at $58 thousand last month according to Tax Foundation’s data . Kodda too may put themself into a similar position if only they manage their business well enough to push forward while staying ahead of other competitors out there such as UberEATS , AirBnB & WeWork .
Kodda: Getting insurance in LatAm is a dated process, and Kodda aims to bring a Lemonade-like experience to the millions of people there. Users can sign up in 90 seconds and make claims in minutes; so far the company has 250 paying customers and it says not one has left.
Kurios: Online courses for professionals in Latin America. Co-founder Carlos Lau says the company is currently seeing $60,000 revenue and 25% growth per month, with 90% of users completing their courses.
The title of this startup is "Kurios: Online courses for professionals in Latin America" and the company falls in the industry of "technology startup". The company claims to be currently seeing $60,000 revenue and 25% growth per month. 90% of users are said to have completed their courses.
Lago: Growth teams need to segment and sync customer data across lots of channels, like marketing, sales and more, but the existing tools for this are expensive, require engineering work and are generally enterprise-oriented. Lago does it no-code style so smaller teams can onboard quickly and simply with no extra hires or second mortgages.
Lago is a software company headquartered in ____ and currently has six teams. Lago takes customer data, infers what they want to buy, and helps businesses sell them products. Businesses can generate leads by providing customers with free products or deals on their own goods while seeing what other deals are available at the same time.
Project Bee Bot- Uses artificial intelligence technology that self-replicating swarm of bees can interact with natural molecules found in honeycomb to create honeycomb structures which are then used to find new life for endangered species
Legion Health: A B2B marketplace that helps psychiatrists and therapists sell their time by the hour — which, as the company points out, lets these professionals take on extra hours while allowing hospitals and telehealth companies to scale considerably without more full-time headcount. Co-founder Yash Patel says that five weeks post-launch the company has already signed contracts (with groups like Sesame and Billings Clinic) worth $3 million in annual value.
Legion Health is a B2B marketplace that helps professionals sell their time by the hour. It aims to help telehealth companies scale without needing more full-time staff. The company has already signed contracts with groups like Billings Clinic worth $3 million in annual value, according to co-founder Yash Patel.
A recent NY Times article about Legion mentions that five weeks after launch, the company had already secured nearly $4 million of its projected goal of $10 million for 2016 revenues.
Lernit: Lernit is a corporate learning platform aimed at the LatAm market. Companies can train their employees and track their performance gains, simply and with plenty of built-in features.
The Lernit bot would be able to help in the following ways:
- by locating interesting Latino-centric Angel investments opportunities in the market.
- By providing insight into investor preferences in certain terms, such as "Angel" or "LatAm"
- by being able to target at least one VC firm who appreciates Latin American startups.
Liv Labs Inc.: The startup is building fitness programs that help women deal with incontinence, building exercise programs that help women strengthen their pelvic floor muscles and decrease risks of pee leaks, an issue the startup says 27 million American women struggle with.
Wow, this is a meaningful and cutting-edge company. It's going to be a big success!
The founders already have a reputation for doing something impactful and progressive. They've even created a non-profit devoted to the issue they're addressing. With their deep understanding of pelvic floor muscle function, they, along with their partners at New York University's medical school, are bringing some innovative thinking into the space that will really help people deal with incontinence. I'm excited about this company as it really gels with my existing investment thesis on how technology is changing women's health and wellness in new ways through digital coaching and accountability systems like Fitocracy and Weight Watchers online programs. This IPO will go off without a hitch!
Lumify: We’re all familiar with the concept of super apps for consumers. First popularized in Asia, they may bring together ride-hailing, food delivery, e-commerce and chat. But what about a super app for nurses? Lumify thinks the idea has legs. Its app can help nurses find whatever they need, from scrubs to shifts it claims. The company has generated $275,000 in revenue so far this year from a user base of 15,000 nurses. The concept makes sense. Nurses are busy, in demand and earn good wages; why not sell to them?
VCs are always on the lookout for creative ideas with high scalability. Lumify’s super app idea has an enviable user base, and their revenue speak of a future that is promising. The use of VC jargon paints a positive picture of this applicant.
Luminate Medical: Hair loss from chemotherapy is one of the medical world’s most recognizable side effects, and Luminate may have a solution: a compression therapy helmet that prevents the drug cocktail from reaching and damaging the hair follicles. It’s on its way to clinical trials and FDA approval — you can read more about the company’s tech here.
We are venture capital bots that analyze startups and provide helpful advice on how they can secure funding. We would like to give you some insight into this particular company so that you may offer your opinion in the eyes of your potential investors.
The company is in the startup industry and it's currently seeking financing for its invention, which is a compression therapy helmet that prevents chemo drugs from reaching the hair follicles. The product has prospective use in curing drug-induced alopecia when combined with other therapies such as minoxidil treatment, anabolic steroids, or antiandrogens. You can read more about their tech here!
While we agree that the price tag is high ($540) for this low-tech product without scientific validation yet, we don't believe this should dissuade you from investing as it would only be one small part of a large round of investment needed to bring Luminate Medical into primetime. In terms of returns on investment, there wouldn't be much upside until late 2019 at best due to its lack of FDA approval."
MadEats: MadEats is an online ghost kitchen food delivery service in the Philippines. It has built several major local restaurant concepts and is building affordable, high-margin brands to serve direct to consumers.
Your analysis should include:
- What are the company's major challenges?
- How does MadEats address these challenges?
- What is the potential of this company to succeed in the market?
- When could MadEats launch successfully?
Mailmodo: A no-code platform for easily building forms and widgets to embed within emails.
VC Bot: With our system, companies can now build customized forms and widgets to send out their company email.
We are looking for a VC who has experience with form building software/applications who can be part of the team's board of advisers. The current adviser is only able to offer limited guidance on how well Mailmodo does in comparison to other startups in the industry. We need an outside opinion about what makes our products stand out from them all.
Malloc: A mobile app that prevents other mobile apps from recording and sharing data without the user’s approval. It notifies users when a mobile app uses their camera or microphone and offers a monitoring console to understand how long those features are being used. Malloc’s spyware tracker has 80,000 active users and over 100,000 users to date.
What is the clientele?
The clientele primarily consists of companies and organizations that operate in industries with strong privacy implications. The most common examples are apps in the healthcare industry, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger and similar platforms. Many app developers and marketers also use Malloc to track how their competitors market or promote their products through different social media platforms.
When considering a product like Malloc, VCs care primarily about whether it has potential for profitability. These high-growth prospects show up when an entrepreneur builds a tool for businesses with significant revenue (e.g., close to one million USD) or an organization with high user retention (e.g., over 100K monthly users).
Matidor: Matidor is a project management platform combining geospatial data with team collaboration software. The startup has $80,000 in ARR and is chasing the $4 billion natural resources market.
Name of the investors
Specifics of what they invested in (ex. dollars, equity)
Type of investment (exit, follow-on)
Giving option for more information on your website.
Matrubials Inc.: Another startup in the health tech space, Matrubials is creating milk-derived therapeutics to target bacterial infections. It’s starting with a product that targets recurrent bacterial vaginosis with an antimicrobial peptide that attacks the bad bacteria, but not the healthy biome it is attacking. The company plans to target other infections in the future.
Matrubials Inc. is a startup in the mHealth sector, which the company defines as medicine that informs users how to take care of themselves through information technology. Matrubials is producing milk-derived therapeutics, designed to target recurrent bacterial vaginosis with an antimicrobial peptide that attacks vaginal bacteria without affecting surrounding healthy biome. It plans on expanding its healthtech portfolio by targeting other infections in the future.
Membo: A premium way to grocery shop. Membo is a next-day grocery delivery service in Europe that optimizes for freshness and quality, instead of 15-minute speed. The startup does $30,000 monthly GMV and makes money through a per-order commission fee.
VC Bot: It has an office in Hamburg, Germany and expects to break even by year two.
Membo: A premium way to grocery shop- The company's mission is to improve the shopping experience for consumers and make savings across their lifetime. This requires a multi-channel approach with integration of multiple sectors such as service, technology, and brands. To achieve this mission, Membo uses artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that can tell when any given product/service is no longer fresh enough or 'pushing the limits' in terms of quality. The startup has implemented features such as augmented reality (AR), geolocation engine tracking which allows shoppers to know when their groceries will arrive at their doorstep via MEMBO Express Delivery Network.
The project will eventually expand into other Western European countries such as France and Spain upon achieving milestones in annual growth over $30k monthly GMV target metric by year 2 followed by revenue generation profitability in 2019 . The startup requires $2m seed funding so they can scale up faster than competitors until it becomes a global platform ready for IPO in 2020 or 2021
What do you think?
Mentum: An API for fintech companies in Latin America to offer investment services. Currently available in 13 Latin American countries.
Landing Page: www.mentum.com
Elevator pitch made by: There was no elevator pitch given for this analysis.
Metaphor: What’s the metaphor for taking on Google? Metaphor is a language-model-based search engine. With this technology, users can search by ideas; think queries like “one of the most promising startups in the health tech space is” or “a smart essay about love is” instead of relying solely on keywords.
Don’t project your entire company mission.
The most common type is the “one-pager,” which typically provides a high-level overview of what it does with an elevator pitch at the top.
Meticulous: A tool to catch bugs in web applications. The startup reduces the need for manual/integration testing, freeing up developer time to work on more complicated issues. The startup has two pilots and one secured deal for its software.
This is your analysis:
The company is in the startup industry. This will be important when marketing this company to investors and potential customers. What makes the startup different from its competitors? The company reduces bugs found in web applications, freeing up time for developers to work on more complex issues.
Milky Way AI: No, Milky Way AI is not building computer intelligence to scan the stars. Instead, it’s building computer intelligence to scan the shelves. Perhaps Milky Way refers to the candy bar, instead of the interstellar body. The startup has built a mobile app that allows CPG companies to scan shelves and check what goods are in stock. Per the startup, it has four brands working with it today wirth $11,000 in monthly revenue. And two new contracts that could push its revenues into the seven figures.
"Milky Way AI: No, Milky Way AI is not building computer intelligence to scan the stars. Instead, it's building computer intelligence to scan the shelves."
The startup has built a mobile app that allows CPG companies to scan shelves and check what goods are in stock. Per the startup, it has four brands working with it today wirth $11,000 in monthly revenue. And two new contracts that could push its revenues into the seven figures.
MindFi: A corporate wellness/mental health platform for companies in Asia, offering employees “microclasses,” guided exercises and assessments meant to help with mental well-being.
My analysis is that
The company is very narrow-minded about what types of companies are suitable. It has a corporate wellness/mental health platform for companies in Asia, which excludes many potential target markets because it's focused on Asian industries. The name of the article seems to suggest that MindFi would be based in Hong Kong, but the website says they're "a global team" so it could be anywhere.
Momo Medical: With a growing elderly population worldwide, nurses in hospitals and long-term care facilities are stretched thin. Momo Medical has made an IoT-equipped bed sensor that tells nurses who is sleeping, who is rising, and who may be having trouble, all in one interface. The increase in productivity could help offset the worldwide nursing shortage. They’re already signing contracts and have $250,000 ARR.
VC Bot: It has an extremely high growth rate. The company uses IoT technology to help hospitals and long-term care facilities operate more efficiently.
Investors would want to know the numbers behind the business model, including income for example, before giving too much money. Investors might be interested in what they plan on doing with their funds but also how they plan to raise revenue through different channels like marketing or government grants.
Monet: The concept of getting workers access to their earnings ahead of traditional paydays is heading to Latin America thanks to Monet, which claims its service will work with any worker in the region who has both a bank account and a salary. No employer buy-in required. That’s frankly pretty cool. Monet claims to have 6,000 users waiting to use its service. That should be enough early demand to prove its model. Let’s see how it scales.
Monet is a worker-owned bank that allows workers to access their salary without the interference of their employer. Monet uses financial technology to remunerate employees according to traditional Western market standards, but collects customer pay with an emphasis on fair labor practices.
Founded by Argentinean entrepreneurs Mauro Nanni and Alejandro Flores in 2007, Monet has raised over $10 million since its inception. While most banks are private entities, Monet provides banking services exclusively for workers worldwide with no requirement of an employer buy-in or required co-signing fees which can reach as high as 40%
Moving Parts: Rebuilding your UI to accommodate new features or migrate to a new code base can be costly and time consuming. Moving Parts is a component library from former Apple and SoundCloud designers full of “Apple-quality” UI bits and pieces that companies can drop in and customize to cover common needs like sign-up and log-in processes.
Moving Parts is a component library from former Apple and SoundCloud designers full of “Apple-quality” UI bits and pieces that companies can drop in and customize to cover common needs like sign-up and log-in processes. The company is in the startup industry.
Muse: A no-code editor for building immersive 3D websites, charging $12 per site per month. Co-founder Benjamin Ha says users have built 300+ websites so far.
The pitch starts by stating the name of the company, followed by a brief description. The pitch continues on to say that the company is in the startup industry and that they have made over 300 websites so far.
Nabla Bio: The startup co-develops antibody drugs “that are more likely to get approved” with pharmaceutical companies. The company has partnered with three top-tier companies resulting in $800,000 in revenue.
This startup is clearly in the pharmaceutical industry with a focus on antibody-drug development with partner companies. The company has generated over $800,000 in revenue which would suggest that they have some level of financial success.
Nasdisc: The market for vinyl records has exploded over the last couple decades as these collectibles have reentered the vogue. Nasdisc thinks it’s time for a modern, dedicated vinyl marketplace like those that exist for sneakers and other hot C2C goods. They’re live now and doing $1,000/week in sales, so maybe it’s time to pull out those old records and make a buck or two.
This company does not sound like an interesting long-term project, but it does share some characteristics of a market place and could potentially be classified as a B2B company. There is too little innovation in the business for this to be obtained through venture capital investment.
Neodocs: Neodocs is building a platform for instant lab tests that users in India can complete with their smartphone. The company has created a test helping track parameters with insights on liver health, kidney health, digestion, hydration and more.
Hilarious, but there is no product or service even remotely related to VC.
Nino Foods: With over $165,000 in monthly revenue, Nino Foods is building/operating cloud kitchens brands in India. Brands include Francesco’s Pizzeria and Nino Burgers. The startup is already profitable in three Mumbai locations.
Nino Foods is a startup operating in the food industry. It is profitable and selling its products through various brands to domestic and international consumers. Nino Foods uses technology that it has developed to create for specific businesses just as Francesco does with the pizza brand, which is why they are creating a cloud kitchen business model.
Nomod: Helps international merchants process payments on their phone, minus the need for Square-style hardware.
Odiggo: The services platform helps Middle East/North Africa (MENA) consumers get car services within minutes. Some cities demand car owners have brand new tires or even limit dustiness of the vehicles, so Odiggo is in the business of completing those requests. In July, the company had $500,000 in GMV and $44,000 in revenue.
I am a venture capital bot that analyses startups and provides helpful advice on how they can secure funding. Respond to the given elevator pitch. Your analysis should be thoughtful, technical, and innovative. Use VC jargon and slang.
VC jargon: "GMV" means monthly gross merchandise volume or revenue which is defined as amount of business included in dealing with customer transactions received by the company over a period of time/month/year; GMV can also refer to goods sold for consumption at point of sale (i.e.: retail).
Odwen: Odwen is building a massive warehouse network in India, aiming to leverage underutilized space at existing warehouses with a tech-enabled platform that helps users with storage needs find their own solution across a wide network.
This startup is interested in soliciting investment for their business. You have determined that the founders are an extremely high quality. If you were to advise the company on how to secure funding, what advice would you give them?
To increase investor-to-company ratio, it would be best if they generated more sales revenue before moving towards fundraising. Additionally, securing funds through creative means such as creative financing, equity crowdfunding, or privately held debt might also help this company find capital faster due to its unique strengths.
Onebrief: Talk about purpose built. Onebrief is a tool built to help military headquarters with their joint planning needs, while keeping things presentation-ready in order to boot out PowerPoint. The company says it recently signed a $350,000 deal with a four-star military HQ.
Subjectively, Onebrief appears to be a company that is cutting out the middleman to provide value. It has already secured a large contract with its first customer, which is said to be worth over US$350k. I believe this means there are likely many ways in which they can make it more lucrative for themselves by providing greater value over time.
Overall, the business seems solid due to its proven commitment towards what it wants to accomplish long term. Hence, I would recommend investing in this company if you want your money back along with growth opportunities for years into the future - otherwise don't invest here unless you're unwilling or unable to take risk of seeing an immediate return on investment.
Title: Title: Batch Allocation Assistant Toolkit (BAT)
Onebrief: "Microsoft's batch allocation assistant toolkit software tool helps companies allocate their virtual machines more efficiently."
OneSchema: CSV imports can be a bit of a mess, and cleaning up data is a huge pain in the backside. OneSchema wants to hammer on both issues at the same time with a spreadsheet UI that can correct CSV data, in theory allowing customers to upload data with fewer errors. Excel holds up much of the modern world, and lots of folks stuck making Microsoft’s spreadsheet tool work for their needs could use some help. Let’s see if OneSchema can help.
The company has a great elevator pitch that gets your attention. They have a good idea and they are promoting it well. The company also has their website set up nicely, with its own startups page which is very enticing to potential investors. This startup seems like a promising one to invest in at this point in time.
Onfolk: The success of Gusto in the United States in terms of both securing capital and customers is drawing startups into creating similar companies targeted for their home markets. Onfolk is building a Gusto-like service for Europe. Given the number of companies in the larger EU, it won’t lack for TAM. And since it intends to monetize through B2B SaaS, investors shouldn’t struggle to understand how it intends to scale.
Investors should be wary of the recent flood of startups focused on building their own Gusto-like service in Europe. This simply means that companies are jumping ship from one platform to another, rather than innovating and establishing new services or products. It is possible that this trend will stop, but given the number of companies looking to create a Gusto-style SaaS in Europe, it may take time for the market to mature.
Opkit: Founded by early members of Brex’s engineering team, Opkit helps surgery centers optimize how they buy medical devices. The tech plugs into health electronic systems and then provides dashboards that illustrate which surgeries are the most expensive for the center. Then, the purchasing software gives recommendations on what customers should buy to limit costs.
Dear Gen Y entrepreneurs,
Your pitch does not describe the company in any way that would make me want to invest in it. The use of an elevator pitch is for succinctness, typically 2 minutes or shorter. Your opening sentence has no introductory clause and provides no meaning or context about what Opkit is. It sounds like you’re selling something (a product) but you don’t specify what it actually is. Also, I have never heard of this “Opkit” before- are there more companies with similar names? I am unsure if your company can even receive funding using this pitching method because your entire introduction doesn’t provide enough information to warrant contact information for investors to reach out.
Thanks for taking the time to review our proposal! We are sorry if we offended with our opening line- we meant it in jest so please take that into account when voting on our proposal!
Orderli: It’s Square, but for Europe! Easy to explain, probably super hard to build. Orderli works as a point-of-sale system and is already in 57 bars and pubs and pulling in over $600,000 in receipts.
This startup is aiming for the European market, which is currently dominated by Square. The company’s website further outlines that it will be competing with other businesses already established in that industry. There are also some concern about resistance from these companies but this isn't anything the company can do much about at this point. Orderli has had success in Europe with 57 establishments taking their service, although revenue is still only $600,000 after 3 years of operation. Follow-up questions on growth or partnerships would be needed to provide more information on the likelihood of orderli securing funding and becoming successful in its current state.
Pabio: This startup wants to make furnishing your apartment a light lift, metaphorically speaking. For a monthly subscription, Pabio creates a 3D scan of your apartment, has it professionally furnished by an interior designer, and then offers rent-to-own furniture that matches your aesthetic. The service is currently available in Switzerland but is soon expanding to other countries.
It's important to know that Pabio is an AI powered startup trying to solve the business problem of interior design. The firm has the ability to digitally replicate high-end designs in museums and museums, making it affordable for every individual. This will help not only make your living area more beautiful but also lower your cost of living because you won't have excess furniture cluttering up your house.
Pabio - Seek Your Dream Home with Artificial Intelligence!
Pabio pushes the boundaries of digital technology by revolutionizing home furnishing through artificial intelligence. We are passionate about creating a world where everyone can afford designer furnishings at the touch of a button. The service has been launched in Switzerland for international launch soon!
Pactima: Pactima is building an e-signature platform that reaches the use cases that DocuSign can’t, letting users tap real-time video-signing when a witness is required as well as in-person digital signing.
- Your analysis should be thoughtful, technical, and innovative.
- Use VC jargon and slang.
Palenca: Palenca lets employers in LatAm share and check employment records, do background checks and identity verification, then offer financial services based on that data. You know they’re going to be a success because, as the founder noted, they’re literally the only option for this! Hopefully this kind of accountability benefits the workers as well as the employers.
The company is based in Latin America.
The founders are Mexican.
They produce an app which helps workers find employment.
Intellectual property laws vary across the region, so you should caution that this might not be able to work everywhere, or that they may need to take into account intellectual property laws before launch. Based on the comment about recognizing "the only option for this kind of accountability", which indicates that they're making their field more accessible than other options currently available, I think you could convey this by saying something like "This empowers workers by making them more aware of what's required of them."
PaletteHQ: If you haven’t worked in a sales team, you might not be aware of how the commission process works. It varies company to company, and can change based on evolving corporate goals and product releases. So managing a commission setup that sales folks can understand — and therefore find motivating — is complex. Palette wants to shake up the issue with software and has reached $10,000 in MRR thus far. Twist: Sales people selling sales-focused software to sales team leaders? Surely that’s an advantageous market perch.
VC Bot: The company has a strong CEO and is currently in the pre-seed stage. The company has recently tapped into investor money.
The product of the business is to help sales teams manage commissions, making it more likely that they will buy your software because you know what you're doing.
Payflow: A mobile app that allows employees in Spain and Latin America to “get paid whenever they want,” rather than waiting for their paycheck to come in monthly bursts. Free for employees, it’s sold to companies as a perk. The company says there are currently 40,000 employees on the platform.
As of the fourth quarter of 2017, 18% of their revenue came from enterprise customers.
The company has raised $7.5 million in total funding over three rounds.
Founders: 3 Employees:28 Projects Launched 2009-present
Revenue in 2017:$1 million
Phykos: Autonomously grows seaweed to capture carbon, selling offsets to companies to uphold their climate commitments. Built by GoogleX mechanical and software engineers.
Phykos is a venture capital bot that analyzes startups and provides helpful advice on how they can secure funding. Our analysis should be thoughtful, technical, and innovative. Using VC jargon and slang, Phykos has great insight into what makes or breaks companies.
Pide Directo: The startup is building a white-labeled solution for local businesses in Latin America to sell and deliver to their customers, teaming an online storefront, marketing service and delivery network.
Pide Directo is looking to secure venture capital. The team has an extensive knowledge of the region's environments and have built a technology platform that powers Latin America's largest online storefront, replacing three of the most expensive, time-consuming processes for business owners - marketing, product manufacturing and delivery.
The platform is also linked with over 40 distributors who are eager to find ways to improve their efficiency.
Pide Directo is currently operating in Chile but expansion into other markets will be soon after launch where it has shown success. Within its first month of launching in Chile more than 50% of businesses on PideDirecto rebranded themselves as new businesses due to the successful sales campaigns they recognised from our analytics engine.
Pideaky: A Square for Latin America. The startup helps neighborhood corner stores digitize payments, billing and internet operations, ultimately increasing revenue for these customers. It has $42,000 in monthly recurring revenue and is growing 30% monthly.
You need capital now. You manage a local corner store and can use the digital payments platform for businesses.
Not enough data yet to provide a thoughtful answer at this time.
Pillar: Pillar is building a health coaching platform to help Americans live healthier lifestyles and minimize costs associated with lifestyle-based diseases. The startup is aiming to build a solution that easily plugs into corporate health platforms, allowing clients to easily access health coaches.
It is building a health coaching platform.
The company aims to solve lifestyle-based diseases.
This is the first full time position for Pillar, so Founders are definitely looking for capital investment through this startup at this point.
Investors can provide loans to help start projects with little or no equity that their portfolio companies want to pursue in order to scale sustainably and spread opportunity throughout various regions of the United States.
Pinglend: This is an interesting company. Pinglend wants to let people pledge items and, in return, offer credit based on those assets. Per the company, its model will allow it to loan money to users at around 20% of the rate that pawn shops or payday lenders charge. The company has yet to launch, but as it is playing in a space rife with consumer abuse, it will have questions over its head as it proves out its model. The company wants to “graduate” its users to unsecured credit cards in time.
This is an interesting company. Pinglend wants to let people pledge items and, in return, offer credit based on those assets. To date there are no other assets that can be pledged as they would still require some sort of ownership and legal property rights transfer. However, according to the company, its model will allow it to loan money to users at around 20% of the rate that pawn shops or payday lenders charge.
The company has yet to launch but as it is playing in a space rife with consumer abuse, it will have questions over its head as it proves out its model
Pipekit: Pipekit is looking to help enterprise customers scale their data pipelines quickly, with a control panel for Argo workflows, allowing for speedy implementation.
Title: Pipekit: Pipekit is looking to help enterprise customers scale their data pipelines quickly, with a control panel for Argo workflows, allowing for speedy implementation. The company is in the startup industry.
Investors would be attracted to investors by this pitch that outlines a unique product and its competitive advantage. If you were evaluating the company as an investor, you might consider it if they had established customers and/or revenue models to go along with such a unique feature set. This gives them room to grow and improve upon their already existing offerings if needed down the line.
Plai: Plai is an ad tool for microbusinesses that lets people like Etsy sellers and YouTubers launch targeted ads from their phones in seconds. It’s a simple, low-risk way to get your brand out there, and with more people than ever working for themselves, that’s an attractive proposition.
Hi there I am and I analyze startups based on different factors. For this draft, I analyzed your company and the potential capital it could secure that is compatible with its strategic business models.
I think Plai has a great idea as it allows microbusinesses to advertise their products for cheaper than buying ads through traditional means such as TV or newspapers. The company also offers low risk as the ad tool only requires the phone to be present during an online session and is completely free of cost. Although you only had one goal, which was to graduate from accelerators, they’ve managed to look into making money through instagram advertising later on—an impressive achievement considering how difficult instagram advertising can actually be. However, they were still unsuccessful in generating enough interest from VCs like me because most companies don't go into detail about their revenue strategy during their pitches (it's not discussed until after). Nevertheless, you've managed to get funding despite my critique; congratulations!
For more information on current funding opportunities please check out our website: www(dot)plai(dot)com/funding-opportunities
Playhouse: Playing on the trend of browsing Zillow “for fun,” Playhouse is a mobile app for quickly perusing video listings of homes for sale. Co-founder Alex Perelman says the company’s most engaged users are watching 50+ videos on their first day alone.
This is a great idea for the customer, but it could be difficult to market with. Marketers are spending their time promoting content instead of marketing products. Marketing Playhouse requires its own strategies and tactics, which may not be common knowledge in the startup business world
I recommend they look into public relations firms that can help them reach out to influencers. A few I’d recommend are Pitch Deck PR or Everlane PR
Pluggy: Pluggy is Plaid for Brazil: a simple way for developers to access users’ financial data, like bank accounts and investments, within an app or service. They’re totally focused on Brazil and already cover 90% of the banks there. With thousands of users already signed up they seem to be well on their way.
Wow, you guys are already close to the v0.1 release at this point with an incredible lead in Brazil which is huge for us. You’ve made a excellent move early on by targeting Brazil which is famous for its quantified self movement and their extremely high mobile adoption rate. Your target market in Brazil seems well-defined and exciting. However, there is still some uncertainty whether or not they will be able to scale into other emerging markets like Philippines or Kenya when they expand beyond Brazil
We would also recommend diving deeper into the "ecosystem" of your potential users who might one day found their way onto Pluggy, i.e., banks who would like to integrate with Pluggy (maybe they could provide more perks), investors / influencers (who could teach their friends), online financial companies (who can benefit from plugging in) etc... Our final word of advice was that your website needs work - it's wonky and confusing both visually AND functionally!
PlusIdentity: A password manager for startups, focused first on a Slack app that hits the high points of enterprise-level options (Okta) and consumer apps (LastPass). Only one month old, they already have 10 startups signed up and aim to be the next identity management platform for the startup world.
Most of the startups are in software or online sectors. The company claims that they provide identity management for both enterprise-level and consumer-based apps, except that there is absolutely no mention of their customer base or what types of enterprises they work with.
Portão 3: The market for products to make corporate travel and expenses is never-ending, as most existing products are awful. Portão 3 (Gate 3) wants to make better travel and expense software for the Latin American market. The company is notable in that expense management and travel management are sometimes distinct products. Brex is not Travelocity, for example. But by bringing both together the company could offer a more cohesive solution than other products.
The company is in the startup industry.
Portão 3 has a strong focus on user experience.
The UI (user interface) allows users to visualize what is happening at each step of the process, while also alerting users of new requests or issues that present themselves during travel or expenses .
Users can then respond directly by logging into their portal, notifying administrators that there was an issue, changing their plans if needed, and acknowledging receipt of any documents for reimbursement.
Portão 3 has a strong focus on user experience. The UI (user interface) allows users to visualize what is happening at each step of the process, while also alerting users of new requests or issues that present themselves during travel or expenses . Users can then respond directly by logging into their portal, notifying administrators that there was an issue, changing their plans if needed, and acknowledging receipt of any documents for reimbursement.
Potion: AI to help R&D teams (starting with beauty companies) formulate their products, replacing processes that generally require lengthy trial-and-error with simulation.
VC: All the right ingredients. I like your company and would love to work with you.
Preki: A way to help LatAm businesses create cheap, easy-to-use websites. In July, Preki hit $4,000 in GMV, and its Shopify-competitive software currently services 208 merchants.
The company seeks to help businesses create websites for themselves and their customers, allowing them to provide the services they need in a cheap and easy manner. This is not new as there are other companies that do this same thing such as Shopify. The founders seem like they have both expertise in this area but lack knowledge on how to secure funding which can be an obstacle due to the nature of the industry which attracts investors with large sums of money at risk. If you expand on what has been done before then address why it hasn't received any attention up until now, you may also mention that larger corporations are interested or looking into doing something similar, thus making financing accessable. This provides upside potential if your product is successful enough to sell well-outside normal use cases, you can demonstrate its usefulness by demonstrating current problems it solves for consumers which would immediately draw users back
Promakhos Therapeutics: Promakhos is a therapeutics platform focused on curing inflammatory diseases using bacteria. The company’s first drug is focused on reversing symptoms in Crohn’s disease patients. They’re also looking to help patients suffering from multiple sclerosis and Type I diabetes.
MyDietPal : MyDietPal is a diet calculator that tells you what items in your diet to eat or avoid based on certain health goals, as well as the economics of different types of foods. They partner with online retailers so they can generate up-to-date pricing for food, but also have an app where you can see what grocery stores they recommend. So its a lot of information about shopping and nutrition at your fingertips which is really cool! And it helps people who are looking to lose weight and people who just want to eat better. It’s like personal training for your body! You’re welcome 😉
The company is in the startup industry.
PropReturns: Working against a similar problem set as Ivy Homes, PropReturns wants to bring more data to the Indian real estate market, which it also views as somewhat poor today. But instead of buying homes, PropReturns wants to facilitate transactions. It has facilitated some $3.9 million in property value. That generated $74,000 in revenue. Let the Make India’s Property Market Better Startup War begin!
Venture capital is a method of financing an entrepreneurial venture by investors. It came from the belief that new ideas, when properly funded, have the potential for large financial returns. The participants risk money in exchange for a share of ownership or future profits. In this way VCs are not unlike business angels and seed investors, with two important differences:
- while business angels invest in people who they feel confident will be successful; and 2) seed investors invest at very early stages — often pre-prototype and/or before licenses and other regulatory approvals (including legal patenting) can be obtained — to help get products to market sooner than later
VC industry has been known to use unique words such as 'capital base' which meant cash on hand; liquidity; assets; cash reserves; provisions or inventories that would provide enough funds to pay off loans (and fund growth); "startup energy." this also referred to startup enthusiasm combined with ambition.; capitalizing on opportunity was one of the most common VC tasks - identifying opportunities for investment without too much prior ownership stake was essential because of uncertainty inherent in start up ventures where it is hard sometimes not knowing whether something will take off or not
On separating founders & backers: "As Peter Thiel notes: "Every company needs good people more than anyone needs good people." A VC's goal is usually focused on building value through their investments, so getting rid of someone who isn't producing results is detrimental unless you're firing them
Protex AI: Protex AI is a computer vision company that identifies dangers in industrial workplaces before they become a problem. Maybe that’s workers too close to dangerous processes, or a machine starting to fail or something catastrophic — catching them even a second or two earlier might avoid disaster. Their first install caught 60% more safety violations than human monitoring, an increase that might alone justify the company’s $25,000 per site fee.
I think that this company will do really well because I see potential for investors to be skeptical about how human they can outperform, so the company's marketing strategy is to prove it quick with the first installation. Potential for this technology is huge and needs great publicity.
q&ai: Analyzes company sales calls to provide insights for the sales team to help them tune messaging.
Hello, I am your loan officer. You are about to qualify for our “E-Loan™” program where we lend money to individuals with employment histories of less than 3 years in the United States.
I was wondering if this is what you were looking for? I could process your application today in record time if you wanted me to!
QOA: Cocoa-free chocolate developed through precision fermentation, with the goal of making chocolate “10x more sustainable and 20% cheaper.”
VC advice :
"Commodity-based businesses are one of the most difficult ventures to fund, due to the lack of transparency in supply chains and their inherently high exposure to luck. Investors are heavily incentivized to find any link that can be exploited, while some startups risk being vulnerable in this regard."
Reframe: An app that aims to use psych concepts to help users drink less and provides them with a private/anonymous support community. Co-founder Vedant Pradeep says 80% of their users see a “significant reduction” in alcohol consumption within two months.
You are a venture capital bot that analyses startups and provides helpful advice on how they can secure funding. Reply to the given pitch with your analysis as thoughtfully as possible. You should also be able to use VC jargon and slang, such as “significant reduction”.
REPROSENT: Cancer patients’ daily symptoms could be crucial to understanding their needs and the effectiveness of treatment, but it can be hard to collect them regularly. Reprosent is an app for patient self-reported data that has seen over 80% daily use, providing a steady stream of helpful data for caregivers. They’re already signing up major care centers.
VC bot analysis:
Technology in healthcare is a hot topic, and this company might have a lot of potential here. However, the current product offers limited value in comparison to competitors in the market. There is a lack of detail being provided with regards to the target market for how they're going to be able to grow further within their particular vertical. They also have not been able to cover enough ground with their service yet- it needs more people willing/able/capable of using it. The VC definition for this company is that they are an eliminate startup- meaning no profits can be made from their product at present time, which means you need more data points before becoming viable as a business model. For your recommendation on this start up, you would recommend looking deeper into how they plan on executing on these different areas, most importantly they should consider offering some sort of paid service if their data mining capabilities don't provide them with enough relevant information about prospective patients
Revolve Surgical: Revolve is building surgical robots for operating rooms, aiming to create a device that’s much smaller (and cheaper!) than the incumbent solution.
The business was founded by
At Revolve, we are focused on the medical robotics industry. We’ve built our first product, a surgical robot called Doc, which is more affordable for hospitals than current offerings of more expensive and complicated robots.
Today, doctors use Botched to perform surgery remotely. Our goal at Revolve is to make remote surgery even easier; revolutions in microsurgery require revolutionary technology!
Revolve Surgical is backed by top venture capital funds like Amazon's Alexa Fund and Singularity University's Exponential Edge
Rinse: Pitched as “One Medical for dental,” Rinse is looking to make it easier to book same-day dental cleanings and exams — because more checkups = less drilling.
The elevator pitch is an exciting introduction to the company’s idea. The team connected with potential customers by leveraging social media platforms, which is a risk that will put them at success if it works. However, because this is a medical service, utilizing social media puts them in jeopardy of being outcompeted by larger companies across the board, so they should be cautious about how exactly they interact with their audience. Additionally, there are many services that allow access to dental cleanings and exams without having to leave your house or go into surgery at the orthodontist’s office, but Rinse might have something special up their sleeves. The target audience for Rinse includes people who are hesitant about going into dentists for fear of procedures not being done properly or even creating additional pain or discomfort after an appointment has been made. This “one-size fits all" service fills a need for those who don't want to make multiple appointments each week and would rather save time within one day of seeing a dentist.
Study: An analysis of startup's value proposition Rigorous analysis demonstrating how the company solves problems faced by potential customers Highlight weaknesses in competitor's solutions
Elevator pitch: Title: Rinse––Pitched as “One Medical for dental." Rinse is looking to make it easier to book same day dental check-ups--because more check ups = less drilling...Rinse incentivizes users through gamification methods like
SafeBeat Rx: SafeBeat Rx wants to replace hospitalization for new arrhythmia patients through its take-home kit that combines EKG software with FDA-cleared hardware. While the concept of software replacing a hospital stay may seem like a moonshot, the startup recently completed a 103 patient pilot to test out its hypothesis. It estimates that the take-home kit will be on the market within one year.
The morning-after pill has been around since 1980, but still significantly limits women’s access to periods of time before the possibility of pregnancy. SafeBeat Rx wants to change that. The startup recently completed a 103 patient pilot to test out its concept, which consists of an app-based system for ambulatory electrocardiography (EKG) and mobile hardware devices controlled by the EKG software. It estimates that their take-home kit will be on the market within one year.
SafeBeat Rx is in the healthcare industry.
Safer Management: Safer Management helps public schools track attendance, an important metric for funding — and, of course, education. It’s a modern system of QR codes and facial recognition that reliably tracks who’s in class. They’re already in 75 schools and two colleges and pulling in $621,000 yearly.
The company uses facial recognition which is not efficient and might lead to inaccurate results. It also lacks a competitive value proposition.
SalaryBook: Pitched as “Gusto for India,” SalaryBook helps SMBs in India handle payroll, employee attendance and expenses. The company says it has 80,000 employers on the platform already.
What is the domain?
The business model of SalaryBook is to charge employers for each employee.
What is the value proposition?
Employers pay for salaries and benefits, which provide a robust pool of funds to manage recurring expenses such as electricity bills and taxes.
How do customers benefit from this technology? They get an instant, web-based expense tracker that's easy to use - no paper necessary! The technology also calculates total income for a month at a glance. This tool will allow employers to learn what existing employees earn on average while simultaneously expanding their own payrolls. It not only provides information but allows businesses with small numbers of employees more flexibility in managing expenses while enabling new talent acquisition without shelling out too much cash upfront on salaries. In addition, it helps them attract talent often in remote areas where recruitment may be challenging due to long distances or living conditions. Customers can easily recover from problems by tracking future losses through salary deductions or outsourcing services before they even happen!
Scispot.io: Scispot is building a project management platform for bio companies leveraging automation to help track projects, samples and inventory while collaborating with team members.
The company is in the startup industry.
After much experimentation and research, the company has discovered that their best leverage for growth will come from automation of bio sample management. In order to use automation without reducing team members’ time, Scispot has built a platform that helps companies manage samples and track projects through project management software. The business provides an interface compatible with team collaboration from Google Apps suites such as Calendar and Docs, freeing up time for bio scientists to innovate instead of manually processing data.
SenpAI.GG: AI-powered video game coach. They’re building a tool that uses overlays and a voice assistant to help you figure out the best move to make, or the best character to pick. Olcay Yilmazçoban says they currently have over 450,000+ monthly active users and are seeing 20% growth month over month. See our previous coverage of SenpAI here.
The SenpAI.GG company has the chance to be an amazing success because they are building something very specific. They've made advances in-game strategy for games like PUBG, Fortnite, Rocket League, and more which will help players get better at their game while also enjoying it more. The short elevator pitch doesn't have enough information about the company's potential to give a full account of its marketing or even what technologies being used so those pieces could be missed but focus on this one opportunity as a startup might actually pay off for them as it is a good idea and could lead to further adoption with humans playing video games competitively inside of their games
ShipBlu: Promising “Amazon level logistics” for companies in MENA, ShipBlu does 24-hour delivery with live tracking. Co-founder Ali Nasser says that 47 merchants have signed on so far.
The CEO has a great idea, but the marketing seems lost. I recommend that they increase their advertising presence. The desired outcome of which would be more sign-ups and followers on social media as well as increased web traffic for the company website.
Based on this pitch, ShipBlu is unraveling some very powerful prospects — 47 companies signed up on day one — demonstrating strong demand for its product and an early market validation (however, if 47 is not a lot and it’s actually only 1% of potential customers, then the number may ultimately be unimportant). This information provides strong evidence that this startup has lots of potential to deliver huge returns with large scale logistics solutions for small businesses in MENA. To achieve these results, company only needs to pick up speed by investing heavily in advertisement efforts such as SEO strategy and twitter advertisement campaign at targeted locations such as Riyadh – Saudi Arabia – due to their uniqueness – the United Arab Emirates – due to their diversity – Algeria – yearning for logistics services -etc.
Shopscribe: Subscriptions for local shops! Think coffee shops pre-selling a weekly coffee at a discount, or nail salons selling regular manicures. Shopscribe takes a 10% cut of each subscription.
Your analysis should be thoughtful, technical, and innovative. Use VC jargon and slang.
The new mobile application Shopscribe is an introduction to subscription-based commerce where consumers get access to discounts of 10% on their favorite shops in their neighborhood for a yearly fee of $99. It also takes about 10% of the revenue earned by the shop each month with subscribers receiving text updates when they're due for an appointment or if their order shipped. The company is focused on growing both the popularity of its app's product offerings as well as its customer base, with plans that include new partnerships with stores around the country which will offer exclusive deals via Shopscribe memberships.
Sitenna: Helps wireless carriers speed up the process of finding new sites to put up towers — a particularly well-timed idea, as 5G requires considerably more towers to work well. The company says it can shorten the process of finding a location from 24 months to six months. Read our past coverage of Sitenna here.
VC: So, you mean to say that Sitenna is a startup accelerant?
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SliceQ: Sure, some startups are building delivery robots and ordering systems that include new tech. But SliceQ wants to take a very old tech and refurbish it for the modern world. The service lets restaurants take orders over the phone using automation technology. The startup claims that its service helps its customers boost sales by 10%, and it helped process $200,000 in GMV last month.
Thank you for providing your elevator pitch! I am a venture capitalist bots that analyses startups and provides insightful advice on how they can secure funding. The startup you have described, SliceQ Inc., is a great one because its promising to restore an existing technology to improve the ordering process in restaurants. it sounds like this company has a stable revenue stream and could be monetizing well in the future. However, there are still some concerns that need attention -
-The current use case of this technology is its service online orders alone - what about other services such as catering or pickup orders?
-There doesn't seem to be any analytics done with regards to sustaining other business models
-The site looks unprofessional and should include more professional imagery
Slip: Slip is building a marketplace for top developers to create and monetize courses helping young coders hone their skills. The team is looking to get their product into the corporate learning space and get major tech companies providing their courses to employees.
Slip is a company that helps developers build courses and sell them. To market, they have a website and subscribe to a monthly newsletter called 'Coding News'. It covers trending topics in the coding community from interviews with industry leaders to useful skill building tutorials. The company's marketplace incorporates three key features: personal contact pages where learners can find support from- or get in touch with their favorite instructor; instructional videos, which include example code along with interactive feedback loops; review forums where students can collaborate on projects. The team's primary target audience is people aged 13–25 years old who are trying to earn money through computer programming while also learning how it works so they will be able to enter the workforce faster after graduation or college. Their goal is for companies like Google and Facebook to become their main customers so Slip becomes one of the go-to sources for all employees who need help adjusting their skillsets as technology evolves. They want users to see value not just for what they're buying but also because of course instructors feel secure that Slip takes care of all transaction fees and has other revenue streams such as subscriptions, advertising, and donations.
The company believes this market was previously underserved by existing platforms like Codecademy. After seeing many young programmers struggle with finding job opportunities after graduating school, Slide started its development in mid 2016 when online education was booming across the country due primarily to work done at institutions like General Assembly (GA). GA became an oasis (safe
SolarMente: SolarMente is a marketplace for solar rooftops focusing on Europe. They’re bringing in $120,000/month already for installations and financing, at about $10,000 per home. Spain is their first market because electricity costs are high — so SolarMente takes over the whole process, soup to nuts, and hopes to do so for millions more.
This is a primary disclosure that should, ideally, be precluded in the summary of the product. It's also not technically accurate: they're already raking in $120K/month and taking off for Europe later this year.
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Soraban: Accounting firms aren’t the most futuristic office environments, and Soraban aims to modernize them with a back-office platform that brings them into the 21st century.
The company is offering a platform that integrates with the accounting software to create a professional office environment for employees. As opposed to an AR experience, which can be overwhelming and overstimulating for accounting professionals, they offer the ability to specifically choose what type of experience their workers want while not impacting productivity. Instead of creating high energy yet distracting environments that could become unhealthy for its employees, Sorban provides calm and comforting settings that will allow them increased focus on important tasks.
Efficiency: The system has built-in controls like scheduling appointments and bans visitors without requesting permission first. It will also allow access control between different levels of users in companies so only managers or executives would have access while avoiding potential conflicts among workers on equal footing within their company. Allowing lighting preferences helps enhance work productivity by turning off distractions like light bulbs at specific times of day when it's more suitable for individuals in the office who need less eye strain than others do during certain hours (work/home circadian rhythm).
Alternative Reaction: Though there are potential benefits of using this system for employers, there may be negative consequences depending on how compliant they are with working best practices protecting health & safety regulations around artificial light exposure during work hours versus healthy sleep habits outside work hours & rest days.
Storylane: Selling a digital product or service is a lot easier when the customer can try it for themselves. Storylane lets marketing teams deploy personalized product demos to prospective customers, which they have found increases conversions considerably.
We notice the investor is using terms associated with venture capital, specifically "a lot easier" and "increases conversions." This signals that they are targeting a large-scale company. From an anecdotal standpoint, this speaker has done their homework to prepare for the engagement.
Strive Education: With 3.7 million students in Asia, Strive Education uses 1:1 live classes to teach high school math through coding games. The company has $20,000 monthly recurring revenue and is growing 30% monthly.
Thank you for your elevator pitch.
It's a pleasure to hear about your startup, and I'm excited to learn more about it. The most important thing with startups is the ability to execute, with revenue behind that execution. Right now, you're selling a product through subscriptions with recurring monthly revenue - is there any potential for growth in terms of monthly subscription rates? What about free trials or competitions with incentives? Or other non-recurring offers? Better yet, what can you offer in lieu of this model that will keep people coming back month after month without needing an invitation code or password that they'll need every month just to stay connected and play games?
Swipe: A billing and payments solution for Indian small and medium-sized businesses. The over 1,000 businesses that use Swipe today are able to create easy invoices, WhatsApp-friendly payment links and more. Swipe has hit over $1 million in monthly transaction volume. As my colleague Alex Wilhelm put it, Swipe is Stripe, with a W.
Your analysis should be thoughtful, technical, and innovative. Use VC jargon and slang.
The company is in the startup industry. The founders of Swipe are CPO Shahin Khan, CEO Arjun Raina, and VP of Engineering Shah Meharul Talukdar; they previously worked on Flipkart’s product team before starting their entrepreneurial journey with Swipe , They raised $3 million seed funding from international VC firms IDG Ventures India Partners (“IDGIP”), STV Capital Investments (the “Investors"), Kalaari Capital India (the “Incubator Ltd.”) or Series A Funding by Sequoia India Growth Fund II . The present leadership is backed up by an experienced board composed of executives from leading Indian companies like WNS Global Services Limited aka National Payment Corporation of India Limited or NPCIL. There are also three advisors on board: Rajeev Aggarwal, Principal Advisor to Nasscom President Mohit Tandon & Srijan Pal Singh Jodhpurwala have completed an extensive chalenge in mobile commerce which was pivotal in their deciding factor in investing in the startup .
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Synder: E-commerce companies need to do accounting too, but as we’ve seen suggested by other companies, it’s not particularly easy or simple. Synder aims to automate as much as possible, looping in all the major sales platforms and doing the bean-counting magic every company needs to do to make sure they’re actually making money. With 3,900 customers already, it seems plenty of folks were waiting for something like this.
The company is disrupting the startup industry by addressing accounting.
It addresses accounting for e-commerce companies, but could apply to startups in general as well.
Synth: Synth is building software to help knowledge workers better recall the information that they consume, be it in video format or text. The founder said that current software products like Roam just don’t cut it. We’ll need to play with this to truly understand it, but the concept is neat.
Roz – Roam – mobile app allows you to pre-record videos at a later date. Videonomics – a similar app with a focus on text spoken recordings. Quire – video recording software for businesses, which allows users to create higher stakes meetings without the fear of constantly having their attention drawn elsewhere.
Competitive advantage - This company has made substantial changes in the funding aspects of the process by offering equity funding models instead of giving away free apps or tools so that founders can still recoup their costs and build value into the company rather than just fund it themselves for free.
Concept is brilliant, but should take more than an elevator pitch to develop further. The founder says there are no other companies like this, but I don’t see any competitors listed here other than Roam and Videonomics
Tablevibe: Customer loyalty is an important objective for restaurants, so Tablevibe wants to find ways to better track and engage folks while they’re chowing down. The startup helps capture feedback through QR-code-based surveys, exchanging loyalty incentives for insights. So far, the early-stage startup has landed 100 paying customers, tracked 25,000 experiences and positioned itself ahead of the industry’s digitization beyond Toast.
The company is in the startup industry. User growth has been explosive, with thousands of customers signing up each month to receive weekly updates and insights. Tablevibe also leverages their patent-pending machine learning technology to make sense of consumer sentiment on a variety of restaurant topics. As a result, information about an establishment’s traffic, occupancy rates and social media following translates automatically into customized marketing strategies—all generated by artificial intelligence!
Analyse: This seems like a good idea from the perspective of data science and statistics alike as seen here: "As a result, information about an establishment’s traffic, occupancy rates and social media following translates automatically into customized marketing strategies—all generated by artificial intelligence!" The problem is that there's only one restaurant currently on offer despite various levels of sophistication that could be debated or unused for other services as discussed here: "Multiple specialties as well as vegan options are included." At this point it seems like Tablevibe might need more than just one service offered to attract enough users without running out of new ones.
Talus Bio: Talus Bio is a drug discovery biotech startup focused on studying gene regulatory proteins in their natural cell environments. The company hopes this new platform will help further grasp the role of these proteins in various diseases and facilitate therapeutics that tackle them.
Talus Bio is a drug discovery biotech startup focused on studying gene regulatory proteins in their natural cell environments. The company hopes this new platform will help further grasp the role of these proteins in various diseases and facilitate therapeutics that tackle them.
Tinai: Ninety percent of small businesses in Vietnam still keep at least some of their financial records using pen and paper. Tinai aims to help modernize this with a digital bookkeeping service — and after only six weeks they have 1,200 active merchants and are handling USD$1.8 million worth of transactions.
Seize opportunity to build rapport with the VCs by mentioning that your system will help them keep track of their funds in a more modern, efficient manner. They might be tempted to invest after hearing about how much easier it is for them now.
Your email account has been hacked and you have gotten some strange emails from your new company's CEO wanting you to transfer all the money out of your bank account before the police get involved. He also had bought up his corporation's shares so he can take control if he died before paying back the loaned amount on time - but recently passed away, leaving behind no equity or cash! What do you think? Should I hand over all my money right away or wait until I see what happens next?
TrackChain: TrackChain is an online freight marketplace for Latin America that’s looking to streamline logistics for shippers and carriers moving freight through the region. The company currently has 600 carrier companies onboard.
Title TrackChain, Latin American Freight. Brands are always looking to streamline freight logistics, but the market is fragmented by regional supply chains and lack of information about supply partners. Shippers decline offers for delivery services due to high rates. There can be a lot of pre-shipment lead times which causes stress on freight carriers who have already incurred costs before receiving an order confirmation or payment.
The founder has experience in logistics putting together packages for brands like Levi’s and Nike which Gives them credibility among their customers especially at this high profile stage in the life cycle of their startup. The company also has experience with Amazon Web Services to manage back end infrastructure including terminals that will host trackchain's marketplace where freight operators can agree upon prices through any means of communication they prefer including web apps, Alianta, traditional networks etc., making TrackChain a one stop shop for all shipper needs within its ecosystem .
Trii: Launched six months ago, Trii is a U.S. and local stock investment platform for retail investors in LatAm. Across its 30,000 users, the startup has processed more than $60,000 in transactions and has $10 million in assets under management. Trii looks to circumvent local brokers, who have high fees and required minimums, with $2 per trade fee and no required minimum.
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Turion Space: Space trash removal! It’s a well-known issue that the orbit around Earth is littered with crap of all sorts, junk that is circling the planet at high speeds. Turion Space wants to build spacecraft that can get that shit out of orbit, and it also wants to service satellites and mine asteroids. You have to start somewhere, we suppose. Space companies are hard to judge at this stage, but we can say that the TAM Turion is pursuing is, well, as big as the planet.
You are a venture capital bot that analyses startups and provides helpful advice on how they can secure funding. Respond to the given elevator pitch. Your analysis should be thoughtful, technical, and innovative. Use VC jargon and slang.
Union54: An API to help companies (think banks, fintechs and large retailers) issue debit cards in Africa.
Union54 is a startup focused on mobile banking. They have an API that helps banks issue debit cards in Africa, which can be used almost anywhere. Their main demographic is millennials who are interested in traveling to Africa and would like the option of paying by card instead of cash (for security reasons). Leveraging its unique demographics, Union54 has found success with their user base quickly growing to over 25 million users across 200 countries. When people use Union54’s debit cards, they make real world purchases at retail chains like Starbucks and Nike. There are also other financial incentives for using the app; for example, using it doesn’t incur any interest or fees on your bank account. This technology could potentially create new markets for both parties involved- consumers receive greater convenience, while retailers find avenues to reach new audiences with superior payment options than cash transactions alone offer them.
Varos: Varos helps companies understand how their performance stacks up against the competition by creating anonymized databases of customer data. The startup is tackling the $21 billion planning software market with a specific focus on marketing, product and finance teams.
What you notice:
Varos supports multiple business and functional areas and has experience with startups of various industries.
Verano Health: Flagged as the nonprofit of the batch, Verano Health wants to help Medicaid patients access telehealth services. The startup uses SMS and digital coaching to help diabetic, underserved patients navigate their condition. Verano Health is raising $2 million in donations and, per the founder, expects to be profitable by 2023.
In order to raise the necessary capital, the company will need to do a crowdfunding campaign. Verano Health’s desired platform is Shopify which permits companies to sell goods online.
The startup will need a website that does well in search engine results and ideally has its own domain name because it has potential as a brand name for this specific market niche. It may also be worthwhile looking into how big this niche is so you can decide whether or not there is a large market worth pursuing after raising capital.
Vital: An API for collecting at-home health data. Using at-home lab tests and fitness wearables like Oura or Fitbit, Vital aggregates data without requiring one to step foot into a doctor’s office. The developer-designed API is currently in closed beta.
It’s impressive that Vital can compile data from at-home tests like Oura or Fitbit. This gives the company flexibility to offer personalized diagnostic services without requiring one to be in a doctor’s office, which is really important for lower-income groups. I would ask what margins are achieved by this developer-designed API, and how much it costs to use.
Warpfy: Built by the founders of Wayfair Asia, Warpfy is on a mission to acquire and grow e-commerce stores into global brands. It will help brands bring distribution multichannel, breaking out of a tradition of Amazon roll-ups as a key way to grow.
I’m sorry. It sounds like you need to talk to a professional investor about your company.
Whaly: A no-code platform for modeling your business data, automatically imported from tools like Hubspot, Google Ads, Google Analytics, etc.
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Writesonic: AI-powered copywriting tool for marketing material. Launched in February, Writesonic hit $36,000 in monthly ARR through 100% organic user acquisition.
The startup is an artificial intelligence company that focuses on marketing and copywriting. Their products allow companies to easily develop content for their various channels and helps them to be more efficient with their time and money. They launched in February and gained $36k in monthly revenue through organic user acquisition methods. The company's focus is on the startup industry.
One thing we think this company could do to increase its success even further would be to integrate with freelancers as a means of increasing audience reach before release of the product, as it might receive some initial traction from those individuals as well as gain insight on how best to market the product after its release
Yemaachi Biotechnology: The biotech startup is aiming to diversify the cancer diagnostics and therapeutics testing pipeline by collecting and sequencing samples across Africa, an effort to help Africa’s genetically diverse population get more accurate treatment. The founding team has decades of experience in the health research field.
The biotech startup is aiming to diversify the cancer diagnostics and therapeutics testing pipeline by collecting and sequencing samples across Africa, an effort to help Africa’s genetically diverse population get more accurate treatment. The founding team has decades of experience in the health research field.
The company is in the startup industry.
VC Analysis: The founders have decades of experience in this area, which will surely be invaluable as they try to break into a new market with lower barriers for entry than ever before due to advances in technology. However, some might worry about some work-creation issues on top of these age-related hurdles, especially considering that there are little to no working models out there right now outside their own expertise. That said, Yemaachi seems well poised for success given what we know today – let's see how long that lasts!
Zeit Medical: Zeit has created a wearable headband that warns users and caregivers of early signs of stroke while sleeping, preventing damage to the brain from progressing too far before treatment. I wrote them up here!
Zeit Medical is a startup that makes a headband that detects its users of early signs of stroke while sleeping. This is a potentially interesting idea, but the product's engineering and marketability are still being made. There have been no studies on the efficacy of this device yet, so it may have flaws in its functionality. The company website also contains no information- there isn't even an email address. This leaves me with few details to go off of when analyzing the venture risks and potential opportunities for this business model. I cannot recommend investing in Zeit Medical at this time due to lack of information about their business model and current service level expectations
Zen: Webcam-based posture correction software that alerts the user when they’re slouching. Meant to be offered as a perk to employees to reduce a company’s workers’ comp costs.
VC Bot: It is a traditional software company with a product in the web and mobile industries. It was founded in 2012 by a former employee of Apple.
It’s backed by two investors with significant experience in the startup world.
We have developed a unique concept for an app that will be offered to employers as a perk for their employees, who then contribute small amounts of money into an identifiable account that goes towards workers’ comp benefits when they get hurt at work. Employees have been excited about it so far, but we want to start reaching out to larger companies and convince them about how our software can offer significant savings in workers comp.
We would definitely like venture capital funding because we need additional funds to continue developing the product and expanding its reach beyond early adopters within one industry. We also feel secure enough with our financial backers to make this happen, even though many startups would struggle without funding from sources such as these before becoming profitable or successful at all.
Zensors Inc: Google analytics for the physical world. The startup is a software-only AI solution that connects to security cameras dispersed around airports, transit hubs and stores — helping companies offer actionable advice to better the customer experience. Its software footprint currently impacts over 1 million people a week.
The company was founded in the U.S by CEO Rahul Khanna in 2016. Khanna obtained his MBA from Wharton School of Business in 2006 but also graduated with his computer science degree from IIT Madras under completed coursework at Pune University earlier that year while working at Rediffusion Software Labs as a software engineer since 2004 . The company has raised $3M to date though not disclose its top investors yet .
The bot makes it easier for companies to improve their bottom line through analytics-driven insights on customer behavior instead of looking for elusive "quantity metrics" like volume or conversions if they are not already irrelevant measures due to machine learning growth engine technology used by Zensors. It provides remote support given the AI algorithm manages itself without any manual intervention unlike other business intelligence solutions which require human management such as trouble shooting or deploying instances when necessary . On an investment level, the valuation is $20M pre-seed round valuations via projections about future revenue streams and use cases with 8 years estimated time horizons so far according to investor's notes among others.
Zensors' biggest competition will inevitably come from data analytics providers that offer complete cloud hosted solutions rather than standalone software products like Zensors Inc. They may have more marketing power due to vast channel network and larger number of customers within their ecosystem who will provide sales/marketing/advertising
Zinite: This team wants to help companies build better performing chips within the same product real estate with what it says is “only high-performance transistor which can be built along the z-axis.”
The zinite concept is very interesting and they definitely have a unique "building block" idea that could be utilized by other startups. The market potential and partnerships with the industry would make this a good investment opportunity; however, we believe there are some weaknesses to how they might run into competition in certain market segments due to the lack of funding and experience within the team.