Betterment for middle-income Americans, co-founded by Shark Tank celebrity Kevin O’Leary. Has 3000 downloads, $32k in revenue for all of 2019, and is claiming $15M valuation. Uncertain what the differentiation is.
The SEC is modernizing the “accredited investor” definition to allow pro-sumers to invest more in startups.
Mobility company that wants to build the Uber/Lyft interface for dollar vans. I’ve taken these in New York before and they’re a great service, though I’m uncertain how many would want to give 25-33% of revenue to an app. Tripled revenue in the last year but had next to nothing in 2019.
HR platform company that claims to be able to use AI to make sure all candidates are being considered fairly. Burned $1.8MM to make $200k in revenue. Coming in at $25MM valuation and claims Amazon as an investor.
Pre-revenue data company wants to aggregate user data and give said users the ability to monetize their data. Streamlytics would sell data to companies that need it, with the users permission, while also providing more enriched data. Raised $1M on a $20MM valuation.
Social media marketing platform driven by AI + Data Science. Auto-completes text and emojis for tweets and posts. $135k in sales in the last 6 months, revenue averaging $15k/mth lifetime. Also has a text and emoji auto-complete API that will make for interesting B2B opportunities.
Solace is a direct-to-consumer direct cremation provider. Achieved $300k in revenue to date but also burned $426k last year. Raising money to enter the CA market. Needs to answer some existential questions about go-to-market state playbooks, unit economics, and how to transcend just being a broker of cremation services.
Startup creating a ‘third way’ between delivery and in-store restaurant. Has the hypothesis that it can grow customer demand for restaurants by giving customers an option to pick up their food (what they call ‘virtual drive-through’) Charges nothing to customers and relatively less to restaurants.
Virtual reality/simulation platform for construction and architects. Revenue stalled in 2019. Company is fascinating in the strange combination of things going right and wrong for it. Investment decision heavily pending on how founder responds to questions.
Urine test strip integrated with smartphone for immediate results on eight biometrics: liver functions, ketone, water consumption, pH/nutrition, kidney functions, general health, urinary tract infection, immunity. Tripled subscriptions in the last half year.