Robots to help farmers pick crops. Hard tech to solve hard problems.
|1. Fundraising Target?||$3000000|
|2. Fundraised So Far?||$414065|
|3. Pre-Money Valuation?||$7000000|
|4. Previous Year's Annual Revenue||$0|
|5. Previous Year's Annual Net Income (+ Profitable, - Burning Cash)||~$-659139|
The 6 Calacanis Characteristics ("Sow Passion, Not easy mediocrity", or S2 P6 N18)
|1. A startup that is based in SV?||False: Austin, TX|
|2. Has at least 2 founders?||True: Two|
|3. Has product in the market?||False: No product launched|
|4. 6 months of continuous user growth or 6 months of revenue?||False: No revenue|
|5. Notable investors?||True: Love Wavemaker Labs|
|6. Post-funding, will have 18 months of runway?||True: Needs only $750k for 18 mths of runway|
The 7 Thiel Questions (Every Time Man Profits, Don't Dismiss Serendipity)
|1. Engineering?||4||Super cool engineering|
|2. Timing?||2||Not sure when the product is done and ready to be shipped|
|3. Monopoly?||1||No product in market|
|4. People?||3||Very strong team, but no one with agricultural robotics before hand|
|5. Distribution?||2||Wavemaker and farms is fine|
|6. Durability?||4||Super durable, no one wants to build this business|
|7. Secret?||2||Farms are going to keep competing on labor costs and will eventually be forced to adopt this technology at venture speed|
What has to go right for the startup to return money on investment:
1. Launch product; 2. Service costs have to remain low/reliability high; 3. Learning from Carry's computer vision data has to help R&D of new features
What the Risks Are
1. Robotics is expensive; 2. Growth not fast enough for venture returns; 3. Commercializing technology is very capital intensive
Bonus Muhan's Notes
Lovely technology, love what Wavemaker backs in terms of actual solutions to actual problems
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