A startup for solar powered grills, thermos, chargers, and a variety of electronic appliances wants to disrupt the non-eco friendly incumbents.
|1. Fundraising Target?||$5000000|
|2. Fundraised So Far?||$1493166|
|3. Pre-Money Valuation?||$59900000|
|4. Previous Year's Annual Revenue||$3925165|
|5. Previous Year's Annual Net Income (+ Profitable, - Burning Cash)||~$2783|
The 6 Calacanis Characteristics ("Sow Passion, Not easy mediocrity", or S2 P6 N18)
|1. A startup that is based in SV?||False: Cincinnati, OH|
|2. Has at least 2 founders?||True: Two|
|3. Has product in the market?||True: Revenue generating|
|4. 6 months of continuous user growth or 6 months of revenue?||True: Grew from 2019 to 2020 significantly|
|5. Notable investors?||False: No one I recognize|
|6. Post-funding, will have 18 months of runway?||True: Barely profitable, but profitable|
The 7 Thiel Questions (Every Time Man Profits, Don't Dismiss Serendipity)
|1. Engineering?||3||Impressive engineering|
|2. Timing?||1||Not sure why demand for solar powered coolers, grills, and chargers is set to take off now|
|3. Monopoly?||2||Solid market share but nothing on monopoly level|
|4. People?||3||Team seems solid|
|5. Distribution?||1||Where does one buy one of these? Amazon? Outdoor sporting shop?|
|6. Durability?||3||Seems like the engineering is really solid and hard to replicate here|
|7. Secret?||1||Solar powered electronics, grills, and thermos demand are set to grow like a j shaped hockey stick|
What has to go right for the startup to return money on investment:
1. Demand for solar powered everything has to go up; 2. Price points have to go down so this can go mass market; 3. New use cases with solar need to fill gaps that gas and traditional fuel failed at previously
What the Risks Are
1. Nice to have not a need to have; 2. Appliances and electronics based business won't grow as fast and needs to partner with traditional retail; 3. Poor unit economics (see the financial docs)
Bonus Muhan's Notes
Cool technology for sure
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