Engineer is building Jarvis for real-life engineers. Pre-product, pre-revenue, but with growth opportunity as with all startups.
|1. Fundraising Target?||$1070000|
|2. Fundraised So Far?||$420494.84|
|3. Pre-Money Valuation?||$5984000|
|4. Previous Year's Annual Revenue||$0|
|5. Previous Year's Annual Net Income (+ Profitable, - Burning Cash)||~$-32500|
The 6 Calacanis Characteristics ("Sow Passion, Not easy mediocrity", or S2 P6 N18)
|1. A startup that is based in SV?||False: Los Angeles, CA|
|2. Has at least 2 founders?||True: Two|
|3. Has product in the market?||False: Raising to go to market|
|4. 6 months of continuous user growth or 6 months of revenue?||False: Not in market|
|5. Notable investors?||False: No prior investors|
|6. Post-funding, will have 18 months of runway?||True: No burn|
|1. Engineering?||2||Better but is it 10x better?|
|2. Timing?||3||Technology becoming more complex, if it works this timing is good|
|3. Monopoly?||1||Few customers, only 4 in beta|
|4. People?||2||Seems like team is well, but the fact that financials are from 2017-2018 not promising|
|5. Distribution?||2||How to distribute to these SMBs they're talking about?|
|6. Durability?||3||If they can build it, definitely stable|
|7. Secret?||2||GURU can provide a smooth enough interface to commoditize sophisticated hardware computing power for SMBs|
What has to go right for the startup to return money on investment:
1. Launch a product publicly; 2. Monetize; 3. Actually solve real problem
What the Risks Are
1. Lofty ambition, no product to demonstrate proof; 2. Complexity is very hard to solve, see Bubble and the no-code movement; 3. Business model risk, what would be the willingness to pay for this, even when the product is still not totally polished yet?
Bonus Muhan's Notes
Real life Jarvis!
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