Deal Abstract

Helix Power Corp
Sustainable energy storage enabling a zero-carbon future

Energy nerds have built a new battery that is better than acid chemical batters. But can they build a unicorn out of it.

Financials (VRB)

Question Notes
1. Fundraising Target? $1070000
2. Fundraised So Far? $526761
3. Pre-Money Valuation? $10000000
4. Previous Year's Annual Revenue $195358.35
5. Previous Year's Annual Net Income (+ Profitable, - Burning Cash) ~$-56208

The 6 Calacanis Characteristics ("Sow Passion, Not easy mediocrity", or S2 P6 N18)

Criteria Yes/No
1. A startup that is based in SV? False: Boxford, MA
2. Has at least 2 founders? False: Two
3. Has product in the market? False: Contracting revenue
4. 6 months of continuous user growth or 6 months of revenue? True: Grown
5. Notable investors? False: No one I recognize
6. Post-funding, will have 18 months of runway? True: If $600k then 18 months runway

The 7 Thiel Questions (Every Time Man Profits, Don't Dismiss Serendipity)

Question Score Notes
1. Engineering? 3 Nice engineering new tech
2. Timing? 2 Not sure why suddenly the demand for these motors would go up
3. Monopoly? 1 No market share
4. People? 2 Lots of nerds trying to bring tech to market
5. Distribution? 2 People have right background but can they sell
6. Durability? 2 If they build and sell it, it should be durabel
7. Secret? 1 The advent of electric power demand will be solved by a novel technology that uses kinetic batteries as opposed to other innovations

What has to go right for the startup to return money on investment:

1. Commercialize product; 2. Leverage relationships to sell; 3. Genuinely be a paradigm shifting improvement and not just a marginal improvement

What the Risks Are

1. Good products don't make for good businesses; 2. The selling of a battery product instead of an integrated solution not good; 3. Nerds aren't the best at selling

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