Deal Abstract

Leafwire
An online platform for the cannabis and hemp business community to connect, share news, promote events, find jobs and network

Social network for weed consumers, producers, vendors, and industry. Is the future not just one LinkedIn but many different LinkedIns for different verticals?

Financials (VRB)

Question Notes
1. Fundraising Target? $1500000
2. Fundraised So Far? $544980
3. Pre-Money Valuation? $8000000
4. Previous Year's Annual Revenue $111012
5. Previous Year's Annual Net Income (+ Profitable, - Burning Cash) ~$-657803
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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: Denver, CO
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: Revenue grew from $6k to $111k, 2018 to 2019
5. Notable investors? False: No one I recognize
6. Post-funding, will have 18 months of runway? True: Will need roughly $900k for 18 months runway
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The 7 Thiel Questions (Every Time Man Profits, Don't Dismiss Serendipity)

Question Score Notes
1. Engineering? 1 Looks like a specialized version of LinkedIn
2. Timing? 1 Not sure why having a specialized version of LinkedIn right now is advantageous
3. Monopoly? 3 Strong traction in a very niche market
4. People? 2 Good executive team but no one with social network business experience
5. Distribution? 3 Strong traction implies good distribution
6. Durability? 2 If weed gets completely destigmatized, does that mean LinkedIn eats Leafwire's lunch?
7. Secret? 1 Leafwire is going to provide cover for a taboo industry of marajuana and ultimately becomes the LinkedIn for all ugly jobs that don't live on LinkedIn

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

1. Reach dominant position in marajuana; 2. Expand beyond marajuana; 3. Clarify what the business is.

What the Risks Are

1. This business is destined to sunset as ugly jobs become increasingly more accepted e.g. weed


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