Deal Abstract

https://www.startengine.com/liberty-plugins-inc

Battery and charging company wants to be the one company to build charging stations for school buses.

Financials (VRB)

Question Notes
1. Fundraising Target? $1070000
2. Fundraised So Far? $1001096
3. Pre-Money Valuation? $19200000
4. Previous Year's Annual Revenue $847042
5. Previous Year's Annual Net Income (+ Profitable, - Burning Cash) ~$-129299
Source

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: Santa Barbara, CA
2. Has at least 2 founders? False: Two
3. Has product in the market? True: Revenue generating
4. 6 months of continuous user growth or 6 months of revenue? False: $813k to $847k from 2018 to 2019 which is essentially no growth
5. Notable investors? False: Absence of confirmation in this case is as good as confirmation of absence
6. Post-funding, will have 18 months of runway? True: At this point has a year of runway and then some.
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The 7 Thiel Questions (Every Time Man Profits, Don't Dismiss Serendipity)

Question Score Notes
1. Engineering? 3 Builds charging docs for electric vehicles, 'Our Unique Product: Our patented HYDRA-RX is the only charger controller on the market that can work with maximum output AC chargers for electric vans and buses at one-tenth of the cost of a typical DC Fast Charger.'
2. Timing? 2 Good time for electric vehicles but why is now a good time to install these?
3. Monopoly? 2 Small business like market penetration but no winner take all of micro market perceived
4. People? 2 Competent old professionals but mainly a bunch of nerds trying to make a product make money
5. Distribution? 1 Has to go B2B with very slow inertia orgs
6. Durability? 2 Not sure why someone would keep using LAT after install, they seem just like any other provider
7. Secret? 1 Applying mostly commodity technology to a unique vertical (school buses) is the way to get a billion dollars

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