Deal Abstract

https://republic.co/nanovms

DevOps solution for binding applications and OS’ together. Cuts out the middleman of traditional deployment solutions. Only has one founder and burned $1.5 million in 2 years for $32k in revenue.

In addition, happy fourth of July weekend, everyone!

Decision

Pass

Why Investing/Passing

  1. I really like the company and it appeals to me from a nerdy tech side. That said, great products don’t make for great businesses.
  2. Concerned about $1.5 million being burned with little demonstrable business goals.
  3. Doesn’t seem like there’s a team here.

The 6 Calacanis Characteristics (91 161 18)

CheckPass/Fail
1. A startup that is based in SVPass.
2. Has at least 2 founders Fail (1)
3. Has product in the market Pass
4. 6 months of continuous user growth or 6 months of revenue.Pass, but not looking good: 2019 Revenue was $32k, 2018 Revenue was $0k.
5. Notable investors?Pass: Bloomberg Beta and Initialized Capital, the latter which is a bigger deal to me.
6. Post-funding, will have 18 months of runway Fail: Raised $253k, burning $750k annually or $62.5k monthly, at best will have 17 months of runway at present spend.

The 7 Thiel Questions (ETMPDDS)

  1. The Engineering question:
    • Possibly: VMWare was transformative for its time. Docker was forced on me for my first software job, and later deploying to hosted solutions like Pantheon. I don’t see the new kids playing with stuff like this yet.
  2. The Timing question
    • Good: starting a new OS, not a good time. Creating a layer of abstraction on B2B solutions that still support Linux, good. That said, it seems the big differentiators are performance and security, which unusually enough, are more vitamins at this point


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