Deal Abstract

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Innovation in the cycling backpack/apparel market. Founder has bootstrapped a lifestyle brand and raising capital to grow.

Financials (VRB)

Question Notes
1. Fundraising Target? $250000
2. Fundraised So Far? $40537
3. Pre-Money Valuation? $3500000
4. Previous Year's Annual Revenue $217841
5. Previous Year's Annual Net Income (+ Profitable, - Burning Cash) ~$-43009

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: New York, NY
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: Revenue decreased from 2018 to 2019
5. Notable investors? False: Bootstrapped
6. Post-funding, will have 18 months of runway? True: $43k annual burn, at 18 months would be ~$75k

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

Question Score Notes
1. Engineering? 2 Unique bicycle backpack innovation, as a cyclist, I wonder how this plays with bikeshare
2. Timing? 1 Cycling should increase but uncertain if venture backable
3. Monopoly? 1 Don't know anyone with one of these bags
4. People? 3 Good people to be building this product
5. Distribution? 3 Seem to have really figured out distribution
6. Durability? 2 Lifestyle brand, fairly defensible
7. Secret? 2 The population of city commuting cyclist is about to boom in venture style

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

1. Partner with bikeshares at some point; 2. Enter into cyclist apparel and other accessories; 3. Keep innovating new products

What the Risks Are

1. Mass market vs high end product; 2. Revenue did not increase 2018 to 2019, concerned if this remains the case; 3. Cycling remains a niche market and doesn't go mainstream

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