Deal Abstract

Invest in prep2grow: Utilizing AI to Take the Work & Stress Out of Investing | Wefunder
Utilizing AI to Take the Work & Stress Out of Investing

AI driven insight company wants to help you build a portfolio of fee free equities, using fee-free trading platforms. Can this go head to head against the Public/WeBull/Robinhood's?

Financials (VRB)

Question Notes
1. Fundraising Target? $250000
2. Fundraised So Far? $117762
3. Pre-Money Valuation? $10000000
4. Previous Year's Annual Revenue $53098
5. Previous Year's Annual Net Income (+ Profitable, - Burning Cash) ~$-9048
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? True: Mountain View, CA
2. Has at least 2 founders? True: Two
3. Has product in the market? True: Generating revenue
4. 6 months of continuous user growth or 6 months of revenue? True: '61% month-over-month revenue increase & 35% month-over-month'
5. Notable investors? False: None that I recognize
6. Post-funding, will have 18 months of runway? True: Only needs $15k for burn

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

Question Score Notes
1. Engineering? 2 Maybe the engineering is better, but not sure the AI here is 10x better
2. Timing? 2 Lots of people trading now so good time for market
3. Monopoly? 2 Good traction in small market
4. People? 3 Seems like a strong team with a technical CEO
5. Distribution? 1 How is this getting distributed to users?
6. Durability? 2 More data better algorithms
7. Secret? 2 Charging people money for access to an AI powered trading app is a venture sized business

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

1. The market for this type of insight has to grow at a venture sized speed; 2. Prep2grow has to outperform the market even during a downturn; 3. This business has to compete against the Public/WeBull's of the world

What the Risks Are

1. Market is not growing at a venture clip; 2. Too little data to see if the recommendations are good; 3. Robinhood/Public/WeBull eat the content business by also owning the trading platform

Bonus Muhan's Notes

Really, really interesting. Feels similar to my business except less person driven and more AI driven.

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