|1. Fundraising Target?||$1070000|
|2. Fundraised So Far?||$242246|
|3. Pre-Money Valuation?||$6000000|
|4. Previous Year's Annual Revenue||$37213|
|5. Previous Year's Annual Net Income (+ Profitable, - Burning Cash)||~$-542625|
The 6 Calacanis Characteristics ("Sow Passion, Not easy mediocrity", or S2 P6 N18)
|1. A startup that is based in SV?||False: Miami, FL|
|2. Has at least 2 founders?||True: Two|
|3. Has product in the market?||True: Has revenue|
|4. 6 months of continuous user growth or 6 months of revenue?||False: Rev declined from 2019 to 2020, $174 to $37|
|5. Notable investors?||True: Jason Calacanis|
|6. Post-funding, will have 18 months of runway?||True: Needs $750k for 1.5 years of runway|
The 7 Thiel Questions (Every Time Man Profits, Don't Dismiss Serendipity)
|1. Engineering?||2||Verified marketplace for photographers, more of a market than an engineering innovation|
|2. Timing?||2||Marketplaces for dayz|
|3. Monopoly?||1||Revenue low and decreased from 2020 to 2019|
|4. People?||3||Good team, but no one who appears to have marketplace experience|
|5. Distribution?||3||Online marketplace that controls distribution|
|6. Durability?||2||What are the sticky features of the platform keeping things to Angle instead of Thumbtack or other gig platforms?|
|7. Secret?||2||In the age of the selfie, the demand of photographers on demand and verified platforms is going to grow at a venture scale|
What has to go right for the startup to return money on investment:
1. Revenue has to grow; 2. Sticky features to staying on the platform; 3. Booking recurring revenue/partnerships with certain types of events
What the Risks Are
1. Nothing defensible and nothing unique services being offered to photographers; 2. Photographers on demand are a feature/complement for a bigger platform (e.g. TheKnot.com); 3. Size of demand for photography services is not growing at venture size
Bonus Muhan's Notes
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