Medspoke/Axuall for non-medical employers. Pre-revenue and built on blockchain solution for verifying documents for employers.
|1. Fundraising Target?||$1070000|
|2. Fundraised So Far?||$150091|
|3. Pre-Money Valuation?||$8000000|
|4. Previous Year's Annual Revenue||$0|
|5. Previous Year's Annual Net Income (+ Profitable, - Burning Cash)||~$-252|
The 6 Calacanis Characteristics ("Sow Passion, Not easy mediocrity", or S2 P6 N18)
|1. A startup that is based in SV?||True: Newark, CA|
|2. Has at least 2 founders?||True: Two|
|3. Has product in the market?||True: Can sign up online|
|4. 6 months of continuous user growth or 6 months of revenue?||False: No revenue|
|5. Notable investors?||False: No one I recognize|
|6. Post-funding, will have 18 months of runway?||True: No significant burn yet|
|1. Engineering?||2||Blockchain stored database|
|2. Timing?||1||Not sure why blockchain helps this company dramatically helps HR companies|
|3. Monopoly?||2||Has partners but no customers|
|4. People?||2||No experience selling credentials softwares to businesses|
|5. Distribution?||2||This is a huge b2b sales need and neither comes from a strong corporate background|
|6. Durability?||2||If built, durable|
|7. Secret?||2||Large businesses are going to pay for document verification due to the increased amount of false documents in the wake of COVID|
What has to go right for the startup to return money on investment:
1. Sell large contracts; 2. Generate revenue; 3. Sell to firms that acutely need this solution
What the Risks Are
1. The threat of false documents isn't that high; 2. Long sales cycles with large corporations; 3. Blockchain doesn't meaningfully improve the situation
Bonus Muhan's Notes
My friend is working at Axuall, which is using Blockchain to solve this problem for doctor professionals. I also previously invested in company called Medspoke that ran out of capital before they could solve this problem: https://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/news/2020/03/19/local-medical-tech-startup-shuts-down-operations.html. This is not an easy problem to solve and will check with the company to see how they're thinking about it.
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