Startup Funding

Top Predictions of the Next Billion-Dollar Financial Startups

inDinero

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Both a focus startup and part of the AngelKings portfolio, inDinero illustrates the principle from our book, Kings Over Aces, that there's nothing new under the sun–particularly when you're talking about accounting services. The startup's cloud–based accounting services offer payroll, tax, and other bookkeeping options, which are all available through other companies or software. Remember, though, that a product that offers less expensive or more convenient services has a good chance at succeeding, and that's what inDinero delivers.

The startup offers all–in–one back office accounting so businesses of all sizes can concentrate on revenue–generating activity instead of tedious accounting functions. inDinero also charges clients based on monthly pricing that is easy to predict, which may not always be the case with traditional accountants and bookkeepers. 

One thing that excites us about inDinero is that its product is designed for small and mid-sized business, but the product scales with business growth to support organizations with eight–figure revenues and 100 or more employees.

inDinero's startup story is interesting, as it provides a different outlook than some of the other companies we've covered in depth. The startup launched in 2010 and was successful at seeking seed funding. The product in 2010 was a self–service, small business, financial tracking tool–not what inDinero is today.  While pursuing the first version of its product, inDinero faced challenges. It almost ran out of money and had to lay off all its employees before revamping the product; at relaunch in 2013, inDinero was able to land $7 million in funding and has since seen more success.

The story is important, because it speaks to our point in a previous chapter: As an angel investor, you are not investing in a perfect product. You're investing in people and ideas, and some ideas take more tweaking than others to achieve success.  We are proud to have inserted capital with inDinero.

Recurly

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Recurly's platform makes it easy for businesses of any size to set up, manage, and automate recurring bills. An increase in subscription services in all types of niches has made recurring bills a big business opportunity, and a secure, customized platform is a product that generates substantial interest among small and midsized businesses. Recurly entered the market just as this need was rapidly increasing following the success of subscription services such as Netflix and Ipsy.

BillGuard

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In a world where no retailer or bank seems capable of guaranteeing protection of your account information with 100 percent assurance, BillGuard makes it easy for you to do the monitoring yourself. The startup partnered with Experian and offers an app that displays all your account information in a single dashboard. A few glances throughout the day provide peace of mind about account status, and the app also provides security notifications. BillGuard scores high as a startup due in part to its entry into a consumer market that is frightened by growing virtual threats and has a psychological need to do something to protect itself.

Wealthfront

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Wealthfront delivers on–demand investment advice and services without high account minimums and fees that keep many people from building wealth through investing. One thing that makes Wealthfronts a top fintech startup is that it takes an existing solution–investment services–and makes it available to a new market. We talked before about creating a have situation for the have–nots, and this product does that.  Deeply entrenched companies like Charles Schwab are now copying these auto–investing platforms.  When the big boys copy your clothing, you know you’re onto something big.

Acorns Investing

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Acorn Investing has opened investing and financial management up for the masses.  Their seamless interface allows for auto–investing and saving for millions of investors who want to get in the stock market game.  This platform is groundbreaking.  Of course, they do run the risk of being copied or cloned by companies like Rocket Internet, but if they do hit scale fast enough, we expect this one could be a billion-dollar company in no time. 


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Top Predictions of the Next Billion-Dollar Biotech Startups

Tute Genomics

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Like several of the biotech startups in our list, Tute Genomics is a company in the genome research space. It's both a focus startup and a company within Angel Kings' portfolio for a number of reasons, starting with the founders. Tute Genomics (Tute) was founded by Reid Robinson and Kai Wang. Both men have experience in the industry–Robinson began as a physician and moved into data science; Wang has a PhD and a post–doctorate degree and works as a professor in the niche.

The product–which is referred to on the startup's website as Tute – lets genome and DNA researchers collaborate, research, and access existing knowledge via a fast, low–cost platform. Tute markets itself has having the largest genetic knowledge library available and provides access to 200 relevant genomic knowledge sources in real–time. Users can also access secure patient portals and clinical reports and advanced analysis tools.

Tute isn't the first to market, and it capitalizes on this fact by building on previous technology. Tute uses ANNOVAR, a recognized genome annotation and interpretation technology, to deliver efficient, accurate results for labs and patients. Vendors and providers can further build on the technology by using Tute APIs in existing pipelines.

TuteGenomics recently partnered with Google to publicly release DNA/Genomic data.  We look forward to Tute’s massive growth.

TrueVault

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Healthcare developers are dealing with a growing web of compliance requirements, which makes designing the data–storage capabilities of software time–consuming. TrueVault offers APIs that are HIPAA–compliant so developers can concentrate on the unique functionality of their products. Designed to support startups in the healthcare software space, TrueVault works with traditional, web, and mobile apps.

Benchling

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Benchling is a cloud–based platform for scientists and research teams. The platform offers complex DNA and other research tools, as well as a chance for global research teams to collaborate on projects.

The platform tracks work, letting researchers revert to previous versions of DNA sequences if desired, and teams can download high–quality images for reports and presentations. Public access is free, and labs and research teams can take advantage of affordable monthly subscription options.

Science Exchange

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Science Exchange offers organizations access to researchers and experts across the globe in a market–based format that keeps pricing fair and opens doors for R&D in companies of all sizes.

Users can order experiments from a lab that specifically meets the technical requirements of the experiment, regardless of the location of that lab. One benefit of the service is that companies can access specialty equipment and staff that may only exist in a few places in the world.

Kaggle

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Kaggle caters specifically to the data science niche. It bills itself as the world's largest data science community and boasts over a quarter million users as of 2015. The site includes a job board. It also hosts student competitions and engages with prestigious universities across the world to support science education. Kaggle competitions include participation by professionals who are working to solve real solutions for customers–the results often beat benchmarks by weeks.


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Top Predictions of the Next Billion-Dollar Cybersecurity Startups

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Lookout Security

Lookout customizes cyber defense for the mobile market by using predictive analysis tools to plan for threats before they become a problem for users.  The company now boasts more than 60 million users, including organizations such as AT&T and Sprint. Mobile security is the next frontier for cyber security expansion.

BlockScore

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In 2014, Blockscore landed $2.4 million in funding for its identification verification product. Marketed as an anti–fraud and compliance product, Blockscore enters the market at a time when newsworthy hacks have made it obvious that simple password protection is fruitless against modern cyber criminals. While Blockscore is competing with dozens–if not hundreds–of security products, it markets itself as the simple, convenient, and effective option. On its landing page, the brand cleverly shows that users can sign up and use the service in the time it would take to read the competition's contracts.

Sift Science

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With more than 191 million digital shoppers in the United States alone, e–commerce sites across all niches are seeing growing business. Along with the increasing revenue comes a growing problem: fraud. In 2012, online retailers lost $3.5 billion to fraud, so it's not surprising that companies are cautious about potentially fraudulent orders.  This is where Sift Science comes in.

E–commerce fraud protection services may seem more difficult to brand, and you might not see a bandwagon potential at first. But consider the need to keep up with competition. Eventually, more retailers will have to buy in to the Sift Science product or risk the loss of consumers whose orders have been incorrectly denied.

We also like that Sift Science is integrated within thousands of websites.  Once you’re able to build dependency, similar to CloudFlare, you’re on your way to becoming a billion-dollar company.

True Link Financial

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True Link Financial offers monitoring and education tools for older adults and caregivers to help seniors avoid fraud and scams. Few cyber security companies dared to tackle this niche for the older generation Americans.  We are fascinated by the potential here.


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Top 5 Predictions of the Next Billion-Dollar Startups

Dropbox

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Covered in depth in our book, Kings Over Aces, Dropbox offers cloud–based storage and file sharing. New users can open a Dropbox account for free; paid services are offered, as users require more space for data. As of 2015, this former startup boasted 300 million users from around the world.  We expect Dropbox to go public (IPO) by 2017.

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Buffer.com

Buffer.com is a social media management product that lets companies and users publish and analyze social media performance with convenience on a large scale. Buffer and its founders meet a number of the account.

inDinero

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We are proud to call this an Angel Kings investment company.  Having started several companies in the past, I realize how painful bookkeeping and accounting are for a business owner.  The inDinero platform has absolutely revolutionized the way small and mid–sized companies in America keep track of their books.  Jessica Mah and her team are on–track to become a bigger acquisition than Mint.com.  Every company in America should be – and might someday – be using inDinero to replace the headaches of dealing with QuickBooks and Intuit’s platform.  The future holds big things ahead for inDinero.

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GitHub

Leveraging the ongoing growth and popularity of open source collaboration, Github delivers a Windows–based collaboration platform. Teams from disparate locations can create code together via the downloadable, cloud–based application, which is free. Github offers cost–effective upgrades for teams that want to work in private environments.

Boosted Boards

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Boosted Boards delivers lightweight long boards with a literal boost–they operate on a battery and offer adjustable speed and power. A Bluetooth remote provides control, and the boards are popular in urban areas for running small errands or reducing travel times to and from work. Boosted Boards offers test rides to convert consumers to its unique concept.


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3 Important Startup Financials to Understand

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At a high level, when evaluating the financials of a startup, you can generally group it into one of the following buckets:

  1. Pre–revenue
  2. Breakeven
  3. Profitable

Unicorns are companies that are given a $1 billion valuation by investors and venture capitalists, and potential unicorns exist in each of these buckets. Unicorns are not always easy to spot, so how do you know what to look for?

Three key questions to ask when analyzing a startup’s financials?

  1. Is the startup growing sustainably?
  2. Is there a clear path to breakeven and profitability?
  3. In order to earn investors a strong return, what does this startup need to accomplish before its next round of financing, and how realistic are those goals?

Show Me the Money!

There’s nothing better than a startup that is already in the black. They don’t need your money, which makes you want to give it to them all the more!

But profitable startups are a different animal. In this case, the unicorn (or potential unicorn) isn’t hard to spot – the company is already throwing off cash, and you and every other investor is fighting to get in!

Instead, the key risk is whether or not you’re overpaying for the unicorn, and how hard and fast the unicorn can run.

Three key questions to ask when analyzing a profitable startup are:

  1. Why is this company able to achieve profitability?
  2. Where are the untapped areas of growth, and why would a capital infusion not only increase, but turbocharge growth?
  3. What metrics do you need to hit to give investors a return of three to ten times capital?

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Successful Startups Focus on Timeless Solutions

Successful Startups Focus on Timeless Solutions

“Audaces fortuna iuvat.”

– Virgil, The Aeneid    

How are Poker and Angel Investing the same?

How are Poker and Angel Investing the same?

Never invest in a founder or founding team, unless every person is all-in with the venture. 

Startup Founders Who Can Execute Always Win

Startup Founders Who Can Execute Always Win

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

– Walt Disney

5 Proven Ways To Find The Next Billion-Dollar Product

5 Proven Ways To Find The Next Billion-Dollar Product

“What has been will be again. What has been will be done again. There is nothing new under the sun.”

– Ecclesiastes 1:9

The Greatest VC Angel Investors of All Time

The Greatest VC Angel Investors of All Time

Angel investors and venture capitalists come from all over and have fascinating and varied backgrounds.  Here is a look at some of the all-time top investors.

25 Questions Every Investor Must Ask Startups

25 Questions Every Investor Must Ask Startups

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