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⏰ 550 Investors Have RSVP'd to Battle Royale April 24th. Feeling the FOMO?

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Hey, this is Napkin Notes: the only newsletter that earned a keynote shoutout when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad in 2010*

*okay, okay, we didn’t score a shoutout by Steve. Hell, we weren’t even around in 2010. But we could bet all of Bitcoin savings that S-Jobs would be a die-hard Napkin Notes reader if he was still around today.

I mean, what other newsletter can round up 550 RSVPs for a demo day with a couple of shoutouts? 🤷‍♀️

Speaking of that. You gonna be there?


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Today we’re finally introducing you to the 4 founders pitching our VC panel. It wasn’t easy to pick them from the list of 100+ applicants.

But we’re confident these final 4 are one for the history books.

Ready to meet ‘em? 👂

  • One liner: Blossom is a social app where over 120,000 investors are sharing portfolios, trades, and investment ideas

  • Notable investors: Ryan Holmes (LOI Venture), Goodwater, and Pareto Holdings alongside incredible angel investors from Google/McKinsey

  • Context: Unlike Reddit, Discord, or other social apps, on Blossom the community shares exactly what they are investing in, verified by their linked brokerage accounts (your profile is your portfolio).

  • Traction: $700,000 in ARR, 42,000 MAU, 3,000 paying users. Massive influencer network

  • Raise: They’re raising $400K at the pitch event

  • One liner: Smarty is an AI-powered executive assistant in the form of a conversational calendar

  • Context: She’s ex-Microsoft, MIT, Harvard business school and a productivity enthusiast trying to fix the chaos of everyone using 10 ducted-taped AI tools together

  • Metrics: 8,000 customers, $0 CAC, 70% retention of paying customers, $240K ARR revenue for 2024

  • Raise: They’re looking to drum up $400K at the pitch event

  • One liner: Mindset is disrupting the disability insurance application process so people get access in 45 minutes vs. 2~ weeks

  • Context: 17 million Americans with a serious mental illness(smi) could qualify for an average of $1,500 per month in disability benefits. Once approved, they could receive Medicaid, Medicare and SNAP(food stamps).

  • Metrics: team is 40 people strong, and they have a stacked advisory board, Peter Pham from Liquid Death is leading their Series A

  • Raise: They’re raising $500K at the pitch event

  • One-liner: Selling a business is archaic, expensive, and ineffective. DealBuilder fixes that.

  • Context: Due to COVID and Baby Boomers retiring, business exits are set to increase significantly. Why isn’t there a simple platform to facilitate the buy/sell side of business exits

  • Metrics: $300m of deal value on the platform, Andrew Wilkinson / Tiny have invested, and their team’s burn is very low.

  • Raise: They’re raising $400K at the pitch event to scale

  • She’s pitched on Dragon’s Den

  • Won Forbes 30 Under 30

  • Passed 50 million views on TikTok

  • And been covered in 100+ news articles/video interviews

She’ll be leading the charge at the Battle Royale event as our event host and we can’t wait to hear the jokes and one-liners to follow

If you are a founder who wants to pitch or a VC/angel that wants to be on our panel, reply to this email and let us know.

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P.S. If you haven’t RSVP’d to our April 24th demo day with Andrew, Michele, Peter and Ryan, join 400 others and sign up now

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