Blair, Expressable, Vagon, Carted, Recurate— May 10th, 2021

We see about 5,000 startups each week, and I want to give you a glimpse into how we at Headline think about trending tech companies and tracking new investment opportunities. In this post, I’m highlighting top tech companies that have announced or raised a seed round within the past week.

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Blair

EVA Growth Index:
No external sources showing growth

Product:
Pay for student financing in return for income share agreements

Lead Investors:
Tiger Global Management

Total Raised:
$7M

Comparables:
Defyance

My Thoughts:
I see income share agreements as an incredibly promising solution to the US student debt problem. Within this, democratizing the financing of these agreements looks to be a massive opportunity as they become the premier structure to finance tertiary education.

Expressable

EVA Growth Index:

Product:
Digital speech therapy provider

Lead Investors:
NextView Ventures, Lerer Hippeau, Amplifyher Ventures

Total Raised:
$5M

Comparables:
Sprout Therapy

My Thoughts:
With around 7.5M Americans experiencing speech impediments, I see a digital provider like Expressable drastically lowering the barriers for individuals to take action.

Vagon

EVA Growth Index:

Product:
Easy to use web-platform that allows users to leverage cloud-processor to transform any local device into a super-computer

Lead Investors:
APY Ventures

Total Raised:
$480K

Comparables:
Google Cloud, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

My Thoughts:
I like to think I am not a complete computer noob, but still have no idea how to use Amazon or Google to help me boost my processing power. I’d love to see a new entrant take some market share here by lowering the barriers to entry for this value proposition.

Carted

EVA Growth Index:
No external sources showing growth

Product:
API-enabled developer tool that lets developer easily integrate e-commerce capabilities into any application

Lead Investors:
Undisclosed

Total Raised:
$11M

Comparables:
Twillio for ecommerce

My Thoughts:
With e-commerce evolving from static websites into integrated experiences, Carted could become the platform that fuels e-commerce 3.0.

Recurate

EVA Growth Index:

Product:
Allows Shopify stores to host P2P marketplace on their site.

Lead Investors:
Gradient Ventures

Total Raised:
$3M

Comparables:
N/A

My Thoughts:
Super intriguing concept, as marketplaces notoriously dig moats by building liquidity as they scale, letting Shopify stores to build competitive advantages beyond just brand. It will be exciting to see what type of business will be enabled by Recurate!

Hi, I am Nicolas von Blottnitz, an Associate at Headline’s SF office focusing on Consumer, Fintech, and SaaS business. Since joining the firm in 2018, I have led our investments in Tabnine, Polygon, Flockjay, Solid, and Grin.

What is the EVA Growth Index?
The EVA Growth index is a composite of third-party data sources around a company’s website traffic. The vertical green lines in the charts represent a point in time where the company raised outside capital.

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