Can "Superhuman" become the next $B start-up, a bank for content creators, taxi service for kids, and more.
|Nikolai Niklaus||Jul 5|| 2|
Happy Sunday @friends around the world ☕!
Exciting news: we just released the first “Hello World” video on YouTube. Perfect for a Sunday night! Link below 📹
Here are the most interesting start-ups and beta-projects from last week:
📹 a dedicated bank for content creators (what a coincidence 👀)
🚕 a safe taxi service for kids
💸 reinvented payment solutions for freelancers
🎼 AI Music to help you focus and relax
You should definitely check out the AI Music startup (mentioned in this episode) if you recently feel like…👇
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We just released our first Hello World Video 🎥
There’s a lot of hype surrounding Superhuman, a controversial startup founded by Rahul Vohra that’s being marketed as the “fastest e-mail experience ever made.” It’s designed, to change how people send, receive, and manage their e-mails. It seems that Superhuman has begun a new trend of re-invented e-mail clients, including the just newly launched "Hey" from Basecamp CEO Jason Fried.
Looking behind the scenes of Superhuman
On this first episode of Hello World, we want to look behind the scenes of Superhuman, and understand why this startup is so different in how it’s being built, what other startups and entrepreneurs can learn from it, and whether the company has what it takes to become the next billion dollar startup.
Watch above, or click the thumbnail below to watch on YouTube:
Now, let’s get back to this episode of Hello World 👇
Creator Cash: first dedicated bank for content creators
Seed $4m | Artis Ventures | US
A bank for content creators
Creator Cash allows social media creators and influences early access to their earnings. As of July 7 (next Tuesday), the new service Creator Cash will provide creators a dedicated suite of banking and financial tools including cash savings accounts, earnings analytics, credits cards. Those signed up can access YouTube earnings, Patreon memberships, affiliate revenue, campaign revenue and more.
Focus on YouTube creators
The service will be available to youTube creators first, providing a simplified dashboard with insights into the earnings creators generate in real-time. It provides expedited Youtube AdSense payments, letting creators skip the lag time waiting for the platform to pay them. Creators on social platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, Patreon, and more will be introduced shortly after.
From the CEO
“Creators and influencers everywhere are creating viable, successful businesses, yet financial institutions today are not treating them seriously simply because they don’t understand the reach and economic potential offered by creators,” said Eugene Lee, co-founder and CEO, ChannelMeter. Later in the year the company will expand its offerings to include a credit card unique to creators, a suite of business tools, and a platform for creators to utilise traditional bank functions.
Source | Website
Piggy Ride: professional and safe cab service for kids
Seed VC - II $0.47 | JAFCO Asia | India
Safe cab service for kids powered by AI
Piggy Ride, operated by Kidext Technologies Pvt. Ltd, was founded last year by Manish Tewari and Rohan Kaushal and offers professional, safe cab service for kids. The startup says it leverages technology and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) tools to provide mobility solutions for schools and children.
Tewari, a graduate of IIT-BHU Varanasi, had previously co-founded Koovs and Pokkt. Kaushal, a graduate of IIT-Delhi, has nine years of experience working with startups like Ola and Koovs. With Piggy Ride, the founders specifically focus on clean & hygienic vehicles, safety through technology as well as a pocket-friendly booking approach for recurring rides.
The start-up currently serves kids from more than 50 academies, schools, day-cares, and coaching institutes. Last year, Piggy Ride had said it raised Rs 7.5 crore in a funding round led by JAFCO Investment Asia Pacific. A clutch of angel investors including InMobi Group founder and CEO Naveen Tewari also took part in the round.
Source | Website
Willa: re-engineering payment solutions for freelancers
Seed $3m | EQT Ventures | Sweden
Helping freelancers to get payed
Willa, a Sweden and U.S.-based fintech that wants to help freelancers request payment and get paid immediately, has raised $3 million in funding. The company’s founders are former early members of Spotify’s growth team and also created influencer marketing platform Relatable.
The pain points
“The payment process between freelancers and corporations is completely broken,” says co-founder and CEO Kristofer Sommestad. “It’s built for the old world, by people of the old world. Both freelancers and corporations are suffering a lot from this. At least half of freelancers experience problems getting paid, while a third of payments are late. The result? Credit scores decline.” Sommestad says Willa Pay solves this problem by “re-engineering” the payment process. “We’re creating it from scratch with the new freelance economy in mind. And we’re starting with freelancers’ biggest problem: getting paid, on time, every time. As a freelancer, using the Willa Pay app is a faster, simpler and better way of requesting payment for your work.”
How does it work?
Once you’ve completed a job, you use the Willa Pay app to enter the details of the work, how much you are supposed to get paid, and who you did the job for. Willa Pay then contacts the corporation and issues the paperwork. If you wish to get paid earlier than a corporation’s standard terms, which is often anything from 30-90 days, for a small fee Willa will pay you directly. The idea is that freelancers gain more predictable income, and can pay their bills on time and protect their credit score.
Source | Website
Endel: AI Music to help you focus
Up-and-Coming | Amazon Alexa Fund | Germany
Listening to music—particularly songs without lyrics—can help with repetitive tasks, increase focus, and boost productivity. If you haven't started listening to music produced by computers, there's a good chance you will soon—it's a hot commodity in the music industry. The beauty of music made by artificial intelligence is that it can extend indefinitely and incorporate your personal data to match your circumstances in real time.
Focus, relax and sleep
Endel generates personalised adaptive environments, designed to help users focus, relax, and sleep better. Its core algorithm is based on circadian rhythms, pentatonic scale, and sound masking. The sounds adapt to different inputs – like time of day, weather, heart rate, and location, boosting your productivity and cognitive abilities.
Science based approach
Endel is a new darling in the AI music space because of its simple interface and effective, scientific-based music offerings. It provides pre-set soundscapes like Focus, Relax, and Sleep to quickly match your surroundings. It's also available on a dizzying array of platforms, including Twitch.
Website | Source
Vendia: share data and code across multiple companies
Seed $5.1 | Hummer Winblad Venture Partners | US
Distributed sharing platform
Vendia is a serverless, distributed platform that enables customers to share data and code across multiple clouds and companies. Founded by Dr. Tim Wagner, inventor of the Serverless movement and creator of AWS Lambda, and Shruthi Rao, former Head of BD for Blockchain at AWS, Vendia is a multicloud serverless development platform that enables customers to share data and code in real time across multiple clouds and companies.
Addressing the pain-points of distributed data and code
Vendia provides Share, which targets AI/ML, Supply Chain, and Data Analytics use cases by helping enterprise IT address the challenges of working with distributed data and code that span companies, cloud providers, and technology stacks. Users can create distributed, multi-party applications from a schema, so no coding skills are required to get started, while scaling to hundreds of thousands of transactions effortlessly.
Early partners and use cases
The company is working with early design partners in Automotive, Supply Chain Management, and Manufacturing, as well as Solutions Integrators and resellers like Slalom and Trek10. Use Cases include: Multi-party, cross-cloud, cross-account data sharing; Real time data for real time forecasting; Autonomous supply chains to predict supply and demand.
Source | Website
Pactum: automatic contract negotiation on scale
Seed $3m | Project A Ventures | US
Automate personalised commercial negotiations
Pactum, an AI-based platform that enables global companies to automate personalised commercial negotiations on a massive scale, has announced the closing of a $3 million seed financing round led by Berlin-based Project A, a V.C. focused on innovative startups, with investments by DocuSign (NASDAQ: DOCU) and other previous Pactum investors.
Uncover hidden value in contracts
Pactum was founded in 2019 to help companies uncover hidden value in supplier contracts. Many Fortune Global 2000 companies have thousands of vendors with contracts that have been neglected for long periods of time because the value of the contracts are too small and too numerous to warrant proper procurement specialists’ time. Pactum autonomously negotiates these supplier contracts, which releases significant capital to the bottom line while also improving terms for vendors.
Fortune 500 companies as clients
Pactum is working on negotiations in a variety of industries and a majority of its clients are Fortune 500 companies. On average, 74% to 82% of companies interacting with Pactum’s AI prefer it over a conversation with a human. For recent customers, Pactum increased the value of long tail deals by 11% to 27%. Pactum’s negotiation chatbot which is capable of autonomously conducting best practice negotiations prepared by Pactum’s negotiation scientists. Once a negotiation is complete, all information is updated automatically in relevant systems such as ERP and CRM.
Source | Website
Theydo: software that enables design-thinking at scale
Angel $0.45m | Arches Capital | Netherlands
From design thinking workshops to SaaS
TheyDo is an online platform that gives companies insights on customer data using design thinking. In the past three years, TheyDo has helped companies implement design thinking mostly on a project-based approach with workshops and consultancy. Co-founder Jochem van der Veer says: “We saw with all customers that design thinking was organized by a specific department. […] Now we have developed a tool to extract all insights and customer journeys from that one innovation group and make them available to the entire organization.”
Those insights are presented through a visually intuitive interface. The company management has a macro vision and several microvisions can be drawn up and displayed lower in the organization. Companies can purchase TheyDo’s tool as a stand-alone, or add on a transformation program with additional in-person coaching. "This makes it a lot easier for designers, marketers, developers and business leads to collaborate online to improve customer experience", Co-founder Jochem van der Veer says.
Website | Source
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