Relay on Demand Deal Memo (Closing Date: 2021–04–22)

In the months following Fleeting, a new trucker-on-demand marketplace has emerged with higher revenue, lower valuation, but also, smaller team and less institutional investors. Who will win the Uber for trucker driver war?

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Deal Abstract

In the months following Fleeting, a new trucker-on-demand marketplace has emerged with higher revenue, lower valuation, but also, smaller team and less institutional investors. Who will win the Uber for trucker driver war?

Financials

  1. Fundraising Target? $1070000
  2. Fundraised So Far? $195715
  3. Pre-Money Valuation? $8000000
  4. Previous Year’s Annual Revenue: $461117
  5. Previous Year’s Annual Net Income (+ Profitable, — Burning Cash): $-229101

Six Calacanis Criteria

  1. A startup that is based in SV? False, Norco, CA
  2. Has at least 2 founders? False, One founder
  3. Has product in the market? True, Revenue generating
  4. 6 months of continuous user growth or 6 months of revenue? True, Impressive growth from 2018 to 2019
  5. Notable investors? False, No one I recognize
  6. Post-funding, will have 18 months of runway? True, Needs $400k

Seven Thiel Tests

  1. Engineering? 2, Better than nothing, but curious to compare to Fleeting
  2. Timing? 2, Is now the right time to start a truck driver labor aggregation platform?
  3. Monopoly? 4, Incredible revenue of $2m ARR on $8m valuation
  4. People? 2, Good founder though he doesn’t appear to have much of a team
  5. Distribution? 3, Definitely able to sell/build the two sided marketplace
  6. Durability? 1, This is what I don’t know. Need to ask about Fleeting.
  7. Secret? 2, Relay will be able to build a faster two sided marketplace than Fleeting.

What Has to Go Right

  1. Build faster and get tight network effects; 2. Scale a team to get more aggressive customer acquisition; 3. Anticipate the coming trucking automation and figure out how to get ahead

What Could Go Wrong

  1. Over half a year later than Fleeting, which has star studded investors; 2. Trucking automation; 3. Payroll expense for 2019 was only 133k which means two employees, so I wonder if they’ll be able to compete against Fleeting’s team size

Muhan’s Bonus Notes

Very, very cool. $2m ARR to $8m valuation may be one of the strongest revenue businesses I’ve seen. Going to ask the founder some key questions.

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