Surya Spa Deal Memo (Closing Date: 2021–05–01)

Star studded clientele for Ayurvedic spa is pivoting into mass consumer wellness products. Revenue grew modestly and needs to see hockey stick growth.

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Deal Abstract

Star studded clientele for Ayurvedic spa is pivoting into mass consumer wellness products. Revenue grew modestly and needs to see hockey stick growth.

Financials

  1. Fundraising Target? $1070000
  2. Fundraised So Far? $76418
  3. Pre-Money Valuation? $15000000
  4. Previous Year’s Annual Revenue: $1276151
  5. Previous Year’s Annual Net Income (+ Profitable, — Burning Cash): $-928674

Six Calacanis Criteria

  1. A startup that is based in SV? False, Santa Monica, CA
  2. Has at least 2 founders? True, Two founders and a LP
  3. Has product in the market? True, Revenue generating
  4. 6 months of continuous user growth or 6 months of revenue? True, Though revenue barely grew
  5. Notable investors? False, No one I recognize
  6. Post-funding, will have 18 months of runway? False, Would need $1.5m and only raising a few hundred k’s

Seven Thiel Tests

  1. Engineering? 2, Ayurveda spa, applying traditional medicine
  2. Timing? 2, People are into alternative medicine, but this is still a spa
  3. Monopoly? 2, Popular among clients
  4. People? 2, Good team not slam dunk
  5. Distribution? 1, It’s a spa, as far as I can tell
  6. Durability? 3, Hard asset and location, with high cap ex to start business
  7. Secret? 2, Building a luxury brand via a spa will then cause a beachhead into traditional medicine brand

What Has to Go Right

  1. Expand into products business; 2. Get more premium margins than companies like Aavrani, 3. Proprietary product and supply chain

What Could Go Wrong

  1. Transferability of brand to d2c; 2. Is this business defensible; 3. High fixed costs

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