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bulletpitch bundled ๐ŸŽ

highlights from our first year

setting the scene 

  • while you’ve been bundling up this winter, we’ve been bundling together our 2022 highlights for this year’s final issue โ˜ƒ๏ธ
  • we’re excited to present bulletpitch bundled, where we will:
    • break down the companies we covered ๐Ÿ“Š
    • announce our top picks of the year ๐Ÿ†
    • share a message from the team ๐ŸŽ

the basics

*bulletpitch strives to feature underrepresented founders

fundraises: Tablz ($2.5m), beehiiv ($1.6m), The.com ($4.4m), Finless Foods ($34m), Stellic ($11m), Levels Health ($38m), BeReal ($60m)

the top five

our top five startups of the year were selected based on:

  • ๐Ÿ‘€ subscriber engagement: your clicks, replies, votes in weekly polls, social media shares
  • ๐Ÿ’ซ company differentiation: market opportunity, business model, competitors, team
  • ๐Ÿ“ˆ growth and innovation: customer growth, headcount growth, fundraising, product updates

The.com is a low-code website-building platform that simplifies the process of creating, remixing, and launching websites at scale

  • ๐Ÿฆ… soaring subscribers: our subscriber count grew 200% following our feature
  • ๐Ÿ” out of stealth: a week after the letter, The.com announced its $4.4m seed round from NFX, Sound Ventures, per TechCrunch
  • ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป automating the web: The.com pivoted its focus to Automate, its newer product that enables 3k+ customers to deploy thousands of website pages to optimize traffic with limited engineering staff

Zette offers consumers access to paywalled news articles through a single paid account

founder: Yehong Zhu

  • ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ subscriber responses: Zette prompted the highest response rate of the year
  • ๐Ÿ“ฐ making headlines: Zette’s no stranger to the news, as Yehong was named Forbes 30u30 and went viral on Twitter  
  • ๐Ÿ“ˆ anticipating the release: Zette recently opened its private beta ahead of its public launch in January and has continued to grow the waitlist

beehiiv is a newsletter platform that provides tools for creators to send customized content and scale their audiences 

  • ๐Ÿ subscriber buzz: beehiivโ€™s letter had the highest click-through-rate of any issue
  • ๐Ÿ“Š metrics: after one year, the startup has reached ~$1m in ARR by enabling thousands of writers to seamlessly switch newsletter senders (guilty ๐Ÿ˜) and send 275m+ emails
  • ๐Ÿ”ฅ unbeelievable product team: beehiiv has consistently delivered on new features, which has helped retain and upsell writers

Fรฉlix is a tool that enables users to send money to LatAm countries through WhatsApp

  • ๐Ÿ—ณ your votes are in: 82% of respondents voted Fรฉlix a winner, making them the highest rated company of the year
  • ๐Ÿ’ฌ customer understanding: Fรฉlix enables 10k+ users to send remittances as easily and quickly as texting a family member
  • ๐Ÿ’ฒ partnerships: the company announced a partnership with a leading crypto exchange

Finch provides product sustainability information to online shoppers through a browser extension 

founder: Lizzie Horvitz

  • ๐Ÿ–ฑ post performance: Finch’s website had the highest click-through-rate of the quarter (looks like our readers are shopping greener this holiday season)
  • โ™ป๏ธ sustainable growth: Finch’s deal with Microsoft will accelerate their consumer reach and bring in more partnerships
  • ๐Ÿ—ž in the news: Lizzie was featured by the Today Show and Fast Company

other standouts ๐ŸŽ‰ 

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happy holidays ๐ŸŽ

from our team to yours

team photo
  • โ˜บ๏ธ the beginnings: we started bulletpitch in January from our college dorm rooms and are thrilled to provide thousands of investors, founders, business students, and startup enthusiasts with access to high-potential startups
  • โœ๐Ÿผ our process: we’ve developed relationships with hundreds of entrepreneurs to present a unique angle into startups shaping the next generation
  • ๐Ÿ”ฎ what’s next: we’ll be back in your inbox in 2023 to give you the first glimpse into industry disruptors before you can find them anywhere else

happy holidays,

bp, ss, and the team