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quarterly update 🌿

where are they now?

setting the scene

  • in the 80s, Red Bull was a startup looking for a way to scale πŸ“ˆ
  • so how did Red Bull’s growth explode? πŸ’₯
    • trash binsβ€¦πŸ—‘
  • Red Bull created an illusion of popularity by filling trash bins with empty cans
    • fast forward 40 years, and the company sells the leading energy drink on the market
  • every startup has its growth journey, and this week we will highlight the updates and progress of the companies we’ve covered ✍🏼

the basics

  • πŸ“ˆ valuation domination: of the twelve startups we covered this quarter, two of them raised more money πŸ’°
  • 🌱 growth: the startups have joined accelerators, added users, released new products, and locked in sponsorships
  • πŸ’ͺ our growth: we’ve grown in subscriber count by over 250% thanks to everyone who has shared bulletpitch with friends
    • it’s time we start rewarding you for this – see our new referral program below
  • if you missed any q2 letters, check them out here

quarter in review

β—‰PumpML πŸ‘πŸ½

PumpML is a software company that allows developers to make devices responsive to non-voice sound

  • we are pumped to say that PumpML was accepted into the ERA accelerator πŸ‘Š
  • additionally, they’ll be shipping their first demo product for carbon monoxide alarm detection this month

β—‰Workweek πŸ—ƒ

Workweek is a media company that partners with creators to produce content on specialized business sectors

β—‰Transpose βš™οΈ

Transpose provides software for accessing human-readable blockchain data at scale

  • Transpose is moving closer to product market fit as they’ve iterated on the feedback they’ve received from their Open Alpha launch     
  • they’re also launching on Product Hunt
  • and if you still think blockchain is a piece of jewelry, be sure to check out our Tranpose writeup πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

β—‰beehiiv πŸ—ž

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

  • here’s an unbeelievable stat: beehiiv’s platform is now sending 30 million emails per month
  • beehiiv has taken a page out of its own book by creating its own referral program, offering creators a 50% cut of the added revenue they bring in

β—‰Tablz πŸ½

Tablz is a restaurant booking platform that allows diners to reserve specific tables through a 3D view of the restaurant 

β—‰Discz πŸ’Ώ

Discz is a music discovery platform that gives song recommendations and lets users share mixes

sponsored by 

  • founders know that building an app is no easy task, but Techstars-backed startup, Apsy, is innovating how apps are built through their AI platform
  • Apsy has quickly acquired their first 40 customers, generated $0.5M in revenue in their first year, and will be rolling out a new platform that walks users through building an app via verbal conversation
  • Apsy is raising their $2M seed round (with more than half already complete) and running a crowdfunding campaign as well; this is a company worth paying attention to

previous quarters

bite-sized updates on companies from previous quarters

  • πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ Levels Health, a provider of hardware and software for tracking metabolic health, raised a $38m series a at a $300m post-money valuation
  • πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ’», a low-code website building platform, launched Automate, a feature that allows users to automatically generate websites 🀯
  • πŸ“· BeReal, a social media platform where users have two minutes to capture a non-curated, candid photo to be sent to their friends, continues to make its way into mainstream media