๐Ÿ’ช 4,000 Hungry Founders

๐Ÿ’ช 4,000 Hungry Founders

Pop quiz: What's climbing like AMC stock but has more rockets ready for lift-off than SpaceX? You guessed it. Your favourite non-Zuckerberg owned startup platform: Kern.al ๐Ÿ’š

We can't take credit. Y'all been dishing out invites like nobody's business and we're stoked to celebrate passing 4,000 users. Wanna know the best part? We've got some serious upgrades coming around the corner. Let's just say, you'll wanna buckle up. Let's dive in:

Movers & Shakers

๐Ÿ‘€ New kids on the block: Help us welcome Anne Lee Skates: Partner at A16z and a fan of cold DMs (now's your chance hustlers), Jack Smith: Co-founder of Vungle (sold to Blackstone for $750M) and just shared his first kernal idea, Kenny Hanson: Founder of MentorPass.co (platform of 100+ mentors to help scale your business) and Matt Byrd: ex-Uber, Policy genius and WeddingWire.

Got a friend that should be featured? Invite them here.

๐Ÿ“ˆ Buckle up: The Kernal groundswell has pushed us past 4,167 users and we've logged 781 ideas ready to roll out of the platform and into users' non-diamond hands. *Reminder for those sharing their first idea: attach a "feature image" at the end. It always make it easier for promoting in the newsletter. ๐Ÿ“ธ

Big ups to folks like Trevor that spend a little social cap on letting their Twitter fam know about us. It makes every word we write that much more worth it. ๐Ÿ™

Ideas On Deck

๐Ÿ—ž We want to share some inside information and let you in on what startup trends have been a hit. Let's double tap on a few ideas that may have you reaching to wire a pre-seed over ๐Ÿ’ธ

๐Ÿ–ผ NFT Fund Portfolio by Clement

NFT Fund Portfolio
The NFT space is exploding and expanding beyond art and collectibles. Itโ€™s gathering pace with interest from large institutions whilst the general public is slowly catching up - in parallel to the education around blockchain and crypto. The space is also daunting. Where on earth would you start as โ€ฆ

TL;DR: The NFT space is blowing up and you wanna wet your beak. Sadly, you're not an artist tycoon or crypto genius so you don't know where to start. Enter Clement's idea. Just like an ETF or index trackers, you could pool your funds to invest in a consolidated portfolio that one of your trusted peers manages. On the flip side, you could also DAO up and start your own fund...

๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ I'd build, invest or critique this idea

๐ŸŽต Blockchain-based IPO for music artists by Prit

A blockchain-based IPO for music artits
So instead of a musician signing with a record label, and getting a cash advancement in return of a giving away a share of the royalties to the music label, the musician could sell a share of his royalties publicly on a platform in exchange of cash advancements, and people would get the royalties inโ€ฆ

TL;DR: Instead of musicians signing with a record label and getting a cash advancement in return of a giving away a share of the royalties to the music label, the musician could sell a share of his royalties publicly on a platform in exchange of cash advancements, and people would get the royalties in proportion to the cash invested...

๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ I'd build, invest or critique this idea

๐Ÿ“ฐ Hacker News for Crypto by MFM.

Hacker News for Crypto
Problem: So many great ideas come from Hacker News but there isnโ€™t really a space for the crypto wave to be seen. Other spots like reddit and twitter threads are too obsessive of changes in price but miss the mark on whatโ€™s *actually* happening in the world of crypto Business Idea: build a crypto fโ€ฆ

TL;DR: So many great ideas come from Hacker News but there isn't a space for the crypto wave to shine. Skip the jargon on pricing swings and give readers the meaty news on what's happening in crypto and what to bounce on...

๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ I'd build, invest or critique this idea

Startup News

๐Ÿ”Ž Substack's droppin' it like it's hot: Newsletter Crew revealed that "Substack chose 12 winners for its $1 million initiative to support local news." Check out the group of 12 writers here to see what you're up against.

๐Ÿ– Work-Lyfe Balance: People are preferring remote work options over a $30K yearly bonus. According to Indiehackers, remote work may be the better counter-offer in those heated interviews making you text HR halfway through the salary portion.

For the nomad nerds, this startup idea might be worth digging into:

Nomad List for Every American City
Americans move a lot. Even before COVID, 3 million Americans made an interstate move every year. There should be a site that provides quantitative & qualitative metrics for every city/town in the US, just like Nomad List does for nomad-friendly global cities. If that site can make it work for theโ€ฆ

๐Ÿฉ Krispy Kreme IPO? Sounds like a tasty DAOzen I'd wanna get in on. But for real, strap up and pull some equity out of your Apple Phone plans, we've got a big story on our hands.

Startup Zingers

๐Ÿ“ท Feature or Bug? We all knew it was too good to be true. Google Photos' free storage has come to an end. Check out these alternatives the next random zoom meeting Karen pulls you into.

๐Ÿ“ฃ Blog Shoutout: Kernaler Trevor-Indrek Lasn dropped us a nice feature in his newsletter this week and covered some other cool startups making moves. If anyone else wants to loop us in on a feature, we're always happy to chat.

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป ICYMI: Coinbase is launching a media arm to fight misinformation (*cough cough billionaire tweets that scare markets) and provide stronger fact checking in the crypto space for the general public.

๐Ÿ—บ Product Roadmap Kit: Need to double down on your GTM strategy? Check out this Template based Guide to Product Roadmaps from Kernaler, Will Lawrence.

๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ Inspector Kernal: We've had a sneaky email sign up from someone that either got an unlucky first name by their parents or a bit too comfortable with aviation gin before signing up. Either way, we look forward to seeing your ideas.


๐Ÿ‘€ Save your Google ads: 178 spots to get free traffic for your kick-ass startup

๐ŸšŒ Websites for Sale: Andrew's Microaquire platform is selling an eCommerce site (+ many others) that offers Jeep car accessories with $3,000 in TTM revenue.

๐Ÿ’ฐ Newsletter MoneyMap: Writing a newsletter and wanna see it scale? Flag this newsletter by Codie Sanchez on the 5 steps she used to turn her newsletter into a 7 figure biz.

โš’ Build a Job Board: Trends shared a 11/10 deep-dive on how any community or creator can monetize a job board.

๐Ÿ“ Kernal Signal: Should we let Ishika know we got this covered?

โšก๏ธ Weekend Reads

Tweets of the week

Less meme, more wisdom but it sums up why we're so bullish on building Kernal these days:

โœ‰๏ธ Invite a founder

Have a startup friend looking for ideas to build? Share an invite to bring them in early.

๐Ÿ’ก Startup ideas to pounce on

Got an idea you want to be added next week? Submit your Startup idea here.

Tool to manage investments K1s and other tax documents
I make a lot of investments in real estate, VC funds, startups etc etc. This year I think that Iโ€™ll have around 100 K1s for example. Itโ€™s quite a lot of work to manage all of these, ensure you receive all of those that youโ€™re supposed to, make sure that the fund manager has your correct contact deโ€ฆ
Stock Market for Sports: Marc Lore
A stock market forโ€ฆ sports? Serial entrepreneur Marc Lore thinks itโ€™s possible. With the recent changes in sports betting, MarcLore on the MFM podcast thinks itโ€™s a needed marketplace. He believes itโ€™s time for a true sports stock market. What do you think? Possible ideas: - Is this happening soโ€ฆ
Unbundling GLG
GLG, or Gerson Lehrman Group, was founded all the way back in 1998 by two Yale Law School graduates and today is the largest expert network claiming 900,000 freelance โ€œexpertsโ€ across a wide range of industries and categories. The company sells primarily to consulting companies, PE firms, hedge fundโ€ฆ
Shopify for Saas
I recently wondered: Shopify does all the heavy lifting and lets me open an e-commerce store in minutes. Gumroad does the same for digital products. Whatโ€™s the equivalent for SaaS products? To me that seems like an incredible opportunity. When you want to sell a digital product, say, an ebook, youโ€ฆ
Rent a laptop as a service
According to the Indiehackers newsletter, โ€œThere were up to 66,000 monthly searches for โ€œrent a laptop near meโ€ last year. Opportunities in electronic rentals are on the rise for founders, as consumers search for the Netflix of gadgets.โ€ You thinking what weโ€™re thinking? A startup idea in the makinโ€ฆ
Meme Making as a Service
whoโ€™s it for? - Niche podcasts with inside jokes and sayings that go viral (Post Economic on MFM for example) The service - an agency or subscription service that uses AI/meme accounts to make memes that can be spread online Why? Memes are the most viral form of communication on social media. Contโ€ฆ

See you next week! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ

The Kernal fam