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 💚
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
👀 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.
📈 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. 📸
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. 🙏
Ideas On Deck
🗞 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 💸
🖼 NFT Fund Portfolio by Clement
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...
🎵 Blockchain-based IPO for music artists by Prit
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...
📰 Hacker News for Crypto by MFM.
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...
🔎 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.
🏖 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:
🍩 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.
📷 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.
📣 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.
👨💻 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.
🕵️ 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.
👀 Save your Google ads: 178 spots to get free traffic for your kick-ass startup
🚌 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.
💰 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.
⚒ Build a Job Board: Trends shared a 11/10 deep-dive on how any community or creator can monetize a job board.
📝 Kernal Signal: Should we let Ishika know we got this covered?
⚡️ Weekend Reads
- Article: Built my last company to $2.5m ARR, became profitable in 2.5 years, sold it for mid-8-figures, and going even bigger this time. AMA!
- Michael Houk's newsletter on building community houses
- Canadian Rocketship List (Tech TO)
- Pomp's investment case for Bitcoin
- Startup acquisitions on fire in 2021
Tweets of the week
Less meme, more wisdom but it sums up why we're so bullish on building Kernal these days:
✉️ Invite a founder
Have a startup friend looking for ideas to build? Share an invite to bring them in early.
💡 Startup ideas to pounce on
Got an idea you want to be added next week? Submit your Startup idea here.
See you next week! 👋🏼
The Kernal fam