Welcome back to Kernal: the friend that reminds you there's a stat holiday b/c the rest of the non-founder world have been counting down for weeks 😅
In this week's startup news: Your boss is OOO at Burning Man, Saylor got sued and NFT trading volumes are in the dumps. Snap is dropping staff, Twitter is testing pods and Starbucks scored a new CEO. It's Labor Day Weekend which means there's a 92% chance you're reading this after a couple Moscow Mules. And it's now September so we're keeping today's word count light so you can go pick up school supplies for the kiddos 🚗💨
- 🐶 The coziest startup that's taking media by storm
- 🍗 Fresh startup ideas tastier than a Labor Day steak
- 🍻 Tweet of the week that'll stop your scroll
Labor Day laugh: Why did the ancient Egyptians have a hard time recruiting laborers? It was a pyramid scheme. *ba-doom-chish* 🥁
Now let's boogie 👇
🎥 The Power of Building in Public. Startup Interview with the Founders of Plufl
Let's be honest. Founder life is tough. It's not a walk in the park. And if you do get a Labor Day Monday off, you're probably using it putting out fires or catching up on emails.
That might be the case for our friends at Plufl: The Dog Bed for Humans. Last month we chatted with the founders, Noah Silverman and Yuki Kinoshita. They're bright, young and marketing wizards that'd put Dumbledore to shame. 🪄
We know you're probably wondering: what's the big hype behind dog beds? So let's open a couple chrome tabs and take a closer look:
Sure, the one-liner might make you laugh, but not once you see the traction they've made your jaw will drop. Their wins so far:
- they've drummed up 3M likes on TikTok
- gotten called out by Jimmy Fallon, ABC, Fox, Huffpost etc
- launched a swaggy Shopify website with raving reviews
- they graduated from LOI, a startup accelerator with ~1B in alumni value
- they're looking to raise a pre-seed round to fund inventory, marketing efforts and build out their team
📩 Pop quiz: if you know anybody that'd want to connect about a B2B partnership, drop Plufl a line.
We also saw they have a $100 off coupon (or type LD100) for Labor Day customers if you wanna support a Kernal startup 💸
3 fun questions we asked them over email to save you from sliding into their Twitter DMs:
Q1: What's been the biggest learning moments for starting a company?
Q2: You've been seen all over social media. What's it like to go viral? Did you have any surprising reactions, comments, or feedback?
Q3: Do you consider napping to be working now? Like some sort of market research?
So there you have it.
A startup idea that sounds out of the ordinary validating their idea in public and making massive waves 👏
Got a question or just want to order a flipping dog bed for your mother? Hit up Noah and Yuki: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Mention the Kernal newsletter to speed up the response rate 😉
✨ Startup Ideas of the Week ✨
Welcome back to the Shark Tank Kernalers. Veterans, you know the drill. If you're new, don't be scared. All you gotta do is:
- Read the ideas below
- Up-vote and comment on your favourites
- And reach out to the special ones if you'd like to connect
It's that stinking easy. So get to it 🥾
Here's some of our latest startup ideas catching our eyes:
Don't hold back your startup idea. Step up to the plate and let 'er fly.
Just smash that green button below.
🐦 Meme of the Week:
Screw the small talk, we're cutting right to the best friend shit:
Now go enjoy your Labor Day weekend friends. But please leave your party spot better than you found it.
Remember, you represent the Kernal name 💚
Ta ta for now.
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