Pav*r

Leverages your calendar data to help you get more done in less time

Analytics

Raised to Date: Raised: $85,378

Aggregate Commitments $
Platform

Wefunder

Start Date

10/07/2020

Close Date

03/22/2021

Min. Goal

$50,000

Max. Goal

$300,000

Min. Investment

$100

Security Type

Convertible Note

Funding Type

RegCF

Series

Pre-Seed

Valuation Cap

$2,000,000

Discount Rate

20%

Rolling Commitments $
Status
Funded
Reporting Date

03/31/2021

Days Remaining
Funded
% of Min. Goal

171%

% of Max. Goal

28%

Likelihood of Max
Funded
Avg. Daily Raise

$514

# of Investors

69

Momentum
Funded
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Location

Louisville, Kentucky

Industry

Consumer Products, Goods & Services

Tech Sector

AutomationTech

Distribution Model

B2B/B2C

Margin

High

Capital Intensity

Low

Business Type

High Growth

Pav*r, with a valuation cap of $2.5 million, is raising crowdfunding on Wefunder. The platform allows users to store all the important details of a meeting or event in one place. The ordinary calendar is transformed into a super tool for tracking time, managing tasks, and planning projects with the help of Pav*r. Jessica Bledsoe and Adam Bledsoe founded Pav*r in January 2020 and have raised over $67,000 since the inception. The proceeds of the current crowdfunding round, with a minimum goal of $50,000 and a maximum goal of $300,000, will be used for officer salaries, product design and development, marketing, and office and utilities. Pav*r has over 1,000 users in 20 countries. It is also leveraging data to learn how users spend their time.
Summary Profit and Loss Statement
Most Recent Year Prior Year

Revenue

$0

$0

COGS

$0

$0

Tax

$0

$0

 

 

Net Income

$-5,404

$0

Summary Balance Sheet
Most Recent Year Prior Year

Cash

$0

$0

Accounts Receivable

$0

$0

Total Assets

$0

$0

Short-Term Debt

$0

$0

Long-Term Debt

$0

$0

Total Liabilities

$0

$0

Financials as of: 10/07/2020
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Synopsis

Digital calendars are powerful tools for the individuals who use them correctly. They are also incredibly commonplace, making them fertile ground for companies wanting to innovate. Consider, for instance, that anybody with access to a Google account has access to that company’s calendar system. That’s about 1.2 billion individuals in all. While specific statistics for America are difficult to find, one source estimated that in Australia 70% of all adults used digital calendars. It seems reasonable to assume other developed countries have similarly high usage rates. 

One company who wants to change the way we utilize our calendars is Pav*r. Pav*r connects with a user’s Google Calendar in order to collect and analyze data. The system can then use that data to generate and export reports that provide a quantified picture of a user’s productivity and time management. When setting up the program — which management claims takes about three minutes to do — users can then select different types of events and label them. Examples of labels include team meetings or work performed for a specific client. Categories, meanwhile, are broader in scope as they include meetings, professional development, client work, and more. 

Once these labels and categories are defined, the platform keeps track of a user’s behavior. A report of the hours spent on each category and each label can be easily accessed by a user. The purpose here is to see how a user spends their time and to utilize this information to optimize it moving forward. With a fresh capital raise, management hopes to add other features to the platform. These include more detailed reporting, automated analytics, and smart notifications. The latter of these will be created based on an analysis of a user’s behavior over time. This gets into some AI and machine learning applications the company can further delve into over time.

The current Wefunder raise has been rated a Neutral Deal by the KingsCrowd investment team.

Price

Pav*r is seeking to raise between $50,000 and $300,000 through a convertible note with an 8% annual interest rate. These notes will convert at the next round of funding subject to a 20% discount to the firm’s future value and subject to a $2.5 million pre-money valuation. In all, the pricing for the company — given its very early stage — seems appropriate. This has led our scoring system to rank Pav*r high on Price since the amount of ownership up for grabs for investors is significant relative to every dollar they invest.

Market

In its filings, the management team at Pav*r indicated that the company’s market potential could be worth around $96 billion by 2025. They define the market as the “business and productivity app market.” This is a rather broad market. While this may be an appropriate space to compare the company’s potential to, it only applies if you believe they will be successful in bringing other productivity solutions to market. This is likely to happen if the firm succeeds with its flagship product. But it might be better to zoom in on their core opportunity at this time. 

A different way to look at the market is to assume that the possible maximum size of it would be the sum of all Google account holders. As stated, this is about 1.2 billion people globally. At the low end, this would imply an annual revenue opportunity for the company of $46.08 billion. At the end high, this would total about $72 billion. Of course, the overwhelming majority of Google account holders are unlikely to sign up for the service. But this does give an illustration of the size of the space management can target. Expansion into other calendars could increase the market potential as well. With such a massive market, however, comes struggles. Obtaining market dominance is very unlikely. Furthermore, moving from a free service to a paid one may make it even more difficult to establish market presence. As a result, Pav*r’s market score is quite low. 

Team

At this time, there is one core member of the Pav*r team — Jessica Bledsoe, the firm’s co-founder and its CEO. For seven years, Bledsoe worked as the CEO of RCN Technologies. RCN is a cloud-based tech firm that engineered automated systems aimed at making businesses more profitable. Bledsoe does not provide any other work experience. The only other co-founder and executive of the business listed is Adam Bledsoe. He currently works as Pav*r’s Chief Experience Officer. No credentials could be discovered when trying to examine his past with the exception of the fact that from 2012 through today, he has served as the owner and Computer Systems Engineer for RCN Technologies. Overall, her experience as a CEO of a technical firm and his as an engineer make the pair a solid, though small, management team.  A lot is still lacking in terms of skill sets, but for the stage the firm is in, we have rated the team as being slightly above average in our system.

Differentiators

In its filings, Pav*r lists bulk offerings like Salesforce and Hubspot as its primary competitors. These service providers offer a wide variety of features that users could want. Other solo-offerings like Calendarist and Time Tackle exist. However, they are limited in that they do not offer the direct Google Calendar integration that Pav*r does. This is clearly a point of differentiation. In regards to the bulk players like Salesforce and Hubspot, the difference worth noting is that Pav*r is positioning itself in the individual and small business niche. The bulk offerings of their competitors are features that smaller end users might not be ready for or interested in. Because of that state of its competitors today, Pav*r warrants a slightly above average rating when it comes to differentiation. However, the ability for a competitor to replicate Pav*r’s system prevents the company from being more strongly differentiated at this time. 

Performance

Since launching in May of this year, Pav*r has experienced some nice growth. Setting itself up on the G Suite Marketplace, management set the goal of reaching 200 initial users. Within 90 days, they had over 1,000 split between no fewer than 20 countries. Today, that figure is around 4,000. At the time, the firm was not charging for the service, but their intention is to change that. Initially, users will have access to the service under a 14-day free trial. After that, they can subscribe using monthly or annual plans priced at $5 per month. Team pricing will start at $4 per user each month, with a 20% discount applying to teams of 5 or more. 

Given how early stage Pav*r is, the company generated nothing in the way of sales last year. They did, however, incur a net loss of $5,404. This year, revenue still stands at $0, but monthly costs are now up to around $2,370. Because of its lack of financial performance, Pav*r’s performance score is its lowest across all five metrics.

Bearish Outlook

At this time, there are a lot of reasons to be bearish on Pav*r. The company has yet to generate revenue, and it’s about to challenge its entire user base who signed up for a free app with a charge moving forward. The risk of alienation here is significant. Another issue is competition. Yes, Pav*r is different from its peers, but not radically so. Smaller players could come to integrate like they have done, and larger players could always be a threat. The latter sentiment is especially true as Pav*r goes on to expand its offerings. The more it builds new features, the more it could come to look like those larger rivals and the less differentiated its offerings become. 

Bullish Outlook

Though there are a number of bearish considerations, there are some bullish ones as well. The product has at least some traction. Its valuation is quite cheap and probably in line with what you would anticipate for a firm at its stage. Its CEO, while not having a great deal of experience, does have 7 years serving at an executive level in a space that is relevant. Pav*r’s product does appear useful to users, and the market potential is far from being insignificant. It’s not difficult to imagine the firm generating some upside if it can successfully launch its monetized version.

Executive Summary

In all, Pav*r is an interesting business. But at the end of the day it’s nothing groundbreaking. Management has succeeded in creating a nice feature for users, but as it stands today there are a lot of concerns to contend with. The path to revenue is questionable. And the field looks to be filled with players who are either only marginally different or that are so large that it could pose problems for the company. Because of all the issues facing this concept — and despite its attractive valuation cap and investment terms — Pav*r is a Neutral Deal. 

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Analysis written by Daniel Jones. 

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