(0:46) The guys break down Frank Slootman (Snowflake founder’s) Linkedin post, (7:45) Sam brings up Rocket Internet, a German company that clones mainstream startups in smaller geographic markets. They scale quickly and are formulaic, (8:30) Sam is fascinated by Danny Meyer, founder of Shake Shack among other places, (10:05) Shaan shares his story about the Melman’s and their empire, Lettuce Entertain You, (13:38) The guys discuss Hamdi Ulukaya the founder of Chobani, (17:50) The guy’s talk blue collar businesses, including Waste Management and its founder Wayne Huizenga, (19:30) The story of Rose Blumkin, founder of Nebraska Furniture Mart, (21:11) Shaan talks about his water problem and subscription water companies like ReadyRefresh and Culligan, (27:40) The Uber for evictions: Civvl, (31:26) The student debt market explained, (34:42) B2B vs consumer businesses
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The signal: As meditation becomes mainstream, people may be surprised to find that searches for sleep apps double their meditation counterpart. As people invest in getting a better night’s rest, there’s opportunity abound, including physical products like weighted blankets or premium PJs, supplements, popular insomnia drugs having their patents expire, companies paying their employees to sleep better, marketing for sleep specialists, or online sleep education (ex: sleep apnea test has 27k searches per month).
The alternative milk market is getting frothy
The signal: As more people wave goodbye to dairy, alternative milk is slowly taking over; it has already cornered 13% of the market. With the exception of soy milk, all of the alt-milks have been on the up, with some of the newer entrants including hemp milk and pea milk. Other alt-products are getting attention, including cashew cheese, with 18100 searches per month.
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The signal: Since killing the headphone jack, Apple has graced the world with AirPods, which did an estimated 60m units in 2019. That means AirPods alone are bringing in approx ~$10b in revenue, more than Twitter, Shopify, or Spotify, to name a few popular tech giants. Opportunity lies in Apple opening up SiriOS or the wave of iPhone accessories (including cases, cleaning kits, hooks, and keychains) which have shown “hockey stick” growth alongside their hardware predecessor.
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