Brave Browser: This company raised $35m in 30 seconds
The signal: Brave, a privacy-first browser, is intent on disrupting Google’s business model through its unique advertising platform, which profit shares 70% of ad revenue. Unlike conventional ad programs, ad-matching is performed on the user’s device, never exposing people’s data to third parties.
The company is growing users at an exponential rate — it raised $35m in 30 seconds through an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) of its Basic Attention Token (BAT).
The opportunity: People are increasingly concerned with their privacy. Although Brave has effectively targeted the browser space, there are still a wealth of commonly used products that function off of selling or abusing user privacy. Products have even been made to help users identify these products, like No More Google.
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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).
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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.
Capitalizing on the Airpods market, making more money than Shopify
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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