Flares: The Transparency Economy, Sea Shanties, and Honey Waffles
A quick search of Kernal’s database of startup ideas (use this invite code for early access) yields a number of ideas related to niche industries that could use the Yelp treatment.
Popular ideas include Yelp/Glassdoor for apartment buildings and retirement villages, food delivery (with reviews for specific dishes), individual service providers (e.g., lawyers and programmers), and college athletic programs.
Over and above traditional review sites (which we covered extensively in this report), there is an opportunity to bring more transparency to industries and processes that need it most. Companies like VC Guide, Landscape, and Betterfront, for example, all aim to bring more transparency to the VC funding ecosystem.
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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.
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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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