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Kyndoo

Kyndoo

Early Stage

The data platform solving for influencer fraud, attribution, and safety

The data platform solving for influencer fraud, attribution, and safety

Overview

Raised this Round: Raised: $132,742

Total Commitments ($USD)

Platform

Wefunder

Start Date

03/15/2021

Close Date

09/30/2021

Min. Goal
$50,000
Max. Goal
$1,070,000
Min. Investment

$100

Security Type

SAFE

Series

Seed

SEC Filing Type

RegCF    Open SEC Filing

Early Bird Val. Cap

$9,999,600

Valuation Cap

$12,000,000

Discount

20%

Year Founded

2018

Industry

Marketing & Advertising

Tech Sector

MarketplaceTech

Distribution Model

B2B

Margin

High

Capital Intensity

Low

Location

Foster City, California

Business Type

Growth

Kyndoo, with a $12 million valuation cap, is raising crowdfunding on Wefunder. The company has developed a platform that helps real influencers leverage social media’s unstructured data to create effective marketing campaigns. The platform, the Kyndex, works like a credit score for influencers and measures the authenticity of the influencers’ audience. Kelly McDonald and Jin Yu founded Kyndoo in 2018. The proceeds of the current crowdfunding round, with a minimum raise of $50,000 and a maximum raise of $1,070,000, will be used for research and development of the product and business development. Kyndoo reported more than three times year-over-year growth from 2019 to 2020. The Kyndex scored influencers already have an extended audience reach of more than 2 billion people.

Summary Profit and Loss Statement

Most Recent Year Prior Year

Revenue

$126,475

$38,825

COGS

$43,571

$3,619

Tax

$6,298

$1,047

 

 

Net Income

$-206,460

$-18,866

Summary Balance Sheet

Most Recent Year Prior Year

Cash

$153,681

$22,756

Accounts Receivable

$0

$0

Total Assets

$153,681

$22,756

Short-Term Debt

$0

$0

Long-Term Debt

$0

$0

Total Liabilities

$0

$0

Financials as of: 03/15/2021
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Synopsis

Social media has thrived during the pandemic, and along with it has been a rise in influencer marketing. Previously, celebrities, athletes, actors, and other notable people had a near monopoly on sponsorships and branding opportunities. Now, with the explosion of social media, the so-called “everyperson” has a chance to grow a following large enough to warrant endorsements and partnerships. With this new mode of influencers comes the possibility of scams. A recent HBO documentary, “Fake Famous,” delved into this subject and showed how easy it can be to manufacture someone’s fame and following.

Kyndoo aims to solve this problem with its product, The Kyndex Report. Kyndoo analyzes accounts attributes like advertisement performances, past social media posts, and whether the audience consists of real people or bots. It also presents various statistical information about the audience, including demographics and interest. This all culminates into a rating for the influencer, which companies can use to decide whether or not the prospective influencer is the right person for their marketing campaigns. In addition, Kyndoo’s product Pathfinder can continue to collect data after the influencers are hired, allowing both the companies and the influencers to monitor the influencers’ effectiveness. The company also provides a 14-point safety check in order to make posts more secure. This feature isn’t just based on keywords but also on context, which increases security further.

Kyndoo’s business model is multifaceted. It earns revenue from an “End-To-End Marketing Campaign” that can connect companies to potential influencers. It also offers a “Data-as-a-Service Subscription” option where companies can access Kyndoo’s Kyndex Reports and vet influencers.

Kyndoo’s current Wefunder raise has been rated a Neutral Deal by the KingsCrowd investment team.

Next Section: Price

Price

Kyndoo is currently raising at a valuation of $12 million. The company is offering investors a SAFE which will convert into future equity subject to a 20% discount. This valuation is in line with many other startups currently seeking funding. Additionally, the discount rate is attractive for investors, and the company does have some revenue to back up its valuation. Thus, Kyndoo’s price score is strong.

Next Section: Market

Market

There is no doubt that influencer marketing is a growing market. However, estimates for the total size of the market vary wildly. According to one source, influencer marketing was valued at  $137 million in 2018 and was expected to grow to $373.5 million by 2027. A second source puts the market at being much larger, setting it at $6 billion in 2020. With a CAGR of 32%, that source suggests influencer marketing will reach $24 billion by 2025. Although these estimates are very different, they both suggest a small market that is growing at a rapid pace. Kyndoo is not creating an influencer marketing platform, so its actual obtainable market within this overall space may be slightly smaller. However, it seems likely that many brands will want to verify that an influencer is legitimate, so demand for the company’s product could still be high.

Balancing a small market against very high growth, Kyndoo’s market score is above average.

Next Section: Team

Team

Kyndoo was founded by CEO Kelly McDonald and CTO Jin Yu. McDonald brings nearly a decade of various sales and operations positions. She worked for two years as vice president of sales and operations at Movoto and spent three years as a vice president and senior vice president of sales at RealtyShares. Her strong sales experience will likely give her insight into how companies use marketing to drive sales strategies, which could prove quite useful for Kyndoo. 

Jin Yu has five patents to his name and served as the CTO of software company AsiaInfo, a big data and AI solution provider. Yu was also VP of engineering and chief architect of ad technology provider OpenX, and he has a previous exit under his belt with his company Portaura. Yu has a strong combination of technical expertise and entrepreneurial experience that will likely prove indispensable to Kyndoo.

Kyndoo’s executive team is strong. McDonald has great experience in sales, and Yu brings previous startup (and exit) experience. Thus, the team score for Kyndoo is its highest across all five metrics.

Next Section: Differentiators

Differentiators

Industry competitors like Trend and Intellifluence offer services to connect companies with potential influencers, but Kyndoo takes it a step further. Kyndoo also offers a ratings system and database that companies can access to thoroughly vet any potential business partners. Fake influencers are an issue on the rise, and Kyndoo’s product would allow companies to analyze the actual reach of an influencer before using Kyndoo’s services to work with that influencer.

Kyndoo’s comprehensive reports also limit the potential for public relations nightmares, one example occurring recently with Sephora. Kyndoo offers a full suite of products, which does diversify it from other companies in the influencer marketing and social media analytics space. The one concern with Kyndoo’s products currently is their lack of defensibility. The company has no patents to protect itself, and a competitor could choose to replicate its features if they prove successful. However, Kyndoo’s differentiators score is above average despite this worry.

Next Section: Performance

Performance

Kyndoo’s revenue of $126k in the most recent fiscal year shows solid growth from previous years of operations. Early clients are returning at a 70% rate, and a majority of the company’s clients have come via client referrals. This shows that Kyndoo is becoming a known commodity in this space and has good word-of-mouth traction thus far. Kyndoo has also had solid success in previous rounds of funding, receiving funding from Gaingels, Bin Yang (Angel investor and Managing Partner at CVCapital), and 500 Startups.

Kyndoo has seen solid revenue growth and has backing from large investors, showing overall good performance early on in operations. Therefore, the company scores strongly in the performance metric.

Next Section: Risks

Risks

While Kyndoo’s risk score is overall very low, there are some areas of concern. The company’s high valuation makes its investment terms and timing a risky play. There is no guarantee the company will deliver on such an ambitious valuation even if it does meet its 2021 revenue goals. Additionally, a SAFE is always slightly more risky for investors than equity. There is also added risk due to the rise in influencer marketing and social media analytics, meaning Kyndoo is entering into industries that are growing more crowded. Kyndoo does offer a solid product, but whether it will be enough to differentiate from other competitors remains to be seen.

Next Section: Bearish Outlook

Bearish Outlook

With a valuation as high as Kyndoo’s relative to its revenue, current growth may not lead to a profitable investment. The company will have to surpass its own projections for growth if it intends to be a profitable play for investors. There is also the risk of more established competitors siphoning off too much of the market From Kyndoo, especially if they choose to replicate the company’s offering. Kyndoo will need to stay ahead of the competition, both in keeping its product differentiated and in growing its customer base, in order provide a return for investors.

Next Section: Bullish Outlook

Bullish Outlook

The market for influencers is growing and therefore so is the market for a company to rate and analyze them. COVID-19 has been a huge boost for this space as a whole, and Kyndoo has solid enough traction and prior growth to indicate that the company is on an upward trend. Repeat clients and word of mouth are working to Kyndoo’s advantage, earning the company more clients. The backing from venture capitalists and seed accelerators is also promising for Kyndoo. With a strong executive team leading, Kyndoo seems well equipped to continue its growth and work to justify the current $12 million valuation.

Next Section: Executive Summary

Executive Summary

Kyndoo is operating in a market that has grown greatly due to the pandemic and is projected to continue doing so. Kelly McDonald and Jin Yu make up a great executive team, with years of sales experience, startup experience, and exit experience under their belts. Prior rounds of funding have netted the company more than $300,000 in funding, and revenue grew to just over $126,000 in the most recent fiscal year. Kyndoo claims to have 30 brands paying for its service currently. However, competition continues to grow, and Kyndoo’s products are not highly defensible. The company will need to maintain a high level of momentum in order to establish itself as the go-to for influencer verification and connection. Thus, Kyndoo has been rated a Neutral Deal at this time.

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Analysis written by Ethan Thomas.

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