Scooterson

Early Stage

Intelligent scooters from the future

Analytics

Raised to Date: Raised: $402,400

Aggregate Commitments $

Platform

Republic

Start Date

12/15/2020

Close Date

03/21/2021

Min. Goal

$25,000

Max. Goal

$1,070,000

Min. Investment

$100

Security Type

SAFE

Funding Type

RegCF

Series

Seed

Valuation Cap

$19,000,000

Discount Rate

0%

Rolling Commitments $

Status
Funded
Reporting Date

03/31/2021

Days Remaining
Funded
% of Min. Goal

1,610%

% of Max. Goal

38%

Likelihood of Max
Funded
Avg. Daily Raise

$4,192

# of Investors

1,100

Momentum
Funded
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Location

San Francisco, California

Industry

Transportation, Automotive, Aviation, & Aerospace

Tech Sector

Hardwaretech

Distribution Model

B2B/B2C

Margin

High

Capital Intensity

High

Business Type

Growth

Scooterson, with a $19 million valuation cap, is raising funds on Republic. The company has created a line of energy-efficient, intelligent, and easy scooters that can be controlled entirely from smartphones. The scooters are manufactured using the highest quality materials, components, and standards. Mihnea de Vries and Deepansh Jain founded Scooterson in 2016 and have raised over $2.8 million since its inception. The current crowdfunding round has a minimum raise of $25,000 and a maximum raise of $1,070,000, and the proceeds will be used towards production costs, product launch campaign, and marketing expenses. Scooterson reported $1.1 million in pre-sales from July to October 2020 and expects to reach $25 million in revenues by the end of 2021.

Summary Profit and Loss Statement

Most Recent Year Prior Year

Revenue

$0

$0

COGS

$0

$0

Tax

$0

$0

 

 

Net Income

$-954,050

$-919,672

Summary Balance Sheet

Most Recent Year Prior Year

Cash

$60,089

$268,437

Accounts Receivable

$0

$0

Total Assets

$78,850

$370,301

Short-Term Debt

$50,363

$2,764

Long-Term Debt

$0

$0

Total Liabilities

$50,363

$2,764

Financials as of: 12/15/2020
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Raise History

Offering Name Close Date Platform Valuation/Cap Total Raised Security Type Status Reg Type
Scooterson 01/19/2022 StartEngine $19,000,000 $58,773 Convertible Note Funded RegCF
Scooterson 03/21/2021 Republic $19,000,000 $402,400 SAFE Funded RegCF
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Synopsis

The micromobility market is here to stay with us for at least the next several years. The advantages it delivers for populated areas, last-mile delivery, and more cannot be overstated. Add to this the technological advances in recent years that have made the paradigm shift possible, and it’s clear this is an interesting space to invest in. One particular niche that some investors might think has been overplayed is the eScooter category. With eScooters dotting the country, it is true that there are a lot of players. But between the upside potential the market has and the downsides that exist with existing players, there’s still plenty of opportunity for new entrants. 

One such firm is Scooterson. It was founded on the idea that the eScooter space will grow. But the company’s logic also involves the idea that incumbents have not quite found the right mix in order to thrive. Scooterson is ready to challenge the prevailing wisdom the market was founded on. Namely, the company’s business model is focused on the idea that existing technologies in the space are outdated. It believes that designs and builds are low-quality. 

At present, Scooterson is working on three different intelligent eScooter models. The first of these is its Rolley. This is a heavy-duty, aluminum-built eScooter that is comfortable and can be used by most any consumer out there. It has a seat for comfort and two thick tires for safety. The smaller ELF model is more reminiscent of the eScooters you see on the streets today. It is small and fit for standing only. Both of these are B2C solutions for customers. The Rolley can be purchased for a one-time fee of $2,990, or it can be subscribed to for a price of $95 per month. The ELF, meanwhile, costs just $599, or $25 per month for a subscription. Users for either model have the ability to add on color change options, valet service, and more to their subscription packages. 

The third model designed by Scooterson looks a lot like Rolley but it is called the AIR. This unit is designed for B2B buyers who are looking to operate eScooter fleets. This includes offering mobility solutions for fleets in the food delivery, tourist rental, and other niches. This unit is, in essence, just like the Rolley model. The exception is that buyers must pay the $2,990 to buy it and maintain a $30 per month subscription that covers fleet management software. An alternative option is to pay $200 per month for it, or they can instead provide a 50/50 revenue split with Scooterson. In this third case, the fleet operator is responsible for covering all repairs and maintenance. 

Besides the comfort of the larger models, one thing that Scooterson boasts is its intelligent technology. To activate the eScooter, a user need only connect their smartphone to the device’s dashboard. This allows the device to know who is riding it. And it serves as a key that essentially allows a user to sit back and let the device power itself, with the user’s only responsibility being to steer it. A first push-off with a user’s foot turns the eScooter into lower gear, while a second one will push it into a higher gear. Through the company’s mobile app, users can be alerted when the battery is low, when the device’s anti-theft alarm is activated, and more. Its AI abilities also analyze a user’s riding habits so that it can suggest ways to optimize their experience. 

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

Price

Scooterson is issuing a SAFE with a valuation cap of $19 million and no conversion discount. That valuation is high, especially given that the firm has no revenue yet. The lack of a conversion discount makes it even less appealing for investors. Thus, Scooterson’s price score is its lowest across all five metrics.

Market

Broadly speaking, the market for micromobility is large and growing. According to a report by McKinsey & Company, the industry should be worth between $330 billion and $500 billion by 2030. Most of that opportunity — between $200 billion and $300 billion — resides in the US, and another $100 billion to $150 billion resides in Europe. China’s market should be worth between $30 billion and $50 billion, but this is a bit deceptive. The market here is being valued by dollars, not activity. Even by 2030, the pricing for rides in the space will be just 20% of what we see in the US. That means that the activity in the space for China will be between the high end of what we will see in Europe and the mid-point of what we will see in the US. 

Though the micromobility market is significant in size, the eScooter market is considered much smaller. One source we found pegs the opportunity today at about $20 billion. With an annualized growth rate of 7.7%, it expects for the opportunity to grow to $42 billion by 2030. Another source suggests a similar growth rate of 6.5% per annum, but its forecast is for the market to grow to just $22.1 billion by 2025. No matter how you stack it, the niche’s growth rate is fairly attractive, even if the market is not particularly large. Due to this, the market score for Scooterson is middle of the road. 

Team

At present, there are two key individuals heading the Scooterson team. The first of these is co-founder and CEO Mihnea Chis. Prior to starting the company, Chis served as a Director and Producer in the film industry. Before that, he worked for a company called KopterX as a Custom Drones Designer/Builder. This kind of technical experience — he focused on things like the company’s anti-vibration damping system — is great to see in a founder. This is even if that past work is not at all related to what Chis is doing today. Before working at KopterX, he was employed as a Producer and Film Director at 7G, and before that he was a Creative Director for Sevengee. This last role gave him experience in digital marketing and social media campaigns. That should prove very relevant for Scooterson today.

The other key employee at Scooterson today is Deepansh Jain, Scooterson co-founder and CTO. Before Scooterson, Jain founded and ran Hacktor. That entity operated as a software company that would hack and replace outdated software for clients. Before that, he was the co-founder of Signals Inc., which offered development work for its clients. He also worked as the co-founder of the Shifu app, which reminded users about tasks they needed to complete. All of these activities make him a solid CTO for a firm like Scooterson, admittedly with an emphasis on the software side more than on the hardware side. 

Due to the wide-ranging technical experience and prior startup endeavors of Scooterson’s co-founders, the company rated above average for its team score.

Differentiators

One of the strongest areas for Scooterson involves its key differentiators. The company’s intelligent technology, for starters, puts it worlds apart from the other services that exist today. Companies like Phat Scooters, Skooza, and Scrooser lack essentially all of the software-based features that Scooterson boasts. They are also hundreds of dollars more for the units that would be comparable in build to Scooterson’s Rolley model. In short, what differentiates Scooterson from its rivals is the following: the firm offers a quality product at a low cost that has a range of value-added software features built into it. Additionally, the company has already secured multiple patents for its technology, with three more pending. Scooterson has succeeded in setting its product apart, despite strong competition in the eScooter sector. Thus, the company’s differentiators score is its highest across all five metrics. 

Performance

Performance can be a tricky thing to judge for a startup. If it were based solely on revenue and profit, Scooterson would doubtlessly score low on our system. After all, in both 2018 and 2019 the company generated nothing in the way of sales. In 2018, the firm lost $919,672 and saw cash outflows of $991,389. In 2019, the picture wasn’t much different, with a net loss of $954,059 and cash outflows of $823,148. However, there are other ways in which the firm has done well. Most significant is that, between July and October 2020, the business locked in pre-sales exceeding $1.1 million. That’s a lot in a very short period of time. The firm is projecting revenue of $25 million by the end of 2021, but investors should take this forecast (or any forecast) with a grain of salt. Scooterson has also won various awards such as the Red Dot Award and was named as a finalist for both the LA New Mobility Challenge and the HowToWeb’s Startup Spotlight awards. Balancing its lack of revenue against what looks to be strong growth in 2020, Scooterson’s performance score is middling.

Bearish Outlook

On the bearish side of the equation, there are some things investors should be worried about. The fact that the business has yet to generate revenue and is seeing significant net losses and cash outflows is discouraging. The market opportunity is decent, but it’s also rapidly becoming crowded. In addition to this, the team is about average, and the valuation being asked by management is awfully high. Any one of these issues could come back to hurt investors to some degree.

Bullish Outlook

Although there are bearish issues associated with Scooterson, there are bullish ones as well. For starters, the industry it’s operating in is growing at a decent clip. The company’s patents and pending patents are encouraging. The pre-sales figure generated over such a short period of time is also very significant. In fact, it could be considered the most important bullish talking point for management to boast. Another big positive for the company and its investors is just how differentiated it is from the competition. That is a huge win.

Executive Summary

Taking all of the data we have and putting it together, it becomes clear that Scooterson is an interesting business. It certainly does offer some nice upside potential. Some weaknesses do exist, which means that investors are exposed to risks moving forward. However, these risks are not so large that they more than offset the potential upside the firm offers. Because of this, Scooterson has been rated a Neutral Deal at this time.

For questions regarding the KingsCrowd staff pick or ratings for this company, please reach out to support@kingscrowd.com

Analysis written by Daniel Jones.

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Security Type: SAFE
Valuation: $19,000,000
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