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Bring live streaming to the world's largest professional network for creatives

Bring live streaming to the world's largest professional network for creatives


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Vampr, with a pre-money valuation of $9.6 million, is raising crowdfunding on WeFunder. Vampr is the social network for musicians and is set to become the LinkedIn of all creative people. The application allows musicians all over the world to connect and collaborate with one another and has plans to open it up to other creatives including filmmakers, fashion designers, and animators. Vampr was founded by Josh Simons and Baz Palmer in 2015. The current crowdfunding round of Vampr has a minimum goal of $50,015 and a maximum goal of $577,606, and the funds will be used for app development, sales and working space, marketing, IT operational, and administrative services. Vampr has already facilitated the connection of over 6 million professionals across over 190 countries and targets to reach 10 million users and $3 million in revenues by the first quarter of 2021.

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Financials as of: 10/16/2020
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Raise History

Offering Name Close Date Platform Valuation/Cap Total Raised Security Type Status Reg Type
Vampr 03/31/2022 Wefunder $19,999,007 $884,874 Equity - Preferred Funded RegCF
Vampr 02/12/2021 Wefunder $9,600,000 $710,972 Equity - Preferred Funded RegCF
Vampr 01/16/2020 Wefunder $6,750,000 $525,802 SAFE Funded RegCF
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Social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn make it possible to connect with virtually anyone in the world. However, the ubiquity of these social networks also makes them unfocused and unhelpful for certain needs. Some consumers need to form connections with specific people for specific reasons, which has driven the rise of niche social networks. These communities welcome members with particular shared interests or experience, enriching the quality of interactions and connections. 

Musicians and other creators rely more than most on high-impact connections and opportunities. Hundreds of thousands of performing musicians in the United States alone are recording demo tracks, communicating (or attempting to communicate) with agents and record labels, and performing at small venues. Unfortunately, becoming a popular musician isn’t easy. This group struggles to make money, even more so during the COVID-era shutdown of live performances. 

Artists are hungry for collaborations that could catapult them into prominence. But large social networks don’t offer the specialization and additional features to facilitate productive exchanges. That’s where Vampr comes in. 

Vampr is “the world’s largest network for creatives.” A rough cross between Tinder and LinkedIn, Vampr allows creatives to match with each other to form community and collaboration opportunities. Vampr is offering more than just networking though. It is also developing a fuller feature suite that allows artists to manage their creative projects and stream live to fans and fellow musicians. Ultimately, Vampr is looking to become the leading self-serve platform for artists to develop their careers without dependence on major record labels and tours.  

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

Next Section: Price


Vampr is raising at a $9.6 million valuation with no discount. This raise is a follow-on round from another crowdfunding opportunity that Vampr closed in January 2020, which raised just over $1 million at a $6.75 million valuation cap. The current valuation is reasonable given that the company has developed significant traction among users and owns meaningful proprietary technology. However, the company has seen minimal revenue growth since its last raise, and the intervening impact of the global pandemic is concerning. Therefore, Vampr’s price rating is relatively low. 

Next Section: Market


The entire concept of Vampr relies on the niche of the creative industry, so Vampr’s total addressable market size is significantly smaller than companies appealing to the entire global universe of consumers or businesses. While there are hundreds of thousands of independent musicians in the U.S. alone (likely numbering in the low millions worldwide), some estimates indicate that there are less than 2,000 full-time musicians in the U.S. — and presumably only a few thousand more around the world. 

While creatives certainly do not need to be working full-time on their art to connect in the Vampr social network, that group is the most likely to actually pay money for Vampr’s set of Pro features (including IP representation and wholly-owned distribution on major music services). Assuming that this small core of full-time artists (subtracting those who are represented by a record label) is Vampr’s most likely target customer — plus some portion of the part-time creatives around the world — Vampr’s obtainable market for paying customers numbers in the ten or, optimistically, low hundred thousands. That’s a small market for an early-stage company to attack, so Vampr’s market score is its lowest.

Next Section: Team


Vampr was founded by two musicians, Josh Simons and Baz Palmer. Simons, the company’s CEO, worked his way up in the music industry for years, collaborating with Travis Scott and Keith Urban and generating tens of millions of streams. He was named to The Music Network’s 30 Under 30 Power List this year. Palmer, Vampr’s co-founder (who is presumably not working full-time on the business), is an Australian Hall of Fame musician who has hit Platinum as a songwriter and guitarist for the band Hunters & Collectors. He has toured onstage for more than 20 years. 

Vampr’s team also includes a CTO, Head of Insights, and Head of A&R (artists and repertoire) with many years of experience working for startups and in the music industry. Overall, Vampr’s team is deeply connected with the company’s target audience and backs up that empathetic understanding with solid business and music industry expertise. Therefore, Vampr’s team score is one of its highest. 

Next Section: Differentiators


Vampr combines a niche social network with industry-specific creator tools — including IP representation, music distribution, and live streaming. Therefore, the product spans two primary domains with different competitors within each. 

As a social network, Vampr is obviously competing against major incumbents like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and even TikTok. Facebook and LinkedIn are arguably the most closely related to the core value that Vampr provides. Those two sites allow people to discover and connect with other individuals based on relatively well-targeted searches (among groups on Facebook and by profession/title on LinkedIn). On the surface, it seems difficult for Vampr to take on these established leaders. However, the app has already won over 500,000+ users, and Vampr’s team has the personal experience to recognize that creatives are not best-served by existing solutions. Therefore, as a niche social network, Vampr is relatively well-differentiated. 

As a suite of creator tools, Vampr is competing against a number of music distribution and publishing platforms, both existing and new. This space is relatively crowded, and all competitors are attacking a fairly small market as it is. Vampr also faces significant competition in its new live streaming vertical, particularly over the last several months. Many event-focused companies have pivoted to focus on streaming in the age of COVID, and other new startups are seizing the opportunity to offer live streaming tools. For example, a new startup called Launch recently raised funds on Wefunder as well. That startup focused exclusively on curating live-streamed performances for indie artists. 

Overall, Vampr has some strong points of differentiation. However, it may struggle to compete among a crowded market on the side of the business that actually generates revenue. Therefore, Vampr’s differentiation rating is middle-of-the-road. 

Next Section: Performance


Vampr’s user acquisition performance has been strong, particularly in recent months since the coronavirus pandemic. The app has welcomed over 500,000 users over the last several years with its free social networking features — a significant success for a niche company like this one. 

Vampr’s financial performance has been less impressive, largely because the company is currently struggling to monetize. Vampr generated just $17,000 in revenue last year, down from over $93,000 in 2018. With the launch of the Vampr Pro subscription for creator tools, the company projects hitting over $780,000 in revenue between October 2020 and October 2021, though these projections are speculative at this point. 

While Vampr’s financial picture is not stellar, the company’s performance on the metrics that arguably matter most to an early-stage mobile app company are strong. Therefore, Vampr’s performance rating is the company’s strongest. 

Next Section: Other

Bearish Outlook

Vampr has enjoyed clear success as a social network for creatives, and new branding and app functionality have significantly improved user experience in the last several months alone. Vampr seems to have a bright future as the place for creatives to connect and collaborate, but it is not at all clear whether the company will ever achieve success in monetization. 

Vampr only just launched a paid subscription for creator tools earlier this year. It is focused on boosting conversion rate to create more paying customers out of its sizable free subscriber base. However, the market for these paid creator tools is likely very small, and that market is being targeted by a number of competitive companies offering music distribution services, live stream capabilities, and more. 

Therefore, the bearish scenario for Vampr is that the company grows as a targeted social network and collaborative marketplace for creatives, but cannot properly monetize that success to build a sustainable business with returns to investors.

Next Section: Bullish Outlook

Bullish Outlook

Vampr is a well-recognized brand name among the creative industry. The company’s social networking capabilities have undoubtedly fostered countless productive connections and collaboration opportunities among artists over the last few years. This network for creatives has formed a loyal and active user base. Vampr is now shifting to focus primarily on converting those users into paying subscribers. 

Vampr launched a paid subscription plan (Vampr Pro) in August, and the initial two months of traction have made the company bearish about its future potential to monetize. Vampr Pro has demonstrated a 30.4% 30-day retention rate, with almost 90,000 monthly average users since launch. This early success has sparked revenue projections of over $780,000 within the next year, growing to $2.7 million the next year. 

Vampr is clearly led by an experienced team that is tightly connected to its target audience. This team may well have the potential to become the market leader in creative networking and production worldwide.

Next Section: Executive Summary

Executive Summary

Vampr is a niche social network for artists and creators, namely in music. Users can connect and propose collaborations with other users on Vampr. They can also manage key portions of their music career within the app (including IP rights and streaming distribution) while cutting out the gatekeepers of the formal music industry. Vampr’s user traction is impressive, and the company’s team is well-connected to its target market and experienced in entrepreneurship and the music industry. 

However, Vampr may struggle to achieve significant monetization among a very niche target market. It is facing stiff competition from other startups and the established music industry itself. The company has generated very little meaningful revenue in years past. Current revenue projections for the future are speculative off of just a couple months of performance from Vampr’s paid product. Therefore, Vampr has been rated a Neutral Deal. 

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Analysis written by Katy Dolan. 

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Platform: Wefunder
Security Type: Equity - Preferred
Valuation: $9,600,000
Price per Share: $17.73

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