you debate quitting your 9 to 5 to pursue your startup full-time 🚀
you need encouragement to make the leap, so you try:
listening to motivational speakers
reading self-help books
hyping yourself up in the mirror 🪞
these options fail to help you self-reflect and plan for the future
this week’s company provides a peer coaching platform that enables users to work toward their goals
Topknot is a wellness platform that connects and guides users through peer development sessions
wellness: for users looking to take action on an area in their lives
connects: the core offering, Topknot Time, matches two users with similar goals in a synchronous, hour-long session where users take turns prompting and sharing
guides: the platform automates prompts, provides self-evaluation tools, and helps users take actionable steps
bulleted version: Topknot is like a workout class for personal development, where users join sessions to exercise their self-improvement muscles 🏋🏻♂️
industry: consumer internet, health & wellness, professional development
headquarters: San Francisco, CA 🌁
year founded: 2020
company size: 3 employees
investors: Full Circle, Homebrew, Uprising, Base Ventures, 27V, Backstage Capital, Copper Wire Ventures, Phin Barnes, Nick Caldwell, Melissa Tidwell, Laura Butler, Merline Saintil, Jeff Lawson, Aston Motes, Joe Greenstein, Rachel Sheinbein
amount raised: $1m total, pre-seed stage
business model: b2c
Sweater Ventures is proud to announce round two of Barnburner, the world’s largest CONSUMER pitch competition.
Imagine Shark Tank meets America’s Got Talent. Founders will compete to pitch on a live stage for a $500k investment from a panel of VCs, filmed in front of a live consumer audience, and premiered to a global consumer audience.
Your vote makes all the difference in deciding who makes it to the final stage. Vote here today through the Sweater app.
📝 all synchronous: Topknot requires users to be present at specific times, which may limit the potential for early user growth and high active use time
why Topknot: with 500+ trial members, 200+ unique session attendees, and early paying customers, we are confident that this company is a top-notch platform for personal development 📈
🚕 first event in the books: we loved meeting our NYC community at the Tech Breakfast Club last week!
🤑 fundraise alert: in October, we covered OneRoof, a social platform for apartment communities
what do you think of Topknot?
we want to hear from you!