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by Honeycomb Portal, LLC


Angel investing for everyone


$290M valuation cap Future Equity
$50K, $250K
Amjad Masad Founder and CEO, Replit
Users are waking up to the fact that they should be part of the upside. It’s clear to me that the future of the internet lies in community ownership. And any startup that wants to align their incentives with that of their users should consider a community round!


$650M+ raised for 3000+ founders
$10M+ annual revenue
Cash flow positive expected over Q4 '23
#1 market leader in Regulation Crowdfunding from 2016-2023
Some VC-backed startups that raised on Wefunder: Substack, Mercury, Replit, & Arrived
Over $5 billion of VC funding has been invested in startups first funded by Wefunder
Created this industry by lobbing Congress to pass the JOBS Act

Our Team

I started Wefunder because I wanted to invest in my friends - to help them dream bigger, be the best versions of themselves, and reach their ambition. Across America, so much raw talent is being wasted. The purpose of my life is to fix that, to help tens of thousands more founders "take their shot".

We want to create millions of new angel investors

Our goal is to increase the GDP of America. We believe the more angel investors there are, the more innovation happens, and the wealthier our society becomes.

We want to help fund tens of thousands of founders, all backed by early investors who believe in their vision. We are just getting started.

We're currently working on making it prestigious for even VC-backed startups to raise a Community Round - so their users, customers, and passionate fans can invest alongside venture capitalists and other wealthy well-networked insiders.

Our ultimate goal is to make it normal for startups to raise on Wefunder in a "mini-IPO" before they file for a "real IPO". We want to re-create the market of the 1990s, when investors could get liquidity in a few years - not over a decade.

A decade-long quest to reform the law

The main barrier to our vision has been 1930s-era laws. It used to be illegal for everyday investors to invest in startups. So in 2012, we set out to persuade Congress to allow anyone to invest in the startups. It worked. We were invited to watch Obama sign the JOBS Act into law.

The initial regulations were badly designed. From 2013-2020, we struggled to build a viable business while lobbying Congress and the SEC to fix the regulations. Finally, in 2021, the law was reformed and our growth took off.

With the newly reformed laws, more venture-backed startups - like Substack, Mercury, & Replit - used Wefunder so their customers could co-invest with VCs.

The market leader in an emerging duopoly

Wefunder has led the industry since day one. We were named the largest online platform in 2022 and we remain the leader in 2023 according to Kingscrowd.

StartEngine continues to be a strong competitor. They recently acquired the fourth largest platform, SeedInvest.

Republic's Reg CF volume fell significantly over 2023: we've raised 5X more than them over the last 3 months. We no longer consider them our top competitor.

Over the years, many other equity crowdfunding platforms have fallen by the wayside. We expect the industry to continue to consolidate. Much like Kickstarter and Indiegogo in rewards-based crowdfunding, we expect equity crowdfunding to end up as a duopoly of Wefunder & StartEngine.

Why startups raise on Wefunder

The best way to help investors is to convince more high-quality startups to allow them to invest. We're the market leader because we've been ruthlessly focused on convincing more founders that raising on Wefunder helps their business succeed.

Many of the best high-growth startups can easily raise money from VCs. So why do they also use Wefunder? Here is the Substack CEO in his own words:

We've led the industry on funding startups like Substack. Using an SPV is critical for venture-funded startups and our competitors don't support them. With the SPV, we can also mandate that startups offer our investors the same security that professionals invested under - unlike common stock or a "crowd SAFE".

We have a growing moat with network effects

Wefunder is a marketplace with strong network effects. Our advantage grows larger with time, making it very hard for new entrants to compete with us.

I. Startups go to the platform that delivers the most money. Investors go where the best startups go.

Why have we killed off over 60 competitors, including Indiegogo when they tried to compete with us directly? We focus maniacally on founders – the supply. If good investments are there, investors stampede in. Supply is the crux.

Once a platform is known as the place where the best startups get funded, with the most investors, it's very hard for a new entrant to come in.

II. We rely on word of mouth for growth, not paid ads

We spend close to $0 on paid advertising. Instead, we rely on word of mouth: founders are our best advocates. The more founders that we fund, the more referrals to other founders we get.

III. Economies of scale increase over time

Our custom back-end software is what makes equity crowdfunding economical. The larger we grow, the more we invest in our software, increasing our cost advantage. It is non-trivial for a new entrant to replicate.

GMV & Revenue: Goal is to 2X in 2024

Our goal is to at grow at least 2X year over year. We had a consistent track record of annual growth until interest rates rose in early 2022 - when, for the first time, we saw a year-over-year decline.

Despite a challenging year, we've outperformed the market by a fair margin. Venture activity dropped over 80% by Q1 2023 according to Carta. AngelList called Q2 2023 the worst quarter in their history. Our drop has been smaller.

We believe the worst is now over and we've now adapted to the high interest rate environment. We’ve seen a recovery starting in July. Our expectation is that we will resume 2X year over year growth in 2024.

Our 2022 financials are public. We've dramatically cut costs since then. We expect to be cash flow positive over the remainder of 2023, with monthly expenses averaging under $750,000. We earned $896,960 in August 2023.

How we plan to grow the industry

Increase the prestige of raising a Community Round

A few years ago, a startup that raised online was thought to be 'desperate' and therefore a bad investment. That is changing. Building a startup that customers love so much that they want to invest should be more prestigious than raising from VCs. Some venture-funded startups now brag about it in Times Square.

Help raise rounds up to $150M with secondaries

Currently, we're focused on seed and Series A financings, up to about $10 million. However, as we grow our investor base, there should be one day be enough liquidity to fund rounds up to $150 million. We want to re-create the market of the 1990s, when investors could get liquidity in a few years - not over a decade.

Retail venture funds

Currently, there is no equivalent of a mutual fund or ETF on Wefunder for retail investors to invest in a diversified venture capital portfolio. When we fix this, we expect many more investors will allocate a portion of their portfolio to venture.

Better investor experience

Our focus in 2024 will be on dramatically improving the investor experience. We're building better portfolio tracking tools, better ways to conduct and share due diligence, and ways to build an audience and talk to other investors.

Use of Funds

While we could aim to stay cash flow positive and grow more slowly, we believe we could grow faster in 2024 if we invest in two areas:

  • Investor-Focused Product Team. We'd like to hire product designers and software engineers 100% dedicated to improving the experience of investors.
  • Legal Structure for Unaccredited Venture Funds. We have over a million retail investors. We'd like to offer them venture capital funds to invest in, to get an instant diversified portfolio. This is legally complex to set up.

Why Invest Now

We believe that we're at the bottom of the macro-economic tailwind caused by the end of the decade-long zero interest rate era. We've absorbed the shock and see early indications that we are about to enter the next growth cycle.

Our two main competitors - StartEngine and Republic - are both valued at over a billion dollars. We believe they are both over-valued now that tech valuations have fallen by around 50% since the 2021 peak.

We don't believe in raising large amounts of capital at super-high valuations. We'd prefer to raise a small amount of money, from our customers, at a substantial discount to our competitors.

A thank you from our CEO

As our founder & CEO wrote in our last investor update:

There are two areas that gave me the drive to start Wefunder and then the passion to stick with it for a decade.
One is giving “normal people” the ability to invest in the best private companies - to help reduce wealth inequality. When I started Wefunder in 2012, I thought it was absurd that the wealthy had a government-protected monopoly on access to the highest-growth investments. We’ve made tremendous strides since then, but it’s not enough. I want to spend 2024 on finding more ways to give Wefunder investors access to high-quality investments that have the potential for high returns - the sorts of returns that only well-networked accredited investors currently enjoy.
The other area is more emotional. I personally find the most fulfilling moments in my life are when I help others reach their potential. That’s what angel investing is about for me - believing in someone, proving it with my investment, and then helping them reach their dream. I can think of dozens of ways Wefunder can make this experience far more powerful - to propagate a social movement where millions of new angels help fund the things that create more wealth for us all.
Almost 10,000 people have believed in Wefunder and invested in it. That motivates us all to do our best to make you proud. We’re grateful to you all. And in many ways, that’s what we want to propagate outwards to tens of thousands of other companies, all funded by those who believe in them.

We hope you join us! We’re just getting started.

About Honeycomb Credit

We've partnered with Wefunder Inc to host their Regulation Crowdfunding Offering. Say hi at [email protected].

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