Chris’s Watchlist

Welcome to my watchlist. The startups you’ll see below have been hand-selected by me and they’re actively seeking investments from everyday investors like you and I.

Here you’ll find a high-level overview for each, see WHY they’re on my watchlist, and have the ability to dig deeper by reviewing a 3rd-party analysis or viewing their campaign page.


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Industry: Entertainment (Film)

Security Type: Revenue Share

Min Investment: $100

Price Per Share: N/A

Platform: Angel Funding

Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot tells the true story of a rural Texas community that adopted 77 children from the foster system, highlighting themes of love and community support. The film is raising funds for its Prints and Advertising (P&A) budget. Investors are invited to contribute to marketing and distribution efforts, with returns being paid from the film’s theatrical proceeds.

My Take: I normally don’t love movies as investments, but they did another movie called Sound of Freedom, and it crushed at the box office. Since this is a revenue share deal, the most you can make back is your original investment + 20%.

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Industry: Technology

Security Type: Equity

Min Investment: $5,000

Price Per Share: $8.50

Platform: StartEngine

H2O.ai makes it easier for other businesses to use artificial intelligence (Ai). They have created a tool called H2O that helps these businesses build and use Ai models to solve problems and make predictions. Their goal is to help people work better and faster by combining different types of Ai.

My Take: With big names like Google and Nvidia involved, this one is hard not to watch. Their last round was raised at a 1.7B valuation, so I can only imagine what they’ll be valued at this round. This could be one of the richest deals in Reg CF history. This deal is also for accredited investors only.

Industry: Retail

Security Type: Convertible Note

Min Investment: $100

Price Per Share: N/A

Platform: Wefunder

Spinjoy is a laundry service that aims to provide customers with a convenient and pleasant laundry experience while they shop. Spinjoy’s welcoming store design and industry-leading customer support are key aspects of its value proposition.

My Take: Spinjoy is venture-backed and they currently have a pilot with Walmart – both attractive aspects. The big question is… will shoppers want to do something like this, and will the prices be low enough for Walmart’s value-focused shoppers? The way I see it, this startup will either be a boom or bust… I don’t see it as an in-between.

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Industry: Technology

Security Type: SAFE

Min Investment: $100

Price Per Share: N/A

Platform: Wefunder

Techless is a company that aims to end smartphone addiction by offering “healthy phones” as an alternative to traditional smartphones. Techless’ flagship product is a minimalist smartphone that includes only essential features like calling, texting, maps, and a camera, while intentionally excluding social media, games, a web browser, and an app store.

My Take: Why am I watching Techless closely? Traction. They’ve done $2M+ in revenue (58.5% margin), and they’re on the front end of a growing movement with tons of growth still to be had. To learn more, watch my exclusive interview with the Techless founder here.

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Industry: Food & Beverage

Security Type: SAFE

Min Investment: $100

Price Per Share: N/A

Platform: Wefunder

Trashy (formerly Pulp Pantry) is a sustainable snack company that upcycles organic vegetable scraps like juice pulp into nutritious and delicious snacks. The company has generated over $2 million in revenue and sold more than 600,000 bags of its products.

My Take: Trashy is addressing a real problem (food waste), has significant traction from a $50B (growing) market, and has retail partners including Whole Foods, Thrive Market, and Fresh Thyme Market. They’re still early, but definitely have potential in my eyes.

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Industry: Technology

Security Type: Convertible Note

Min Investment: $100

Price Per Share: N/A

Platform: Wefunder

Contractor+ is a comprehensive software solution designed specifically for home service contractors to streamline their business operations. It offers a centralized platform that helps contractors manage various aspects of their business, including estimates, invoices, payments, scheduling, and communication with clients and employees.

My Take: The Contractor+ platform is built for scale and is solving a real problem. Add to that the user and revenue growth they’ve seen over the last few years and the Ai project they have in the works…they definitely have my attention.

Industry: Technology

Security Type: Equity

Min Investment: $648

Price Per Share: $8.00

Platform: StartEngine

AtomBeam has developed software that compresses Internet of Things (IoT) data by over 75%, enhancing both transmission efficiency and security. Their partners and customers include the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Space Force, and major tech players like Nvidia and Intel.

My Take: Two things grabbed my attention about AtomBeam: their strategic military contracts and partnerships with big-name tech companies like Nvidia and Intel. The wildcard: their round isn’t open right now, but it might open in the near future. You can join the waitlist if you’re interested…

Industry: Hospitality / Technology

Security Type: Equity

Min Investment: $499.10

Price Per Share: $1.61

Platform: StartEngine

Jurny is an AI-powered hospitality company that offers a complete property management solution for short-term rentals designed to dramatically boost operational efficiency. The company has achieved $2.2M in Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) and has established industry partnerships with major companies such as Airbnb, Vrbo, and Expedia.

My Take: Subscription-based platforms like Jurny are extremely attractive because of their recurring revenue model. And the fact that they’ve 5X’d their customer base in the last 9 months tells me they’re addressing a real need in the market.

Industry: Financial Technology

Security Type: Equity

Min Investment: $177.50

Price Per Share: $35.50

Platform: StartEngine

Sweater is a Colorado-based venture capital firm focused on opening up venture capital investment opportunities to everyday investors. Traditionally, these opportunities have been accessible only to accredited or qualified investors. Sweater has developed a platform that allows users to access the venture capital asset class directly.

My Take: I’m all about democratizing investment opportunities, so seeing what Sweater is doing gets me pretty excited. I also see this as a great way for startup investors to diversify their portfolios even more.

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Industry: Technology

Security Type: SAFE

Min Investment: $100.00

Price Per Share: N/A

Platform: Wefunder

Gryphon Online Safety has an AI-powered cybersecurity solution for home and business. Their products include a parental control router and internet safety system designed to combat screen time addiction and block access to inappropriate content, leveraging enterprise IT techniques to create a family-friendly wireless router. Gryphon’s mission is to protect children and families from internet threats, and they have sold over 60,000 units, actively blocking over 15 million threats.

My Take: I’m bullish on AI but I also see how it’s being used to exploit security vulnerabilities worldwide. Add to that the increased concern among parents (myself included) around online safety and screen time addiction…this is a startup I’ll be watching closely.

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Industry: Technology (Retail)

Security Type: Equity

Min Investment: $250

Price Per Share: $4.49

Platform: Issuance Express

VenHub is revolutionizing retail with autonomous, 24/7 smart stores, using AI for efficient operation with significantly lower costs and rapid deployment. With $44.8M in pre-orders, these plug-and-play stores offer a solution to traditional retail challenges, promising higher margins and faster openings.

My Take: When I first saw this one, I immediately thought “Novelty”. But…the more I looked into it, this has some legs. Why? Convenience, accessibility, and automation. I also like that this is an Equity play.

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Industry: Battery Technology

Security Type: Equity

Min Investment: $1,000

Price Per Share: $8.00

Platform: Dealmaker Securities

EnergyX’s breakthrough lithium extraction technology promises to extract up to 300% more lithium than traditional methods, positioning EnergyX as a leader in the clean energy transition. With over $66 million invested to date by 9,902 investors, EnergyX offers an investment opportunity in a company that has attracted support from the likes of General Motors and the Department of Energy.

My Take: Like it or not, the EV push is real and isn’t going away. With strategic agreements, over 75 patents, and backing from major institutions like General Motors and the Department of Energy, EnergyX definitely has my attention.

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Industry: Real Estate

Security Type: Equity

Min Investment: $1,000

Price Per Share: $1,000

Platform: Mundial Financial Group

SubTo Fund is a real estate investment fund led by real estate expert Pace Morby. It specializes in multifamily properties, primarily in Arizona and other Sunbelt states. They focus on acquiring and improving properties using creative financing strategies and target favorable returns for investors through a 5-7-year exit strategy.

My Take: Real Estate can be an incredible way to build wealth – it’s that simple. This deal has my attention because Pace Morby is behind it and I see it as having a high chance of success. But do the targeted returns excite me enough?