Aristotle called the American Dream a “Good Life” 2500-years ago. A Meaningful Life, he explained, was one spent in worthwhile projects that build a sustainable society; communities – with all the basics of a Good Life’s abundant food, shelter, supports for family and health, education, transportation, energy, opportunity, prosperity and security.
Worthwhile Ventures is a step-by-step Plan in Finance, Business, Engineering, and Economics to build sustainable economies and communities – and this Worthwhile Autonomous-Delivery Fund builds the inter-related technology companies needed to deliver:
- Food – Organic Grown, Packaged Goods & Meats; delivered to home or to market
- Goods & Appliances
- Raw and Refined Resources, Forestry and Landscaping
Supported Transport Technologies Include:
- Passenger Cars
- Bus/Transit – TransDev, Navya
- “Last-Mile” Delivery Robots & Drones
- Warehouse Order-Picking & Delivery Integration – InVia Robotics
- eCommerce Integration
Initially there are two Canadian companies, two French, and two U.S. companies suggested for funding.
This configuration is subject to change but is initially a $80-$90M Fund with average cheque size of $10 million. Average ROI for Canadian Startup Investment is forecast at less-than three years. An EBITDA target of >$20M in anticipated in Year-2.
The fund has planned for Tier-A Audit/Compliance/Legal Management.
Strong priority was given during investment selection, to funding only companies that have both a versatile revenue and business model.
Our strong Robotics Business Model reduces typical R&D feast-or-famine revenue risk while also reducing the typical Robotics Company Return-on-Investment (ROI) duration from five-years+, down to two and three years.
The Worthwhile Autonomous Delivery Fund targets companies that offer solid 30% profitability and offer collective operating revenues that meet our fund milestone of >$20M EBITDA in Year-2 or Year-3. $85M in Series-B Up-Rounds is planned within two years predicated on the successful close of a $197M initial placement; $300M in share-value gains is our Year-3-to-5 Series-D up-round estimate. Our estimating assumes that none of our most successful hi-tech companies will reach IPO before Year-5, but the Robotic Delivery marketplace is “hot” at this time and so IPOs might make sense.
Individual Autonomous Delivery companies are grouped by sub-themes of Cars, Trucks, Buses, Last-Mile and all funded groups showcase easy interfacing to both customers and supplier warehouse/order-picking or manufacturing centres. Preference is also given to companies that mitigate investment risks both Pessimistic and Optimistic, and by co-investing options that our fund managers can understand transparently.
Cheque size is between $7.5 to $20 million for SEED or Round-A through Round-G investment. See Page 7 for a Business Plan Summary explaining Profit and Capitalization targets per funded company.
Alan Turing’s 1943 Universal Machine began a 70-year era of automation that is as promising as it has been disruptive. G7 Governments appear universally uncertain about how to support citizens through a steady barrage of job-losses at the same time that the benefits of automation are undeniable.
The reality is that if we do not “shoot where the duck will fly” today, then we will find ourselves purchasing our automated goods from China, Germany, and others within five years – and we already see this today. No other country will be willing to spend more for our lower-quality production exports – and this failing of our exports will have a devastating, destabilizing economic impact.
To solve this critical problem, CSQ Research – our guiding Think-Tank, compared the production, debt and trade stats of 180 countries and found that 72% are in a collapse-trending today (a “collapse-trending” indicates debt and trade deficits). So – we analyzed the policies of the other 28%: the “Advancing” nations, and found that these countries were routinely on the high export-per-capita (ExCap) list as well.
It seems that countries with high ExCaps very rarely have economies in a collapse trending. The Netherlands’ ExCap is $33,600, Canada is $13,300, and the US is $5,100. The US and Canada are collapse trending; Holland is Advancing. When corrected to Holland’s ExCap levels, Canadians would earn $630 billion in new exports annually – that’s 250% of today’s exports. The U.S. misses out on $8 trillion by this measuring and the U.K. loses $1.5 trillion – annually. China is Advancing with low ExCap – as an exception, but their brilliant and Herculean 30-year plan to lift 1.3 billion people out of the stone-age still showcases a standard-of-living for the average citizen that would be a steep step-backward for G7 nations. Low-ExCap is the economy of the dark-ages – basically.
For Canada, and other nations, $630 billion in new country-wide export revenues make a compelling Business Case for i) social supports that also support exports; ii) automations that support a Good Life at a fraction of the cost; while we sleep; and iii) the importance of casting into sharp relief the very high price-tag of inequity-levels that prevent a highly-productive population.
To get G7 nations up to high-ExCap-levels, will require economic policies similar to those summarized as “#TEMature” at http://csq1.org/transition-economics-maturity-model/#TEMat including Graduated and Reverse Taxation, Guaranteed Incomes, Engineering Safety Nets, Retraining, and similar Policies.
Fortunately, the price of bolstered support programs amount to just 1/10th of new revenues. Find the stats that we used to develop our conclusions here: http://csq1.org/forums/topic/middle-class-for-power-49-percent-for-prosperity/ and http://csq1.org/forums/topic/the-business-case-for-guaranteed-incomes/.
Worthwhile PLC automations adhere to #WPProjects’ list of the 250 specific interconnected technologies needed to create a new economic engine (see http://csq1.org/world-peace-transition-projects-faq/). This new economic “Injector” creates exportable production that lifts ExCap levels, incomes, and improves spending-power – while we sleep – and this is how Worthwhile Ventures solves the problem of incomes lost through automation.
Insisting upon public investment in these interconnected Renewable Automations is a shift in thinking as beneficial as was Henry Ford’s assembly line. It’s a strategic shift that supports worthwhile and profitable industry at the same time that it also harvests the trillions of dollars in economic prosperity left on the table when our technology Investments do not inter-operate to support a “Good Life”.
When Finance prospers at the same time that Debt, Deficits, Unemployment, Incomes and Trade Deficits are corrected, Investment Markets too – can be considered sustainable and worthwhile.