If there’s one thing life in quarantine has taught me, it’s the importance of practicality.

A few months ago, the products that were flying off the shelves were just so… frivolous.

Recreational drones… DNA testing kits for dogs… waterproof smart speakers… Hell, I know a guy who recently spent upwards of a thousand bucks so that he could tell his Amazon Alexa to turn every light in his house on and off (with custom colors, too).

It all seems so unnecessary now. Today, consumers can’t get enough of toilet paper. Antibacterial soap. All my local stores are out of baking powder and flour… and nobody’s talking about the latest gadget anymore.

Which is why I’ve noticed a strong trend in startup-land towards companies that create tangible solutions to the real problems we face every single day. Because even when this is all over and we return to our “normal” lives, it’s going to take much longer for us to feel like we can spend money on frivolities without feeling a little bit guilty or concerned.

It all ties back to one of my core investing philosophies: always look for startups that solve a problem. Sure, one could argue that boredom is a problem – one that could be solved by a recreational drone, perhaps. But the most profitable companies are those that make something people will need, even when they’re struggling to buy toilet paper.

I recently spoke to the founder of a company that’s making something undeniably necessary. In fact, it’s becoming more necessary each and every year.

I’m talking about knee implants. Right now, 600,000 Americans undergo knee replacement surgery annually. That number is increasing every year as the average age of the procedure gets lower. Not only are people harder on their joints than ever before, but other factors, including obesity, are becoming more prevalent too.

The problem, of course, is that joint replacements are a terrible ordeal to go through. You probably know at least one person who’s had a knee or hip replacement… and if you do, you know how rare it is for a replacement to be completely successful. Many of them require follow-up surgery a few years later; the majority of the others may cause lifelong pain and discomfort.

That’s where this startup comes in. They’re using state-of-the-art technology to try to make knee and hip replacements safer, more successful, and more comfortable for patients. Here’s how it works…

First, a patient’s existing joint is digitally scanned. Then, a 3D printer creates a nearly exact replica of the patient’s joint – its unique shape and size, which varies from person to person. Finally, a futuristic robotic arm performs the surgical drilling required for extremely precise placement. The result is a completely bespoke implant – and preliminary studies show that it could be up to 7X more stable than the current standard.

If that proves to be true on a large scale, I have no doubt that this company’s proprietary custom implants could become the new standard in this $19 billion (and growing) field. Right now, they’re raising up to $20 million to take their company to the next level and seek FDA approval for their implant solution.

The most unbelievable part, at least for me, is that they’re currently accepting non-accredited investors. That means you don’t need a high net worth or even a large income to become an investor. And I highly doubt that their low valuation will last long. If they achieve even a few of their near-term goals, I’d expect to see that number rise significantly.

Which means that right now is most likely the last opportunity to invest with these terms. Their current raise is open for just 9 more days. On April 24th at 11:59PM, this round will be closed forever. And while I really can’t say for sure… 90 percent of the time, when a company comes back to raise more money, they’re doing so at a higher valuation. That means less equity for your dollar. (Remember: the earlier, the better.)

Just click here to learn more about this opportunity.

I’ll be back soon with more.

Until next time,


Neil Patel

P.S. – Tomorrow at 1:00PM ET, I’m hosting a live Networking Session with Cameron Chell, CEO of the venture creation firm Business Instincts Group. We’ll be covering the many ways investors and entrepreneurs can keep moving forward when the markets are rough – plus much more. Click here to register your free spot.


Comments

23 responses to “The One Thing You Should Be Looking for Right Now”

  1. Hello Neil. I’ve taken the opportunity to participate in this startup deal and also the other two bonus deals mentioned in your presentation. Hoping for the best.

  2. I recently joined the Angels Entrepreneurs Club. The video I initially watched stated there were many investments available for as little as $50. I have unable to find any for an amount that I can afford, primarily under $100, but I’m very interested in investing. Can you please tell me how to find affordable investments?

    • Hi Jen,

      Thank you for getting in touch! My name is Sarah — I work on Neil’s team, and I’m helping him answer a few comments today.

      If you’re a VIP Founder, you can head to the company’s deal page and scroll down to “Angel Action Plan” to invest. Here’s the link: https://angelsandentrepreneurs.com/deals/167463/

      If you’re not a VIP Founder and are interested in upgrading your membership, please contact our Customer Care team at 866-310-1498, and they’ll be able to facilitate that for you.

      Cheers,

      Sarah

    • Hi Rick,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      If you’re a VIP Founder, you can head to the company’s deal page and scroll down to “Angel Action Plan” to invest. Here’s the link: https://angelsandentrepreneurs.com/deals/167463/.

      If you’re not a VIP Founder and are interested in upgrading your membership, please contact our Customer Care team at 866-310-1498, and they’ll be able to facilitate that for you.

      Best,

      Sarah

  3. Interested in Dr. Doug’s company.
    Please provide investor’s info — on how to do it before the deadline date, April 24th.

    • Hi there,

      If you’re a VIP Founder, you can head to the company’s deal page and scroll down to “Angel Action Plan” to invest. Here’s the link: https://angelsandentrepreneurs.com/deals/167463/.

      If you’re not a VIP Founder and are interested in upgrading your membership, please contact our Customer Care team at 866-310-1498, and they’ll be able to facilitate that for you.

      Cheers,

      Sarah

    • Hi Lyudmila,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      In order to invest in this company, you will need to purchase a subscription to Neil’s Private Deal Flow. If you’re interested in discussing pricing and details, you can reach our product specialist at 866-405-7674, 8am-5pm EST.

      Thanks again,

      Sarah

  4. Hello Neil or Sarah. So, joining Neil’s VIP group costs $5000.00 according to https://angelsandentrepreneurs.com/deals/167463/. I understand that $5000.00 is nothing compared to what you can make from one of Niel’s recommendations. However, most of us do not have $5000.00. We are looking for $100.00 investments. Can you please tell me where do I go for guidance in determining which are good startups to invest in? Thank you?

    • Hi Fitzroy,

      Thanks for reaching out. I’ll be stepping in on Neil’s behalf to address your concerns this morning.

      Since the launch of the program, Neil’s actually recommended two startups that – at the time – had a minimum investment amount of $50. Those companies upped their minimum investment amounts to $100 a few days later. However, members will continue receiving 1-2 recommendations each month and I can assure you that Neil and his team are on the lookout for the coveted $50-$100 ones. Hope this helps!

      If you have questions or concerns regarding membership or pricing, please don’t hesitate to give our customer care team a call at 866-310-1498, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm EST.

      Thanks,

      Sarah

    • Go to Republic.com , you will have to vet the information yourself, and read the fine print, check out the TAM, and apply what you have learned on the A&E site, there are startups only requiring $50 to invest, you have to look for them. https://republic.co/

  5. I just joined the network for one year at $39.99. After reading the few questions and responses from Sarah Rowan regarding the investors
    ( Jen & Fitzroy) it appears to me that you must be a VIP Investor, and therefore more money to join Angel Network. The entire presentation from Mr. Patel and Mr. Herjavec speak to the investor with as little as $50.00, not $5000.
    Already I’m suspect, whether this is a scam of Mr. Patel and Mr. Herjavec to make money with subscriptions at $39.99 and $79.99.

    • Hi Roberta,

      Thank you for your comment.

      We provide our readers with two memberships: Angels & Entrepreneurs Network and Private Deal Flow. The main difference in these memberships is the minimum investment amounts of the recommended deals. Since the launch of the program, Neil’s actually recommended two startups that – at the time – had a minimum investment amount of $50. Those companies upped their minimum investment amounts to $100 just a few days later.

      If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to give our Customer Care team a call at 866-310-1498, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm EST.

      Thank you,

      Sarah

  6. Ok I’m confused I guess. I paid $79 to get a membership which was supposed to assist me with finding deals, I could invest in as low as $50. Not even sure where to find that information?
    Next the deal with the knee implants. I’m not sure I get that either. I pay $1450 but does that include any investment? Or does that just give me another membership I’m not sure how to use? I need help!

    • Hi Randy,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      You can find all of your available deals by going to your “Deals” page on the Angels & Entrepreneurs website after you log in.

      In order to invest in this company, you will need to purchase a subscription to Neil’s Private Deal Flow. If you’re interested in discussing pricing and details, you can reach our product specialist at 866-405-7674, 8am-5pm EST.

      Thank you!

      Sarah

      In order to invest in the knee

  7. Hi Neil or sarah
    l really need help over here l paid 129 for my angel subscription,
    l receive another email to upgrade to deal 495 for lifetime angel deal and now l receive another email to upgrade to VIP deal .what is all this subscription.? So far l haven’t seen any deal flow from all the subscription l have,
    I’m interested in investing but l dont have $1450 to paid in full, is the any paying plan for VIP subscription? Please reply. Thank you

    • Hi Rah,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      If you aren’t interested or aren’t able to upgrade right now, that’s okay! There are deals currently open and available for investing at each level of membership, and I encourage you to check out their due diligence packages on our site.

      If you have any questions about your membership, or would like to speak to a member of our team directly about membership pricing, please don’t hesitate to give our customer care team a call at 866-310-1498, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm EST.

      Thank you,

      Sarah

    • Hi Lodivina,

      Thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately, this raise closed on April 24 at 11:59PM.

      We will absolutely provide updates if the company decides to open another round, but in the meantime, I encourage you to check out the other deals on our site!

      Best,

      Sarah

  8. So after I paid $1450 on a 2 month payment to invest on the knee replacement and then another $1000.00 to invest on the research, I find out that I have to wait till they reach their goal before I can transfer my investment to stocks. That was a lot of my savings to buy into this knee replacement. Now I have to find a broker to be able to buy stocks. I am totally new at this and didn’t know that there is so much involved in trying to achieve the money that was mentioned. All I wanted to do was to buy stocks to help with achieving a goal that is going to cost a lot of money. I need more help in wanting to just purchase stocks. If someone to steer me in that direction please.

  9. I want to invest in Dr. Doug’s company. He is the reason I joined your company. How can I invest? Where do I go to get the details for this. Are you going to give me the information, because you are not very clear on this matter.
    Lynne

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