- Awarded Best New Brand at the 2020 Digiday Media Awards
- Graduated and received investment from Snap Inc.’s Yellow Accelerator
- Frame stories have an average watch time of more than 5:00 minutes (based on 9 documentaries published to date), which is 18x+ the 0:17 second average watch time for a video on the Facebook newsfeed (based on 2017 data)
- Angel investors include co-founder of Twitter, Biz Stone
- Press coverage from notable publications including TechCrunch, Poynter, and Journalism.co.uk
- Total Amount Raised: US $313,000
- Total Round Size: US $1,000,000
- Seed :
- Minimum Investment: US $1,000 per investor
- : Crowd Note
- Side by Side Offering
- : US $5,000,000 Final
- Valuation Cap Schedule: See Full Schedule
We are in the middle of a news crisis. More than 40% of American adults are actively avoiding the news, and nearly 70% are overwhelmed by it. This is not only a major concern for our democracy, but a big opportunity to create a new kind of media company that reengages news consumers.
Frame rethinks the voice, format, and distribution of news in order to deliver an experience that both solves news avoidance and fundamentally expands the market for digital journalism.
Frame stories are 10-15 minute short documentaries in the style of narrative non-fiction (think Netflix’s Wild Wild Country or the podcast, Serial). Every Frame story takes a major issue in the news, from the opioid crisis to the rise of immigration enforcement, and tells a plot-driven, human story at the heart of it.
In addition to our unique editorial voice, we have developed a new kind of story format for mobile. Frame stories are published in a vertical video, tap-through format, that includes interactive features throughout (from maps to timelines) that allow viewers to dive deeper into the piece.
We then deliver our mobile-first, interactive documentaries primarily through SMS, where subscribers can receive news updates on stories they’re interested in following and ask our journalists questions directly via text.
Combining these 3 pillars, Frame creates a differentiated experience that makes the news feel deeply enjoyable, substantive, and participatory.
Frame stories have an average watch time of more than 5:00 minutes, which is 18x+ the average watch time for a video on the Facebook newsfeed (:17). In addition, our subscriber count has recently been growing at 15%+ MoM. In Q4 2019 we landed a branded content deal with a major U.S. nonprofit and plan to launch paid memberships in Q1 2021. In June, Frame won Best New Brand at the Digiday Media Awards.
A Side by Side offering refers to a deal that is raising capital under two offering types. If you plan on investing less than US $20,000.00, you will automatically invest under the Regulation CF offering type. If you invest more than US $20,000.00, you must be an accredited investor and invest under the Regulation D offering type.
US $63,000 (under Reg CF only)
US $4,500,000 no later than Oct 9, 2020
US $5,000,000 Final
Investors who invest $50,000 or less will have their securities held in trust with a Custodian that will serve as a single shareholder of record. These investors will be subject to the Custodian’s Account Agreement, including the electronic delivery of all required information.
For all investors:
A one-year membership to Frame (worth $50) which will start when paid memberships launch in Q1 2021 (members will receive a wide range of exclusive content and features)
For investors who invest in first two weeks:
- A limited-edition Frame t-shirt
For investors who invest $10,000 or more:
- Quarterly update call with members of Frame's executive team
For investors who invest $25,000 or more in first two weeks:
Annual private meeting and strategy session with founder and executive team (for five years)
Quarterly update call with members of Frame's executive team
For investors who invest $50,000 or more:
Annual private meeting and strategy session with founder and executive team (for five years)
Quarterly update call with members of Frame's executive team
For investors who invest $100,000 or more:
- Invitation to become a Frame founding member which will include your name on our site’s masthead
Annual private meeting and strategy session with founder and executive team (for five years)
Quarterly update call with members of Frame's executive team
It is advised that you consult a tax professional to fully understand any potential tax implications of receiving investor perks before making an investment.
The graph below illustrates theor the of Frame's prior rounds by year.
In the past few years, narrative non-fiction storytelling has exploded with podcasts like Serial getting hundreds of millions of downloads and shows like Netflix’s Making a Murderer and Tiger King becoming national phenomena. At the same time, mobile video consumption is growing rapidly, with video projected to account for 79% of all mobile data traffic by 2022 (up from 59% in 2017). Despite the growing appetite in the U.S. for premium narrative non-fiction content and the rise of mobile video, no publisher we are aware of apart from Frame is dedicated to making narrative non-fiction in a video format made for mobile devices. This gap in the market creates an opening for Frame, which has been creating mobile-first documentaries for more than two years, and owns and operates a powerful content management system capable of efficiently creating stories in this unique format.
On top of the expanding market for Frame’s content, our core targeted revenue streams, paid subscriptions and branded content, are both showing significant industry-wide growth. Digital news subscribers increased 208% from 2013 - 2018, showing audiences’ growing willingness to pay for digital journalism. In addition, advertisers are spending more on branded content, with publishers' branded content revenue increasing 40% year over year from 2017 - 2018. We have received a lot of interest in using our interactive, mobile-first format to tell brands’ stories and plan to grow branded content into a six-digit annual business by the end of 2021 (explore the Data Room for more detailed financial projections).
The development and commercialization of the Company’s products and services are competitive. It faces competition with respect to any products and services that it may seek to develop or commercialize in the future. Its competitors include major companies worldwide. The news media market is an emerging industry where new competitors are entering the market frequently. Many of the Company’s competitors have significantly greater financial, technical and human resources and may have superior expertise in research and development and marketing approved services and thus may be better equipped than the Company to develop and commercialize services. These competitors also compete with the Company in recruiting and retaining qualified personnel and acquiring technologies. Smaller or early stage companies may also prove to be significant competitors, particularly through collaborative arrangements with large and established companies. Accordingly, the Company’s competitors may commercialize products more rapidly or effectively than the Company is able to, which would adversely affect its competitive position, the likelihood that its services will achieve initial market acceptance and its ability to generate meaningful additional revenues from its products and services.
The Company’s expenses will significantly increase as they seek to execute their current business model. Although the Company estimates that it has enough runway until end of year, they will be ramping up cash burn to promote revenue growth, further develop R&D, and fund other Company operations after the raise. Doing so could require significant effort and expense or may not be feasible.
The Company projects aggressive growth. If these assumptions are wrong and the projections regarding market penetration are too aggressive, then the financial forecast may overstate the Company's overall viability. In addition, the forward-looking statements are only predictions. The Company has based these forward-looking statements largely on its current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that it believes may affect its business, financial condition and results of operations. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.
The Company may face challenges maintaining, promoting, and growing its brand through marketing and communications strategies. It may prove difficult for the Company to dramatically increase the number of customers that it serves or to establish itself as a well-known brand in the competitive news media space. Additionally, the product may be in a market where customers will not have brand loyalty.
The Company must correctly predict, identify, and interpret changes in consumer preferences and demand, offer new products to meet those changes, and respond to competitive innovation. Consumer preferences for the Company's products change continually. Its success depends on its ability to predict, identify, and interpret the tastes and habits of consumers and to offer products that appeal to consumer preferences. If the Company does not offer products that appeal to consumers, its sales and market share will decrease. It must distinguish between short-term fads, mid-term trends, and long-term changes in consumer preferences. If the Company does not accurately predict which shifts in consumer preferences will be long-term, or if it fails to introduce new and improved products to satisfy those preferences, its sales could decline. In addition, because of its varied customer base, it must offer an array of products that satisfy the broad spectrum of consumer preferences. If the Company fails to expand its product offerings successfully across product categories, or if it does not rapidly develop products in faster growing and more profitable categories, demand for its products could decrease, which could materially and adversely affect its product sales, financial condition, and results of operations.
In addition, achieving growth depends on its successful development, introduction, and marketing of innovative new products and line extensions. Successful innovation depends on its ability to correctly anticipate customer and consumer acceptance, to obtain, protect and maintain necessary intellectual property rights, and to avoid infringing the intellectual property rights of others and failure to do so could compromise its competitive position and adversely impact its business
Quality management plays an essential role in determining and meeting customer requirements, preventing defects, improving the Company’s products and services, and maintaining the integrity of the data that supports the safety and efficacy of its products. The Company's future success depends on their ability to maintain and continuously improve their quality management program. An inability to address a quality or safety issue in an effective and timely manner may also cause negative publicity, a loss of customer confidence in the Company or the Company's current or future products, which may result in the loss of sales and difficulty in successfully launching new products. In addition, a successful claim brought against the Company in excess of available insurance or not covered by indemnification agreements, or any claim that results in significant adverse publicity against the Company could have an adverse effect on their business and their reputation.
In general, demand for the Company's products and services is highly correlated with general economic conditions. A substantial portion of their revenue is derived from discretionary spending by individuals, which typically falls during times of economic instability. Declines in economic conditions in the U.S. or in other countries in which they operate may adversely impact their consolidated financial results. Because such declines in demand are difficult to predict, the Company or the industry may have increased excess capacity as a result. An increase in excess capacity may result in declines in prices for their products and services.
The Company's technology has a limited history and may perform below expectations. The Company uses technology that has not been previously implemented on customer projects, and it may experience technological problems that it is unable to foresee. If the implementation of its proprietary technology is unsuccessful, it could negatively impact the successful operation of projects using its systems and may result in additional payments, deductions or defaults under its agreements. In addition, there is a lack of long-term reliability data for its proprietary system. Actual long-term performance of these projects may fall short of expectations.
The Company’s Board does not keep meeting minutes from its board meetings. Though the Company is a Delaware Corporation and Delaware does not legally require its corporations to record and retain meeting minutes, the practice of keeping board minutes is critical to maintaining good corporate governance. Minutes of meetings provide a record of corporate actions, including director and officer appointments and board consents for issuances, and can be helpful in the event of an audit or lawsuit. These record-keeping practices can also help to reduce the risk of potential liability due to failure to observe corporate formalities, and the failure to do so could negatively impact certain processes, including but not limited to the due diligence process with potential investors or acquirers. There is no guarantee that the Company’s board will begin keeping board meeting minutes.
The Company does not have formal advisor agreements in place with listed advisors. Advisor agreements typically provide the expectation of the engagement, services, compensation, and other miscellaneous duties and rights of the Company and advisor. These individuals may not be compensated for their expertise and advice. There is no guarantee that advisor agreements will be entered into.
The reviewing CPA has included a “going concern” note in the reviewed financials. The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming the Company will continue as a going concern, which contemplates the recoverability of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business.The Company has incurred losses from inception of $81,966 (company certified financials update this figure to $168,583), and has not launched principal operations which, among other factors, raises substantial doubt about the Company's ability to continue as a going concern. The ability of the Company to continue as a going concern is dependent upon management's plans to raise additional capital from the issuance of debt or the sale of stock, its ability to commence profitable sales of its flagship product, and its ability to generate positive operational cash flow. The accompanying financial statements do not include any adjustments that might be required should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.
The Company has engaged in related party transactions. During the period ended March 31, 2020, the Company advanced funds to a shareholder of the Company. Amounts owed to the Company as of March 31, 2020 are non-interest bearing and have no maturity date. At March 31, 2020 the outstanding amount owed to the Company is $1,451.
The Company has not prepared audited or full reviewed financial statements. Therefore, investors have no audited financial information regarding the Company’s capitalization or assets or liabilities on which to make investment decisions. The Company also has not provided a full year of reviewed financials. If investors feel the information provided is insufficient, then they should not invest in the Company.
The Company is not current with its taxes or annual reporting obligations, and as a result, it has forfeited its good standing status in the state of Delaware. Loss of Good Standing could impact the Company's ability to do business, as the negative consequences potentially include: losing access to the courts, as a company that is not in good standing may not bring a lawsuit in that state until good standing is restored; tax liens; making it more difficult to secure capital or financing; losing naming rights; being subject to fines and penalties; or administrative dissolution or revocation. Although the Company has stated that the error is clerical, and in the process of being corrected, in addition to the above consequences, the lapse of good standing may also indicate poor corporate governance or legal oversight.
The Company is subject to many U.S. federal and state laws and regulations, including those related to privacy, rights of publicity, and law enforcement. These laws and regulations are constantly evolving and may be interpreted, applied, created, or amended, in a manner that could harm their business. The technology and use of the technology in the Company's product may not be legislated, and it is uncertain whether different states will legislate around this technology, and, if they do, how they will do so. Violating existing or future regulatory orders or consent decrees could subject the Company to substantial monetary fines and other penalties that could negatively affect their financial condition and results of operations.
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has adversely impacted global commercial activity and contributed to significant declines and volatility in financial markets. The coronavirus pandemic and government responses are creating disruption in global supply chains and adversely impacting many industries. The outbreak could have a continued material adverse impact on economic and market conditions and trigger a period of global economic slowdown. The rapid development and fluidity of this situation precludes any prediction as to the ultimate material adverse impact of the novel coronavirus. Nevertheless, the novel coronavirus presents material uncertainty and risk with respect to the Funds, their performance, and their financial results.
You may be subject to a different valuation cap from other investors in this Offering. The Company has an evaluated valuation cap of $5,000,000. However, investors that invest earlier in the Offering may be rewarded with a lower valuation cap. Investors that have their subscription received no later than September 18, 2020 will be issued Tier 1 Notes, which have a valuation cap of $4,000,000. Investors that have their subscription received after September 18, 2020 but no later than October 9, 2020 will be issued Tier 2 Notes, which have a valuation cap of $4,500,000. Investors that have their subscription received after October 9, 2020 will be issued Tier 3 Notes, which have the evaluated valuation cap of $5,000,000. Investors that invest earlier in the Offering are rewarded with a lower valuation cap, and their notes may therefore convert at a lower price. Investments made by SI Selections Fund I, L.P. and through the SeedInvest Auto Invest program will always deemed Tier 1 Notes, regardless of the date the subscription was received. Other than the differences in the valuation cap described herein, there are no other differences between Tier 1 Notes, Tier 2 Notes, and Tier 3 Notes.
Start-up investing is risky. Investing in startups is very risky, highly speculative, and should not be made by anyone who cannot afford to lose their entire investment. Unlike an investment in a mature business where there is a track record of revenue and income, the success of a startup or early-stage venture often relies on the development of a new product or service that may or may not find a market. Before investing, you should carefully consider the specific risks and disclosures related to both this offering type and the company which can be found in this company profile and the documents in the data room below.
Your shares are not easily transferable. You should not plan on being able to readily transfer and/or resell your security. Currently there is no market or liquidity for these shares and the company does not have any plans to list these shares on an exchange or other secondary market. At some point the company may choose to do so, but until then you should plan to hold your investment for a significant period of time before a "liquidation event" occurs. A "liquidation event" is when the company either lists their shares on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
The Company may not pay dividends for the foreseeable future. Unless otherwise specified in the offering documents and subject to state law, you are not entitled to receive any dividends on your interest in the Company. Accordingly, any potential investor who anticipates the need for current dividends or income from an investment should not purchase any of the securities offered on the Site.
Valuation and capitalization. Unlike listed companies that are valued publicly through market-driven stock prices, the valuation of private companies, especially startups, is difficult to assess and you may risk overpaying for your investment. In addition, there may be additional classes of equity with rights that are superior to the class of equity being sold.
You may only receive limited disclosure. While the company must disclose certain information, since the company is at an early-stage they may only be able to provide limited information about its business plan and operations because it does not have fully developed operations or a long history. The company may also only obligated to file information periodically regarding its business, including financial statements. A publicly listed company, in contrast, is required to file annual and quarterly reports and promptly disclose certain events — through continuing disclosure that you can use to evaluate the status of your investment.
Investment in personnel. An early-stage investment is also an investment in the entrepreneur or management of the company. Being able to execute on the business plan is often an important factor in whether the business is viable and successful. You should be aware that a portion of your investment may fund the compensation of the company's employees, including its management. You should carefully review any disclosure regarding the company's use of proceeds.
Possibility of fraud. In light of the relative ease with which early-stage companies can raise funds, it may be the case that certain opportunities turn out to be money-losing fraudulent schemes. As with other investments, there is no guarantee that investments will be immune from fraud.
Lack of professional guidance. Many successful companies partially attribute their early success to the guidance of professional early-stage investors (e.g., angel investors and venture capital firms). These investors often negotiate for seats on the company's board of directors and play an important role through their resources, contacts and experience in assisting early-stage companies in executing on their business plans. An early-stage company may not have the benefit of such professional investors.
Representatives of SI Securities, LLC are affiliated with SI Advisors, LLC ("SI Advisors") Representatives of SI Securities, LLC are affiliated with SI Advisors, LLC ("SI Advisors"). SI Advisors is an exempt investment advisor that acts as the General Partner of SI Selections Fund I, L.P. ("SI Selections Fund"). SI Selections Fund is an early stage venture capital fund owned by third-party investors. From time to time, SI Selections Fund may invest in offerings made available on the SeedInvest platform, including this offering. Investments made by SI Selections Fund may be counted towards the total funds raised necessary to reach the minimum funding target as disclosed in the applicable offering materials.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Side by Side offering refers to a deal that is raising capital under two offering types. This Side by Side offering is raising under Regulation CF and Rule 506(c) of Regulation D.
The Form C is a document the company must file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) which includes basic information about the company and its offering and is a condition to making a Reg CF offering available to investors. It is important to note that the SEC does not review the Form C, and therefore is not recommending and/or approving any of the securities being offered.
Before making any investment decision, it is highly recommended that prospective investors review the Form C filed with the SEC (included in the company's profile) before making any investment decision.
Rule 506(c) under Regulation D is a type of offering with no limits on how much a company may raise. The company may generally solicit their offering, but the company must verify each investor’s status as an accredited investor prior to closing and accepting funds. To learn more about Rule 506(c) under Regulation D and other offering types check out our blog and academy.
Title III of the JOBS Act outlines Reg CF, a type of offering allowing private companies to raise up to $1 million from all Americans. Prior capital raising options limited private companies to raising money only from accredited investors, historically the wealthiest ~2% of Americans. Like a Kickstarter campaign, Reg CF allows companies to raise funds online from their early adopters and the crowd. However, instead of providing investors a reward such as a t-shirt or a card, investors receive securities, typically equity, in the startups they back. To learn more about Reg CF and other offering types check out our blog and academy.
When you complete your investment on SeedInvest, your money will be transferred to an escrow account where an independent escrow agent will watch over your investment until it is accepted by Frame. Once Frame accepts your investment, and certain regulatory procedures are completed, your money will be transferred from the escrow account to Frame in exchange for your securities. At that point, you will be a proud owner in Frame.
To make an investment, you will need the following information readily available:
- Personal information such as your current address and phone number
- Employment and employer information
- Net worth and income information
- Social Security Number or passport
- ABA bank routing number and checking account number (typically found on a personal check or bank statement)
If you are investing under Rule 506(c) of Regulation D, your status as an Accredited Investor will also need to be verified and you will be asked to provide documentation supporting your income, net worth, revenue, or net assets or a letter from a qualified advisor such as a Registered Investment Advisor, Registered Broker Dealer, Lawyer, or CPA.
An investor is limited in the amount that he or she may invest in a Reg CF offering during any 12-month period:
- If either the annual income or the net worth of the investor is less than $100,000, the investor is limited to the greater of $2,000 or 5% of the lesser of his or her annual income or net worth.
- If the annual income and net worth of the investor are both greater than $100,000, the investor is limited to 10% of the lesser of his or her annual income or net worth, to a maximum of $100,000.
Separately, Frame has set a minimum investment amount of US $1,000.
Accredited investors investing $20,000 or over do not have investment limits.
You are a partial owner of the company, you do own securities after all! But more importantly, companies which have raised money via Regulation CF must file information with the SEC and post it on their websites on an annual basis. Receiving regular company updates is important to keep shareholders educated and informed about the progress of the company and their investment. This annual report includes information similar to a company’s initial Reg CF filing and key information that a company will want to share with its investors to foster a dynamic and healthy relationship.
In certain circumstances a company may terminate its ongoing reporting requirement if:
- The company becomes a fully-reporting registrant with the SEC
- The company has filed at least one annual report, but has no more than 300 shareholders of record
- The company has filed at least three annual reports, and has no more than $10 million in assets
- The company or another party purchases or repurchases all the securities sold in reliance on Section 4(a)(6)
- The company ceases to do business
However, regardless of whether a company has terminated its ongoing reporting requirement per SEC rules, SeedInvest works with all companies on its platform to ensure that investors are provided quarterly updates. These quarterly reports will include information such as: (i) quarterly net sales, (ii) quarterly change in cash and cash on hand, (iii) material updates on the business, (iv) fundraising updates (any plans for next round, current round status, etc.), and (v) any notable press and news.
Currently there is no market or liquidity for these securities. Right now Frame does not plan to list these securities on a national exchange or another secondary market. At some point Frame may choose to do so, but until then you should plan to hold your investment for a significant period of time before a “liquidation event” occurs. A “liquidation event” is when Frame either lists their securities on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
You can return to SeedInvest at any time to view your portfolio of investments and obtain a summary statement. If invested under Regulation CF you may also receive periodic updates from the company about their business, in addition to monthly account statements.
This is Frame's fundraising profile page, where you can find information that may be helpful for you to make an investment decision in their company. The information on this page includes the company overview, team bios, and the risks and disclosures related to this investment opportunity. If the company runs a side by side offering that includes an offering under Regulation CF, you may also find a copy of the Frame's Form C. The Form C includes important details about Frame's fundraise that you should review before investing.
For offerings made under Regulation CF, you may cancel your investment at any time up to 48 hours before a closing occurs or an earlier date set by the company. You will be sent a reminder notification approximately five days before the closing or set date giving you an opportunity to cancel your investment if you had not already done so. Once a closing occurs, and if you have not canceled your investment, you will receive an email notifying you that your securities have been issued. If you have already funded your investment, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, you may go to your account's portfolio page by clicking your profile icon in the top right corner.
If you invest under any other offering type, you may cancel your investment at any time, for any reason until a closing occurs. You will receive an email when the closing occurs and your securities have been issued. If you have already funded your investment and your funds are in escrow, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, please go to your account's portfolio page by clicking your profile icon in the top right corner.