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Key takeaways from our empirical study

At Capnamic, we always apply the 3 T’s when making an investment decision — team, timing and technology (read more here). …


Venture capital investment cases are supposed to scale — heavily. Heavily growing companies have great products and strong inbound demand — so customers want to get that product (!!). But is that all the magic? Yes and no — because I think that these companies outperform their peers regarding the ability to scale their business. From my view, this ability can be broken down into broadly applicable “dimensions of scalability” — this article briefly and non-exhaustively summarizes a few of the dimensions. Have fun!

*PRE-WARNING (!) MY VIEW IS BASED ON LEARNINGS I HAVE MADE MOSTLY WITH “TECH-STARTUPS” IN MY ROLE AT CAPNAMIC…


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“In the Western world, the term dōjō primarily refers to a training place specifically for Japanese martial arts such as aikido, judo, karate, or samurai.”

Welcome! This article is supposed to be a questionnaire for VC/startup people to master the relevant aspects of a commercial due diligence (DD). This list of questions should be answered precisely and any startup should be prepared for them. Find the main article here.

There are a lot of questions to be asked when it comes to the commercial dimension of a startup. Actually this part of the DD commences in the very first moment a VC talks to the founder or in the first scroll through the pitch-deck. As you can see in the chart of martial arts in VC DD you can define at least four different clusters of a startup’s commercial side: product, market, metrics and exit. Every question is fairly simple, but answering it sufficiently requires some training! As dojos are for many different fighting styles, they are phrased to be broadly applicable and limited in count. …

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