How to Run a Business Better Than a Venture Capitalist

How to think and manage like the top venture capitalists who receive 13x or higher revenue streams for their investors.

Sam Schreim
The Startup
Published in
11 min readMay 5, 2022

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In business, there is a lot of wisdom — good and bad — but few facts. However, of the things we do know, the indisputability that inventions and innovation drive economic competitiveness is key. Likewise, it is vital to note that the venture capital industry plays a key role in fueling the startup ecosystem, which is the driving force for innovation. Starting from only a few dozen venture capital firms in the 1970s, Preqin now reports that venture capital is a $1.9 trillion industry that accounts for 20% of private market Assets Under Management (AUM) globally, with fundraising growing at 10% per year.

According to Statista, venture capital investments in the US alone have grown from $22 billion in 2009 to $130 billion in 2020. Moreover, globally, venture capital funds’ investment strategies recorded the best performance among all private capital investment strategies for several years in a row and in the first quarter of 2021, according to PitchBook’s latest benchmarks, with an IRR of 20%.

The other trend to observe is that the lifetime of existing and running businesses is shrinking. The idea is this…

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Sam Schreim
The Startup

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