Momentum. The ultimate metric for pre-seed startups.

This is not a blog entry. Instead, it is a white paper I have produced in my line of work as General Partner at Accelerace Invest. But I post it here to log advances in my thinking. Introduction  Startups are defined by growth.   Growth is critical because startups are founded, build, and invested in on the assumption of rapid growth. Few founders, … Continue reading “Momentum. The ultimate metric for pre-seed startups.”

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Why being convincing is more important to startup founders than they imagine

This post will tell you a story from my youth that draws parallels to a feature of venture capital that has far-reaching consequences for startup founders. You will learn about my grades in school, how I dressed, and why all of it matters to pre-traction startups founders. Finally, you might see why VCs have not … Continue reading “Why being convincing is more important to startup founders than they imagine”

Assessing the potential speed of growth of startups with standard classifications of Beta and Alpha.

This is not a blog entry. Instead, it is a white paper I have produced in my line of work as General Partner at Accelerace Invest and Overkill Ventures. But I post it here to log advances in my thinking. Disclaimer  The theory, framework, and tools provided in this white paper are not attempts to create an exhaustive evaluation framework regarding investment decisions … Continue reading “Assessing the potential speed of growth of startups with standard classifications of Beta and Alpha.”

Startup tsunamis and how corporates face them

Most corporates think of startups as small businesses. Everyone knows that small businesses don’t matter. But startups move in waves. Sometimes waves are so big, we call them tsunamis. And tsunamis matter. This post will explain the nature of tsunamis. It will tell the story of a single earthquake that triggered two very different tsunamis. In … Continue reading “Startup tsunamis and how corporates face them”