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A guide to analyzing venture capital funds

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Use the “bird eye” technique to find your venture capital fund.

Investment opportunities offered by financial markets include alternative investments, which include so-called venture capital. We can classify such investments as direct,if invested directly in startups (underlying asset) or indirect (when you have no control of the underlying asset). Toggling between these two types of investments allows to diversify risk and obtain higher yields. Would you know how to analyze a venture capital fund correctly and accurately? To achieve this follow our bird eye approach and the six-step analysis we propose.

Bird eye technique

Like investments in startups, investingin funds involves a preset process that must be fully fulfilled. This process begins with the approach we call eye avizor,which involves a vision that is both telescopic (to detect good venture capital funds), panoramic (to establish comparison points between funds) and acute (to analyze them in detail and calibrate the investment). This approach is complemented by a six-step methodology described below.
  1. Fund strategy and alignment
The first step is to understand the type of fund you want to invest in, so you might want to keep in mind the risk and performance profile of the portfolio you’re managing. You have to find that the fund aligns as much as possible with your own investment strategy. Therefore be sure to review the following elements: year of the fund (vintage), investment stage, investment ticket of the fund in startups,sector or vertical investment, geography and size of the fund.
  • Management team skills
The team is the one who executes the strategy, makes things happen and takes care of the return on your investment. When valuing the team, he considers aspects such as relevant investment experience, sectoral experience and education, extensive network of connections between the geographies and verticals of the fund, high capacity for the origination of investment opportunities(dealflow),stability and cohesion of the team and the interaction and support offered to companies in their portfolios.
  • External validation(track record)
While past performance does not ensure future returns, knowing the historical performance of previous funds or individual partner portfolios is critical. To do this, we must take into account elements such as the History of previous funds or portfolios of the partners, the continuity of the partners in the fund, the quality and recurrence of the investors of the fund (LP’s), as well as validate the investments. It is important to understand the culture, motivation and incentives of the team, as the duration of a venture capital fund is usually at least 10 years and the expected yields are in your hands. The main elements to be assessed are the percentage of commitment of the main partner, the incentive structure (management and carried interest committee)and the activities related to the fund.
  • Background structure
As with any other type of investment, consideration should be given to the structure and terms of the vehicle to be reversed. In particular, the size of the fund, the deadlines, the jurisdiction, the cascade of payments and the economic issues.
  • Additional Investor Rights (LP)
Financial return is often the main objective of the entire investor; however, there are other types of rights that can be sought when analyzing and negotiating with a VC fund, such as: fund governance, co-investment rights and generation of investment opportunities(dealflow), informationand consulting rights, and access to the fund’s network.

In search of the perfect combination

These six elements must be closely related to achieve a perfect coupling and thus choose the optimal fund for your investments. Each of them must get a minimum desirable rating so you can move forward in the process. While each element is relevant in itself, it should not be the only consideration for making a final decision. Also, keep in mind that it’s hard to find a fund that’s 100 percent aligned to your goals.

Additional tips

– Take advantage of the momentum of the lifting of the fund – Marketing: Don’t let yourself be shielded by appearance or slip away by the pressure they can put on investing, focus on the content and hard data of the analysis. -Have face-to-face meetings – When the fund is managed by your friend or acquaintance, be much stricter in due diligence and do a comparative analysis avoiding biases. -Entrepreneur’s funds have no returns higher than traditional funds, each fund has its own merits. In short, consider that you will enter into a long-term relationship (10 years) so follow the dynamics of the eagle eye and use the 6-step methodology by calibrating the speed and detail of your analysis to ensure a successful hunt. *Héctor Shibata Salazar is professor of professor at EGADE Business School and director of Investment and Portfolio at AC Ventures Fund **Gonzalo Soriano is an investment analyst at AC Ventures Fund Editor’s Note: This text belongs to our Opinion section and reflects only the author’s vision, not necessarily the High Level point of view

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New OnePlus 9RT: Specs, launch date, colors revealed

OnePlus hasn’t said how much RAM the 9 RT will feature, however Geekbench has shown that it will sport 12GB of RAM. However, an 8GB variant will almost certainly be available.

Shenzhen [China]: The OnePlus 9 RT’s launch date and specifications have been revealed by OnePlus ahead of its official announcement.

According to GSM Arena, the OnePlus 9 RT will go on sale in China on October 13, or next week.
Although the new OnePlus smartphone will be unveiled in China first, it is expected to make its way to India as well. In India, the OnePlus 9 RT has yet to be announced.

The Snapdragon 888 SoC will power the OnePlus 9 RT, which will be paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. It will have a 120Hz E4 screen and a 4,500mAh battery that will charge at 65W. The primary camera on the 9 RT will be 50 megapixels.

OnePlus hasn’t said how much RAM the 9 RT will feature, however Geekbench has shown that it will sport 12GB of RAM. However, an 8GB variant will almost certainly be available.

The phone maker also revealed that the 9 RT will be available in two colour options: black and grey, and that pre-orders will begin on October 13 in China, with the first sale on October 19.

We’re still four days away from the launch, so expect more information regarding the OnePlus 9 RT in the days leading up to it.

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Meaning of CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, CTO and CMO: Calling each executive by name

The adoption of business terms and technicalities from English-speaking organizations is increasingly widespread, and acronyms that describe executive positions are often favorites when used by those responsible for the areas of the company. The use of acronyms such as CEO, COO, CIO, CTO and CMO has become widespread, both in more traditional organizations such as startups and other technology-based companies.

But what is the meaning of these acronyms?

If we pay careful attention to its definition, we will see that the meaning of CEO and the rest of the management figures of companies are much simpler than you thought.

What is the CEO of a company?

The CEO of a company is the acronym corresponding to the acronym for Chief Executive Officer, which in Spain we usually know as CEO or Executive Director. He is the head of administrative management and direction in the company.

Who is the COO?

It comes from the Chief Operating Officer and can be translated as Director of Operations or Chief of Operations, responsible for the daily operations of the company such as production, logistics, etc.

What does CFO stand for in English?

CFO is the abbreviation for Ch IEF Financial Officer. In our business culture it corresponds to the Chief Financial Officer and his responsibility is the economic and financial planning of the company based on the objectives established by the board of directors, generally made up of those responsible for each area that we are analyzing in this post.

What is the CIO of a company?

It comes from the acronym for Chief Information Officer. Their role is attributed to the person responsible for the company’s information technology systems and usually falls into different professional profiles depending on the organization’s structure. Thus, the position of CIO may be the counterpart of the systems manager, although there is ambiguity in its implementation and it is often confused with the CTO, which we explain below.

What does the acronym CTO stand for?

It is the abbreviation of Chief Technology Officer and it is usual to give it the same treatment as the system manager in an erroneous way by many companies. The main difference is that while the CIO is responsible for the company’s information services at the process level and from the planning point of view, the CTO is the technical person in charge of the development and correct operation of the information systems from the point of view of execution.

What is a CMO in a company?

It corresponds to the acronym of Chief Marketing Officer and its translation in our business language is that of Marketing Director as the head of sales and product development, among other functions.

Its application in practice is different according to the structure of each organization, and there may be various combinations in the hierarchy of these executive positions. In general, the meaning of CEO of the company falls on the highest part of the organization and has as subordinates the executives responsible for each area, who report directly to this CEO to make his decisions. However, in other organizational models, the position of CEO held by its president as the visible image in communication and public relations of the company, delegating the highest decision-making authority to the COO.

The meaning of CEO extends

This definition nomenclature of executive positions in companies does not end here. Many of these terms did not exist a few years ago, and the increasing specialization of departments in large organizations gives rise to new positions, which after the meaning of CEO and the other positions that we have seen evolve into new figures such as the CSO (Chief Science Officer), CCO (Chief Commercial Officer), CLO (Chief Legal Officer) among many other definitions of executive positions.

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Coworking: Need or Opportunity?

Many times when it comes to undertaking we see that there are a great multitude of impediments that stop our initiative.

One of the most obvious, especially in times of crisis, is financing. That is why a work modality called coworking has proliferated in Spain for a few years. But what is coworking?

The foundation of coworking is to bring together professionals from different fields in the same space where they can develop their activity, which means significant cost savings. In other words, it’s like having roommates with whom you share expenses.

Surely, you have heard a friend talk about a coworking space, collaborative work, cost savings, … So far great, but the philosophy that underlies this type of work is even broader. The work tends to be increasingly multidisciplinary and many times, as entrepreneurs , we cannot cover the requests of a potential client.

We are going to put an example. Let’s imagine that we are a freelance professional specialized in Online Marketing and we have several accounts as a Community Manager.

As you are self-employed, but you are not motivated either by being in your pajamas all day locked at home listening to music, or worse, some gossip program that they give in the morning on TV – not to mention going to work in a library where the WIFI is slower than on your first Smartphone – you decide to try a coworking space where you have all the comforts for a small price and from which you can always “run away” if things don’t go well for you.

One fine day comes the opportunity to create a Social Media plan for a company. Within this Plan the creation of a corporate blog, the creation of videos,… to which you obviously answer: “no problem!” Is contemplated, since it is an opportunity that you cannot miss.

Once you dismiss the client, you sit in your chair and a cold sweat starts to run down your forehead thinking “now how do I do all this?”

From its programming, database creation, corporate identity creation … to the creation of promotional videos and a long etcetera.

Suddenly you raise your head like a meerkat in the African savannah and you see Nika, that nice girl who is a web designer and a little further on you see Alfon, that “compi” with whom you go out for beer on Fridays when you finish ” currar ”and it turns out that in addition to working as an illustrator, he has a hobby which is making videos, especially for his friends, and on top of that, it’s really good!

Et voilá! You already have a fully qualified team to carry out your project… and who knows if a future company. This idea is what underlies the coworking philosophy : Being able to create flexible collaborative environments that adapt to the needs of projects or clients.

Obviously, cooperative work has its advantages and disadvantages. Creating a multidisciplinary team for a project can be complicated, since managing the team is not an easy task when the participants do not share a mutual philosophy or common goals. Therefore, it is important to create a team that complements each other both on a human and professional level, and above all that wants to move the project forward.

From my own experience, if you want to develop your own project and do not have funding , it is better to make it very clear to the participants the delivery times and what their role in the team is. Otherwise, you will end up spending more time trying to coordinate people than working directly on your project.
“Luck is what happens when preparation and opportunity meet and merge.” Voltaire

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