building marketplace business models

How to build a successful marketplace based startup? And why would one want to focus on building such a startup in the first place? What are the most promising segments in the space today? To tackle these questions, I draw on: A recent conversation with the world’s top seed investor and expert in marketplaces, Fabrice Grinda A recent conversation with Romain Serman, Head of BPI…

Fabrice Grinda - Generating superior returns and capital efficiency

Fabrice Grinda, the world’s top seed investor, is developing an efficient investment strategy and achieving a steady 68% realized Internal Rate of Returns since 2009 across 540 startup investments by following a specific investment guide. Fabrice is following an investment philosophy much different from most Venture Capitalists:  1/ Many VCs are spending their time in low return startups while Fabrice, independent of LPs for capital,…

Jeffrey Bussgang - Venture Capitalist - building meaningful business relationship to generate handsome returns

In previous post, showed that Fabrice Grinda is generating handsome returns for several reasons : wise time allocation going for a high potential business model efficient risk mitigation unit economics Today, I’m going to look at a few other principles. Sixth principle to securing handsome returns : Fabrice is assessing a team’s relevance based on 2 distinct abilities 1/ Do we like the team?…

In a previous post, I discussed how the world’s top seed-investor, the Franco-American Fabrice Grinda is generating superior returns in seed investment. I discussed 2 of his 8 principles, including wise time allocation and going for startups operating on platform-based business model. Today, I talk about several other principles related to platforms and funding positioning. Third principle on generating superior returns in seed investment…

Top Venture Capitalist

In a previous post, I discussed how Venture Capital creates value. The Venture Capital business consists in investing in money-losing companies offering superior growth rates and the prospect of 100x returns in 5 to 7 years. But, in truth, many VCs don’t return the capital to their Limited Partners, as Private Equity and advisor to the Kauffman Institute, Diane Mulcahy has shown in an…

Yes, adding capacity is a must, but minimizing risks proves crucial too Building additional capacity is only addressing part of the issue. The ecosystem here in France would surely benefit from boosting capital efficiency ; that’s the value created per dollar invested. Turning 5 billion euros to 15 billion euros starts with making each dollar count and mitigate risks. According to Crunchbase and the Journal of Empirical…