Some corporations, including Google, Cisco or Axa have successfully developed their own “venture studios”, launching numerous new businesses over the course of several years. However, most of these ventures once validated are spun-out and not developed internally. Netflix spun out its “Netflix Box” division, which became Roku -- a company that now has a $4 billion-plus market cap. Fog Creek Software (now Glitch) spun out Trello and Stack Overflow. Cisco spun out -- and subsequently acquired -- three different startups from the same group of founders. However many more had tried but failed to deliver the expected results and had their units closed.↗
In this article, we’ll explore the first phase of the venture building process - a 2-3 months venture validation sprint covering the building blocks of start-up creation: idea generation, validation and pre-launch execution. This process is designed to quickly identify, validate and test new concepts and de-risk the chances of failure when scaling the business further.↗
Media for Equity, as an investment model where media resources are traded for equities and capital between Media Groups, Media for Equity investment pool and companies, is quite popular in Western Europe in countries such as Sweden, Germany, Italy, United Kingdoms, Spain, Belgium. Aside from Russia and Poland (whose Media for Equity investment fund has gone defunct meanwhile), there are virtually no Media for Equity investment funds in Eastern Europe. Read this article to learn more about the untapped potential of media for equity.↗
Media for Equity is an investment model viewed as an alternative to the traditional VC (Venture Capital) where Media Groups offer media resources in form of advertising to companies in exchange for equities and capital. The deals are usually done through a third party, known as a Media for Equity investment fund. Learn more about the best candidates for Media for Equity deals.↗
Venture builders are getting a lot of attention these days. Some even refer to venture building as “the new model for entrepreneurship”. So what is a startup studio? How does a venture building studio compare to accelerators and product development agencies? What are the different types of startup studios?↗
Grai Ventures launched the “Rise of Media for Equity as an alternative investment model” whitepaper in April 2021 along with a pan-European panel discussion to debate some of the key research findings. This article offers a glimpse into the research and the key topics covered on the panel.↗
An untapped investment model for broadcasters and startups in Eastern Europe
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Recent headlines about large valuations and big funding rounds hide the fact that a huge number of venture-backed startups fail. 34% of startups fail because they lack a product-market fit whilst a further 22% do so because of little understanding of marketing strategies and how the media works.↗
We knew that the tech startup ecosystem is lacking sales departments inside the fresh-founded companies. Together with Grai we defined a venture structure, services, and technology that proved to be what the market needs. With Grai's experience, venture building systems, and processes we launched the new business in 6 months.
When deciding who to work with we met two camps: people who said they could do everything we said we wanted, and then Grai, who came with a real process and a methodology about how to achieve what we wanted. We were faced with the challenge of turning out tech conference of 1000+ people into a hybrid event and increase sales. – and Grai’s digital strategy approach was the perfect match.