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Venture Building

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What any investor needs to know about venture building studios

Startup studios are interchangeably known around the globe as venture studios, venture builders, or company builders. These venture builders are getting a lot of attention these days. If ten years ago, there were fewer than a handful, today, there are more than 500.

Venture Building

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5 Benefits of creating a corporate startup together with external entrepreneurs

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.

Venture Building

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What is a Venture Validation Sprint and how can you use it to de-risk your corporate startup failing?

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.

Venture Building

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Venture Building Studios 101 - A new model for entrepreneurship

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?

Media for Equity

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The future of Media for Equity: AR, VR and streaming platforms

Media for Equity investments require an exchange of media resources for equity or capital. The model is being touted as an alternative to the classic VC (Venture Capital) investment and it has gained popularity over the last 20 years in Western and Northern European countries.

Investment

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5-Step Guide for Media Holdings’ CEOs in Central Eastern Europe to Get Started With Media for Equity Investments

The question of Media for Equity being a new source of revenue for media agencies comes down to the method these deals are being implemented. If the implementation of a Media for Equity deal involves a partnership with a media agency, as in the case of the German Media Pool, then the answer is yes. The shares are then distributed according to each deal.

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David Timis is a keynote speaker focused on the impact that AI will have on the future of work. He has Master’s Degrees in Business Administration and Management and Public Policy, and work experience in the private, public and NGO sectors. He has guest lectured at renowned universities, such as Cambridge University in the UK and the College of Europe, and delivered presentations for a diverse range of clients, including Google, the European Commission, and AIESEC.

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Max is an entrepreneur turned investor, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. After co-founding and exiting an online legal services company in The Netherlands, Max was on the founding team of Eleven Startup Accelerator in Bulgaria, after which he turned to angel and private investments by co-founding an angel investment syndicate, called Teres Angels and he also pioneered several leading ecosystem initiatives like EIR Tribe, TRACTIONCamp, and SummitSummit. Currently he is a managing partner at Vitosha Venture Partners.

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Louis Havriliuc is the founder and owner of Simbound, a digital marketing learning platform. While on the lookout for ethically designed technology, he has pioneered a simulation method for digital marketers to hone their skills.

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April 27, 2021

Media for Equity - An untapped investment model for broadcasters and startups in CEE

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.

August 26, 2021

What any investor needs to know about venture building studios

Startup studios are interchangeably known around the globe as venture studios, venture builders, or company builders. These venture builders are getting a lot of attention these days. If ten years ago, there were fewer than a handful, today, there are more than 500.

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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.

Valentin Maior

CEO Techmatch

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.

Michel Chaffe

CEO Wolves Summit