The hottest trends in VC

We  have read the latest Venture Capital studies to see the key trends in the market: what is hot and what is not. As a result, we 1. Compiled some of the most interesting trends 2. Added  few of our own conclusions and predictions. The links to the sources we have used are at the […]

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ICOs: Snake Oil or the New Normal?

From a humble beginning in 2014, ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) have become a major boom in startup funding: the global ICO volume during 2017 was about $6 Billion. This number is still far below VC activity which was over $160 Billion globally in 2017. However, when we consider that less than 10% of the global […]

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Exit: Preparing for the battle

In our mind, guidance for exit is one of the most valuable things a VC can bring to the table – and  it is naturally an important task for our Company Canvas process. Exit is also a fairly complex process – a constantly moving target with multiple different paths like: IPO – The most sought after […]

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Young guns vs. old farts: who wins the startup game?

We love stories of young guns under 30 starting hugely successful companies: Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook when he was 20 Larry Page and Sergey Brin were 25 when starting Google Microsoft: Bill Gates was 19 and Paul Allen 22 Katrina Lake was 27 when she founded Stitch Fix And the list goes on. Is creating successful startups […]

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Why VC’s seek 10x returns

When a VC firm turns down an investment claiming that there is not good potential for 10x return, the reaction is sometimes pretty incredulous. From a founder’s perspective, building a business that creates a 5x return on investment might sound very good. To understand why VCs seem to seek very high multiple returns, we need […]

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Strategy: Where to play and how to win?

A simple way to define the strategy is ask two key questions: Where to play? and How to win? Where to play – Defines what markets and customers the company will serve, and more importantly, which ones it won’t. How to win – Defines the general approach how to find success, differentiate and win customers. Strategy […]

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Activist VC Glossary

IIn this Activist VC Glossary, we translate some commonly used but still sometimes obscure venture capital jargon to plain English. Should you come across any terms you think are important but you cannot find in this list, let us know and we’ll be happy to add them. Acquisition The terms merger and acquisition mean slightly […]

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Good companies always get funded, right? WRONG!

Surprisingly, I quite often hear local Nordic industry experts claiming that all good startups always get funding – that they will get international funding even if there is no local money available. And from this, they infer that the availability of local funding is not really a bottleneck for growth companies. I believe this is […]

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The Lure of Corporate Venture Capital

Increasingly often, high tech startups are offered funding by Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) players with seemingly attractive terms. The CVC may also offer synergies, network and other support your business that a regular VC may not bring to the table. This sounds good, but is there a catch? Potential mismatch An entrepreneur should keep in […]

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US and European VCs fight for supremacy – the results may surprise you

A recent study by the London School of Economics shows that when comparing the right parameters, European VC actually performs equally well as US venture capital. Why does the European VC industry have such a bad reputation? The reputation of the VC industry in Europe still suffers from the unreasonably large weight of investments made […]

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CEO – The Most Important Success Factor

We believe the CEO is the single most important success factor of a startup. And the most important way for a VC to add value for a typical portfolio company is to ensure having the right CEO in charge and helping her to succeed. So, it should not be a surprise, that the CEO is […]

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How we monitor and help our Portfolio?

Now it is time to get down and dirty. In this blog entry (and several that will follow), I will describe in detail the process we use to monitor the portfolio companies and help the management teams achieve our common goals. Tools: Slack and Company Canvas First of all, we use Slack within Nexit. We […]

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The Activist VC Manifesto

In our two decades of Venture Capital, Nexit has adopted a set of six key operating principles. We call them the Activist VC Method and will share them with you now. In Venture Capital, things don’t always go as planned – in fact, they rarely go. Early stage companies are pivoting while searching for a scalable […]

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Nexit Who?

In a nutshell, Nexit Ventures is the largest, oldest, and most experienced VC fund in Finland with numerous exits to leading global tech industry players. Nexit Ventures team members have launched and developed numerous successful high-tech companies and also worked for world-class corporations. In doing this, we have picked up vast amounts of experience and expertise and […]

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Current & Planned Posts

In this Activist VC Blog we will share in detail how we operate, why we and portfolio companies have been successful, and also where we have gone wrong. We will also share the actual tools and methods that we use ourselves for things like valuing companies, tracking company progress, and planning exits etc. The full […]

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