ACTIVIST VC BLOG

Activist VC Glossary – VC jargon explained

This is the Spring 2019 edition of our popular Activist VC glossary. It has all the goodies from the previous editions, a bunch of new terms, and more examples and links to blog posts and other resources that give practical examples of the terms. As always, should you come across any terms you think are […]

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The hottest VC trends of 2019

One of our most popular posts last year was our review of the hottest VC trends of 2018. So, without further ado, here is an updated version for 2019. Similarly to last year, we reviewed a ton of VC and startup related reports and studies and: 1. Compiled some of the most interesting trends 2. […]

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The Ekahau story

One of our portfolio companies, Ekahau, was acquired last fall by Ookla, the global leader in internet testing, data, and analysis. We thought that now, when the dust has settled a little bit, is the right time to take a bit more comprehensive look at the history of Ekahau and how we applied the Activist VC […]

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A Senior Facebook Executive Joins Nexit

We’ve often talked about the importance of having several experienced partners with complementary skill sets and how that kind of resourcing is one of the key aspects of our Activist VC approach. Well, we’ve done something about this. Practicing what we preach With this in mind, we are especially proud to announce that Mr. Markku Mäkeläinen has […]

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Is the ICO Fever Over?

When we last looked at the ICO (Initial Coin Offering) scene in May 2018, the market had just hit a new monthly USD 7 Billion all-time high (please see the note at the end of the post). There were some fraudulent offerings and other warning signs, but the ICO fever was raging. Even the strong Bitcoin price correction […]

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The Globalization of VC Activity

While the eyes of the startup world are still on Helsinki after the tech love fest that is Slush, it might be the right time to look at what is happening in the global VC scene and how it is progressing. As we reported earlier, the VC business in Europe is catching up with the […]

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The Transatlantic Bridge: how to succeed in the US

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you are likely to know that the two key principles of Nexit investment strategy and operational model are: The Activist VC methodology and The Transatlantic Bridge This blog post is about the Transatlantic Bridge. Why go to the US? The US is by far the most important […]

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The Danger of M&A Imbalance

This week we continue analyzing the recent startup M&A study by our friends at Mind the Bridge. Now we focus on the tech startup M&A balance in different geographies. The Great Importance of Tech Startups In the US, tech startups have made a major impact on the economy. Out of the Fortune 500 companies in […]

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Nexit’s Best Exit Ever

We at Nexit have spent a few sleepless nights of late – but not to worry, it is a good thing this time: we just made a GREAT EXIT! One of our portfolio companies, Ekahau, has been acquired by Ookla, the global leader in internet testing, data, and analysis. Ookla, itself owned by Ziff Davis, […]

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The Great M&A Game

A brand new study called “Tech Startup M&As 2018” from our good friends at Mind the Bridge shows that the US is still the dominant force in tech startup M&A. As there is a lot of good stuff in the report, we will break down the findings into two blogs: In this blog post, we underline […]

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The VC/Entrepreneur Conflict

A VC has invested in a company and wants to proceed towards a highly profitable exit. Everybody’s interests should be aligned and there should be no conflict, right? In theory, yes. However, a VC and an entrepreneur look at the world from a fundamentally different perspective – which can cause friction. Cause for conflict: all-in […]

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Activist VC Blog: 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 for valuing companies, tracking company progress, and planning exits etc. Activist VC Blog Table of Contents […]

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Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.

Everybody spread the word We’re gonna have a celebration All across the world In every nation It’s time for the good times Forget about the bad times, oh yeah One day to come together to release the pressure We need a holiday If we took a holiday Took some time to celebrate Just one day […]

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Crossing the Delaware: Legal Differences

We’ve discussed the reasons for and legal mechanisms of turning a foreign company into a Delaware corporation in previous blog entries. However, one needs to understand the differences between a Nordic company and a Delaware company in order not to make potentially costly mistakes. The same applies when someone familiar with Nordic regulations and practices invests in a US […]

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Avoid expensive mistakes: foreign options and US tax

In general, we love options and think they are a useful and necessary tool for startups: Options are great for aligning the interests of a company’s key people and the VC: options reward increasing company value and realizing it in an exit However, it is a good idea to keep the company cap table pretty […]

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A Quick ICO Update

In Febuary, I wrote about the boom in ICO (Initial Coin Offering) Activity and concluded that ICOs still have some significant teething problems. It turns out I was neither entirely wrong nor quite alone in questioning the phenomenon. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that it found 271 cryptocurrencies (out of 1450 reviewed) that had evidence of fraudulent activity. […]

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VC in Europe: Finally Growing Up

Invest Europe just released the annual European VC and PE activity report called “2017 European Private Equity Activity“. Since we looked at the State of VC in Finland in this blog a few weeks ago, we thought it also makes sense to take a European-wide view on the VC activity as well. The Industry Grows Up (Finally!) […]

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CEO and the Art of Board Maintenance

A good startup board puts the CEO and the management team into the center of their activities. Likewise, a smart CEO should pay some attention to supporting the board and think how to get the most added value out of the board. Getting most out of the Board – three commandments for CEOs Below is some […]

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Board – resource or burden?

Board performance and best practices have been studied exhaustively, but mostly from a big company perspective. But are the same teachings valid also in a VC-funded startup? The long and winding road Let’s have a look at the roadmap of a typical VC-funded company: Sailing uncharted waters – Business is based on new and often […]

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State of VC in Finland

The Finnish Venture Capital Association FVCA held its 2018 spring meeting on April 12 to gauge the state of VC in Finland. The atmosphere was positive and rather excited with a record number of members – over 320 – attended the meeting. The positive sentiment is also reflected in the growth of FVCA membership: there […]

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Venture Capital – Engine of Growth

Venture Capitalists should be experts in seeking and supporting extreme growth. And they actually are. Numerous academic studies show that VC creates substantial value: faster growth, more patents, new jobs etc. Major impact on economy And the value is not only theoretical: the real-life economic impact of VC is phenomenal. You need some evidence? Let’s […]

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Large VC syndicates: risk or resource?

The startup journey to success is challenging: a constant stream of difficult decisions based on incomplete information. And the path is often much longer than anticipated, stretching the funding need. So, a large VC syndicate might look appealing: plenty of money and a wide pool of experience and support to draw from. However, the reality can be […]

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The anatomy of a US Flip

As promised in our last blog entry, we will now cover the mechanics of a Delaware flip in more detail. While there are many ways to do a flip, one of the more common ways is described below. (In our example, we use Finland and US as the origin and target countries.) Incorporate a new company […]

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Should I flip my startup to the US?

There is a clear leader in the sport of flipping tech companies to US: Israel has pushed over 250 companies to NASDAQ. So, should you also consider a Delaware Flip and move your startup to US? Flips in the Nexit Portfolio A flip to a new growth market is a common method for an Activist VC to […]

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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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