ACTIVIST VC BLOG

Investing after Covid – growth investor playbook

In this installment of the Activist VC blog, we will take a look at the effects of Covid-19 on the investment landscape and where we at Nexit see opportunities going forward. The evolving investor landscape After the Covid-19 pandemic hit with full force, I was worried about the markets crashing. I was wrong. The unprecedented […]

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How to save the startup and VC ecosystem?

In our previous blog post, we mentioned the COVID-19 pandemic (which, of course, was not a pandemic back then) as a macro threat that may disrupt the venture and startup ecosystem. Unfortunately, we were right to a degree we could not really imagine. However, there have been startup and VC crises before. In this blog […]

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The Hottest VC Trends of 2020: Predictions

In our previous blog post, we looked at general VC activity and exit trends in 2019. This week we draw some conclusions and make some bold predictions for 2020 and beyond. We will also review our predictions from our last year’s edition of this blog: how we did in retrospect. VC in General Last year […]

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The Hottest VC Trends of 2020: Numbers from 2019

Similarly to last year, we have spent the early part of this year reviewing a ton of VC and startup related reports, studies, and numbers, and: Compiled some of the most interesting numbers Added some of our conclusions and predictions To keep the length and reading time of this post manageable, we have divided it […]

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Entering the US: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

This third and final entry (see the earlier entries here and here) in our three-part series goes through some of the critical drivers of US market entry and gives some advice as to when you should consider making the leap and when not. Strategy First The question of whether or not to invest in entering […]

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Entering the US: Keep your focus laser-sharp

This second entry (see the first part here) in our three-part series sharing some practical advice for tech startups considering a US market entry deals with the necessity of having a razor-sharp focus when first starting in the US market. It’s a huge jungle out there The US economy is ~80x the size of the […]

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Entering the US: West Coast or East Coast?

This is the first post in a three-part series sharing some practical advice for tech startups considering a US market entry: Entering the US part 1: West Coast,  East Coast or in between? Entering the US part 2: Why a razor-sharp focus is a necessity? Entering the US part 3: Should I go or should […]

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Internet – What’s Up, Part 2

Last week, we presented the first part of our analysis of Mary Meeker’s rather voluminous 2019 Internet Trend Report and promised that we would follow up with some findings and our takeaways. So, without further ado, here’s Part Two. Banking in an Upheaval Consumer banking is being transformed by new entrants that operate without the […]

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Internet – What’s up?

The noted US-based venture capitalist Mary Meeker is rightfully considered one of the brightest minds in tech. Her annual Internet Trend Reports are exciting and essential reading, but they have one slight drawback: they are very long. The 2019 edition published a few days ago is no exception: it consists of no less than 333 […]

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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: Current & Planned […]

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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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