Tuesday, July 30, 2019

2 blog posts on technical due diligence

The two resources below are some of the best, most-concise posts I’ve found so far to lay out more on running technical diligence for early-stage venture capital investments:

VCs typically want to know the following:
  • Are the claims made by the team in the areas of technology accurate?
  • Is the team technically credible and competent?
  • Is the organization capable of executing on their current roadmap?
  • What are the technical strengths, weaknesses and risks of the company?

The final report is a lengthy document that includes 
  • a summary of the technology developed by the company and its underlying infrastructure
  • technology advantages and risks
  • external dependencies
  • an evaluation of whether the technology is best in class and its future roadmap
  • a summary of the organization and the team’s technical credibility and capability across all product and technical areas
  • product quality and development process and the degree at which future plans seem viable

  1. Assessment
    1. Code History
    2. Agility
    3. Monitoring
    4. Compliance and Security
  2. Learning
    1. Intellectual curiosity and thoughtfulness
    2. Processes and Tools
    3. Organization
  3. Teaching
    1. Leadership
    2. Hiring 
    3. People Management