Principles. Screen. Grow.

As a start-up you need a real disruptive plan to survive. You will face many questions, new concepts, and lack time. To screen, and grow ideas we simplified complex material to 7 core principles guiding the work. This will ensure that time, which is your (and our) most precious resource, is spent there where it will matter most, ultimately driving the highest economic growth. 

Principles applied to screening and coaching:

  1. Play where start-ups win: Disruptive innovation

  2. Anchor on a Problem Worth Solving (‘Must Have’)

  3. Exploit asymmetric strategic priorities

  4. Inject exponentiality for growing competitiveness

  5. Drive disciplined experimentation 

  6. Be hungry for profit and patient for growth

  7. Build multidisciplinary, fast-learning teams - scientists not cheerleaders

1. Play where start-ups win: Disruptive innovation

Democratize solutions or create new markets

2.Anchor on a Problem Worth Solving ('Must-Have') 

If I had an hour to solve a problem, I would spend 59 minutes thinking about the problem and 1 minute thinking about solutions.
Albert Einstein
Job to be done. Key to success

3. Exploit asymmetric strategic priorities

4. Inject exponentiality for growing competitiveness

5. Drive disciplined experimentation

Certainty table: 3 questions to prove
Prioritize assumptions to test

6. Be hungry for profit and patient for growth

  • Avantgarde fashion brand, launched in Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin
     

  • Great PR, but stores not stocking
     

  • Sales with family, friends and fools

 

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  • Learn and find the ultimate proposition (and profit formula) before scaling up
     

  • Create conditions for patience: Finance, reputation

7. Build multidisciplinary, fast-learning teams

  • Great team beats great idea: ​

    • Shared obsession​

    • High degree of trust​

    • Constructive dialogue
       

  • Multidisciplinary: must cover all essential capabilities​
     

  • Excellence measured by speed of learning​

Working with us

Step 1: Document & share the idea

Tools for Founders:

Mini-Business plan example

The first 3 steps once you have an idea

Step 2: DDV evaluation

  • Own initiative, initial stage (<€300k investment)

  • Clear problem worth solving

  • 10X growth potential, disruptive play (see principles)

Step 3: 1st conversation

  • Share believes

  • Clarify problem, solution, key uncertainties

  • Explain DDV proposition Coaching + Capital

 

Step 4: Coaching sessions

  • Shape problem worth solving, disruptive play

  • Focus on key assumptions to accelerate learning

  • Assess talent and coachability

Step 5: Invest

  • Evaluate

    • In line with principles, where needed expert challenge

    • Clear Test & Learn plan, investments required

    • Trust in team

  • Find co-investor with relevant assets

  • Agree on terms

Next phase: Further increase proof to become ready to scale (with VC funding if required)

Feedback by tomorrow.

The best starters seek out investors who can make them stronger.

We are available within 24 hours with our expertise and practical decisiveness.

Speak to Bas.Kemme @gmail.com or Coenraad.de.Vos@gmail.com to get started.

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