Expand your Entrepreneurial Toolbox!
Every now and again we take a step back to look over everything we've learned over the past few months; it's a good opportunity to go over some important information that might be useful to remember going forward. So here we present a throwback - or rather, a recap - of some of the important tools to have in your Entrepreneurial Toolbox!
It's all about the TEAM
There are plenty of things to consider when looking for startups to invest in, including the technology, the Go-to-Market strategy, the valuation and development so far, and more. But one of the most important thing we – and other investors – are looking at when evaluating a startup for investment, is the team. In this article, we will explore why investors look for a good team when investing, what advantages a well-made team can have for a startup and the ideal makeup of such a team.
Do you fit the market?
One of the most important things to consider when starting a new business or launching a new product, is the Product Market Fit (PMF). So what actually is product market fit? Let’s start from the end - successful product market fit ends with your targeted customers actually using your product and even recommending it to others. Goes without saying, right? Well, it’s not that easy.
Choosing the right option for your company
In many companies, especially in the technology sector, options to purchase shares are an integral part of the compensation package and are considered as 'Long Term Incentive'.
Planning the grant of Options in advance may allow the company to gain tax benefits (for the company or its employees).
Your company culture can boost your operations!
What if we told you it’s possible to improve the output and productivity of your startup - simply by making your workplace an enjoyable place to be? This model has been pioneered, and proven successful, by high-tech companies such as Google and Facebook.
What are investors looking for?
Over our 10+ years as investors we’ve come to look for specific aspects of startup companies applying for investments. We thought sharing our Point of View – key investment criteria as we see it – would help startup companies that are currently trying to raise their next (or first) round.
There's plenty more to cover when it comes to the entrepreneurial world and ecosystem; what would you like to see next in the Samurai blog? Let us know!
Samurai Incubate invests in bold startups that are trying to improve, inspire and impact our lives. We are dedicated to taking ventures from the very basic stages to greater heights, and to later connect them to the Japanese market. We are looking for early stage startup with B2B enterprise solutions in the specific following verticals (focusing on software technologies): healthcare, construction, logistics, blockchain, clean-tech, fintech, insure-tech, MaaS, Retail, Sensor-tech. We provide Pre-seed investments of up to 500K USD and we are able to join rounds. Think it’s a match? Apply here!