LEON is sometimes incorrectly thought of as a founder survey or assessment platform. In a way, this confusion is understandable. For venture capital funds that are earlier in the founder due diligence journey, LEON can serve this purpose — providing key relative analysis of the potential of a startup founder.
LEON’s focus, however, extends beyond those capabilities toward its ultimate aim: to empower venture capital firms to identify high-potential startups based on a comprehensive understanding of their founder potential. While personality assessments and the like do important work in providing investors with subjective insights of founders, LEON is designed to connect analytics to financial operations — continuously and dynamically in a complex investment world. As a result, it is best thought of as an operating system that coordinates the interplay of diligence data, financial models, and investment decisions in venture capital.
This orientation requires a different focus. Below, we discuss how LEON’s capabilities can dramatically extend the traditional value proposition of a founder due diligence, building operational connectivity.
Traditional due diligence — like founder interviews, personality assessments, background and reference check, etc. — are ideal for consolidating and providing subjective insights into the potential of a founder or founding team to start and scale a startup.
In a fast-changing world subject to significant macro shocks, however, many investment firms see the need to move beyond subjective insight delivery: They want to give decision makers the data-driven levers to take action and to mitigate risk. In practice, this means enabling decisions across functions, deeply understanding the relative analysis of a founder to succeed, and cycled back into a common data foundation for smarter decision making.
Given the complexity of today’s investment environments, software needs to coordinate decisions in ways that are both dynamic and scalable. This capacity requires capabilities that reside outside of traditional subjective founder diligence — such as comparative benchmarks, data driven analysis, rapid decisions making, and a quantifiable understanding if a founder has the “profile” to succeed.
LEON is designed for deep investment connectivity — empowering funds to close the loop between their historical diligence and financial data, analytics, and investment decisions. LEON can extend your organization’s data platform into the operational sphere in eight key ways:
Improved Founder Evaluations:
Data-Driven Investment Decisions:
Advanced Analytical Techniques:
Thought Leadership and Innovation:
Through these capabilities, LEON revolutionizes the venture capital investment landscape by fostering operational connectivity that transcends industries and empowers funds to make data-driven decisions. This holistic approach helps venture capital firms stay ahead in an increasingly competitive environment and drives success in a multitude of ways – from optimizing investment portfolios to mitigating risks and identifying the next generation of high-potential founders.
Are you ready to take your venture capital firm to the next level with a data-driven approach? Interested in integrating LEON with your founder diligence process? Reach out to a member of our LEON product team.
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