Adams Capital Management Case Study Essay

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Case Study: Adams Capital Management 1. Adams espouses a “market first” analysis of opportunity by looking for discontinuities. Is this substantive or window-dressing? Do the four types of discontinuities represent applicable guidelines? Are they comprehensive, or are there other discontinuity templates that a venture investor would find useful? 2. Analyze Structured Navigation. Is this a valid measurement of progress in early stage investing? Could such a program ever be a hindrance to company development? 3. How does the ACM approach affect the recruiting, training, and management of ACM partners? 4. How should LPs of ACM view the ACM approach to technology start-ups (i.e.: Discontinuities and Structured…show more content…
2. Structured navigation is essentially a five process checklist system for managing investments. ACM does this by deeply involving themselves in their portfolio companies Aspects of the structured navigation include: * Establish a talented management team * Obtain a corporate partner or endorsement * Gain early exposure o industry and investment banking analysts * Expand the product line * Implement best practice The partners felt this was a valid measurement of progress in early stage investing since early stage technology companies shared many of the same benchmarks and needed many of the same elements to succeed. I believe the program wouldn’t be a hindrance to company development due to its flexibility in the sense that there is no specific order in which they need to be “finished” and that the processes are positively correlated, overall increasing the probability of success of the company. 3. The ACM approach differs from conventional venture firms in the sense that instead of venture capitalists, partners, being key deal makers , each partner would be recruited, trained and managed the same way most business were; where employees , in principal, replaceable. 4. LP’s of ACM would probably have a strong positive view on the ACM approach. ACM portrays a specialised expertise in technology start ups with its discontinuities based investing and due diligence in management through its structured
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