“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” — Winston Churchill

Palantir, founded in May 2003 by Alexander Karp (CEO), Peter Thiel and others, is a technology company that offers software applications designed to integrate, visualize and analyze data and combat fraud. Palantir’s story is a typical startup fairy tale.

The company has raised over USD$2.6 billion in funding in 32 rounds of capitalization (Crunchbase). In September 2020 it held its IPO, registered under the NYSE ticker: PLTR. Today its market capitalization value is about USD$43bn.

Although its…

“I´m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance” — Steve Jobs

Undoubtedly there are extremely successful entrepreneurs who appear to have a natural gift for building companies, usually these entrepreneurs become serial entrepreneurs with a long track record of successful companies and failures. Such is the case of Sir Richard Branson who began his entrepreneurial career at age 16 when he started his first business. He is currently the founder of the Virgin Group which controls more than 400 companies in different industries.

However, not everything is is shiny, successful serial…

In the United States, the development of the Venture Capital industry dates back more than 100 years to the founding of Bessemer Venture Partners in 1911. In addition, there are active funds that have been operating in the market for more than 50 years and that today are important benchmarks in the US Venture Capital ecosystems, such as Norwest Venture Partners (60 years), Greylock Partners (56 years), Venrock (52 years), Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (both 50 years).

It’s not a surprise that most of these funds continue to rank among the top performers year after year and…

“Retail is a customer business. You’re trying to take care of the customer solve something for the customer. And there’s no way to learn that in the classroom or in the corner office, or away from the customer. You’ve got to be in front of the customer”- Erik Nordstrom, President, Nordstrom Direct

In 1984 infomercials were born in the United States derived from regulatory changes. Television featured commercial advertisements for products that users could purchase by dialing a telephone number, paid with their credit card, and the company sent them the product by traditional parcel after several days. …

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” — Henry Ford

Every startup is composed of a team and leadership. Much is said about each of them separately, however, organizational complexity, innovation and disruptive changes lead us to propose using the concept of “team leadership” as a value proposition in startups.

The startup founder is the leader who induces others to act to achieve a common goal. Traditionally, leadership has been conceptualized vertically in three dimensions:

- Trade VS Behavior base: A trait-based approach to leadership relies on the premise that leadership is an…

What founders have to keep in mind is that an IPO is not the end but actually the beginning. — Nithin Kamath, Zerodha

In September 2020 Snowflake made its initial public offering (IPO), raising USD$3.4bn. The company is a cloud data platform that provides a data warehouse-as-a-service designed for the cloud. The company was founded in 2012 and aimed to raise USD$1.4bn in eight capital raising rounds from relevant investors such as Salesforce Ventures, Sequoia Capital, ICONIQ, Redpoint, among others. In its latest round in February 2020, the company raised approximately USD$480mm at a USD$12.4bn post-money valuation. …

“It’s not a faith in technology. It’s faith in people.” — Steve Jobs

The definition of entrepreneur in a few words implies any person who takes an advantage and constitutes a commercial activity by taking risks, solving problems, and adding value. This includes people who are in informality selling all kinds of products and services. However, most entrepreneurships, mainly informal ones, tend to be of low impact; that is, they do not generate significant economic activity, don’t contribute to the generation of permanent jobs, don’t generate economic development and competitive advantages to the country and therefore don’t last over time.

“I am sure that in estimating every man’s value either in private or public life, a pure integrity is the quality we take first into calculation, and that learning and talents are only the second.” — Thomas Jefferson

In the Venture Capital world it has always been said that it is the people who are important because they are the ones who build the companies. It is their ideas that are executed according to their vision and experience.

Hampton Creek, a company founded in 2011 by Josh Tetrick, offers health and nutritional alternative plant-based products that are egg substitutes. In…

“The key to making acquisitions is being ready because you really never know when the right big one is going to come along.”- James McNerney

In May 2020, Verizon (telecommunications company) acquired BlueJeans Network, a video conferencing company, for approximately USD-$-500mm. BlueJeans was founded in 2009 and raised USD-$-175mm in 6 rounds from investors such as ESO fund, Battery Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, among others. In 2020, more than 1,500 M&A transactions were carried out for a value of more than USD-$-149bn. This is an example of one way VC funds can exit from an investment.

Entrepreneurs build a startup…

“You can’t solve a problem at the same level that it was created. You have to overcome it at the next level” -Albert Einstein

In 1939 Hewlett Packard founded its offices in Silicon Valley, during the 60s companies such as AMD and Nvidia were founded there. Later in the 70s Silicon Valley saw the birth of Atari, Apple, and Oracle and by the end of the 90s it was home to companies such as Yahoo, PayPal, and Google, becoming the world capital of technology and innovation. Some characteristics that have driven the development of Silicon Valley are the capacity for…


ACV is an international Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) fund investing globally in Startups & VC funds.

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