"It’s not that we have little time, but more that we waste a good deal of it"
Building a startup is a race against time
that we help businesses win
Reach the right market at the right time
Congratulations! If you are here it is most likely that you have taken the first steps of your entrepreneur journey!
I am Dayakar Puskoor, Founder and Managing Director at Dallas Venture Capital. I started my career in venture investing nearly 10 years ago and it has been an amazing journey helping entrepreneurs focus, scale, and exit. With that, I want to welcome you to Dallas Venture Capital.
One question you probably have is: does my business have product-market fit and is ready to scale? There are a few milestones in a startup’s journey that can prepare you for answering this very important question. The first milestone is acquiring your first paying customer. A paying customer is a testimony that your product is addressing a need significant enough to be paid for. Congratulate Yourself! The first milestone is the most critical validation of your journey so far.
The second milestone is when the usage of your product increases. Celebrate your success! You are providing evidence that your product is a painkiller and not a vitamin. Establishing growing success with your early customers is a testimony to your perseverance. The third milestone is when they recommend your products and technology to their peers in the industry. Conquer the world! You have put your startup into a predictable revenue runway for early growth and shown evidence of product market fit. When you have reached each of these milestones, you have proven evidence of your business model working and can raise different stages of funding. Dallas Venture Capital is excited to work with you on all three of these stages, from Seed, Post-Seed, Series A and beyond.
We look forward to welcoming you to the DVC family. Our “DVC Quick” process will begin the engagement to evaluate your proposal. We look forward to welcoming you to the DVC family.
What’s the DVC Quick process?
We know fundraising can be a full-time role by itself. While we evaluate your business, we don’t want you to take focus away from what you do best. That’s why we developed the DVC Quick methodology, a fast tracked sprint for doing due diligence with the purpose of achieving speed, depth, and decisiveness in a short amount of time.
Our faster decision making process gives startups the crucial head start in the extremely competitive race to market dominance, sparing more time to concentrate the focus on innovation and creation.
Cutting away the two most common deterrents of startup growth cycle; lengthy evaluations and lack of direction, DVC Quick helps in rapid realization of the maximum potential value that a startup has for future growth and national impact.
A lengthy prospective company evaluation process greatly hinders the operations of a startup, and restricts the opportunities and time it has to establish market dominance and accelerate growth. Investment with a lack of direction, on the other hand, limits the expansion and growth prospects.
At DVC, we assess numerous prospective companies with a time-tracked and efficient process that is centered around our investment criteria. Additionally we work to effectively recognize any financial, legal, or operational risks that founders might not identify, and help them realize what differentiates their startup from other players in the market.
DVC Quick as a process helps growing companies in several ways; right from finding the product market fit to creating a growth roadmap.
Is it a painkiller or a vitamin? We want to peel the layers on the value proposition and understand exactly why the customer is buying your product
Do you have three legged stool (Product, Technology, Sales)? How far along is the team to being fully fleshed out? Are you the best team out of all competitors to take this product to market?
How are you going to get your new and existing customers? What are the unit economics to your sales? Can your sales team actually sell?
We love to understand what your customers think of your product. Why did they start to use it and what value has it brought for them so far?
How defensible is your core IP? Are you built in the best way possible to scale out your product?
Does your vision have what it takes to be a market leader? How will you redefine the second act for your product? Are you fully catering to and addressing customer needs?
How disciplined and strategic are you about your finances? Remember, Cash is king!
Are there any skeletons in the closet? We love the saying: Trust but verify!
This process isn’t just to secure capital. We look at our investments as true partnerships, and therefore want transparency prior to investing. Remember, no startup is perfect, but it is our role to give a third-party perspective on how you can improve!