The Importance of Product-Market Fit in Commercial Due Diligence
Globalization, digitalization, information access, and an increasingly discerning customer base have been contributing to a business environment that continues to build in competitive intensity year after year. To survive and thrive, companies must demonstrate meaningful growth that outperforms competitors or displaces incumbents. This growth can take the form of enhancement of existing…
Observations on How Financial (PE) and Strategic (Corp Dev) Investors Consider Segmentation Opportunities Differently from One Another
Serving a wide-range of clients, one pattern that I have noticed is the degree to which the strongest Corp Dev groups (the “Strategics”) consider customer segments as a means for asset value creation – and do so in ways that outrun what many Private Equity firms consider.
In virtually every CIM and VDD doc that I read recently (for B2B business, at least), an early page highlights a set of corporate logos of the target company’s key customers. Logos for large, well-known businesses are great; logos for significant and “cool” customers – those that are recognized as movers and shakers – are expressed boldly to help create “lift.”