90% of startups fail within the first 5 years and not having the right team onboard has proved to be amongst the 3 most blameworthy reasons for this rate. Individual and team dynamics can influence the venture’s future potential since every growth phase asks for different team capabilities.
At Venturerock we are reinventing the way we invest, build and scale innovation and together with Allied Forces as a partner we are pioneering a new Minimal Viable Team framework. “After a year of close collaboration with the Venturerock team, we are thrilled to join forces and to co-create and grow the next-gen of global tech companies that bring economic, social and environmental impact”, says Laurens van Geffen, one of the partners at Allied Forces.
By cultivating a high performing culture in the venture’s DNA, Venturerock and Allied Forces are unlocking the key to venture scalability and are revolutionizing the traditional venture capital models. “I have seen many teams fail because of a lack of focus and execution. We want to change the narrative of seed stage investments, for this we also need to change the way we build and select teams. This will help us tremendously”, according to Marc Wesselink, one of the co-founders of Venturerock. Built for impact and disruptive creation, we are designing founding teams with the right fit of expertise, skills and knowledge across disciplines and industry verticals.
Having incorporated the methodology of the Special Forces into creating high performing individuals, teams and organizations, Allied Forces, as partner of Venturerock, will be able to support our ventures in building and growing resilient and scalable companies by tapping on their Human Capital Performance.
Together with Allied Forces we are seizing the full potential of deep tech and disruptive innovation to introduce a new framework that helps ventures build high performing teams and allows them to focus 100% on execution instead of fundraising.
The Allied Forces Human Capital Performance framework works in parallel to the 72 steps of the revolutionary Venturerock OS©. It focuses primarily on The Minimal Viable Team as the key cornerstone for successful future breakthroughs and highlights 5 main success factors:
1. Reaching the Future State
The Future State is a clear and common vision on what a team or a venture wants to achieve and why it is important for the company overall. Oftentimes it is challenging for a team to realize its vision and strategically align the members’ behavior. But it is an essential concept for success as the ventures grow.
2. Achieving Full Venture Potential
A team is as strong as the strength of each individual member. It starts with knowing oneself and each individual strengths and how they relate to the qualities of the rest team members. Full potential can be maximized with the right matchmaking of strong attributes inside the team dynamics, a process visualized by the scientific Human Performance Analysis© developed by Allied Forces. With the ability to visualize and measure the visible and invisible potential of individuals, we can build successful teams and organizations as allies.
3. Developing a culture of Extreme Ownership
“Trust and extreme ownership as the fundament of impactful cultures will enable founders, teams and entire ventures to realize impossible performances,” says Laurens.
In dynamic environments with a great need for change, teams are required to be agile, proactive, innovative and strategic. By cultivating a culture of extreme ownership venture teams take responsibility for their progress and fully own their results. Embedding this culture into the venture’s DNA, allows team members to solve challenges fast, to be creative and inventive and unlock their full potential.
4. The concept of High Performing Team
The right combination of people in a startup business can create a form of working symbiosis that is often described as an intangible, strong, positive flow. In such an environment every team member feels confident and respected while staying focused on achieving the final goal. A High Performing Team has the ability to evaluate and innovate constantly, adapting and overcoming every challenge.
5. Identifying & addressing the Must Win Battles
MWBs are the three to five key battles that your organization must absolutely win to achieve the Future State. The Must Win Battles focus on product, customers or market and make a real difference when it comes to a venture’s growth. They drive passion, are concrete, specific and foremost essential for bringing more business impact and reaching the Future State.
People are the most valuable assets of any company. Realizing a working culture that embeds trust and safety across the ventures’ DNA plays an important role in developing optimal leadership, team and individual performance. Commitment and ownership are enhanced in high performing cultures and teams show exemplary results across the different growth stages.
Allied Forces creates a winning culture within companies. We dare to push boundaries, which is essential for continuity and growth. Making mistakes is part of that, within set frameworks. Diversity and insight into each other’s talents and personalities are essential for every team, including us. Our team has built up broad knowledge and experience within Defense and the business community. And we have highly specialized in-house knowledge of cultural and organizational development and psychology.
Venturerock is an Impact Venture Builder and ecosystem of founders, backers & builders. Together, we have transformed the venture capital model into a venture building model. We have combined technology and our experience in accelerating 700+ startups to pioneer a new-age venture operating system – Venturerock OS® – designed to systematically guide ventures from early-stage startups to fully compliant scale-ups. With focus on deep tech and deep impact we advance technology, science and innovation to co-create and grow the next-gen of global tech companies that bring economic, social and environmental impact.
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