Why the Venture Studio Model Works

By Danil Kislinskiy, GSD Venture Studios Partner & VP of Growth

It is interesting that venture studios are of increasing interest both in Russia and around the world. At the same time, capital has begun to flow primarily to late-stage companies, leaving early-stage founders with the phenomenal problem of finding seed investments and entering the market. If the founder starts in Russia and the CIS, then raising capital is even more difficult. At the same time, many of these founders understand that they need to enter the American market, and from there the whole world. The model of working with venture studios, of which there are about 300 in the world, is very helpful here. Over the past 12 years, venture studios have attracted about $5 billion in financing for their portfolio companies and achieved 20 exits.

At VentureBeat, this topic is pretty popular. The most successful venture capital studios in my opinion today are: Atomic (, GSD (, Obvious (, and others.

GSD Venture Studio is perhaps the only one in Russia that helps entrepreneurs in the Russian Federation and the CIS successfully enter the American market, attract investments from top-end Silicon Valley funds, and then bring them to global markets. The most experienced entrepreneurs in this matter are Gary Fowler and Derek Distenfield.

In this model, everyone wins:

- The startup receives fair American capitalization, investments, sales in the West and, most importantly, “trust.”

- The company does not leave the Russian market, but continues to conquer it even faster and more successfully.

- Russian startups receive all the necessary support and access to the global market.

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