Venture Studios are taking the startup world by storm. Since 2013, the number of studios has increased over 600%, building numerous unicorns like Hims, Snowflake, and MongoDB. Unlike traditional entrepreneurship where one team works on a single idea, venture studios defy the odds by bringing together talented entrepreneurs, investors, designers, and engineers to repeatably create successful startups at scale. In Venture Studios Demystified, we unpack how studios accomplish this and break down the secrets of this growing industry.
We spoke to more than 20 studio leaders internationally, including well-known studios like Expa, FJ Labs, High Alpha, and Pioneer Square Labs, to better understand the history of venture studios and explain their strategies. We explore the structural, operational, and financial factors that impact studio performance. And finally, we evaluate the studio industry’s track record and future outlook to determine how the model stacks up to other asset classes like venture capital.
Understanding venture studios and their growing role is essential for anyone operating in the startup ecosystem. Whether you’re looking to start, work with, or invest in a venture studio, or simply looking to familiarize yourself with the model, Venture Studios Demystified is a starting point to answer your questions about this rapidly changing industry