Tegus for Startups

Custom sourced expertise to help your company grow

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Tegus is the only tool that helps you grow your company within the VC ecosystem. The ability to reach former executives, industry veterans and operational experts to uncover qualitative insights allows startups to quickly address business challenges and opportunities, all while participating in a space with the top investors.

How startups use Tegus

Market Validation

Speak to prospective customers to solidify your value proposition and accelerate your path to product-market fit

Industry Intelligence

Learn from former executives in the space to understand the competitive landscape and market dynamics

Strategic Planning

Interview industry veterans on how they’ve tackled challenges, from hiring leaders to expanding into new markets or regions

Operational Execution

Get a second opinion on part of your tech stack, vendor relationship or third-party providers from companies who have faced similar decisions in the past

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Testimonials

"Partnering with Tegus is a no-brainer for us. In the time it typically takes to have a direct conversation with one investor, we can reach (and measure) thousands through the platform. Investors clearly love Tegus and it's core to our strategy to engage with investors where they are."

Jason Rechel, CFA
VP of Investor Relations and Corporate Development, SPROUT SOCIAL
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“We have worked with almost every data service. Tegus is by far the strongest investment research resource we have, no question.”

Nate Singer
Managing Partner, Mission Holdings
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"If I started a new fund tomorrow, I would buy Capital IQ and then I would buy Tegus."

FOUNDER & PORTFOLIO Manager, OLD WELL PARTNERS
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Key Numbers

Over

2,000

investors using Tegus
Over

$400BN

venture dollars managed
Venture customers managing

13,900

portfolio companies
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FAQs

What are expert calls?

Expert calls are conversations over the phone between you and a specialized advisor (i.e. expert) during an allocated time slot. You can use this time however you’d like – from asking detailed questions on a specific problem to developing a general sense of the current landscape – the goal of an expert call is to uncover unique insights.

What is the expert call process?

Project Kickoff. When a client would like to have a call with an expert, they will first submit a set of requirements to help narrow down the type of individual they would like to speak with. These requirements include:

  • Desired background / experience; company affiliation (if applicable)
  • Three screening questions to ensure the expert is able to speak to the most important points
  • Requested time frame and number of calls

Expert Selection. Our team then finds experts who fit the criteria and presents them to the client. From there, we work to set up calls with the selected expert(s). 

Call Process. During the call, the client is free to ask questions and direct the conversation as needed to accomplish the goal of the call. Following the call, our team anonymizes the transcript and removes any sensitive information. 

Transcript Publication. The transcript is then made public on the Tegus platform after a delay.

How does Tegus help me minimize spend on expert calls?

Tegus calls always offer a dynamic and transparent pricing model. Calls are pay-as-you-go, so there are no upfront minimums or fees. Plus, you can prorate the cost of 30- or 45-minute calls. Forget about haggling for credits and focus on getting your work done.

How does Tegus source experts?

In addition to the tens of thousands of experts we’ve worked with in the past, Tegus custom sources new experts for every project. We’ll ensure that experts we provide respond to customer-specific screening questions and can speak to exactly the areas you’re looking at.

How are startups using Tegus?

Startups are using Tegus to address many business cases including:

- Pre-product Development + Incubation 

- Market Research

  • Market validation (where to launch, what is willingness to buy, etc.)
  • Industry intelligence (learn from industry incumbents; what do they see in the market)
  • Understand the overall landscape / ecosystem to inform expansion plans (new channels, geographies, etc.)

- Product Development

  • Inform product-market-fit
  • Develop a product roadmap
  • Analyze pricing strategies

- Go-To-Market 

  • Initial launch strategies
  • Customer mapping / prospective buyers (learn about the buying process, pressure test ideas, etc.)
  • Customer development; tangential customer groups (customers who could be core but aren’t using the product)

- Financial Analysis

  • Benchmarking metrics (CAC, repeat, retention, churn, etc.)

- Fundraising

  • Building out a pitch deck
  • Introducing third-party sources (i.e. transcripts) for an unbiased perspective in the data room

- Corporate Development / M&A

  • Approach the build / buy / partner decision 
  • Identify and analyze potential acquisition targets

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