I’m sure you’ve heard the statistic that 9 out of 10 startups fail. How can you win against such odds? Is there a secret startup handbook to read or an investment due diligence checklist to follow?

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This article was originally published on January 19, 2021 on the madewithlove blog.

Madewithlove has audited over 50 companies, usually as part of an investment round. Sometimes CEOs sense something is wrong and want an honest opinion.

We’ve seen the inner details of the ones that succeed and fail. In this article, we’ll reveal the secrets.

What is the startup success rate and what percentage of startups fail?

More startups survive than you probably think. In…


The goal of due diligence is simple: figure out the hidden secrets of the target company that may hurt its value or even kill the deal. But that’s a massive challenge. For investments into technical companies, there is an added challenge. Read on to learn how we do it.

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This article was originally published on April 19, 2021 on the madewithlove blog.

What is due diligence or a technical audit

The goal of due diligence is simple: figure out the hidden secrets of the target company that may hurt its value or even kill the deal. But that’s a massive challenge. For investments into technical companies, there is…


Are the roadmaps that your team is using good enough? Should your CTO ask for or create a different version for you? Why are the estimates off? Roadmapping is a skill that many teams still get wrong. Here are some guidelines to improve transparency and communication with your technical team.

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This article was originally published on March 16, 2021 on the madewithlove blog.

1. Is roadmapping useful in software development?

Suppose you are a mayor of Smallville. You might create a roadmap for the city that covers the various endeavors to be undertaken this year. …


Onboarding employees for remote teams is a little bit different. Here’s how we do it at madewithlove.

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This article was originally published on September 16, 2020 on the madewithlove blog.

Onboarding can be a stressful time for a company, doubly so for a remote company. At madewithlove, we focus on proper documentation so that new employees can self guide their onboarding. Here’s the schedule:

Day 1

  • Get acquainted with the team
  • Meet your assigned buddy (see below)
  • Read the entirety of this page (and sub sections)
  • Complete the first day tasks

Day 2

  • Read the Notion page about “Your first…


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What should managers focus on? Here are the only 3 things that matter.

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This article was originally published on August 17, 2020 on the madewithlove blog.

I love DDD, not domain driven design but instead double diamond design. In fact, I even mentioned it in my colleague.readme. Double diamond design solves many of the problems that I see most startups deal with. Engineers try to write code immediately and end up solving problems that no one has. What’s a PM to do?

Enter CPD.

CPD stands for Context, Priority, Distractions. In my opinion, these are the only three things that…


Working with people from other cultures can be challenging, especially when communicating limitations and boundaries. Learn how to improve.

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This article was originally published on May 12, 2020 on the madewithlove blog.

Quiz time. Which of these actually means no:

  1. We will try our best
  2. Yes
  3. Your proposal is intriguing
  4. That sounds difficult

If you answered “All of the above” you are right. What?! Even yes might mean no? Yup! I was surprised too. The reason is because of the different ways that cultures communicate.

Madewithlove works across Europe and fortunately, things are pretty consistent here: a no is a…


Due diligence is an important step when making an investment. Here’s how we handle the complex task and help investors remotely.

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This article was originally published on April 9, 2020 on the madewithlove blog.

A big part of closing a new investment round is the technical due diligence report that informs all parties involved of the current state of technology and the engineering team. Usually, a contracted team arrives to interview and analyze a codebase, determine weaknesses, and create a briefing that communicates their findings. At madewithlove, we’ve been remotely auditing companies for the last couple of years. …


Buffer and AngelList researched the state of remote work for 2020. From their results, they identified multiple key struggles of remote workers. We decided to provide some answers.

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This article was originally published in 4 parts on March 16, 2020 on the madewithlove blog.

Collaboration and communication

Always assume good intent. — Michał Karnicki

Text communication is hard, especially since up to 90% of communication is non-verbal. How do we succeed in getting our message across? We have a couple rules, the most important of which is to always assume good intent. Whenever you receive a message, read it in the best possible…


What is a knowledge-first company, and how can you be one? Why is knowledge-first essential to be a successful remote company? We’ve done some self-reflection about this critical topic.

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This article was originally published on February 05, 2020 on the madewithlove blog.

Although we have employees in 9 countries — not bad for 25 people! — madewithlove is not a remote-first company. Yes, we work remotely, but there are 6 traits that allow us to be a successful remote company. We are a knowledge-first company.

What is a knowledge-first company?

A knowledge-first company is one that prioritizes the sharing of knowledge within their organization. They…

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