Over the years, we’ve developed a fast and effective technical due diligence process, which evaluates a company’s foundation for the following attributes:
1. Code & Process Quality
Is the codebase and team process indicative of a mature, effective team?
2. Code Maintainability
How easy is the codebase to work with? How quickly will this team be able to move going forward? An unmaintainable codebase can hamstring a young company.
3. Code Reusability
What potential pivots can this codebase support? How easily is it repurposed?
4. Potential IP Issues
Is there anything potentially infringing in the codebase? Any legal issues waiting to happen?
5. Potential IP Value
Has the company produced any IP assets beyond the code copyright? Is there something patentable in the codebase, which could serve as a barrier to entry for the competition, or a valuable asset for an exit?
6. Test Coverage
Will the potential bugs be caught early, or will they leak to the users?
Does implementing new features risk introducing new bugs, slowing down releases, and impeding iterations?
Will the codebase buckle under the weight of potential success, or can it be scaled to millions of users?
9. Engineering Team Fit
Do you have the right team for your type of business?
We look for these things with a combination of techniques, including: code review, architecture analysis, team interviews, development methodology assessment, scalability tests and architecture scalability review.