How to get your VC portfolio management process up and running

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In the ever-evolving landscape of venture capital, data-driven decision-making has emerged as a critical factor in driving success. Gone are the days when investment decisions were solely based on gut instincts and intuition. Today, successful venture capital investors rely on data and portfolio management tools to gain valuable insights into portfolio and investment performance.

By leveraging data analytics and visualization, you can identify trends, patterns, and correlations that might have otherwise remained hidden. These insights enable you to evaluate the potential risks and rewards associated with each investment, leading to a more informed and objective decision-making process. This blog will tell you how to improve the portfolio management process at your VC, PE, or Family office by using Rundit, whether you’re an emerging fund or you’re managing multiple funds.

1. Establish the key metrics for each company

The key metrics you choose to evaluate will largely depend on your specific goals, investment strategy, and the nature of the businesses in your portfolio. Identifying the most relevant performance metrics is, therefore, a crucial step in the process.

Learn more about the 15 most-reported metrics in Rundit; Metrics for E-commerce startups and metrics for Impact startups.

By monitoring these and other relevant metrics, you can gain a better understanding of how your portfolio is performing and where adjustments may need to be made.

2. Collect company data

It’s vital that you establish a reporting framework with your portfolio companies. This could be in the format of reports (PDFs, spreadsheets, presentations,…) and the reporting period can be monthly, quarterly, and annual reports. The reports should include companies’ financial metrics, operational metrics, and key performance indicators (KPIs). 

While collecting data is a crucial first step, effectively centralizing data is what unlocks its true value. However, in reality, VC teams are often slowed down by scattered data because they spend so much time either chasing portfolio companies for the data they need or aggregating data that lives in different spreadsheets. 

A portfolio monitoring tool like Rundit can aid in collecting, organizing, and consolidating portfolio data into a single, reliable source. It can also facilitate the presentation of your data through charts and visual dashboards at either the company or portfolio level. Rundit provides functionalities that allow direct data input or upload from portfolio companies. Consider the following two options when importing company data into Rundit:

  • Companies report directly to you via Rundit, eliminating the need for back-and-forth emails and managing multiple spreadsheets. Please watch our tutorial video for further information:
  • Manage companies and their data in Rundit independently, without the necessity to invite founders to the platform. This approach enables you to import metrics using either Google Sheets integration or Excel import.

3. Visualize your data and get a deeper insight into your portfolio

Once you’ve collected and processed your data, the next step is to transform it into actionable insights. This is where data visualization comes into play. By turning complex data sets into charts and graphs, you can glean insights more quickly and efficiently.

Dashboards are a common tool used for data visualization. They allow you to monitor multiple metrics at once and track changes over time. Well-designed dashboards can highlight areas of concern, celebrate successes, and facilitate data-driven discussions among stakeholders.

For example, to get an overview of portfolio performance as a whole, you can utilize Rundit’s Portfolio performance dashboard where you benchmark portfolio performance based on significant KPIs: 

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Rundit’s Portfolio performance dashboard (portfolio level)

For a more in-depth analysis of an individual company, simply navigate to its profile. Here, you’ll find consolidated performance charts, KPIs, and reports in one convenient place. According to our customers, these charts can highlight issues immediately, enabling your team to provide timely support to your company:

Rundit’s company performance dashboard (company level)

4. Track investment performance at the company and fund level

VCs typically calculate and track investment metrics, namely IRR, ROI, multiple, and Fair value using spreadsheets or dedicated portfolio management software. 

As a portfolio management tool, Rundit can store historical data of your transactions, calculate metrics, and generate charts at the company or fund level to help you understand the performance of investments over time (as seen in the pics below). The dashboard might also show significant changes in these metrics, so you can promptly address any issues.

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Rundit’s investment dashboard at the fund level

Rundit’s investment returns dashboard at the company level

5. Stakeholder reporting and communication 

Depending on the VC’s culture, size, and investment strategy, you might need different types of reports, both for their own use and to communicate with your internal team, board members, or your investors (Limited Partners, or LPs). Here are some common types of reports:

  • Weekly internal report (for team meetings): This report or presentation summarizes the progress of the current portfolio companies. It will present some KPIs, identify potential issues or areas for improvement, and enables the team to discuss the strategies for each company.
  • Quarterly Reports: These reports provide a comprehensive update on the fund’s performance and include detailed information about the portfolio companies. They may cover investment activity, company updates, fund financials, and any changes to the fund’s strategy or management.
  • LP Reports: Similarly to quarterly reports, LP reports are shared with LPs to update them on the fund’s performance and operations. LP reports can vary in format and detail based on the fund’s specific reporting standards and the LPs’ needs.
  • Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Reports: Many VCs now report on ESG factors as part of their commitment to responsible investing. These reports detail how the VC and its portfolio companies are addressing environmental, social, and governance issues.

6. A streamlined data flow will make your life easier

Given the high stakes, complexity, and fast-paced nature of venture capital, a streamlined data flow is not just beneficial but necessary for the successful operation of a VC firm. A streamlined data flow refers to the efficient and seamless collection, processing, and analysis of data, extending from portfolio companies at the outset to your Limited Partners (LPs) at the finish line. This process is instrumental in assessing the health of your portfolio. It furnishes you with the necessary information to make timely, well-informed decisions and optimize your investment strategies for long-term success.

7. Wrap up

In conclusion, the importance of a data-driven approach to portfolio management cannot be overstated. By leveraging key metrics, effective data collection and management, data visualization and reporting, you can gain deeper insight into your portfolio and steer your investments towards success.

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