DMT Capital’s Second Round With SME Analytics: Double Down or Fold

DMT Capital’s Second Round With SME Analytics: Double Down or Fold

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Abstract

On March 4, 2017, Mark Dilfer sat in his office and pondered the fate of one of his venture capital (VC) firm’s portfolio companies, SME Analytics. His fund, DMT Capital, had invested USD 2 million in SME Analytics 15 months prior, and SME Analytics was now on the brink of bankruptcy. SME Analytics had burned through the initial investment quickly and failed to meet their milestones. The company was in bad shape and gained almost no traction in the 15 months since DMT had invested in them. Dilfer had to decide on whether DMT Capital should invest more money in the company. This was a tough decision as it could mean investing more money into a venture that was bound for failure— but on the ...

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