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The latest in venture and technology in the real world, from construction-tech to design-tech. Two early-stage investors shooting the breeze about startups, founders and venture funding. We talk about design, construction, renovation, blue-collar, robotics and supply chains. Hosted by Patric Hellermann and Shub Bhattacharya, General Partners at Foundamental

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Logistics for building materials distribution, Tenderd, Saudi Arabia, gross margins
In this episode, we explored Tenderd's $30M Series A funding, signaling the Middle East's growing importance in construction innovation. We also dissected a billion-dollar acquisition that could reshape the building materials' logistics landscape.
Podcast
Middle East
Markets Observatory
The Hidden Pitfalls of Construction Tech | Why Startups Stumble in AEC
This week, we are discussing some repeated mistakes we have seen lead to fails among AECS founders once too often.
Practical Nerds
Frameworks | Models
The P&L of the Construction Industry
Discover why the traditional SaaS model doesn't always work (at first) in construction. We dive into the industry's P&L, revealing why services trump software and how startups can tap into a market 50 times larger.
AEC_VC
Frameworks | Models
VCWire: Interview With Patric Hellermann at Foundamental
Foundamental sat down with VCWire to elaborate on our vertical B2B investment focus in the AEC and Supply Chain sectors, our investment strategy, cheque sizes and follow-ons, and our convictions why vertical singularities and the Onion Founder type get us excited about startups building in the real-world.
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Inside Foundamental
The future of building energy assessment, and why 70% of your investors will harm your AEC startup
Remote sales in constru-tech, bad generic investor advice, energy audits, and a recent construction cost survey.
Podcast
Markets Observatory
Navigating the Seasons | AEC Industry Seasonality Cycles and Founder Strategies
This week, we explore the diverse impacts of seasonality on the construction industry and related markets, and the strategies and adjustments founders can make to maximize return on distribution, services and overhead against their seasonalities.
Practical Nerds
Markets Observatory
The Generalist vs. Specialist investor takes on Constru-Tech in 2024
We bring together two distinct perspectives on the burgeoning construction tech market. Our very own Patric Hellermann from Foundamental and Enrico Mellis from generalist investment firm Lakestar discuss different investor logics for Constru-Tech in 2024 and going forward.
Articles
Markets Observatory
AI, EVs and IPOs: What it tells us about construction trends
From billion-dollar unicorns in India to America's EV infrastructure push, the construction landscape is shifting. In this episode, we dive into InfraMarket's success, the challenges of electrifying everything, and the future of AI in construction.
Podcast
Markets Observatory
Furniture manufacturing: India's next cross-border B2B unicorn opportunity?
The global furniture manufacturing market has witnessed substantial growth in recent years, mostly driven by factors such as rising urbanization and increasing disposable incomes.
Articles
Asia-Pacific
Markets Observatory
Picking your next investor for your Constru-Tech startup? Consider these 7 steps and avoid harmful mistakes
036 | Navigating the VC Landscape⎟How to Choose the Right Investor for Your (Constru-Tech) Startup
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