Technical Due Diligence

Startup Investment

Software startup investment

We help tech investors understand the key characteristics of a target company’s software assets.

Quandary Peak is a trusted advisor to private equity, VC firms, and large corporations. We address our clients’ key technical questions through in-depth evaluations of uniqueness, barrier to entry, scalability, extensibility, and more.

  • Overall technical strengths of intellectual property
  • Uniqueness of the technology solution
  • Adoption of software development best-practices
  • Competitive landscape analysis
  • Functional and non-functional requirements analysis
  • Software architecture overview
  • Software quality evaluation
  • Barrier to entry, technology moat
  • Due diligence reports

Before investing in a technology company, we help our clients understand:

What is unique about the company’s intellectual property compared to the publicly‑available components used in the software?

How valuable, defensible, and monetizable are the software products or other intellectual property assets being considered?

Getting answers to these questions can be challenging. When you add the strict confidentiality considerations typical in an MOU or LOI, a potential investor or acquirer can find it extremely difficult to perform proper vetting of a target company’s technology. Similarly, the target company may wonder if its unique intellectual property is being reviewed properly for fair value. That’s where we come in.

Considering a technology investment? Contact us for a free, confidential consultation.

Example Case Study

"Proprietary Machine Learning" of a Supply Chain Startup

Our client was considering an investment into a successful logistics startup primarily because of the startup's unique AI-powered algorithms.

Our Approach

We conducted an in-depth analysis of the machine learning solutions developed by the startup vs. widely used open-source software packages integrated into the software to help our clients understand what is truly unique about company's use of machine learning.

More Practice Areas of Due Diligence
Technology M&A

Mergers & Acquisitions

Our clients benefit from Quandary Peak's years of extensive experience assisting with technical due diligence for M&A transactions.

Post Merger Integration

Post Merger Integration

Over 50% of M&A transactions eventually fail. We help you avoid these risks and unlock the full potential in your M&A transaction.

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Sell-Side Technology Diligence

Troubling findings during buy-side diligence can cost your company the entire transaction. Know what to expect and avoid costly findings and delays ahead of the buy-side diligence.

Startup acquihire

Startup Acqui-hire

As former technology executives, we understand the importance of teams in acqui-hires. We conduct interviews, review cultural and technical fit, and consider key employees’ preferences.

Technology commercialization

Technology Commercialization

We analyze the relevant technology space and consider a new service’s place within it by studying the competitive landscape, existing offerings, and potential to disrupt.

Technology Consulting

Technology Strategy Consulting

We provide unbiased advice to our clients on consequential and strategic technology decisions informed by our deep industry knowledge.


Meet Our Team

Ali Khoshgozaran - Computer Scientist

Ali Khosh, PhD

VP of Emerging Tech & Due Diligence Los Angeles

Dr. Ali Khosh is a computer scientist, entrepreneur and technology executive with years of experience at leading tech companies including Microsoft, Yahoo and Samsung. Ali serves as an expert in various software-related litigation matters (patent infringement, trade secret, etc.) and technical due diligence of emerging technology (VC investments, M&A transactions).

Litigation Senior Testifying Expert
Focus Area Emerging & Cloud Technology
Area of Expertise Machine Learning & AI Consultant
Jae young Bang - Research Scientist

Jae Young Bang, PhD

Senior Computer Scientist Los Angeles

Dr. Jae Young Bang is a senior computer scientist and software technology consultant with a decade of experience in software engineering. He currently serves as a consultant and source-code reviewer in software litigation including patent/copyright infringement and breach-of-contract matters, and also as a researcher in software architecture design and analysis.

Litigation Testifying and Consulting Expert
Area of Expertise Social Media
Brad Ulrich - Software Expert Witness

Brad Ulrich

VP of Health IT & Audits Nashville

Brad Ulrich has a diverse career as a computer scientist, software engineer, technology manager, and entrepreneur. His experience spans software design, programming, patent management, healthcare, mobile devices, startups, technology licensing, regulatory compliance, and risk management.

Litigation Senior Testifying Expert
Focus Area Software & Standards
Area of Expertise Health IT & Standards
George Edwards - Software Expert Witness

George Edwards, PhD

President & Principal Computer Scientist Los Angeles

Dr. George Edwards has more than a decade of experience as a scientist, engineer, and technical consultant to academic research labs, government agencies, and technology companies, and he has served as a software expert in various litigation contexts, including several patent infringement matters.

Litigation Senior Testifying Expert
Area of Expertise Mobile Devices & Apps
Mahdi Eslamimehr - Senior Software Consultant

Mahdi Eslamimehr – PhD, MBA

Senior Computer Scientist Los Angeles

Dr. Mahdi Eslamimehr is an award-winning scientist and a senior tech executive in the software product and service industry. He has years of experience in leading tech companies around the world, including Ericsson R&D Center, Samsung Electronics R&D Labs, SAP Research Lab, Y Combinator Research, and Clarity Global.

Litigation Testifying and Consulting Expert
Area of Expertise Program Analysis
William Luk - Senior Software Consultant

William Luk

Senior Software Consultant Silicon Valley

William Luk is an entrepreneur, software executive, and developer with over 15 years of experience in network and computer security. William has developed and led product teams to deliver enterprise class firewall, intrusion detection / prevention systems, database security, and data security / privacy solutions at Symantec and several security startups.

Litigation Consulting Expert
Focus Area Software Engineering & Security
Area of Expertise Embedded Systems & Security
Gordon Mackay - Senior Software Consultant

Gordon MacKay

Senior Software Consultant San Antonio

Gordon MacKay is a software and systems expert and technical executive with experience in telecommunications, network security, and SaaS/Cloud platforms. Gordon has led development and QA teams in architecting, developing and deploying a multi-tenant SaaS-based vulnerability management platform and scanning solution which is being used worldwide by fortune 500 organizations as part…

Litigation Consulting Expert
Focus Area Cloud Computing & Application Security
Area of Expertise Cloud Computing & Application Security
Jason Frankovitz - Software Engineering Expert

Jason Frankovitz

Senior Testifying Expert Los Angeles

As a developer and CTO, Jason Frankovitz has been in the trenches of technology for 30 years. He has worked as a programmer, software development manager, technical analyst, CTO, and mentor in a wide variety of industries including social media, digital entertainment, and online advertising.

Litigation Senior Testifying Expert
Area of Expertise Web Applications

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