Technical Due Diligence

Startup Acqui-hire

Success requires a clear understanding of the strengths — and preferences — of each team member.

We are current and former entrepreneurs and technology executives who have years of experience running technology ventures. This gives us the unique perspective needed to properly evaluate the merits of an acqui-hire transaction.

  • Interviews with CTO, CEO, and other CXOs
  • Evaluating preferences of key team members
  • Identifying team structure, roles, and responsibilities
  • Help timely execution of key steps involved in closing
  • Understanding Board of Directors' position and interests
  • Proper analysis of circumstances leading to acqui-hire
  • Addressing key questions tied to valuation & term sheet
Startup acquihire

With over a decade of experience in the startup investment ecosystem, we at Quandary Peak have seen it all.

We have helped numerous private equity, VC firms and other leading organizations better understand the overall software quality characteristics of an investment target from architecture, code and UI to team fit, roadmap and vision. Our seasoned consultants have years of experience leading and evaluating SaaS, enterprise and consumer-facing startups.

Quandary Peak Research provides expertise by serial entrepreneurs from both venture-backed and bootstrapped startups. We have a deep understanding and appreciation for innovators and entrepreneurs who build things. Our interviews with team members of target companies are candid because sensitive information is kept confidential in case a deal is not completed.

Just within the past few months, we have evaluated state of the art technology companies in real-estate, healthcare, mobility, CRM and supply chain sectors for our world-renowned clients. Before you draw up your term sheet, contact us for a free, confidential consultation.

Example Case Study

Complementary Investment Opportunities

We were tasked by one of our clients, a Fortune 20 company, to help them evaluate investment opportunities in competing/complementary target companies.

Our Approach

We performed an in-depth examination of each target company and provided our client with a detailed comparative analysis of each target's strengths and weaknesses.

More Practice Areas of Due Diligence

Software startup investment

Startup Investment

We help our clients make technology-informed investment decisions by providing unique insights around the quality of software developed by target companies.

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.

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
Testifying and Consulting Expert

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).

Jason Frankovitz - Software Engineering Expert
Jason Frankovitz
Senior Testifying Expert

As a developer and CTO, Jason Frankovitz has been in the trenches of technology for more than 25 years. He has worked as a programmer, software development manager, technical analyst, CTO, and mentor in a wide variety of industries including enterprise software, digital entertainment, and Web-enabled government.

Jae young Bang - Research Scientist
Jae young Bang, PhD
Consulting and Testifying Expert

Dr. Jae young Bang is a research 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.

George Edwards - Software Expert Witness
George Edwards, PhD
Testifying and Consulting Expert

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.

Muhammad Naveed, PhD
Testifying and Consulting Expert

Dr. Naveed is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California. He works on cryptography, systems security, and data breaches. His work has had a significant impact on Android security and has helped Google, Samsung, Facebook, and Amazon secure their products.

Colin Morrell - Health IT Software Security Consultant
Colin Morrell
Health IT Software Security Consultant

Colin Morrel is a Software Security Consultant with over 5 years of experience specializing in application security through static and dynamic analysis. He uses his background in offensive security testing to help improve software and IT security based on industry best practices.