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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gordon Mackay - Senior Software Consultant
Gordon MacKay
Senior Software Consultant Austin

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…

Jason Frankovitz - Software Engineering Expert
Jason Frankovitz
Senior Software Consultant Los Angeles

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 social media, digital entertainment, and online advertising.