Case Study.

Drove growth and an exit for a tech-enabled services company.

The Problem

A fintech firm initially brought in Orchid Black to evaluate a potential transaction and to perform a Value Creation Assessment (VCA) with the goal of identifying areas of opportunity and provide an estimated valuation in the marketplace. 

After performing the VCA, which included reviewing company data, conducting market research, and holding internal and external interviews with stakeholders, Orchid Black quickly identified massive opportunities for growth, but certain factors were inhibiting the organization’s ability to grow.

Key factors included: 

  • Drastic misalignment between the board, investors, CEO and the management team led to an uneven vision, strategy and general roadmap.
  • The goals, metrics and KPIs that the staff was held accountable for did not drive the strategic plan; in part due to inconsistencies in the plan as well as insufficient operational knowledge. 
  • General operational knowledge and processes were insufficient. Despite good content, tech and a go-to-market engine, their system didn’t create a clear hand-off from sales to operations and delivery.
  • Too many key staff held unique organizational knowledge. If key staff left, the company could not recover. 
  • Product pricing strategy was based on a non-recurring revenue subscription, which boosted short-term gains, but lacked long-term sustainability.
  • No clear understanding of who all customers were, what they wanted and how they used their products, as well as a lack of strategy around building customer success. 
The Team
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Background

The Outcome

The company was able to manage through a growth spurt from 50 to 128 consultants and from $10 million to $24 Million in revenue and sell to a major Public company for $30M.

The Partnership



The Solution

Orchid Black operators created a plan and executed on the following:

  • Understand and develop a strategy for saleImplement systems to provide for efficient operational performance
  • Create an efficient and meaningful closing process which provided real time information for financial closing and forecasting resources
  • Align the organization for more efficient vertical go to market strategy.

    Also:

    - Assist in the selling of the organization and create an efficient integration process after sale

The Challenge

The Company had been at a critical stage of growth in a growing marketplace for financial modeling software to assist in predictive forecasting and valuations.

Efficiently Selling and Integrating Companies
The Results



Testimonial

"Orchid Black was able to come up with phenomenal insights in a matter of weeks just by analyzing the data that was already within our own company. That alone was worth every penny of the VCA (Value Creation Assessment)." 

-CEO & Founder, fintech company


This project embodies the archetype of an organization built by a brilliant, visionary founder who has a good product, then builds a successful company as large as he possibly can. However, like most great founders, he eventually hit a wall and needed to bring on a growth partner to make a decision on where to go next. The Orchid Black team was the perfect complement to help take this company to the next level, increase the value of the business, and exit quickly.
––Jim Barnish, Managing Partner, Orchid Black