Plan your research investments

R&D capital planning

We don’t stop at the analysis, because neither do you. We can help you put insights to action, advising tactically on specific investments, capital allocations, and more. We'll put together a defensible roadmap for allocating capital boldly to drive R&D, while maintaining optimal timing, risk and ROI.

What Gaussian clients see

Our approach is fast and high impact, and our clients expect nothing less.

Fastest path to internal and external investment returns

Defensible yet nimble investment plan

Timing: 2-4 months

Engagement phases

Our work is highly accountable. While we work closely with clients to determine collaboratively what the specific needs and deliverables are, typial engagements in the past has included the following:

Initiative review
  • Leverage customer insights and business priorities from stakeholder and leadership workshops and interviews
  • Build list of investment opportunities internally
  • Expand investment list based on industry and competitors
Investment prioritization
  • Determine critical criteria for prioritizing investment opportunities, including impact on customer needs, ease of execution, upfront vs downstream investment needed, and so on
  • Rank investments through workshops
  • Get buy-in from stakeholders on prioritization
Capital roadmap and model
  • Turn prioritized investment initiatives into timeline
  • Assemble multiple investment scenarios if appropriate
  • Build or ratify investment and return financial model for each investment and scenario
  • Together with leadership (and board if appropriate), vet timing and capital requirements
case study snippet

Mid-Sized Tech Co

  • Ratified financial models for multi-pronged investments over 5-10 year horizon
  • Assembled several believable, defensible scenarios for board, driving towards recommendation on one
  • Advised on sequencing of investment workstreams to minimize executional risk while maintaining expansiveness
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Let's get to the bottom of your strategy and tech challenges. One of our partners in your industry will talk to you, and see if we can help you tackle them—ideally, without even having to engage us. We are thrilled to meet smart, fast-paced leaders and can't wait for the outcomes we'll achieve together.

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