What is The Difference Between Startup Studios and Venture Studios?

Knowing this will help you succeed in launching a Studio or joining one.

Dianna Lesage
4 min readMar 23, 2023

I gave a talk on Studios to some startup executives a few weeks back.

Once the group came to understand the model and goals of a Studio, someone asked a question about the difference between Startup Studios and Venture Studios. He had heard both terms and said they seem to be used intangibly.

He is right — but that is wrong.

Let me explain.

The question about the difference between Venture Studios and Startup Studios is a very common one.

As you can see from the poll results above, it’s also a heavily debated one.

To be honest, I thought most people would vote that they “are the same” — but I was (pleasantly) surprised. The results were split almost right down the middle.

It’s clear that … the Studio ecosystem is unclear on this one.

The Similarities Shared by Startup Studios and Venture Studios



Dianna Lesage

Venture Studio expert. Creator capitalist. Lover of innovation.