The 7 Deadly Sins of launching a Corporate VC

Corporate venturing is the cool new shiny toy in the innovation playbook. So cool and shiny, that I'm losing track of the new CVC arms being launched- eager to join the VC bandwagon, and provide an added ooomph-factor to their innovation pursuits. Being a corporate investor has never been sexier than now. But launching a … Continue reading The 7 Deadly Sins of launching a Corporate VC

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The average Swiss startup raises CHF 21M before exiting- but is this too fast to last?

Venture-funding in the Swiss startup ecosystem is at an all-time high, with a record-breaking CHF 1.24 billion invested in 2018. In parallel, the number of new funds and the fundraising volume is also exploding- with close to 20 VC funds expected to close in 2019-2020, bringing an approximate CHF 2 billion in liquidity to the … Continue reading The average Swiss startup raises CHF 21M before exiting- but is this too fast to last?

CVC Deals 10/04/18

10/04/18 Bloomberg Beta, the CVC arm of media and data group Bloomberg has led the $13M Series A of Cobalt Robotics. Cobalt Robotics provides autonomous security robots, and other investors include Sequoia Capital, Founders Fund and Sequoia Capital. According to Mike Collett from Promus Ventures, Cobalt will use this capital to expand to other cities … Continue reading CVC Deals 10/04/18

CVC funding 09/04/18

Coinbase announced the launch of Coinbase Ventures- an early stage fund that will invest in the digital currency ecosystem. According to Emilie Choi, Head of Corporate and Business Development at Coinbase, the fund won't make it a strategic requirement to formalize partnerships with it's future portfolio companies, and will focus instead on spurring development of … Continue reading CVC funding 09/04/18

Meet the government-backed VC funds that are hedging on Silicon Valley

The news surfaced yesterday that Abu Dhabi Financial Group had made a sizable investment in 500 Startups- the Silicon Valley-based micro-VC that spearheaded the 'invest small, invest in plenty' thesis that shaped our outlook on pre-seed investments. Hit by scandal last year, 500 Startups manages over $400M in capital, and has invested in over 2000 … Continue reading Meet the government-backed VC funds that are hedging on Silicon Valley

2017: A year in Swiss corporate venturing (and what it means for 2018)

2017 may mark the year where Swiss corporate venturing became the most prominent source of early-stage capital for Swiss startups, and is well set to continue this trend into 2018. With CHF 156.9 million disclosed funding over 30 deals, corporate venturing funds are actively filling the void caused by insufficient venture capital deals in Series … Continue reading 2017: A year in Swiss corporate venturing (and what it means for 2018)

Here’s why corporate venturing is to blame for the startup valuation bubble

Over the last couple of years, corporates have increasingly started launching specialized startup investment funds, accelerators and other financial vehicles- competing directly with VCs to invest in the hottest startups and tech. In 2016 alone, corporate investors (CVCs) invested $32.2 billion across 1,203 startup deals, nearly one third of the total $71.6 billion venture capital … Continue reading Here’s why corporate venturing is to blame for the startup valuation bubble