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

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?

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