SVForum Main Event - Corporate Investing



  • Article:  October 10, 2012 SVForum Main Event, DJ Cline,


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    Many big companies, including Google, Dell, PayPal, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, SAP have long utilized Corporate Venture Capital, to generate healthy returns on their investments, and/or gain strategic insights and advantages. And while many companies pulled back from corporate investing when the bubble burst in 2000, there’s recently been a strong resurgence of Corporate Venture Funds.

    Why is this? Are they all looking for the same, or different, things, and how do startup founders and entrepreneurs get their hands & brains around what’s happening, so they can leverage it to their best advantage?

    Join us at the October Main Event when a lively panel of active corporate investors will explore current trends and panelist opinions, to help you find your way through the Corporate Venture Capital maze...


    • What sort of partnerships or investment opportunities are Corporate Venture Funds looking for?
    • How do Corporate Partnerships and Venture Funds respond to these opportunities?
    • What are their goals – maximize return on investment, new technology acquisition, or what?
    • What levels of involvement do they want in a portfolio company?
    • How do Corporate Partnerships and Venture Fund deal structures differ from independent Venture Funds?
    • What is the ideal outcome – partnership, acquisition, IPO?
    • What technologies and deals are most attractive to Corporations right now

    Debbie Brackeen, Citi Ventures
    Andrew Clark, IBM Venture Capital Group
    Patrick Eggen, Qualcomm Ventures
    Jim Lussier, Dell Ventures
    Moderated by: Chris Gill, SVForum


    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm    Networking and hors d’oeuvres

    7:00 pm - 8:15 pm    Panel discussion and Q&A

    8:15 pm - 8:30 pm    Additional networking 

    On-site registration/Door Price: Additional $10